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True Grit | [Charles Portis]

True Grit

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.
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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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    Pinkney nyc, NY, United States 06-18-11
    Pinkney nyc, NY, United States 06-18-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Reading"

    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.

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    Sarrie Bolingbrook, IL, United States 06-10-11
    Sarrie Bolingbrook, IL, United States 06-10-11
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    "The narrator is the icing on the cake"

    Great story, well written and well read by Donna Tartt. Funny and touching. I wish it could have been longer. Highly recommended.

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    Mike Chicago 05-09-11
    Mike Chicago 05-09-11

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    "One "bring your man to justice" story I like"

    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.

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    Nando Chicago, IL, United States 04-26-11
    Nando Chicago, IL, United States 04-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Best reading of an audiobook I've ever heard."

    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.

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    Meg HELOTES, TEXAS, United States 04-09-11
    Meg HELOTES, TEXAS, United States 04-09-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic"

    A classic tale of true heart and grit. The kind of story you could listen to more than once.

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    Rachel St Clair York, PA USA 04-08-11
    Rachel St Clair York, PA USA 04-08-11 Member Since 2006

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    "Believably read - and never dull"

    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.

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    Richard Pittsburg, KS, United States 04-07-11
    Richard Pittsburg, KS, United States 04-07-11
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    "Enjoyable"

    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.

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    Rod Billings, MT, United States 04-07-11
    Rod Billings, MT, United States 04-07-11 Member Since 2013

    Constant and never ending improvement.

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    "Very entertaining"

    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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    Craig C. austin, TX United States 04-06-11
    Craig C. austin, TX United States 04-06-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Cohen brothers salute"

    I read a review of the new movie in which one or both brothers, said how good the books was. I enjoyed the remake of the movie and the book. They are very close. I read the book right after seeing the movie which influences how I saw the characters. The only draw back to either was not filming of the movie in Eastern Oklahoma. The terrain is very different from the movie. I enjoyed both the book and the movie very much. I would recommend experiencing both.

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    mary los angeles, CA, United States 04-02-11
    mary los angeles, CA, United States 04-02-11 Member Since 2008
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    "True American classic"

    This narrative deserves to be on every recommended reading list from High School to Oprah! It is full of favorable comparisons to Mark Twain's classic Huck Finn, being a personal commentary of an adventurous journey that on closer inspection reveals much more about our human nature. The character of Mattie is unique and should join Tom and Huck as a part of our literary heritage. The presentation of the milieu of the mid century post Civil War world is fascinating. It is hard to believe this book was not written contemporaneously, so compelling are the minute details. But what is most compelling is how the interior narrative of Mattie explores that world.
    For years I had heard this was a good book. Finally I can say- indeed, it is a great book! The audio version is excellent. I burst out laughing several times and was drawn in to the story as if Mattie herself was relating every aspect, speaking with a friend.

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