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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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    Ann S. Baum Baltimore, MD United States 05-19-16
    Ann S. Baum Baltimore, MD United States 05-19-16
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    "True Grit"

    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.

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    J. Rodgers No. Cal 05-18-16
    J. Rodgers No. Cal 05-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining and worth a listen"

    Anyone who has seen either film version of the novel will be pleased with the book. The films follow closely to the novel. The story keeps moving along and even when you know what's going to happen, you're still compelled to listen a little longer. The reader does an excellent job and, though I'm not an expert on Arkansas accents, she seems to have it down perfectly. All the characters she read were well done. If you want an entertaining book to pass the time on a long car ride, this is it.

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    Del Simcox 04-26-16
    Del Simcox 04-26-16
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    "A great narration of a gripping story"

    I've seen both movies of this book, but Donna Tart's telling of this amazing story is so much better. Portis's colorful language used to describe the characters, their relationships and the events they experience makes for delightful listening. I'm following Ms. Tart's advice in the essay at the end of the audiobook - to make listening to this story a family tradition.

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    Naim 04-22-16
    Naim 04-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "My first book in the wild west setting."

    I would never pick a book like this of a shelf. I guess you can't judge a book by the cover. Thanks audible

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    Tammy Ratliff 04-14-16
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    "So distracting"

    I love love love The Goldfinch but honestly Donna needs to stick to writing and not narrating. I was so distracted that all I could hear was swallowing and lipsmacking and every mouth sound there it is. Story ok but narration so distracting. So glad it's over.

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    Phillip United States 04-05-16
    Phillip United States 04-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A classic but..."

    First I have to say how amazed I was that the John Wayne movie was so true to the book! I noted only one or two exceptions but it has been a while since I've seen the movie. I know this book is considered a classic but the writing style irritated me, especially all the dialogue that started with "He said," or "I said," back and forth, over and over again. Perhaps the author did that to make it feel more like the recounting of the protagonist many years after the event, I don't know because this is my first Charles Portis book. I also had to listen to it at 1.25x speed but there are times I wish I could speed up family members I'm talking to as well. Overall a good western story with a fair amount of women's equality thrown in.

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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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