As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.
©1965 Truman Capote; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"The resulting chronicle is a masterpiece, agonizing, terrible, possessed, proof that the times, so surfeited with disasters, are still capable of tragedy." (The New York Times Book Review)
Capote's genre changing book is wonderfully perforned and presented in such a way as to give it a real freshness and tension that keeps you listening.
This was another book that is hard for me to rate...
Firstly, I must say that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Scott Brick. If I had been reading a physical copy of the book there is NO WAY I would have finished it. From memory, it took at least a couple of hours for the 'story' to actually get started. I felt very guilty for wishing the killing would start already, knowing that these were real people.
I knew nothing of the Clutter family or their murders before reading this book. I knew nothing of this book except its name, its author, and the fact that it was supposed to be a 'big deal'. I've read a little online in the past couple of days about all the controversy surrounding the writing of this book, and that doesn't really interest me at all.
To date I've probably read ten or twelve true crime books, and I'm afraid to say that I didn't find this one to be all that special. I mean no disrespect to the Clutter family, I do not wish to detract from the horror they faced that night. I just mean that for me, the book could have been written by anyone about any crime. I've not read anything else by Capote and I'm not really interested in doing so. His writing was good, don't get me wrong, but this wasn't a stand-out for me.
Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.
My second time through with Capote. After a time, there is almost too much information, especially during the time in Mexico. It is almost too well detailed. It remains a classic though as a true study of needless human depravity.
I have been on a recent epic fantasy kick and I needed something different, so I decided to go back to something that I love: crime novels.
This was my first Capote book. Going into it, I knew that he was already dubbed the father of the modern crime genre. I now see why.
I liked the various point of views he took the psychological aspects he put into the characters. I liked how he tried to put you in the mind of the killers.
I did feel the ending was long winded and I would have like to have seen it end with the 4 hours left mark. To me it was like reading the appendices at the end of Tolkien's Return of the King: long winded and completely unnecessary.
Another downfall to this was listening to it. This was one of those books that would have done better in print. It was hard to follow along when the character perspective changed. And they changed a lot.
By no means am I staying that Scott Brick was not a good narrator, because he was. I truly enjoyed his performance and would listen to another one of his books.
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The way the author painted the story was masterful. It really made you feel like you were there.
Yes I have. This was another exceptionally good performance by Scott Brick.
The detail in describing everything in the story. But mostly the physical characteristics of the two killers and their tendencies throughout their lives made it very interesting.
Just a tremendously well written and well narrated book
Been on/off with Audible since '07, when I found myself long-term in China, desperate for English language books. Love a good story.
This one sticks with you. I finally bought it and it's certainly a fabulous glimpse into crime, punishment, and small town life in the middle of the century in the middle of America. Fascinating insight on two killers, I can certainly see how we take this milestone book for granted nowadays, and how much influence it's had on true crime and crime fiction.
Great narration by Scott brick.
Would recommend this book -Excellent story and well read. Capote tells this tale of two personable but immoral killers and the wholesome family they murdered in a bucolic Kansas town.
This was an amazing listen and great writing and storytelling.
What is shocking is the killers feel slighted when on death row as if others are to blame for their actions.
Capote wired on this for years and has written a great book
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