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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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    Michael C. 02-24-16
    Michael C. 02-24-16 Member Since 2008
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    "A little dissappointed. Not the right narrator."

    I wanted to like this a whole lot. As a rule, I only download books with high ratings on Audible and this one's got good reviews and I have seen both versions of the movie.

    The book is written as a first-person, narrated account of events and it is written in a formal (schooled) style of prose (i.e. no contractions) that is realistic and appropriate to the young narrator's sassy character and personality and to the time. But in Donna Tartt's hands dialogue between characters often becomes monotonous and it loses spontaneity and any lightness, in my opinion. To me it often sounded as if she was reading a phone book.

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    Jennifer 12-28-15
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    "Excellent story"

    One cannot fault the narrator for her love of this story. True Grit is beautifully written with wit, grace, and drama. This recounting of a 14 year old girl's adventures were, however, read as if by a 14 year old girl. There was little characterization afforded to other figures voiced in this story, with plodding rather than fluid accounting of the dialog. The narrator can almost be forgiven when she reveals her lifelong love of the book in the opening of an essay at the end, but even this essay takes a turn towards a tedious accounting of the plot in the style of a 14 year old's book report. My recommendation: a paperback would be a better investment.

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    donald MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 11-24-15
    donald MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 11-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "classic western"

    the movie did okay but the book differs substantially. Matty was quite a girl.

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    Amazon Customer 11-12-15

    Enjoy traveling and road trips around the US and listening to audiobooks while on the road.

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    "Ridding alongside Mattie all the way"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Mattie's journey alongside the lawmen is adventuresome and painful. This is well written story that keeps you wanting to know what happens next.

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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 08-18-15
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 08-18-15 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "A decent western"
    Any additional comments?

    A decent western. It was not significantly different than the movie that came out a few years back.

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    Matthew 07-29-15
    Matthew 07-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great read!"

    I'm not normally a fan of westerns. This book and the narration were an unexpected pleasure. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good story.

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    Philip OBeirne 06-10-15
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    "Great listen"

    Fantastic little story, with a very engaging narrator. There is often a one second pause between lines, but it is not distracting.

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    Jordan G. 06-01-15
    Jordan G. 06-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Most enjoyable western since the lonesome dove saga"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book as westerns are my favorite fiction to read. Charles Portis's "True Grit" is a masterpiece. The narrator gave a very well thought out essay at the end. The only reason I gave her a 4 is due to her heavy accent it was sometimes difficult to discern which characters voice she was depicting. This was rarely a problem though, until nearer the end of the story, as there are not too many characters to be confused about. Made my daily commute something I looked forward to and disheartened at ending each day. If you're a fan of the movie, a fan of westerns, or just a fan of audio books I highly recommend you listen to "True Grit".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley Sundin Denver 04-28-15
    Wesley Sundin Denver 04-28-15
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    What would have made True Grit better?

    Both sex readers, not just a woman reading a man's part


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rooster Cogburn. John Wayne


    How could the performance have been better?

    Male readers included. Action sounds.


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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 04-06-15
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 04-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "True Grit movie with John Wayne better than book."

    I was disappointed in the book read by Donna Tartt. It seemed more juvenile than the movie version and was definitely not as entertaining. I wish there had been more character development in the book as demonstrated by John Wayne when he played the character of U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn.

    This book appears to have been written for young teens.

    I did not enjoy the narrator for this particular book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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