Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
I really enjoy historical fiction, but tend to give Westerns a miss. It was a recent review that drew me to Mattie’s tale. (Thank You!)
I so thoroughly enjoyed this book. The taut prose (alongside Mattie’s biblical phrasing, and dogmatic opinions) with archaic turns of phrase was a joy to hear. The pace was perfect. The characters memorable. The sense of place was so clear (vengeance in early winter in Indian territory...)
Donna Tart gives a fine reading. Yes, I can see where others were distracted by her occasional swallowing but her vocal characterisation more than makes up for that. I was entranced by her accent. I felt she was the perfect Mattie. I so enjoyed her deadpan rendition of the older Mattie recounting the, at times hilarious, viewpoint of the severe, driven, young teenage Mattie, without either realising the humour.
This book is a delight. Highly recommended.
Loved the story, HATED the narration for the swallowing, smacking and breathing. It sounds like she has a cough drop in her mouth. Voices are fine, I just wish they could filter out the extraneous sounds.
I only have about 60 audible books under my belt so far but I already have a small list of favorite narrators. Poor narration can really hurt a good story.
In this case, True Grit is a fun story but I really don't like the narration. The lip smacking, lack of emotion and what sounds like a microphone clicking on and off were just too distracting for me to really enjoy this story.
I did not read a review of this book because I had seen the John Wayne movie and I knew it was a good story. Five minutes into listening to this book I had to stop and read the reviews to see if anyone else had noticed the breathing, swallowing, and pausing of the narrator. I found it very distracting. I see others have criticized her ability to do male voices. I liked the narrators read for Mattie but her male characters voices are very similar to each other and it seemed as though sometimes she forgot who she was voicing because it would change from sentence to sentence. I am in the middle of the book and am enjoying it, but i think it would be better with a different narrator or or maybe a different recording setup.
I'm not a voracious reader. I hadn't even heard of True Grit until the recent release from the Coen brothers. After seeing that, I tried watching the original, the one with John Wayne. I thought the acting and the screenplay were really terrible in that version. Although Robert Duvall was a good Lucky Ned. But then I downloaded this audiobook. Charles Portis is a fantastic writer and Donna Tartt does a wonderful job narrating. I thought she did a great job with the male voices. Considering the entire story is from Mattie's perspective, I didn't think it distracting at all that a female was doing the male voices. Donna's voice fits Mattie's character precisely, in my opinion, and I believe her rendition is as true to Portis' intention as it can be.
I'm a 60 yr old former English major and grad student. It's been fascinating revisiting the books I studied in my 20s, read aloud to me.
I've read a couple of Portis' other novels and enjoyed them (especially Dog of the South), but this one, read by the superb Donna Tartt, is the best in my opinion. Yes, I got it after seeing the recent Coen Bros movie of the same title, and it does not disappoint. The language of the characters is so unexpectedly literate and erudite, as if they'd all been rehearsing Shakespeare before embarking on their adventure together. I must be in True Grit mode this winter, because after seeing the movie (both versions) and listening to the book , I also bought the soundtrack CD. I just can't get enough of this wonderful, moving, and hilarious story. The narrator's reflections on the passage of youth and time and how we all end up decrepit, used up and old are particularly poignant, now that I find myself in late middle age. I'd been listening to some very long books before I got this one (36, 40, 65 hours), and the short, brilliant narrative was welcome.
This book is selling like hotcakes right now with the new remake of the movie out AND do you know what I think about that? (as our young herione would say here) Great! I stumbled upon this by looking up Donna Tarrt and put it on my wish list quite sometime ago. Well, taking advantage of that fab. extra 20% off week, I downloaded this book and listened to it in a couple of days. First off, I love strong female characters in any book and boy does this book have one of those. I thought Donna Tarrt did a good job narrating as well.
I loved the story (I'd seen the movie many times but never knew there was a book). I thought the reader had a great voice for the main character. The only thing that bothered me from time to time was that I could hear her audibly swallowing and/or breathing between sentences. Sometimes I would not notice it, but other times it drove me crazy. I would, however, still recommend this version.
The story was great. I was surprised at how close the book was to the John Wayne movie, except for the ending. It also included parts that were later incorporated into the sequel "Rooster Cogburn". The only issue I had was that although the reader did a good job, it was distracting when "she" tried to play the men's parts. The female voice using the men's emphasis was just not right.
An enjoyable presentation of the book upon which John Wayne's Oscar winning movie was based. I would've rated this higher, but the reader's vocal characterizations were barely adequate at best. Otherwise, her reading was fine. I recommend this audio book to further enhance one's enjoyment of the movie.