©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)
Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
I really enjoy historical fiction, but tend to give Westerns a miss. It was a recent review that drew me to Mattie’s tale. (Thank You!)
I so thoroughly enjoyed this book. The taut prose (alongside Mattie’s biblical phrasing, and dogmatic opinions) with archaic turns of phrase was a joy to hear. The pace was perfect. The characters memorable. The sense of place was so clear (vengeance in early winter in Indian territory...)
Donna Tart gives a fine reading. Yes, I can see where others were distracted by her occasional swallowing but her vocal characterisation more than makes up for that. I was entranced by her accent. I felt she was the perfect Mattie. I so enjoyed her deadpan rendition of the older Mattie recounting the, at times hilarious, viewpoint of the severe, driven, young teenage Mattie, without either realising the humour.
This book is a delight. Highly recommended.
Colorful and vivid language. The author quickly draws you in.
In my opinion, this is one of the best books of all time.
I have never reviewed narration before. This needed some editing. There is much "mouth noise". Swallowing and tongue adjustments. Annoying. The narrator voices many distinct characters, and does a wonderful job doing it 95% of the time. There are a few times when she falls out of character.
It's a good story, but short, with great, but few, characters. It's more of a novella than a novel. I enjoyed it but I wouldn't consider it a classic. The ending was a bit predictable, and the denouement whipped through several decades and left a lot of questions.
I docked a star for the poor narration. The narrator's voice was perfect, but her lip smacking, breath noises, and pregnant pauses ruined it for me. I have never heard such a clunky sound track. I don't understand why they didn't simply edit them out -- just a few hours' work in Audacity and the narration would have been smooth and professional.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I normally don't like westerns, but this an all time classic. After reading it I watched original movie with John Wayne on Netflix.
Narration is great since it is a woman narrator and most of the dialogue is from Maddie. Well worth the credit and I would rank this with classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and East of Eden. Great book for teenage girls because while Brewster Cockburn shows true grit, Maddie shows true spunk. Set a goal and do everything you need to achieve it.
The narrator was fine- the storyteller is a fourteen year old- she captured that. I enjoyed this book so much I am rereading it in print and passing it on to my daughter to read. I was wary of a western- not a genre I usually go for but the western was so secondary to the strong characters, especially Mattie Ross.
This book is selling like hotcakes right now with the new remake of the movie out AND do you know what I think about that? (as our young herione would say here) Great! I stumbled upon this by looking up Donna Tarrt and put it on my wish list quite sometime ago. Well, taking advantage of that fab. extra 20% off week, I downloaded this book and listened to it in a couple of days. First off, I love strong female characters in any book and boy does this book have one of those. I thought Donna Tarrt did a good job narrating as well.
I loved the story (I'd seen the movie many times but never knew there was a book). I thought the reader had a great voice for the main character. The only thing that bothered me from time to time was that I could hear her audibly swallowing and/or breathing between sentences. Sometimes I would not notice it, but other times it drove me crazy. I would, however, still recommend this version.
Yes I would. Overall the story was really fun and a good adventure. I can't help but admire Mattie's spunk and determination and the interaction between her and Rooster Cogburn was refreshing, easy, and at times endearing. I felt that the story did a good job of capturing the age and was executed wonderfully as an account of an older woman reflecting on her past.
I'm not sure. I'm a bit torn... Mattie for simply the fact that this is her story and you can't help but root for her and appreciate her gumption. But Rooster on the other hand is a great character. He made me laugh some and he usually meant well. Plus who can't appreciate a guy who can ride headlong into a group of outlaws?
I think the later scene where Mattie is in between a rock and a hard place.... I'll leave it at that. I don't really want to spoil the story for anyone.
No but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the story. I liked the story but I enjoyed breaking it up into listens.
True Grit is a great story and I would certainly recommend it. I'm sure I'll be paying it another visit in the near future.
As the narrator, Donna Tartt, notes in her essay, this book can be read over and over again. Her narration is delightful and sympathetic. i highly recommend it.
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