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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,755 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Truman Capote Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN: 9780739332726
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Thought to be lost for over 50 years, here is the first novel by one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. 

Set in New York during the summer of 1945, this is the story of a young carefree socialite, Grady, who must make serious decisions about the romance she is dangerously pursuing and the effect it will have on everyone involved.

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  • Truman Capote is the most perfect writer of my generation.
    Norman Mailer

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Mirelman | 2/17/2014

    " This is a great, fast-moving book about young people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 2/8/2014

    " Not as good as his other ones, but still a good quick book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 laura | 1/16/2014

    " He has a great style. This was his first novel that he never intended to be published, and yet theres still this great clarity and prose in his writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/1/2014

    " honestly I will give anything by Capote 5 stars. It isn't anything compared to In Cold Blood but Good Reads doesn't provide me with 100 stars, so I can't properly rank it. But anyway Summer Crossing is a nice summer read done Capote style, meaning in addition to an exciting plot there is also excellent character development, realism, and genius prose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariella | 12/26/2013

    " Surprisingly good, considering that it's an early work Capote never even wanted published (which only happened in 2004, twenty years after his death). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 12/23/2013

    " Tragically cut short by whatever incident happened while Capote was writing this, his first novel. Not much to speak of but any author would plead for something this great on the first run out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 10/26/2013

    " a solid fast read with an abrupt ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Stevens | 10/8/2013

    " This re-discovered manuscript found in 2004 seemed unfinished. Truman must have meant to pick it up again down the road and finish. They don't even know if he wanted it published in the first place, but his friend took artistic license and decided to anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 10/4/2013

    " I always enjoy Capote's books. This was no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica Nevins | 8/15/2013

    " more about truman capote's style/what he likes to expose "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 jillian | 6/10/2013

    " read breakfast at tiffany's first. and then read this to understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 F Clark | 1/10/2013

    " I think this was an early work because some of the prose just seemed like showing off, and I found the ending rather facile. I may be totally wrong on both these points, and even if I'm right, the book is nevertheless more than worth the time and effort it takes to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/6/2012

    " not as good as his other stuff but it was unfinished at the time of his death-- "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorraine | 10/28/2012

    " This is Capote's first novel that he started when he was 19 years old. Despite subsequent reworkings, he never deemed it ready for publishing. I would agree with his assessment. The best value of the book is seeing where he started with his writing compared with where he ended up later in life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 9/10/2012

    " I love Truman Capote's prose. This is an early novella that was discovered several years after his death -- not quite complete (though completed by his editor). While it's not the Capote (yet) of Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood, it's still very well written and a pleasure to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin Miller | 8/1/2012

    " Truman Capote is hands down my new favorite author. Even a forgotten manuscript of his, is brilliant. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Allison | 4/22/2012

    " Weird. And odd. Writing and plot. I'll give Truman one more chance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 3/4/2012

    " A "missing" Capote work. He was not satisfied with it and deemed it incomplete. I would disagree. Personally I found it more enjoyable than "In Cold Blood". However, I am not sure they can be compared. Would recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 1/4/2012

    " I was looking for "Breakfast at Tiffanys". It was not there so I read this one. It was published after his death and had not been edited. It needed to be edited, poor ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arabella | 12/2/2011

    " Haunting and evocative. A reminder of how easily life can slip out of control (especially as a teenager). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 5/16/2011

    " Capote's first novel. I enjoyed it, but it really is more of a novella than novel. There isn't a whole lot to it, and it doesn't really feel like a Capote book (which is understandable, since it was his first try, and he didn't want to publish it. The writing is good, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley | 5/4/2011

    " This is actually the first Truman Capote book I ever read and I loved it. Kinda reminded me of F Scott Fitzgerald. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/21/2011

    " Lots of beautiful words and phrasing but lacked depth for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anusha | 3/9/2011

    " the book itself is like a rebel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 2/27/2011

    " Not as good as his other ones, but still a good quick book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rahul | 2/24/2011

    " A light, quick read. Filled with sharp observations and great writing throughout. The history behind the book was an interesting addition to the volume "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 1/12/2011

    " A lyrical glimpse into an entirely different world and time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 11/22/2010

    " Just too good to be so short. I realize the end was intentionally abrupt and ambiguous, but I felt so invested in the characters I just wanted it to go on. I'm definitely going to have to read some more Capote. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashod | 8/28/2010

    " Kind of seemed like it was "lost" for a reason. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 8/26/2010

    " A "missing" Capote work. He was not satisfied with it and deemed it incomplete. I would disagree. Personally I found it more enjoyable than "In Cold Blood". However, I am not sure they can be compared. Would recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 8/26/2010

    " I read this in french during the summer of 2010. It was absolutley incredible. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pamela | 8/13/2010

    " VERY SLOW FOR A SHORT BOOK. NOT IMPRESSED WITH THE ENDING EITHER "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dessie | 7/30/2010

    " I liked it. It's the first book I've read of Capote's but I like his style. The end was very surprising and scared me a bit (: "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nielam | 7/24/2010

    " It is sad for me to confess that i don't really get the book :( "

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About the Author
Author Truman Capote

Truman Capote was born in New Orleans on September 30, 1924. In 1948 his first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, was published to international critical acclaim, assuring Capote a place among the prominent postwar American writers. He won the O. Henry Memorial Short Story Prize twice and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. His other works include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Grass Harp, and the nonfiction masterpiece In Cold Blood. Truman Capote died on August 25, 1984 in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.