©1968 Charles Portis; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
"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)
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.
Even the most mundane details outlined in this book - and there are many - are so convincingly read that I believed the narrator of the story mentioned each one because it was important to her at the time. Parts are very funny, but the reader never cracks a smile in her voice, the story being told by someone for whom the experience was far from trite.
There's no doubt this is a classic, but what makes the audiobook worth listening to (as opposed to reading it in print) is that the reader here, dry and matter-of-fact as she is, makes you wonder if it's her personal tale.
My first audio book and it was excellent. I recommend it to anyone looking for a story from the old west filled with suspense and wonderful characters.
Constant and never ending improvement.
This book kept my attention throughout. The narrator did an excellent job of reading and introducing just enough accent to make the characters take on defining characteristics unable to be conveyed in words.
Definitely worth a listen.
I would have given it 3.5 stars but I dont think that is an option within the rating system.
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