The only thing holding this novel back is the language. I like the premise, its the reason I downloaded it, but everyone speaks like western robots whose dialog was translated by someone who despises contractions. It feels stilted and disingenuous. Also, no one swears. I am not a historian, nor do I pretend to be, but I'm reasonably certain the type of men who they kill or nearly kill in the wild west might be inclined to drop an F bomb. I point this out only to demonstrate how the characters feel wooden and forced.
I listened to the whole thing because I wanted to know where the story was going. In the end, I was pretty dissatisfied. I kept waiting to get sucked in and when the book ended, I was still waiting.
I adore audiobooks. I've listened to hundreds. When a narrator and author are perfect for eachother, its magical. This is not a case of a bad reader. John Pruden has a nice voice. He simply is unable to breath life into limp dialog.
I don't recommend this book.
This was reminiscent of the westerns Elmore Leonard wrote -- so if you liked those, or of the few Robert Parker westerns, you'll like this book.
John Pruden brought the characters to life.
Eli. A killer with a big heart - very non traditional.
He does a great job of "acting" out the characters in a way that gives a clear visual of each one.
The Sisters Brothers ranks among the top 10 of the last 100 or so books I've read.
I don't know of another book I've read with which to compare it. It stands out because of its quirkiness.
It's not so much the scenes that stand out but the seemingly out-of-place use of language.
The main character is entirely dominant and therefore the most memorable. Thinking of any other character is only in context of him.
I bought this book knowing nothing about it other than I liked the cover. Yes, I know that's spinning the roulette wheel. Nonetheless, this book delivered for me as far as dialogue, authenticity, content and action. It is literary enough, but not overdone. It is a good, solid and sound book. I do not like westerns, but this did not feel like a western in the sense of the westerns our fathers and grandfathers may have enjoyed.
Became an Audible member as I was traveling and having trouble keeping up with book club! This method makes travel sooo much better.
Well, I was a little let down by the conclusion. Was he trrying to make some sort of a deep philosophical life lesson point? If so, I think I missed it......
Yes. Very well read.
Yes, it kept the long wait times bearable.
I choose this book for my book club pick. That is probably the only way I would read another book by this author. My friends concur,
Although I did enjoy the book, it was a little dry. I never really felt a connection with any of the characters.
I thought he did a decent job of making each voice unique to the character.
The only thing that this novel inspired me to do is pick up a beach read.
An interesting trip though history and and alternative look at how one determines their way of life
I felt like I had dropped into the middle of the story. Not enough background of the Sisters Brothers until late in the story
His voice and performance suited my picture of the main character almost to a tee.
Patrick deWitt's 'The Sisters Brothers' is a story full of grit and pain, but also sweetness. 'Brothers' is told by Eli Sisters, the less-dominant of the two killers. Eli (and also Charlie's) search for redemption among a life of death is captivating and easy to identify with.
The highly-stylized dialogue may be off-putting to some readers, and one or two themes are resolved too neatly or not at all, but these small quibbles aside, 'The Sisters Brothers' is a great read.