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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • William
  • Montpelier, VT, USA
  • 08-14-17

Perfect

Pace , voice and story are all sublime. I wish it never came to an end

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my favorite Western

love this book for me it really sums up my veiw of the wild west. Mattie go's looking for a Marshall with true grit but I believe it was Mattie who truly had grit.

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Well written western.

What made the experience of listening to True Grit the most enjoyable?

The narrator did a great job with the various voices. I felt like I was there, present, watching the story unfold.

What was one of the most memorable moments of True Grit?

I don't want to give away anything. It had to do with the way Rooster Cogburn rode a horse in a fight.

What does Donna Tartt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mattie Ross, the heroine of the story, narrates True Grit as an adult, remembering the time she and Rooster Cogburn went to Indian Territory to hunt down the man who killed her father. Donna Tartt WAS Mattie Ross. She was so convincing that sometimes I forgot she was there. If you liked Sissy Spacek in To Kill a Mockingbird, you will like to listen to Donna Tartt narrate True Grit. Plus, as an added bonus, at the end of the book Ms. Tartt narrates her own well-written essay about True Grit. I found the essay on you tube as well. If you're wondering if this book is for you, listen to the essay. It's great and allows you to listen to Ms. Tartt's great voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I listen to many books that I enjoy. Sometimes, one stands out above the rest. I liked this book in the same way I liked Lonesome Dove and Gone with the Wind. It was an experience. I both laughed and cried.

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Worth the credit. Worth two credits. If you like westerns at all, get this book. I loved Mattie's character. She was a pious Presbyterian with strong morals and she left home as a young girl to bring justice to her father's killer. She's tough and strong willed and demands respect, yet she also has a kind heart.

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Outstanding

Story moves along holding one's interest . Delightful!
Well narrated . I would agree , it is a masterpiece.

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Read, watched & listened!

A true American classic that is marvellously portrayed. A must listen for lovers of Audible books.

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A forgotten American classic

Charles Portis excellently captures the tongue of the 19th century south as a 14 year old girl goes on a manhunt to avenge her father.

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Possibly the Best Audiobook Ever

I'm only about 1/4 through this book and I am confidently giving it full stars. Donna Tart's narration is so spot-on that an already compelling story is elevated to something all consuming. I've listened to good audiobooks, even very skillful ones, but this one is a work of art in itself. Perfection!

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Jeff bridges probably biased me to like it

love a strong female protagonist. better climax & ending than the movie. go Mattie Ross.

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One of the best audiobooks

I am not normally attracted to the Western genre. This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to in a long time. The story is simple, the characters and dialogue is very engaging. The narration is beyond perfection. I would listen to this one again.

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Great novel, read brilliantly

Donna Tartt's reading brought Mattie Ross to life. It really felt like Mattie was telling me the story. Perfect audiobook experience.