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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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    John Dahl 03-06-16
    John Dahl 03-06-16 Member Since 2012
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    "American Classic"

    I had always heard this was a must read. Finally got around to it, it did not disappoint. Classic America crime novel, beautifully written and wonderful told by Scott Brick.

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    Bruno_Brazil 03-04-16
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    "Journalism master class"

    I could see (hear, in fact :-) why this book is considered a classic. Deep investigation, great characters, a new way to do journalism - and still valid.

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    Deborah Perkins McKinney, TX United States 02-28-16
    Deborah Perkins McKinney, TX United States 02-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Masterpiece!"

    I've known about this book all my life but just re- discovered it after talking with a colleague who grew up in Garden City, Kansas in the 1950's. The writing is outstanding and the narration makes the story come alive. It's no wonder that Truman Capote had nothing left after writing In Cold Blood.

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    corrie baker 02-25-16
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    "great narrator, lack luster, long winded story"

    why did I listen to this entire story, yet only give it a two star review? I'm trying to figure that out also. Sometimes you get sucked into a story...you're waiting for something to happen, waiting for something to justify the time you've already invested in the book. I read several rave reviews about this particular novel but for me, that connection moment never came. This mystery had no twists, no turns, nothing. the narrator was fantastic, however, and I think I just really enjoyed his story telling abilities. If you want to feel any feelings about the book/story you're paying to hear, I'd skip this one.

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    Aja 02-24-16
    Aja 02-24-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Wonderful"

    I was so surprised at how well this story is told. I may have to check out more Capote or narrator Brick.

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    Green Iris Lehavim, Israel 01-18-16
    Green Iris Lehavim, Israel 01-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed every minutes of this book"

    For a long time i wanted to read the book. this was a well spent time. Narrator is very good, and the story is an amazing work of journalism combined with story telling.
    The fact its a true story just made it more interesting. The author did a great work in tapping to human nature, without judging.
    recommended!

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    Espanta 12-21-15
    Espanta 12-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Scary"

    Scary story!! I did not want to listen to this book but it was the choice of our driver on a long trip. Very well written and narrated,

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    sazzy 12-17-15
    sazzy 12-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Absorbing"
    Would you listen to In Cold Blood again? Why?

    This book is one I hope to listen to again with my husband so that I have someone to discuss it with.


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

    It was very absorbing. By the time the book was 1/3 over, I felt like I knew the Clutter family. It's rare to find a writer than can build an emotional connection between reader and the principles of the story so quickly and completely.


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

    The performance for this book matched the writing style and enhanced the story.


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

    While the book was too long for me to listen to in one sitting, I did find that it was so compelling that I was eager to get back to it after each interruption.


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    AK Abshire 12-08-15
    AK Abshire 12-08-15
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    "Intense and still compelling"

    The detailed story gives heart and multiple perspectives to a horrifying crime. Couldn't put it down.

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    Nicole Freeman 11-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic that does not disappoint"

    What eloquent prose for such a horrific and tragic tale. No question was left unanswered after I completed this book. Such sadness and waste told of so beautifully.

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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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