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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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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.

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A delight!

I loved listening to this book. Donna Tartt was pitch perfect and the story was even better than the film ( with John Wayne, of course).

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i actually like this book

i am not a reader but i had to read this book for class and upon finishing i actually liked the overall story

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  • doctorj
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  • 08-03-16

Fabulous!

I much preferred the book to the movie (both of them). And I especially loved the narration. She's a delight, and brought the book to life.

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Loved the performance...

Loved the movie, loved the book, and loved the performance...

Classic tale of pluck and bravery.

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Great story, good performance

Definitely a book to hear! Story is of a young, determined, and resourceful girl seeking vengeance for the killing of her father. Performance left air gaps between lines of characters, while it may have been a minuscule time period, it was noticeable enough to draw me out of the story.

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Fantastic

Everything about this book is fantastic. The story is wonderful and the narration brings it to life. Love, love, love.

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everyone should read this book

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.