A a kid I never enjoyed John Wayne's movies. It was not until the latest version of the movie True Grit was released (and which I enjoyed tremendously) that I went back and saw the John Wayne version and then had to get the book.
This is a wonderful tale. And although the narrator did have some deficits (I also did not like her male voices that much and noticed the swallowing and such), she had Mattie's voice dead-on perfect! As explained in her wonderful essay at the end, she was a brilliant choice for the job.
This is well worth the credit. Enjoy.
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.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
MEN WILL LIVE LIKE BILLY GOATS IF LEFT ALONE.
I did not think I was a fan of Westerns, but after listening to this and to Dusty Rhodes, I reckin I'll darn tootin be listening to more westerns. This is a classic, unlike the opinion of some reviewers. This is a great example of life in the early days of our history. This could be considered historical fiction. And it is told with much humor.
I WOULD NOT PUT A THIEF IN MY MOUTH TO STEAL MY BRAINS.
These types of stories also remind me of Farmers and small business owners of today. When faced with a problem a employee might say it can't be done, but a Farmer or business owner can't make excuses, he/she has to get R done. This takes a strong headedness and a Can Do attitude, I love to see and read about.
There is a long opinionated piece after the story is over that I could have done with out. It is all about the narrators love for this book and her dislike of the movie. I liked the book and the movie. Sure the movie is not as good as the book, they never are and we all know it. Get over it.
I'm just a dumb troglodyte who like reading. Me feel good after I read book.
“True Grit” by Charles Portis is just about a perfect audio book. I enjoyed both the John Wayne (1969) and Coen Brothers (2010) movie versions of True Grit. However, as always, the book absolutely outshines any film adaptation. What makes True Grit an almost perfect audio book? 1) The entire unabridged book clocks in at only 6 hours and 19 minutes. The story is relatively straightforward and contains possibly 5 characters of significance. Keeping events, names, and situations in your memory while driving and listening to an audio book is very easy. 2) Hands down, True Grit is the best narrated book I have ever listened to. Donna Tartt delivers a masterful and fully convincing performance. I would especially encourage readers to listen to Donna short essay on True Grit at the end of the audio book. She delivers insightful analysis that should not be missed. 3) True Grit has a plethora of funny and memorable prose. The intelligence and comedy associated with Charles Portis’ writing is often lost in screenplays. Finally, True Grit is the ultimate examination of revenge motivated behavior. 'You must pay for everything in this world one way and another. There is nothing free except the Grace of God.”