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In Cold Blood | [Truman Capote]

In Cold Blood

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: To experience Truman Capote's genre-defining work for the first time with Scott Brick at the helm was a real treat. Brick's understated inflection and characterizations of the victims and the killers are subtle, but powerful. This riveting listen - a true audio masterpiece - rivals the best thrillers. —Diana Dapito

Publisher's Summary

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Sharon United States 09-04-12
    Sharon United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Creep good!"
    Where does In Cold Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Awesome book. Spooky, chilling, great thriller!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was about a true story, but was disturbed by the same.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Enjoyed listening to Brick.


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    Al 08-22-12
    Al 08-22-12
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    If you could sum up In Cold Blood in three words, what would they be?

    very well written


    What did you like best about this story?

    well researched, well written


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott Brick is one of my favorite readers. His performances are always flawless.


    Any additional comments?

    book would sometimes skip ahead at fast pace.;could be just a bad download. I would still recomend it as a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kibble Illinois United States 08-08-12
    Kibble Illinois United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2009

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    "True account of cold blooded murder!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    In Cold Blood is based on a true multiple murder committed over 50 years ago. It is the story of a grusome killing and not everyone will want to read this book as it is definitely not 'light reading' and I found it to be very disturbing. I only bought the audible version after reading the biography of Harper Lee, the author of "To Kill A Mockingbird." Ms Lee assisted Truman Capote in his research of the murders and her biography "Mockingbird" by Charles J. Shields has a section about their research into the crime. Mr. Capote molds his characters in ways that appeal to the reader. He seems in many ways to be sympathetic toward the criminals. A true masterpiece with distressing subject.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nancy Clutter was my favorite character in the book. I do not believe anyone could be quite that perfect, but Capote certainly caused me to love that young lady and to grieve her death. Amazing how Capote filled in the details about the last day in the lives of the Clutter family. He also makes the reader familiar with the neighbors, their reactions, and their lives following the murders. Throughout the book, I was shocked at the stupidity of Hickock and Smith and kept thinking it would turn out they had gone to the wrong house. Even though this book reads like fiction and even though Capote molds the characters to make them more likeable to the reader, the facts are true. These murders actually happened and regardless of how sympathetic Capote may have been toward the criminals, I could not find redeeming qualities in either of them.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott Brick is the best! He is my favorite narrator. His tone is perfect and he has a way of building suspense at all the right times. I cannot give him enough high praise for his ability.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Actually, this book was very unsettling. As I read the first few chapters, I knew these people were going to die. They were real people--yes, people with flaws in their character, a man who was very successful and very domineering, a wife who had mental problems, a daughter, Nancy, who was too perfect and a teenage son who appeared to be quite normal. I did not mourn their deaths until I read the confession of the killer and I wept as I read the last minutes of Nancy's life. Days later, I still get sad thinking of this senseless crime.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always been opposed to the death penalty for several reasons but this crime, even though committed in 1959, makes me rethink that opinion.

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    Jessica Martin South Windsor, CT 07-17-12
    Jessica Martin South Windsor, CT 07-17-12 Member Since 2014

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    "The Original True Crime!"

    Capote provides over-abundant details of every person, place and thing that came near the Clutter family or the killers in this pioneering true crime novel. I always wanted to read this book, but found it a little dry and it was very slow going. The audio is a different story. Having this book read to you makes it more exciting than it ever could have been if I had read it myself.

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    Robert 06-20-12
    Robert 06-20-12
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    "Beautifully Haunting"
    Where does In Cold Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    2nd


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The beautiful imagery makes the horrifying nature of the killers that much more haunting.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    Short, staccato, accents.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A killing based not on hate, greed, or logic of any kind. A truly haunting murder that really could happen to anyone.


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    Susan OLNEY, IL, United States 06-19-12
    Susan OLNEY, IL, United States 06-19-12

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    "Awesome book!"
    What did you love best about In Cold Blood?

    Besides being well written, this incident happened near my hometown of Great Bend,Ks. I can remember when the movie was filmed in GB.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It absolutely kept me on the edge of my seat! I think it only took a couple of days to listen to this audiobook.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    There were times when I quit listening to what Scott was reading and was just listening to his voice.(somewhat annoying) He is not my favorite narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! Good content and well written!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this audiobook even if you know nothing of this case.

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    Todd Winter Springs, FL, United States 05-13-12
    Todd Winter Springs, FL, United States 05-13-12
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    "I don't know..."

    I like to pick up a classic every once in a while, to keep my perspective. I don't get what makes this a good read. One of the characters was "interesting" in his thoughts and manner, but the story and the rest of the characters were, well, boring.

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    Mary Oceanside, CA, United States 04-22-12
    Mary Oceanside, CA, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Mother (Father?) of all True Crime"

    Capote's use of language and description is terrific. My husband's family is from Garden City, Kansas, and this book truly took me there. The history of the criminal's past, and how they were caught was fascinating. Clearly the precursor to Helter Skelter, and told in the same manner. Narration was excellent too.

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    nvgolfdude Pacific Time Zone, USA 04-18-12
    nvgolfdude Pacific Time Zone, USA 04-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Depressing"

    This book was well written but there was an overwhelming sense of acceptance and inevitability for such a tragic event. The town feels as much a victim as the family. It's like everyone except the villians are depicted in a black and white newspaper still.

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    Thomas United States 01-23-12
    Thomas United States 01-23-12

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    "A ture appreciation for Capote's visceral research"
    If you could sum up In Cold Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Depth, visceral and tragic.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The juxtaposition of characters in the linear story line.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    All characters were distinctive but no one character jumps out.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Over the course of one week it was listened.


    Any additional comments?

    Having previously watched the movies, In Cold Blood, Infamous and most recently Capote with Phillip Seymour Hoffman, I marvelled at Truman Capote's original book and that his story was never about himself. It's in depth reportive detail made me appreciate why it took so long for the book to be finished and published. What an immense effort it must have been to research all the characters and the Kansas community.

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    "Cool, balanced recounting of brutal event"

    Capote avoids all the easy options. His book is not a blood and guts horror tale; it's not a socio-pschological tale trying to evince sympathy for the murderers; it's not a who dunnit detective story.
    In a sense it's all these and more as he recounts events from multiple points of view - the murderers', the police, the community, the families affected, the judicial system - all are given their place so you have an objective and balanced account where you have to form your own views and decide where your own sympathies lie. Capote's tone is cool (old sense!) and measured throughout.
    Well read by Scott Brick

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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