Saturday, December 17, 2016

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Unabridged Audio Version
I've had the paperback copy of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote sitting on my bookshelf the past six years, ten months waiting to be read... I finally decided I should read this nonfiction book, but I decided to listen to the audio version from Audible instead of reading it.

I enjoyed listening to the unabridged audio version of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and narrated by Scott Brick. Listening time for In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is 14 hours, 27 minutes.

I really thought that Truman Capote's writing of In Cold Blood was really well done. Even though In Cold Blood is a work of nonfiction, it almost feels like one is reading a novel. In other words, In Cold Blood is very readable. I enjoyed how Truman Capote writes about the lives of the murderers, the victims, and the rural community in Holcomb, Kansas in alternating fashion while seaming together the events in a captivating narrative that grips the reader from the start through to the very end.

If you love true crime books, In Cold Blood is a must read! According to information I obtained from Wikipedia"In Cold Blood was an instant success, and today is the second-biggest-selling true crime book in publishing history, behind Vincent Bugliosi's 1974 book Helter Skelter about the Manson murders."

I also discovered through the American Library Association website, that In Cold Blood has been a banned book because:
Banned, but later reinstated after community protests at the Windsor Forest High School in Savannah, Ga. (2000). The controversy began in early 1999 when a parent complains about sex, violence, and profanity in the book that was part of an Advanced Placement English Class. Source: 2004 Banned Books Resource Guide by Robert P. Doyle.
Additionally, I also thought that Scott Brick did a really good job narrating In Cold Blood.

The following is the publisher's summary of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote from Audible:
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.
I am giving In Cold Blood by Truman Capote a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!


  1. Great review. I bet the production would have been great. :)