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In Cold Blood Audiobook

In Cold Blood

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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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    Amazon Customer 05-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great nonfiction story"
    Where does In Cold Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a pretty great book. It's well researched and extremely well written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In Cold Blood?

    If I told you that I would ruin the book!


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

    Scott is a great narrator. This is the second book I listened to with him and I'm enjoying his style.


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    John R. Olympia, WA, USA 05-09-16
    John R. Olympia, WA, USA 05-09-16

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    "Im not sure what the big deal is about this book"
    Would you try another book from Truman Capote and/or Scott Brick?

    I really like the voice of Scott Brick it is clear and easy to listen to. The writting of Truman Capote almost at times seemed a little racist, but I just shook it off to old days talk.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    From the beggining to the middle of the book the ending was prety obvious, no real surprises which kind of sucks honestly. I was a little let down by the end truthfully, this wasnt a bad book just not anywhere near as good as other reviews say in my opinion.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Everything


    Did In Cold Blood inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good enough story to listen to it just didnt have any twist or turns, Scott Brick was perfect though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Rosser Utah, USA 05-04-16
    Vicki Rosser Utah, USA 05-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!"

    The performance of this book was amazing. I didn't know exactly what the book was about prior to listening to it. Sad to see that things don't change a lot in history.

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    Todd Romanow 04-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great but dark story"

    Almost anything read by Scott Brick is great. Entertaining period story but it is a little bit dark

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    RDP 04-23-16
    RDP 04-23-16
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    "What a thrilling, yet disturbing story..."
    What made the experience of listening to In Cold Blood the most enjoyable?

    I would not so much as call it enjoyable, more like wart that you cannot help but stare at it... or a scab that you must pick or scratch. Could not put it down.


    What other book might you compare In Cold Blood to and why?

    It is in a category all of its own. As hard as I tried, and believe me, I really tried to answer this query, not only for this review, but to share it with my wife, I could not find a comparison. Truman Capote took a horrendous topic, coupled it with some very despicable and valueless beings and told a tale of 2 individuals who shaped and filled the annals of criminal justice and life in a sleepy and uneventful life in Garden City, Kansas.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    It was as if a very well informed neighbor or professor was telling you a story of events he had first hand knowledge of. A terrific story teller, which you could not help but wish that he would elbow you in the ribs and tell you... just kidding... god story... wasn't it


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    You cannot help but imagine and hope that it was a fiction book. But you know it is true. You know that there are animals like Smith and Hickok prowling our world, and only God and providence is keeping us apart from them. A scary thought indeed.


    Any additional comments?

    It was like a fiction thriller which you wanted to imagine and try to come up with various endings. Only when I kept reminding myself that it was not fiction, that it was a relatively honest portrayal of real life events that I was jolted awake by the tale.

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    Dan Kandray 04-20-16
    Dan Kandray 04-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Compelling!"

    Great book! Now I understand why Truman Capote became so famous! Fascinating story, a very easy read!

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    Kindle Customer Long Beach, CA, United States 04-09-16
    Kindle Customer Long Beach, CA, United States 04-09-16 Member Since 2014

    John

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    "Brilliance undiminished."

    I can't believe it took me this long to read this great book. I have been listening to IN COLD BLOOD while I am reading Gerald Clarke's great biography of Capote. Highly recommended.

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    Bob Shinders 04-04-16 Member Since 2014

    Use your brain!!!

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    "Tragic story."

    Wether you like it or not, you will see at least one characteristic of the two killers in your own life. The middle third of the book, I liked best. What a tragic story. Author paints a picture in your head while reading and that's all I ask in a good book.

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    yujo San Diego, CA 03-30-16
    yujo San Diego, CA 03-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great audiobook, ok story"

    the audiobook was perfect, but the story was just kind of boring so it was hard ti0o get through with interest

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    Nicole O. 03-26-16
    Nicole O. 03-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "I almost made it through."

    I really struggled to finish this book. By the last hour I could not stay focused. I'm not sure why.

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    1/26/06
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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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