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The Sisters Brothers Audiobook

The Sisters Brothers: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living - and whom he does it for.

With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western, transforming it into an unforgettable comic tour de force. Filled with a remarkable cast of characters - losers, cheaters, and ne'er-do-wells from all stripes of life - and told by a complex and compelling narrator, it is a violent, lustful odyssey through the underworld of the 1850s frontier that beautifully captures the humor, melancholy, and grit of the Old West and two brothers bound by blood, violence, and love.

©2011 Patrick deWitt (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

“…gritty, as well as deadpan and often very comic…DeWitt has chosen a narrative voice so sharp and distinctive…it’s very narrowing of possibilities opens new doors in the imagination.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Weirdly funny, startlingly violent and steeped in sadness… It’s all rendered irresistible by Eli Sisters, who narrates with a mixture of melancholy and thoughtfulness.” (Washington Post)

“[T]here’s something cinematic about Mr. deWitt’s unadorned prose style, which at first made this reader do a double-take—can this be serious?—only to continue flicking the pages with pleasure.” (Wall Street Journal)

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    Amazon Customer Belleview, MO United States 12-31-16
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    "review"

    I struggled to finish
    this book rambled i was hoping the plot would improve at the end .


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    Brett 12-11-16
    Brett 12-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "a very good but unconventional western "

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    CitadelGrad08 11-07-16

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    "Fargo meets True Grit"

    This reminded me of a Coen brothers story. The characters quirky and merciless in some aspects and the banter simple yet sharp.

    I enjoyed this book, it can be a little slow but the characters make up for it.

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    Scott Vann Colorado, USA 05-03-16
    Scott Vann Colorado, USA 05-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining and funny"

    I really loved this book, and the audio performance was outstanding. I would highly recommend it.

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    p o 08-10-15
    p o 08-10-15
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    "excellent narration of a good tale"

    A bloody and grimy tale of 1850s West. A consistent story with exceptionally good narration.

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    Matthew Cline 02-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good sorry. Great performance."

    The story was a well developed one for as short as it was. The characters were interesting and the ending relatively satisfying.

    The narration was excellent. Volume levels and clarity were some of the best I have heard on Audible. The characters were distinct and there personalities realized by the narrator.

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    Judy Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-09-15
    Judy Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Weir funny"

    Was a great little book killers and whores and blood and and all that cowboy stuff. Strangely endearing and full of humor

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    Don Swimingly 12-18-14
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    "Great book. Narrator made everyone sound simple."

    I was turned onto this book by Ben Fowlkes and Chad Dundas, two journalists with a podcast (CME, if you nasty).

    I really enjoyed the story and characters but I felt the narration by Pruden really coloured my experience of the book. The book is first person narrative and Pruden's speech is slow and deliberate. Check the audio sample. It's somewhere between John Wayne and Tonto. And maybe Data from TNG... I'm uncertain Pruden can use contractions.

    At first I thought this might be a character choice but having listened to samples on other Pruden narrations I know it isn't - this is just the way Pruden narrates. Slow. And deliberate.

    It makes everything sound like either a simpleton is saying it or it's being addressed to a simpleton. Which colours the characters of a fictional story, especially when it's in first person narrative.

    Early on in the book I was expecting there to be a reveal that the protagonist/narrator had been dropped on his head as a child but once I realised it wasn't a deliberate choice discussed with the author to make the main character sound simple my understanding of the story and characters was much clearer.

    While there is a naivety to the main character he is not a simpleton and neither are the majority of the characters in the book, although Pruden voices them in that same slow, deliberate way.

    I think the book would be a good read. It's a misleading listen.

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    Ruth Bain 02-06-14
    Ruth Bain 02-06-14

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    "Character-driven Western"
    Would you listen to The Sisters Brothers again? Why?

    I rarely re-listen to books, but this one deserves it. Great narration by John Pruden ! He captured the characters with his voice and intonation perfectly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator, Eli, is of course the best.


    Have you listened to any of John Pruden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to him previously, but based on this, I am looking for more books narrated by him.


    Any additional comments?

    This is reminiscent of a Joe R. Lansdale story, similar flawed but sympathetic characters and a dry humor that I found appealing. Loved it !

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    Richard G. Hough 08-25-13

    I like oaters, but then I like good books of any genre. I have well over two thousand titles in my library and expect many more.

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    "A different kind of Oater"

    Strange book. The heroes are villans, and the tell is from their point of view. There is one brother who seems to have no conscience and one that has quite a bit of reservation about what they do. The story is basically following the Sisters brothers to California where they hope to kill a couple of guys and steal a formula for the Commodore, their beloved boss. This book had me hooked early. The conversations and philosophizing during the trip is mesmerizing, and even though these guys are cold blooded killers, you start to sympathize with the kinder one, and the kinder one is doing the tell. So you see everything from his viewpoint. This is not a normal shoot em up western as it is better. It is a journey and a story well told. It held my interest and I think you will agree if you get this book. Well worth the credit, so take a chance would be my recommendation.

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