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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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    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 03-21-11
    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 03-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good read for a lot of reasons..."

    I live in eastern Oklahoma, just 25 minutes from Ft. Smith, AR so I may be partial to the plot, but this is a great story. The author doesn't try to overkill the suspense with unrealistic scenarios. The narrator does a good job with the mens roles even though I would've preferred a male narrator. Easy listen. Worth a credit.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick King Exeter, NH 03-20-11
    Patrick King Exeter, NH 03-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Best Western"

    This is a masterful reading of a masterful novel. Donna Tartt brings these classic characters to life in a way I can't imagine anyone improving. I've read the book, I've seen both movie versions, and Donna Tartt's version read aloud is the best of all. She captures all of Portis' humor and irony, losing none of the disturbing elements which both movies gloss over. The brilliant mental flights of Rooster's memoirs are there in full for all to marvel at and wonder where Portis came up with such ideas. Undoubtedly influenced by Mark Twain, Portis may be the best American writer in that style since Mark Twain. True Grit is a fabulous road story told from the point of view of an irrepressible lead character. I envy you meeting Matty Ross for the first time. I'm going to listen to this again.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin der Kinderen 03-14-11
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    "Good Story, Not-so-Good Reading"

    I only have about 60 audible books under my belt so far but I already have a small list of favorite narrators. Poor narration can really hurt a good story.

    In this case, True Grit is a fun story but I really don't like the narration. The lip smacking, lack of emotion and what sounds like a microphone clicking on and off were just too distracting for me to really enjoy this story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michale Baltimore, MD, United States 03-13-11
    Michale Baltimore, MD, United States 03-13-11 Member Since 2016

    Looking for complex, believable characters, an engaging storyline, and good narration! Fan of sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, and horror.

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    "Amazing Story! Amazing Narration!"

    Hands down one of the best audiobooks ever! The story alone is fantastic, but Donna Tartt's narration brings it to life. Her voice is captivating.... Some reviews have mentioned that it was hard to listen to a woman portraying male characters. I do not agree. Her voice has an androgynous quality; it could easily be a young boy telling the story. I never wanted it to end. I especially enjoyed hearing DonnaTartt's essay at the end of the novel. I haven't stopped talking about this audiobook, or Donna Tartt, since I first hit the play button. Listen to the audio sample and make your own decision about Donna's unique voice.

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    Gertie 03-12-11
    Gertie 03-12-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Story, Bad Narration"

    I enjoyed the story and the characters but the narrator's lip smacking, breath noises, and paper shuffling was distracting.

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    Christine 03-10-11
    Christine 03-10-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Good"

    I liked this book much more than I expected. The narrator was perfect. I never realized that this would be such an excellent story for teenage girls.

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    Pamela Chicopee, MA, United States 03-09-11
    Pamela Chicopee, MA, United States 03-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Must listen"

    One to listen to more than once it is such a good story and I thought the voice fit very well.

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    Taxvictim Raleigh, NC 03-08-11
    Taxvictim Raleigh, NC 03-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Such a great story with good plot, humor, action."

    By now, everyone should know about this gem. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is because the narrator read the book in the voice of the 14 year old girl, when in reality the story is being told by a 40+ year old woman remembering back to when she was 14.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chute53 BELLA VISTA, ARKANSAS, United States 03-06-11
    Chute53 BELLA VISTA, ARKANSAS, United States 03-06-11

    I listen while doing those tasks when I don't need to be mentally engaged all the time. If I miss something I listen all over again.

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    "liked alot"

    One of my first audio books - and now I think I'm hooked.
    Good job.

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    reball01 02-10-11
    reball01 02-10-11 Member Since 2017

    I listen while driving. When I review, I'm much more apt to discuss the performance than the content. Sometimes, a bit of both.

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    "Great book and a great reading"

    Good recording! Great reading. Donna Tartt, who's read the book herself a bazillion times, is spot on with her vocal characterization. I'm almost afraid to see the movies now!

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