A real joy to listen to, both in content and in narration. I listened to this prior to watching the new movie and was not disapointed in either.
I grew up on the John Wayne movie of this tale, but I had no idea that the story was based on a book until after the Jeff Bridges version came out a year or so back. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Portis' Mattie is ever so much more complex than the girl who starred opposite John Wayne. Portis' Mattie is matter-of-factly kick-ass, and sometimes stubborn to the point of hilarity and stupidity.
I was also surprised to discover that the book is quite a bit more brutally violent than the story on which I was raised. I plan to watch the Jeff Bridges adaptation now that I've read this, and I'll be interested to see how ugly it gets.
I couldn't finish the book because I couldn't get past the narrator. My mind kept wandering thinking about how annoying the narration was, so I would miss parts of the story and not know what was going on. I finally decided to quit torturing myself and just get a new book. Sorry. I heard the story was excellent, might have to actually read this on my own to experience that.
I saw the recent movie and liked it more than I thought I would. A friend recommended the book so I bought it not sure I'd like it having just seen the movie. It was spell binding. The reader is perfect for this book. I can't believe this book was "lost" and out of print for so long. Thank John Wayne I suppose for ruining such a great read. One to treasure over and over again.
After seeing both movie versions of this story, I wasn't really sure what to expect of the book. But from the opening moments, I was completly enthralled with the story and the characters. Mattie Ross' no nonsense personality comes through on every page. Further, the readers performance is enjoyable and not distracting. It accentuates the story beautifully. I have enjoyed this book immensely and highly recommend it to others.
I am between 3 and 4 stars for this book, I went to 4 because the actual story had a lot of pull for me. I bought this book because of all the recent hub-ub with the new movie, I figured it would be cool to listen to the book and then watch the film (I'm halfway there at this point).
The book, though slow at first, really tells a very simple and straightforward story of seeking to bring someone to justice. The only thing I had to go on as far as the story was the trailers from the new movie and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised that, in the book at least, these characters were a lot less 2 dimensional than I had anticipated them to be. As far as story goes I thing my favorite thing was that it was a simple story, and I mean that in a good way. It wasn't convoluted with sub plots or anything else that took the story in a direction where it didn't need to go, it was very focused.
The narration is what brought this down a little for me. When Tartt gets on a roll, she's very good and the story flows nicely. However that pacing is sporadic, much of the book is filled with choppy dialogue, pregnant pauses and a lot of "behind the scenes" sounds like drinking, swallowing and ruffling of pages. In her defense, the choppiness might have been a result of the writing (a lot of two word sentences ending with "He said, she said", etc.).
Overall I'm very happy with this book, I've thought about it quite a bit since finishing it and I'm looking forward to seeing the film and comparing the two.
I can not imagine a better reader for this book than Donna Tartt. I had neither read the book, nor seen either movie version and now I probably won't. Tartt's accent is unvarying throughout the reading and while affected and poorly done accents can ruin a reading, her's never varies and fits the style and time of the book and the voice of the woman telling the story. One of my favorite audio books.
Great story, well written and well read by Donna Tartt. Funny and touching. I wish it could have been longer. Highly recommended.
I put this on in the car, thinking my Dad would like it. But I really, really liked it. The reader was amazing. I doubt that I would have gotten through it reading it myself. Quite a bit different than the first movie. The title is supposed to refer to Rooster Cogburn, but really refers to the narrator of the book telling the story of when she was a young 14 year old girl who hires Cogburn to track down the man who murdered her father. I'm not usually one for westerns or "bring your man to justice" stories but this was the exception.
I'm not even through with this book and I already know I love it, regardless of how it ends. Donna Tartt's reading is beyond impressive; she's obviously someone who knows this book intimately, and also a talented voice actress.
I can't wait to get back to it.