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In Cold Blood Audiobook

In Cold Blood

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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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    D. Littman OH 02-04-06
    D. Littman OH 02-04-06 Member Since 2016

    history buff

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    "moving nonfiction, as fresh as in 1965"

    In Cold Blood is Truman Capote's masterpiece, and a masterpiece of seemingly novelized nonfiction. It was one of the first works of this type in American literature, and one of the few that reads as well today as it did when first published in the mid-1960s. Capote takes you into the minds of the principal characters very successfully, the two killers & the victims & the lawmen & acquaintances of these individuals. Even though most readers will know the outlines of the story ahead of time, Capote's structure & pacing gives the book great suspense & tantalizes your curiousity to know more.

    In contrast to Capote's later career, and how he is depicted in the recent film (which focuses on the period in which he wrote In Cold Blood), the author does not shadow this book. He makes only a single appearance very late in the book, in a single sentence in which the "author" is talking to one of the two condemned men on death row in Kansas. So the book's strength comes, in no small part, from the invisibility of the author throughout.

    Narration is excellent.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Cave Creek, AZ, USA 01-24-06
    Dave Cave Creek, AZ, USA 01-24-06
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    "Amazing"

    I'd started reading "In Cold Blood" a number of years ago and had lost interest. I picked up the audio version as part of my renewd commitment to read as many literary classics as possible and I am glad I did. It's hard to believe this book was written so many years ago. It's spellbinding and the narration brings out a quality that I missed when reading it before. When a book can keep you sitting in your car, not wanting it to finish, then it's a good book and this one is one of those. Highly recommended!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Diana - Audible NJ, United States 04-16-12
    Diana - Audible NJ, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2010

    "Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." --Lemony Snicket

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    "Chilling, but so good"

    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.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    ty 08-02-15
    ty 08-02-15 Member Since 2016

    Seize the day

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

    No, overall the book is interesting however there is no real mystery to the story. It doesn't take long before perspective shifts to the killers and then time is spent on the build up of what happened before, during and after the murders. Still an interesting read, but if you are seeking a Who done it, look further.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stewart Gooderman San Francisco, CA 02-09-06
    Stewart Gooderman San Francisco, CA 02-09-06 Member Since 2007

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    "A masterpiece."

    Truman Capote's masterpiece is well presented here. The reader did a fine job of presenting each character in the book to the listener. This should be required reading for anyone interested in the American Novel. If I had any quips about Random House's production, it would be that I would have liked, as an addendum, to rehear the recording RCA Victor released in the mid-1960s of Capote reading excerpts from his book, a single Lp recording long out of print.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 01-08-14
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Fabulous -- Why Did I wait so Long to Listen?"

    In Cold Blood is true tale of a grizzly set of murders of four of the Clutter family in Kansas. Set in 1959, Capote brings this tale to vivid life and Technicolor description. I especially like the way he helps you to get to know each character -- good and bad; he also gives you excellent depth in the supporting characters. From the depth of these characterizations, he weaves a very descriptive tale which draws the listener forward through charter and verse.

    Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators and he brings an added bonus to the work. This novel will be liked by the who-dunnit crowd even though who-dunnit is know; the thriller people will love it as well. Add this book to the bucket list!

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 04-27-14
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 04-27-14 Member Since 2015

    retired writer

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    "True Page Turner!!!"

    Great oldie but goodie!! Based on a true story of Murder and Mayhem... Narrator does an excellent job. The story is chocked full of interesting characters. The description provided on this site provides a good snapshot of what this novel is about. Recommend if you are interested in the psychological and mental health background of the killers. The author really develops each of the victims so that you get to know them well and care about them... as well as individuals in the community who are impacted when this prominent family is murdered.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Huntsville, AL, USA 01-22-06
    Monica Huntsville, AL, USA 01-22-06
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    "compelling classic"

    I expected this to be a good listen, since the book has been both a critical and popular since success since the 60's. It turned out to to be the most engrossing audiobook I have enjoyed to date. It is of course very well written, but I think the masterful reading by Scott Brick is what put it over the top for me. If you like true crime, mysteries, etc., I could not recommend a book more highly.

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    DanBudda Detroit, MI USA 05-24-16
    DanBudda Detroit, MI USA 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't miss this one"

    Riveting from beginning to end. Scott Brick is awesome here, doesn't ham it up like he can in later recordings. More powerful than the movie. This is all about the journey not the destination. And since we now know that Capote never wrote anything of consequence again, somehow haunted by his own telling of this haunting tale, makes In Cold Blood the story about seven deaths, Truman's, the last and taking the longest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 01-17-16
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 01-17-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.

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    "A crazy, sad tale"

    There are a few areas where pronunciation really bothers me, I am not sure if this is done with a local dialect in mind or not. This is the only area of the performance that bothered me.

    The story was frightening. The randomness of this act is why people don't trust. Being separated out for the reason of thinking someone had cash on the premises and they were wealthy is worrisome. Money is never a good reason to commit a crime.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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