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)
This is the book that started the "true crime" novel genre, and it is still the best example. The writing is crisp and current. The insight into the minds of the killers, as well as the victims and the townfolk is nothing short of astonishing.
Scott Brick was the perfect choice for narrating this work. The performance is understated, just like the prose. Listen twice, because you'll miss stuff and because it's worth it.
Portrait painter of Dogs, people, & other pets in Oil, Pastel, Watercolour, egg tempera, & sketches. Always listening while I create.
I've been waiting for quite sometime for an audio version of "In Cold Blood" to come out. It seems that either the book or the movie version were the only varieties readily available for many years. (There might have been a tape version out sometime in early nineties but I've never been able to get a copy) I am not going to go into detail over the content of the book because everyone who reads should know it is a classic book based on horrendous-cold-blooded-mulitple-murders that took place in 1959 in Kansas. The late Truman Capote's Eloquent skill as writer made it a fascinating read. What makes this audio edition a fascinating listen and one of the best audio book experiences one can have, is the narration by Scott Brick . His voice and tone fit the book and make it one of the best Audible books ever offered. Give up watching CSI a few nights and listen to this, you won't regret it!
Despite being written over 40 years ago, "In Cold Blood" is just as compelling as any modern tale of murder. Truman Capote brilliantly captures the very essence of everyone involved in the brutal crime, weaving all the pieces together into a truly riveting tale. Scott Brick (whose work I adored in "Under the Banner of Heaven") does a superb job narrating and affecting different accents and tones of the characters. Despite having read the text several times in the past, I found myself compelled to continue to listen to the audio version non-stop over approx. 3 days. Fantastic for any fan of true crime or great American literature. This is a great companion to either the 1967 film by the same name, or the fabulous new film, "Capote."
...be sure to get this one. Several folks have said it better than I can, but Capote is the grand pooh bah of the true crime novel. Better still, Scott Brick is the perfect narrator for this outstanding work. You'll get your money's worth from this one.
"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." --Lemony Snicket
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.
I first read "In Cold Blood" when it first came out in 1966, when I was just a kid growing up in a dusty little prairie farming town not very different from Holcombe, Kansas. At the time, I took Capote's rendition of the lives of the Clutter family for granted -- it was all I knew. Didn't everyone live like that?
I've since learned different, of course. Not only does 'everyone' not live like that, but hardly anyone does, or not anymore, anyway. Just as 'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Truman Capote's friend Harper Lee defined a certain kind of life in the south, just as did 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' by Betty Smith define life in Brooklyn, so Capote's 'In Cold Blood' defines the essence of prairie life in the 1950's. For that reason alone, it's an American classic.
Since then, I reread the book a couple of times, just because I became a dedicated fan of Capote's writing (if not of his lifestyle). But never has the brilliance of his writing come home to me as it did, in listening to Scott Brick reading it. The book and narration constitute a masterwork, by any standard. Yes, Capote perfectly captured the rhythm of life in rural Kansas, but it seems to me he was just as adept at getting inside the minds of the ruthless killers. I haven't any standard to measure that, of course, but the killers are just as believable as were the Clutter family, their traipse through Mexico and back again just as real.
This is an audiobook I will listen to again and again -- honestly, I might not read it again, but listen again? Absolutely. So many nuances jump out at you when you're listening, little details your eye might skim over when you're reading it. What's really interesting is how scary this book is, even though there's very little gore, in the purest sense. Today we're bombarded with 'serial killer' books, with detailed descriptions of the horrors they perpetrate on their victims. You won't find that here, and yet the horror comes through with an even greater impact.
This is a brilliant book, genius-class, for sure. And the narration couldn't possibly be better. This book belongs in everyone's home library. Don't miss it.
Truman Capote accomplishes something timeless and truly valuable with "In Cold Blood." From the very beginning, he paints every character, no matter how minor with loving attention. His story telling makes what could have been just another crime documentary into a tragic tale of humanity. The innocent, the despicable, the strong, the weak, and the forgotten all have their moments in the reader's sun. This book entertains and it educates. It does not form opinions. In fact "In Cold Blood" raises more questions then it answers. The narration is also excellent.
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.
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.
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!
"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
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