Reviews for In Cold Blood


AudioFile Reviews 2006 June/July
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 (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine

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Library Journal Reviews 2006 October #2
Capote's account of brutal 1959 Kansas murders became a cause c‚lŠbre in 1965 because of his application of fictional techniques to reportage. Presenting dialog that the writer could not have heard and entering the minds of real-life characters, even important historical figures, have lost much of their novelty, but Capote's approach is still striking for its attention to detail and ability to delineate characters with a few strokes. Awareness of how the writer manipulated his subjects, thanks to the film Capote, adds a layer of irony not available to his original readers. While true-crime tales have become commonplace, In Cold Blood has not lost its power to shock through its portrait of the violent invasion of the small-town values of a vanished, innocent America. As always, Scott Brick gives a capable reading, though he makes the Kansans sound too folksy. Recommended for all collections. Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2006 May #1

In the wake of the award-winning film Capote , interest in the author's 1965 true crime masterpiece has spiked. Capote's spellbinding narrative plumbs the psychological and emotional depths of a senseless quadruple murder in America's heartland. In the audio version, 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, Kans., 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. Available as a Vintage paperback. (Mar.)

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