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.
Totally delightful. The book's charm and appeal derives from a 1st person narrative by a young girl and Tartt gives a masterful performance in the narration.Mattie Ross rarely tries to be funny.She just is.The outlaws and lawmen are far from one dimensional. Either can say of the other............"there but for the grace of God or the temptations of the Devil go I."
Or....."been there,done that".............Both movie versions were pretty close to the book.
But hearing the book read is a completely different experience.
I'm sure the story was very good, but the reading was very distracting. Not an enjoyable listen, unfortunately.
This is a story about a fourteen-year-old girl who sets out to avenge her father's murder in the declining days of the Wild West. Mattie Ross browbeats everyone from horse traders to Texas Rangers to outlaws, refuses to take 'No' for an answer, and while she's not fearless, she never lets fear stop her.
Both True Grit movies are great, but read the book to get the true flavor of the story and the personality of Mattie Ross, probably one of the greatest teen protagonists in the history of literature. She's like a tiny little force of nature, determined to find her father's killer no matter what. Her asides in Portis's book are so self-important, judgmental, and hilarious, you can totally picture this precocious know-it-all little brat riding around Arkansas seemingly completely unaware of what fourteen-year-old girls aren't supposed to be able to do in 1870.
The writing style is unique (a stiff flavor of dialog that may not be historically accurate, but manages to convey a sense of old-timey Western roughness), and the story is straightforward. Mattie Ross narrates events in the past tense, frequently adding little embellishments or asides that tell you she hasn't changed much even though she is now speaking as an older woman. Many people will always picture John Wayne as the fat, hard-drinking, one-eyed marshal Rooster Cogburn, but in the book, Cogburn is only slightly principled, as much outlaw as lawman, despite his soft spot for Mattie. Mattie completely steals the show, taking over every scene she's in, much as she takes over everything she gets involved with (keeping in mind that the book is told from Mattie's POV), but all the other characters, from Cogburn to the Texas Ranger LaBoef to the murderer Tom Chaney, who spends all his time whining about how "everything goes against me," are vivid little slices of Old West goodness.
True Grit is both a classic Western tale and a great timeless story that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike, and one of the few in its genre in which you'll find one of the strongest female characters ever. The world needs more Mattie Rosses!
The performance by Donna Tart sounds just like Mattie Ross as you might picture her, and Tart obviously loves her role. This audiobook ends with an essay by Tart sharing her love of the book, and quite accurately summing up the main character: "Mattie Ross is less Huck Finn's little sister than Captain Ahab's."
I was a fan of the book when it first came out, and then really enjoyed the movie, even though there were some differences (especially the last chapter). However, I've reread the book several times over the past 40 years, and seen the move at least five or six times. For a long trip, I decided to download the book, just to see what kind of job Donna Tartt would do. I was absolutely amazed at how natural she seemed as the narrator. She has a wonderful voice, the perfect accent, and a narrative cadence that fits Portis's style to a T!
Another reviewer mentioned the occasional choppiness of some of the "he said/she said" sections, and while I agree that it is noticeable, I don't feel it in any way detracted from the overall quality of the book.
It bears repeating that Donna Tartt did a wonderful job!
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.