Lonesome Dove is the obvious choice because they are both at the top of the western genre but they are very different. While both are excellent, True Grit seems more self contained like an allegory while Lonesome Dove is more like an epic adventure. What makes them both great is the complex and interesting characters.
I would recommend this book to anyone even if they are not interested in westerns. The story is told in a direct and easy to follow manner that holds your attention with the details and interesting characters.
While the narrator id amateurish and does not know how to breathe her enthusiasm for the story give her some some other equity. Thy story though simple is compelling and well worth the read, or listen in this case. The book is much better than the old John Wayne movie, but the Coen Bros. with Jeff Brdges are equal to their task.
The narrator was really good, though she struggled with some of the male voices. Her passion and love for the book was evident.
Delightful listen. I highly recommend.
Lonesome Dove. The originality of True Grit reminded me of my favorite western of all time.
The cabin scene was excellent, where they met and had a shoot out.
Matty Ross. She was the story teller.
Not only was True Grit a great book but Donna Tarrt is the perfect narrator. Her southern accent immediately set my mind up for a good western. Her essay at the end put the icing on the cake to end this book. Im going to listen again.
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Mattie Ross is the strongest female character that I have ever read. She is a great role model for any child growing up in this crazy culture that we live in. They are always doubting themselves at where they belong. When Charles Portis wrote True Grit, I really don't think that he wrote it as an young adult novel. Portis was ahead of his time. "True Grit" is more than just a western , it is a coming to age story. With all of the nonsense stuff going on, children are more vulnerable and getting lost in the shuffle. This book should be a requirement for middle schools.
This was a revelation! Having grown up thinking of True Grit as "another John Wayne western", I missed out on the book's humor, wonderful characters, and classic storytelling. The movie is a bit dated, but the book is timeless. I already know that I will be reading, listening to and sharing dog-eared copies of True Grit over the years.
Donna Tartt gives an inspired performance. Her love of the book comes through in every line. Make sure you listen to her afterward as well.
I can't review this book objectively. I saw the Cohen Brothers movie a few years ago. That movie was so well done, it made this book excruciating to listen to. I felt its presence in every sentence. I knew what to expect, was anticipating events, and the characters could not shift from those on the screen in my minds eye.
I have to say, this is a 1st class book. Its plot, a young girl going into the wild to seek vengeance for her brutally murdered father, is unique. The writing structure is beautiful. You don't often find Westerns that skirt with such skilled prose.
So, perhaps with clouded judgment, I have given this book a 5 star review. I would love to find 100 other westerns as good as this. Well written, good characters, great plot. You can't ask for more than this.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
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.”