In Cold Blood by Truman Capote audiobook

In Cold Blood

By Truman Capote
Read by Scott Brick

Random House Audio 9780394430232
14.45 Hours Unabridged
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The most famous true crime novel of all time and one of the first non-fiction novels ever written; In Cold Blood is the bestseller that haunted its author long after he finished writing it. 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.

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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times bestseller

A  New York Public Library Staff Pick of Favorite Books of the Last 125 Years

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

The most famous true crime novel of all time and one of the first non-fiction novels ever written; In Cold Blood is the bestseller that haunted its author long after he finished writing it.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A masterpiece . . . a spellbinding work.” Life magazine
The best documentary account of an American crime ever written. . . . The book chills the blood and exercises the intelligence . . . harrowing. New York Review of Books
A remarkable, tensely exciting, superbly written 'true account.' New York Times
“Narrator Brick keeps up with the master storyteller every step of the way. In fact, Brick’s surefooted performance is nothing short of stunning. He settles comfortably into every character on this huge stage—male and female, lawman and murderer, teen and spinster—and moves fluidly between them, generating the feel of a full-cast production. He assigns varying degrees of drawl to the citizens of Finney County, Kansas, where the crimes take place, and supplements with an arsenal of tension-building cadences, hard and soft tones, regional and foreign accents, and subtle inflections, even embedding a quiver of grief in the voice of one character. This facile audio actor delivers an award-worthy performance, well-suited for a tale of such power that moves not only around the country but around the territory of the human psyche and heart.” Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)
If the Oscar-winning film CAPOTE has brought this story’s outline to a new audience, Scott Brick’s outstanding narration should introduce a generation of listeners to the complete story. Capote’s 1965 “nonfiction novel,” built around the senseless murder of a Kansas family, is a marvelous blend of rigorous reporting and poetic license. His portrait of the two killers is sympathetic—the act was monstrous, but the men were not monsters—and the soft edges of Brick’s voice convey this perfectly. Though the recording is more than 14 hours, Brick is just so easy to listen to. It’s not so much what he does, but what he doesn’t do: he attempts no Kansas accents, no melodramatic phrasing. He steps back and lets the story breathe, and in doing so, leaves the listener breathless. D.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award Audiofile

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Author Bio: Truman Capote

Author Bio: Truman Capote

Truman Capote (1924–1984) was an American author, playwright, and actor. He is best known for his novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s and for his nonfiction novel In Cold Blood, which brought him literary acclaim and became an international bestseller. He twice won the O. Henry Memorial Short Story Prize and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Many of his works have been adapted for film and television.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 14.45
Audience: Adult
Language: English