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True Grit Audiobook

True Grit

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Publisher's Summary

Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

©1968 Charles Portis; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Charles Portis is perhaps the most original, indescribable sui generis talent overlooked by literary culture in America." (Esquire)

“Tom Wolfe, who worked with Portis as a reporter at the New York Herald-Tribune in the early 1960s called him – the original laconic cutup. A generation of novelists since then have simply regarded him as a writers-writer and have made his name a sort of secret password. Soon, they’ll no longer have him to themselves.” (Rolling Stone Magazine)

“Like Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Thomas Berger’s Little Big Man, Charles Portis’s True Grit captures the nanve elegance of the American voice.” (Jonathan Lethem)

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    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 09-30-15
    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 09-30-15 Member Since 2008

    The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.

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    "Still One of the Best"

    What's not to love about a stubborn young girl who explodes off the page and a rotten old Marshall joined up to do justice to an outlaw hiding out in the territory? Not a word wasted, this is not just entertaining, but a shining example of master craft.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. Boehm 03-02-15
    R. Boehm 03-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, great performance"

    I had never read the book but liked both movies. I downloaded the book for a road-trip and listened to the whole thing in two sittings. The storyline is straight foreword but paints a vivid picture of the old west through the reminiscent eyes of an old spinster. The narrator, with her accent, was a perfect choice for this story.
    This is a great piece of American literature, I would recommend it to anyone who has never read it before.

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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 11-30-13
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 11-30-13 Member Since 2006

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Not just for Western lovers!"

    For my first Audible Western I chose True Grit. I have not seen the movies but have heard what the story is about. I was not disappointed. This was a simple but well told story of a young 14 year old girl out to avenge her fathers death. I could imagine John Wayne as "Rooster" Cogburn with the eye patch and everything.

    Donna Tartt did an outstanding job with Mattie Ross, who is after all, the one telling the story. She handled the accents well and her voicing of the men was acceptable when taking into account that the story is being told by a teenage girl.

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. The story held my interest throughout and moved along well. I might just have to expand my choices to include some western style stories

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Prairie Village, KS USA 03-19-12
    Amazon Customer Prairie Village, KS USA 03-19-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Great Listening Experience!"

    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!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-19-11
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-19-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Well Worth It"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Westlake Village, CA, United States 02-09-11
    Colin Westlake Village, CA, United States 02-09-11
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    "Great book, narration could be better"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 03-19-16
    AudioAddict 03-19-16

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Average story marred by poor narration"

    STORY (western fiction) - You probably saw the movie with John Wayne playing U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. Mattie Ross, a young teenager, hires him to help find the man who killed her father. As they meander together through the wild west, it becomes hard to tell which of them possesses the most "true grit."

    I know this is a beloved story that has withstood the test of time, but I found it pretty slow. Mattie is smart and spunky, and she manages to hold her own with men several times her age. I liked her character and I liked watching her relationship develop with Rooster, but I often found my mind wandering. It gets pretty exciting at the end, but I didn't care for the death of a sweet animal and I didn't like the part with the snakes. I hate snakes!

    I don't know why the author failed to use contractions in this book, but it seemed strange to constantly hear "I can not" and "I am not," as opposed to "can't" and "ain't." Similarly, I don't understand the use of "said he" or "said I" as opposed to "he said" or "I said." It all sounded kind of stilted for a work of western fiction.

    PERFORMANCE - This female narrator had an age-appropriate voice for Mattie and gave her a cute southern accent, but the performance goes downhill from there. She made a valiant attempt to perform various cowboy-type characters, but most of them sounded pretty awful. Her tempo wasn't constant, and some characters spoke painfully slow. And don't get me started about all the lip smacking as she opened and closed her mouth! I know I'm in the minority here about this performance...

    OVERALL - (Actual overall rating 2.5) There is no sex or cursing. There is the type of action and shootouts one would expect of cowboy fiction. This book would probably be best for guys or gals from about 13 to adult, although I personally am not a big fan.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Valentine Gloucester, MA, United States 05-23-16
    Kathleen Valentine Gloucester, MA, United States 05-23-16 Member Since 2011

    So Many Books, So Little Time

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    "Perfection!"

    Mattie Ross is one of the strongest and most pure voices in American literature. She has grit and gumption and, yet, is sweetly vulnerable at the same time. I had read this book some years back but when I learned that Donna Tartt performed an audio version of it I was eager to hear it. Tartt did such a wonderful job of narrating her own books that I was sure this would be wonderful and it was.

    There's nothing I can say about Mattie that hasn't been said a hundred times before. She is, as Tartt points out in her epilogue, a combination of Huck Finn, Captain Ahab, and Dorothy Gale with, I would add, a little bit of Scout Finch thrown in for good measure. This was a real treat.

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    EngineeringDad 05-21-16
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    "Especially Well Read"

    The book was very entertaining. The reader did a wonderful job. The story is written such that it makes you wonder from time to time if it is real or not.

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    Ann S. Baum Baltimore, MD United States 05-19-16
    Ann S. Baum Baltimore, MD United States 05-19-16
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    The story was entertaining enough, but the style was a little stilted. Dialog was constantly rendered as I said X, he said Y, so it didn't really flow.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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