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In Cold Blood Audio

In Cold Blood is my first audiobook. I’m reading the book and listening to audio at the same time. The audio especially makes my blood run cold as Scott brick, the narrator, keeps up with Capote’s storytelling every step of the way. I listened to the first CD during the drive on a backroad to a wedding, where I encountered hardly any traffic and all that could be heard were rustling of trees (I know it sounds morbid), but the emotionally detached voice, along with Capote’s writing that really brings crime out of the quiet rural scene and enlivens the chilling reality that cold-blooded crime can happen anywhere. Brick’s narrative moves fluidly between different regional and foreign accents, complete with subtle inflections and tone changes. The listening experience is very gripping. I’m hoping to finish reading and listening tomorrow.

Do you think audio is better for one genre over another? What are your favorite audio books?

14 Responses

  1. I am not a fan of audio books. For some reason my mind starts to wander after about 15 minutes of listening. I know so many bloggers who “read” audio almost exclusively and their reviews are so enticing but somehow I just never get around to listening to any audio books.

  2. I’m reading In Cold Blood right now, too. I am just beginning the second section. I am surprised that I am finding it so disturbing–crime is so commonplace now I thought I’d be inured to it, but I am finding it chilling to read, so can only imagine what listening to it is like. I occasionally listen to audiobooks but I have to really like the reader–a bad one will completely turn me off. Nonfiction doesn’t work for me, but I think In Cold Blood would be a good one to listen to since it reads just like fiction. I mostly just listen to novels–the ones I think I wouldn’t normally read. Do you count listening to an audio book as a book that you’ve read?

  3. Well now that is a loaded question! One I cannot answer. Audiobooks are my obsession. Maybe go back and read my best of posts late last year to get some ideas, or the second week of June this year was Audiobook week, and I listed some more! I feel like a proud mother that you are going on the audio journey, and what an awesome one to start with. This is one of my favorite books of all time, and certainly the best in the true crime genre. Scott Brick is one of the best in the business. I can’t say that one genre works better than another in audio, although if there are pictures, I’d rather have print obviously.

  4. One of my favorite books (and favorite authors) of all time!

    If you are a movie buff, I suggest seeing “Infamous” with Toby Jones first, then watch “Capote” with Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Both are brilliant films chronicling when Capote and Lee were in Kansas to write the book, but “Infamous” dwells a bit more into Capote’s real life feelings for one of the murderers.

  5. You’ve picked a great book to begin your audio journey! In Cold Blood is a fabulous book and Scott Brick is one of the best narrators. I listen to all kinds of audiobooks. Sometimes an audio will pull me through a nonfiction title I might not finish in print (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Unbroken). Some classics (Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Color Purple) are even better on audio. There are quite a few posts on my blog with the audiobook label… including lists of favorites.

  6. I’m not a big fan of audio books but I do listen on occasion, mainly when travelling. I loved listening to David Sedaris read his work, which I find unreadable for some reason, especailly his earlier books. I also think mystery books and thrillers work well in audio. Books that are intended to be page turners work in general.

    I find with more serious literature, my mind starts to wonder. I can read faster than the narrators can narrate, so I get a bit impatient.

    I love the unabridged, full cast recordings you can get from BBC radio, especially for long driving vacations.

  7. We listened to ‘The Angel’s Game’ on a road trip to Montreal and it was so eery. We were silent as we listened to a creepy tale of mystery and suspense unfold before our ears. But I’ve also listened to some really bad ones. One (I can’t remember the title) was about life in Japan in the 1400s read by a British woman who would do Japanese accents for some of the characters, which I found just plain annoying and offensive.

    I LOVED In Cold Blood…we had to read it in 10th grade, and I remember barely being able to sleep at night after reading it. The next day at school, all of us students had the same complaint. I’d love to hear it on audio, especially the way you describe it.

  8. I just listened to In Cold Blood not too long ago and it is just as you described it. I’m easily scared and Scott Brick’s narration set me on edge almost immediately. He is a wonderful and gifted narrator.

    For me, audiobooks are best when the novel is fast paced and/or funny. Mystery/Thrillers work really well. I’ve stopped several slower novels because I wasn’t enjoying the experience. However, The End of the Affair was nothing short of fantastic, despite being a novel based so much on the inner life of the characters. I highly recommend it.

  9. Unfortunately, I have never had much luck with audio. In Cold Blood is one of my favorite books though, so I am glad to hear you’re enjoying it.

  10. The best audio book? The Kiterunner read by the author. You’d think the author would be so DONE with his book, but he read it with just the right emotional pitch and I didn’t have to guess at the pronunciation of foreign names.

  11. Not a big fan of the audio book. For some reason I just need my stories to be given to me in a voice and pace of my own choosing. Glad In Cold Blood is working for you, though!

  12. I have a hard time with audio…..every once in a while I’ll get a winner so I usually steer clear of them.

  13. I’m really not a huge audiobook fan – I find it harder to follow along, and many times I end up getting too distracted by the narrators voice to pay attention to the bulk of the story. But from what you described, and from what I remember of reading of In Cold Blood, this one might not be quite as bad. On the whole, though, I’d say always go paper over audio. Thanks for a great review, Matt!

  14. I love audiobooks, especially when it is read by the right voice, the experience is nothing short of fantastic. I agree with Literate Housewife on The End of The Affair being highly recommended. Another really atmospheric narration is The Woman In Black by Susan Hill. I also enjoyed listening to Rebecca and Tess of D’Urbervilles. For a good non fiction reading, do try Bill Bryson’s At Home : A Short History of Private Life read by the author himself. Good stuff 🙂 But my all time favourite is the theatrical reading of The Little Prince. Lovely background music score.

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