In Cold Blood

Version: Unabridged
Author: Truman Capote
Narrator: Scott Brick
Genres: True Crime
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: January 2006
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 14 hours, 30 minutes
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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.

Reviews (40)

Written by Anonymous on October 24th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Beautifully written. A superb insight.

Written by Anonymous on April 18th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Written by Michael H. on March 8th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The depravity of human behavior lies just below the surface of social interaction.


Written by Anonymous on July 18th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great story telling and great story in general

Written by Ayanna M on August 3rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 1/5

He reads to slow and the book is boring . I would not recommend this book to anyone

Written by natalie koch on November 5th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I continue to be amazed just how many times my mind drifts back to elements of this book, even though it's been about three months since I finished it. It's disturbing yet mesmerizing all the same. A true classic.

Haunting, Moving, and Fascinating

Written by Anonymous on July 26th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great book. All you expect and a little more. I was surprised by the exquisite writing style and descriptive qualities. Capote paints a picture so well. You know this town, you know this family, and you know these villains. This book lets go of you slowly and lingers.

Written by Nick Hardy on March 26th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Excellent story captivating , kept me intrigued from the first words read . Really enjoyed the narrator's tone

Written by Deanna Ball on February 12th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Loved Truman Capote's writing style and language. I decided it was time to "read" this book after watching "Capote". I avoided it in the past, fearing it was too gruesome and awful. I think the writing was exceptional.

Written by Martha Stephens on February 2nd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

There is a reason this book remains captivating 50 years later. In an age where we are desensitized to violence, this book managed to rattle me and seep into my dreams. Capote's lyrical descriptions and the way he weaves the stories of the family, the convicts, and the law is intoxicating. A must read!

Author Details

Author Details

Capote, Truman

Truman Capote was born in New Orleans on September 30, 1924. He rose to international prominence in 1948 with the publication of his debut novel, "Other Voices," "Other Rooms," His other works of fiction include "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "A Tree of Night," "The Grass Harp," and "Summer Crossing," the author's long-lost first novel, which was rediscovered in 2004 and published by Random House in 2005. His nonfiction novel "In Cold Blood" is widely considered one of the greatest books of the twentieth century. Capote twice won the O. Henry Memorial Short Story Prize and was a member of the Natio