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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,139 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Portis Narrator: Donna Tartt Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Mattie Ross, a fourteen-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her father, who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed “Rooster” Cogburn, the meanest US 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.

Set in a period in history when the law was much less well-established than it is now, True Grit takes its place alongside books like To Kill a Mockingbird and the novels of Mark Twain.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Skillfully constructed, a comic tour de force.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Gilded with literary quality that can delight book lovers as well as bookkeepers.”


  • “Portis has made an epic and a legend. Mattie Ross should soon join the pantheon of America’s legendary figures such as Kit Carson, Wyatt Earp, and Jesse James.”

    Washington Post

  • “[A] slender, hugely enjoyable masterpiece.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Much of True Grit’s humor comes from the severity, the biblical humorlessness, of its elderly narrator and her younger self, each an anachronism in her own or any time…[Portis is] no mere ‘cult writer.’ Like the finest comic writers, his understanding that most things are ridiculous lends a special gravity to the things he knows are not.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Matt Beams | 2/14/2014

    " This book was so compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kt. | 2/13/2014

    " Very "real" narrative. My eleven year old son is reading it now. Can't wait to see the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Suzanne Bhargava | 2/11/2014

    " A classic. I love Mattie Ross's straight, no nonsense narration and her observations on all the silly adults around her. Very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Taitelbaum | 2/10/2014

    " Yes I saw the movie and the little girl was awesome; she really made the movie. She's obviously the driving force in the book as well. This was a quick read, I finished the whole book in one day. Portis has a great deadpan sense of humor and moves the story along at a very quick pace. If you liked the movie or just like Westerns you will definitely find this book worth your time. Highly recommended! "

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About the Author
Author Charles Portis

Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. As a reporter, he wrote for the New York Herald-Tribune and was also its London bureau chief. His first novel, Norwood, was published in 1966. His other novels are True Grit, Masters of Atlantis, The Dog of the South, and Gringos.