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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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    Patrick🍀 Mulat, FL, United States 02-23-11
    Patrick🍀 Mulat, FL, United States 02-23-11 Member Since 2014

    USMCRD Parris Island alumni, forest ranger, SERE survival instructor, intelligence officer, Florida Keys flats fishing guide, gorgeous wife!

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    "To think I might have missed this...an epiphany."

    My college age granddaughter lives (and is born and raised) in Fort Smith, AR and when the new movie version of True Grit was coming out, I asked her if she was excited about it. She said "No, why?" and I said well the setting is in Fort Smith, haven't you ever watched the (very popular and often televised) John Wayne version, "from whence" he won his Academy Award and made the eye-patch comment? No, she never heard of it. Which was just beyond my belief. And she a literature major! So, I watched the new movie, which was advertised as more closely following the original novel by author Charles Portis. Very exciting movie, very enjoyable, a real time machine. So I am looking for a book to download for my next audible selection and it occurs to me to search for the novel by Charles Portis. Now I get to my point. I was frustrated with my granddaughter for spending her life in Ft. Smith and having no awareness of True Grit, and yet I had never read any Charles Portis novels, I had to be knocked on the head. And I am almost sure that if it weren't for the movie I would have missed the novel. I will give you a tip and it won't be a spoiler, particularly if you have already watched the movie(s). The narrator has attached an essay on the novel at the end of the reading. Consider "reading" the essay before you listen to the novel. The essay is worth the price of the novel and is inspiring in itself. There are still real people in this world, away from the cities and canned education and young people working so hard to fit precise molds defining what it means to be popular and accepted. Donna Tartt is a discovery as valuable as the novel itself, and as I said, I had to be knocked on the head to find the novel and her reading. I have a prejudice, which is that I felt the only way to experience literature is to actually read the tangible book as the author intended and people have been doing for a thousand years. However, fine narrators such as Donna Tartt enhance my reading.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 12-18-15
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 12-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Tartt's narration puts this over the top"

    A classic, with one of the great literary narrators — in this case, Mattie Ross, recalling when she was 14 years old and teamed up with a selfish, drunken federal marshall named Rooster Cogburn to pursue into Indian territory the man who killed her father. I wouldn't have picked this book if it weren’t for Donna Tartt narrating the audio version and writing an essay at the end (also in the Kindle version) about how this is her favorite book. Tartt has the perfect Southern accent for Mattie. The book is action-packed and dryly funny as this stubborn girl bends grizzled adults to her will. Bechdel test: Pass. Grade: A

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 09-14-12
    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 09-14-12 Member Since 2014

    Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.

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    "EXCELLENT! How have I never read this before?"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David CINCINNATI, OH, United States 05-11-11
    David CINCINNATI, OH, United States 05-11-11 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    chris Kelowna, BC, Canada 03-04-11
    chris Kelowna, BC, Canada 03-04-11 Member Since 2003
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    "I don't get what the fuss is about"

    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.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 05-05-15
    John S MA 05-05-15 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "True Grit and True Spunk"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Mentor, OH, United States 01-15-11
    Katie Mentor, OH, United States 01-15-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Classic!!!"

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel United States 01-01-11
    Nathaniel United States 01-01-11

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    "Gritty "

    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.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Antelope, CA, United States 12-31-10
    Kathryn Antelope, CA, United States 12-31-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved the story..."

    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.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Will 05-19-17
    Will 05-19-17
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    "Bad production"

    You can hear the narrator's swallowing and breathing, which is very distracting and frustrating. It sometimes sounds like she has a peppermint in her mouth. This should have been corrected by someone.

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