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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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    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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    Susan Waco, TX, United States 03-30-11
    Susan Waco, TX, United States 03-30-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Great western flavor"

    I enjoyed the voyage into the old west. This story will take you along a picturesque journey and keep you wanting to listen as the story unfolds. The narration is excellent and on point.

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    Steve Playa del Rey, CA, United States 03-24-11
    Steve Playa del Rey, CA, United States 03-24-11
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    "Excellent!"

    This is a great book; and the narrator, Donna Tartt, is really great. She has and essay at the end about the book. Be sure to listen to it.

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    Michale Baltimore, MD, United States 03-13-11
    Michale Baltimore, MD, United States 03-13-11 Member Since 2012

    Looking for complex, believable characters, an engaging storyline, and good narration! Fan of sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, and horror.

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    "Amazing Story! Amazing Narration!"

    Hands down one of the best audiobooks ever! The story alone is fantastic, but Donna Tartt's narration brings it to life. Her voice is captivating.... Some reviews have mentioned that it was hard to listen to a woman portraying male characters. I do not agree. Her voice has an androgynous quality; it could easily be a young boy telling the story. I never wanted it to end. I especially enjoyed hearing DonnaTartt's essay at the end of the novel. I haven't stopped talking about this audiobook, or Donna Tartt, since I first hit the play button. Listen to the audio sample and make your own decision about Donna's unique voice.

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    Gertie 03-12-11
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    "Good Story, Bad Narration"

    I enjoyed the story and the characters but the narrator's lip smacking, breath noises, and paper shuffling was distracting.

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    Christine 03-10-11
    Christine 03-10-11 Member Since 2009
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    I liked this book much more than I expected. The narrator was perfect. I never realized that this would be such an excellent story for teenage girls.

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    Pamela Chicopee, MA, United States 03-09-11
    Pamela Chicopee, MA, United States 03-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    One to listen to more than once it is such a good story and I thought the voice fit very well.

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