This book didn't change the way I see the world. It won't be in my all-time top ten. The story itself is unremarkable. But as I listened, I found myself smiling, taken in by Mattie, Rooster, and...well, everyone else, too.
As in life, there any number of places and experiences one can find; but often it isn't the where or what that matters, so much as who you take with you. And I'd be hard pressed to find better folks to accompany me on this journey. Simply delightful.
The audio version is better. The way the book is written, it is meant to be "narrated". The language (in the print version) reads "stilted". But the audible version brings the characters to life, allowing the language to seem natural for the characters.
The story is so interesting and unusual. I could hardly put it down! If you like the sample, you will like the entire thing! If you don't like the sample, then give it a miss.
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.
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.