I really don't understand the fuss over this novel. The story was good enough, but there were too many tangents.
The narrator was horrible. I almost couldn't get through it. It wasn't the accent, but the odd noises she would make like an old lady sucking on her teeth. Just dreadful.
Definitely a book to hear! Story is of a young, determined, and resourceful girl seeking vengeance for the killing of her father. Performance left air gaps between lines of characters, while it may have been a minuscule time period, it was noticeable enough to draw me out of the story.
Yes I would. Overall the story was really fun and a good adventure. I can't help but admire Mattie's spunk and determination and the interaction between her and Rooster Cogburn was refreshing, easy, and at times endearing. I felt that the story did a good job of capturing the age and was executed wonderfully as an account of an older woman reflecting on her past.
I'm not sure. I'm a bit torn... Mattie for simply the fact that this is her story and you can't help but root for her and appreciate her gumption. But Rooster on the other hand is a great character. He made me laugh some and he usually meant well. Plus who can't appreciate a guy who can ride headlong into a group of outlaws?
I think the later scene where Mattie is in between a rock and a hard place.... I'll leave it at that. I don't really want to spoil the story for anyone.
No but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the story. I liked the story but I enjoyed breaking it up into listens.
True Grit is a great story and I would certainly recommend it. I'm sure I'll be paying it another visit in the near future.
As the narrator, Donna Tartt, notes in her essay, this book can be read over and over again. Her narration is delightful and sympathetic. i highly recommend it.
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.
Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?
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.