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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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    Pamela Atkinson 10-16-17
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    "superb narration of Truman Capote‘s award -winning book In Cold Blood"

    Capote‘s book Is a recounting of the killing by two drifters of an established farmer and his family in Kansas. Capote handles the real life story as if it were a novel and it is a masterful job. Highly recommended

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    Benjamoto 10-09-17
    Benjamoto 10-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excruciating Detail"

    This book was rough. There was so much unneeded detail. After the killers confessed, there was still 3 hours left of listening at 1.25x speed. I cranked it up to 3x speed and listened to something else while this played on my phone. I didn’t want my Audible app to think I was a quitter.

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    Hunter B. 10-01-17
    Hunter B. 10-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "absolutely great"

    superb writing with great thought and tear jerking story, I had to read this book for school and what a read

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    32Cmommy2B 09-30-17
    32Cmommy2B 09-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "just perfect"

    never has such a horrible crime been recounted with such compassion, without sensationalism. loved it, but cried.

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    David 09-15-17
    David 09-15-17
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    "Amazing story, well performed "

    A non-fiction story told so well it will keep captivated throughout. The reader's voice sets a perfect tone.

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    Amazon Customer 08-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Masterful"

    Scott Brick absolutely does an amazing job bringing this story to life. In the fifty some years since the crime happened, the writing, with Scott's skill, is so detailed it paints the scenes as if they are unfolding.

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    Anonymous 08-24-17
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    "Great! i totally recommend it!"

    LOVED IT! i like the way the narrator told the story.. it made it seem so real like i was present.

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    Paula 08-23-17
    Paula 08-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great listen"
    What did you love best about In Cold Blood?

    The writing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the way he told the gruesome tale without being too gruesome or vulgar.


    If you could give In Cold Blood a new subtitle, what would it be?

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    Lindsay Lou 08-20-17
    Lindsay Lou 08-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story. Masterfully written and performed"

    This was one of my favourite listens. A gripping account, read with skill by one of my favourites

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    Yah Edwards 08-14-17
    Yah Edwards 08-14-17
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    "Great book."

    This book is so mysterious and exciting. I'm glad that I read this book. All I can say now is awesome!!

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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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