Audiobook Showcase: True Crime Bestsellers

No list of true crime classic books now available as audiobooks would be complete without the remarkable work by Truman Capote, In Cold Blood.

In Cold Blood



I have visited the prison where the murderers Capote write about in the book were executed. This adds a level of horror to the already mind-boggling horror of the true life tragedy.

Here is the publisher’s summary:

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.

Scott Brick, one of the most celebrated audiobook narrators, handles the voice over work, which makes this work a perfect storm of writing and narration brilliance.

If In Cold Blood isn’t enough to whet your audiobook appetite, certainly our next one will.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil does for Savannah what Katrina did for New Orleans.

In the words of the publisher:

Genteel society ladies who compare notes on their husbands’ suicides. A hilariously foul-mouthed black drag queen. A voodoo priestess who works her roots in the graveyard at midnight. A prominent antiques dealer who hangs a Nazi flag from his window to disrupt the shooting of a movie. And a redneck gigolo whose conquests describe him as a “walking streak of sex”. These are some of the real residents of Savannah, Georgia, a city whose eccentric mores are unerringly observed, and whose dirty linen is gleefully aired, in this utterly irresistible audio. At once a true-crime murder story and a hugely entertaining and deliciously perverse travelogue, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is as bracing and intoxicating as half-a-dozen mint juleps.

Narrator Jeff Woodman brings this one to life.

So if you find yourself on a long commute, a road trip, or just want to sit in an easy chair with ear buds applied, hop over to Audible and check out these two true crime classics.

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  • Caleb Pirtle

    It may be my fondness for those old-time radio dramas, but I believe that audiobook versions of true crime novels really add suspense and intrigue to a good book. The spoken word is more powerful than the written word.

  • Christina Carson

    I think that’s why I’m so attracted to audiobooks. I loved radio dramas. There is something so special about hearing a story as opposed to seeing it.

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