Charles Portis is truly a master of dialog and character. The list of writers who can come up with more compelling characters and more fascinating dialog would be very short indeed. True Grit is no exception. Mattie Ross, Rooster Cogburn, hell, everyone down to minor characters leap off the page, or out of the speaker in this case, and come to life.
Donna Tart is a good writer in her own right and has the perfect accent to do the young Arkansan narrator, but her voice acting feel far short of bringing out all the humor and pathos that could have been wrung out by a more trained voice actor. Often, I found her narration preventing the story to reach its full potential, but even with that it was a compelling listen and I can't wait to read or listen to more Charles Portis.
If anyone wants a place to go from here, definitely try The Dog of the South. I haven't listened to the audio book, but recently read the print version and can't say enough things about that story.
You know what the book is about. You know how it ends. You know Charles Portis is a rustic, comic genius. Donna Tartt brings this book to life. The Coen brothers' movie is great, however, I'd listen to Donna Tartt read this book as soon as see the movie again. She is that good!
Simple, gritty prose recounted from authentic Southern perspective and dialect.
Rooster with the reins in his teeth racing towards lucky Ned and the gang.
I laughed out loud more than once.
Probably 3rd, this includes books on my I-Pod, also.
The ending, because the book is so different from the John Wayne movie at the end. I haven't seen the new version.
Precious little Mattie!
The Courage of a Young Woman.
The end is much more violent than the John Wayne movie, so was hard for me to listen to, partly because growing up on a ranch where we have rattlesnakes, I have such a fear of them. The book was well done, though.
Non-fiction, especially history.
After seeing both films based on the book I have to say that listening to the audiobook was a welcome addition. The narration was so well done that I become totally lost in the story and time flew by.
Very good book, very good presentation, the right voice, which made it believable
It was a young girl accounts of dealing with a difficult situation
In the book, it was the girl Matty Ross
The quest for justice
The narrator, Donna Tartt, states in her review of the book that her family loved it, she read and re-read it many times; it was a much loved friend. I felt the same way, after listening to her performance, and have listened to her reading several times. If you saw the recent Cohen Brothers movie adaptation, and admired the odd conversation and language, you'll find it all here, and more. The story is fresh and engaging, different than both movies, sharing elements of both. It is told in first person, as a memoir, narrated by Mattie, with her reflections of events which occur at different times mixed in, which gives the reader insight which is lacking in the films.
The odd language, conversational exchanges, Portis created and included in his book.
Buy it, you won't be disappointed
Yes. A great story that is well narrated.
The description of Rooster Cogburn.
Mattie Ross, of course!
No laughing or crying, but really enjoyed hearing this classic tale of the
The book is excellent. The tale of Maddie Ross is a classic. She is stubborn, pious, judgmental and absolutely inspiring. The tale of uncharted lands, when justice is often taken into ones own hands is a classic. Yet the book does not read like a dated story.
The narration is very good, sometimes I got a bit distracted by the narrator giving different "voices" to the different characters. The narrators essay which follows the book is insightful. The only critique is that having just listened to the book, hearing passages read again seemed unnecessary. That being said, the passages were excellent ones, and worth hearing again.
I like westerns so I liked the story already. Narration was good the only drawback was she stopped to take a breath in odd places. She did a great job changing voices and overall held my attention.