©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)
I bought this audio book primarily because I was curious about how the book compared with the movies. I loved the original movie with John Wayne, and I thought the recent remake with Jeff Bridges was awesome. The characters in the movies were somewhat different and I was curious to see which movie was truer to the book. As much as I loved the movies, I think the book is better than either one. The book was one of those rare instances for me when the writing and the narration seemed to be an exact fit. I would strongly recommend this book. Parts of the book were hilarious.
A classic. This is such an entertaining story and Donna Tartt does a superb job reading it.
I'm not a voracious reader. I hadn't even heard of True Grit until the recent release from the Coen brothers. After seeing that, I tried watching the original, the one with John Wayne. I thought the acting and the screenplay were really terrible in that version. Although Robert Duvall was a good Lucky Ned. But then I downloaded this audiobook. Charles Portis is a fantastic writer and Donna Tartt does a wonderful job narrating. I thought she did a great job with the male voices. Considering the entire story is from Mattie's perspective, I didn't think it distracting at all that a female was doing the male voices. Donna's voice fits Mattie's character precisely, in my opinion, and I believe her rendition is as true to Portis' intention as it can be.
I'm a 60 yr old former English major and grad student. It's been fascinating revisiting the books I studied in my 20s, read aloud to me.
I've read a couple of Portis' other novels and enjoyed them (especially Dog of the South), but this one, read by the superb Donna Tartt, is the best in my opinion. Yes, I got it after seeing the recent Coen Bros movie of the same title, and it does not disappoint. The language of the characters is so unexpectedly literate and erudite, as if they'd all been rehearsing Shakespeare before embarking on their adventure together. I must be in True Grit mode this winter, because after seeing the movie (both versions) and listening to the book , I also bought the soundtrack CD. I just can't get enough of this wonderful, moving, and hilarious story. The narrator's reflections on the passage of youth and time and how we all end up decrepit, used up and old are particularly poignant, now that I find myself in late middle age. I'd been listening to some very long books before I got this one (36, 40, 65 hours), and the short, brilliant narrative was welcome.
An enjoyable presentation of the book upon which John Wayne's Oscar winning movie was based. I would've rated this higher, but the reader's vocal characterizations were barely adequate at best. Otherwise, her reading was fine. I recommend this audio book to further enhance one's enjoyment of the movie.
The story was great. I was surprised at how close the book was to the John Wayne movie, except for the ending. It also included parts that were later incorporated into the sequel "Rooster Cogburn". The only issue I had was that although the reader did a good job, it was distracting when "she" tried to play the men's parts. The female voice using the men's emphasis was just not right.
Story was great. I loved Mattie Ross with her tenacity, fearlessness, and determination.
The narrator was good, but the background noises like dry mouth, swallowing, etc., made me want to scream!! I listen to the books with headphones and could hear her throughout the entire read. I haven't noticed on any of the other books I have listened to. It may sound petty, but I can't stand it...It's like listening to someone chew very loudly at the dinner table...it's obnoxious. Perhaps she needs to back away from the microphone and perhaps drink more water.
I was extremely disappointed by the narrator . Unlike previous audiobooks where I have been totally drawn into the storyline, I was so distracted by this narrator's lack of authenticity and credibility. Maybe it had more to do with this being a first person narrative. Regardless I would not recommend this audiobook. I gave it a good try by had to quit after about 3 hours of listening.
This book was written in a straightforward prose, dry but engaging. I loved the performance by Donna Tartt and the explanations of her history with the book at the end. It was delightful.
I listened to it once. Then, the next day, I listened to it again.
Donna Tartt has the perfect voice, full of pluck and spite and sand to read Maddie Ross's voice.
Couldn't have enjoyed it more.
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