In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

Downloadable Audiobook - 2006 | Unabridged
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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.
Publisher: [Santa Ana, Calif.] : Books on Tape, 2006
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: 1 audio file : digital
Additional Contributors: Brick, Scott


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Sep 10, 2020

There is a lot, a huge amount, that I do not understand about H. not-so-sapiens. We are much more than so-called ‘smart;’ I would say that there is very, very little about us that is rational. We are the emotional creatures.

A grammatical error that bugs the tar outta me - using ‘I’ when objective case is proper. “I posted photos of Dave and I.” “That’s between him and I.” Put an ‘and’ in there, and people lose their grammar.
But Capote wrote this book in 1960- 1965 - that is 60 years ago.
Maybe Capote didn’t have a written statement from Perry Smith. But Perry prided himself immensely on his grammar and vocabulary; he corrected Dick is his oral usage in several instances. But Capote quotes from a written statement that Perry submitted to the courts, that ‘ ... they caught my brother and I...”
In 1960...that error was being made...?!?
I thought it was a Millennial invention. Argh... it was my parents’...!

Nov 25, 2019

way back then, multiple murders were rare, and sensational. now, they are frequent, and still somewhat sensational. capote wrote novellistically, a non-fiction account of such an incident. the book was extremely popular, and he never matched its achievement. he formed a relationship with the two culprits, in prison, and was not sorry to see them executed. life moves on seemed to be his attitude. he was an talented writer, as you will see/hear if you check out this item. there were no mass shootings, back then, unless you want to count the Charles Whitman incident, which occurred at about the same time as the murders herein described.

PLYMC_Jack_Simons Jun 26, 2018

It's a great book if you know the history behind it before you read it. One has to appreciate that this was the first of its kind written.

Jun 22, 2017

I loved the book, but I think Mr. Capote became a little too sympathetic towards the two perpetrators near the end!

Jun 20, 2017

I remember this as being the time my parents started making sure the doors were locked at night. So did everybody else in Kansas.

bookishdl Jun 21, 2016

I was utterly absorbed with this book and the portrayal by Capote of the two killers. The backstory of the impact this had on Capote is equally dramatic and I'd like to discover more about that. Capote manages to challenge the reader to view the killers on different levels and manages to humanise them despite the callous and vile crime they committed; and we mustn't forget, they both colluded and took part in the crime they were charged with, despite doubt about who actually pulled the trigger. The book evoked a gambit of emotions for not only the criminals but their victims, their families and the law enforcement officers that had to deal with the aftermath of a shocking event.

JCLHopeH Oct 10, 2013

Many years ago I watched the movie "Capote" and decided it was time to read the book that resulted from title character's work. While the story doesn't move quickly, I still found it alluring, knowing that this really happened, and recognizing various Kansas and Kansas City area features didn't hurt. I could really place myself in the setting. I am fascinated, mystified, and horrified by the minds and musing of murderers, and narrator Scott Brick does an excellent job of capturing the vulnerability, horror, and spirit of the subject.

Dec 11, 2011

Written over 45 years ago, this account still can make the hair on your neck rise, particularly since so many of the places in Kansas are familiar.


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