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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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    david 03-19-12
    david 03-19-12
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    "A fun read"
    Where does The Sisters Brothers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Sisters Brothers ranks among the top 10 of the last 100 or so books I've read.


    What other book might you compare The Sisters Brothers to and why?

    I don't know of another book I've read with which to compare it. It stands out because of its quirkiness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's not so much the scenes that stand out but the seemingly out-of-place use of language.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Sisters Brothers and why?

    The main character is entirely dominant and therefore the most memorable. Thinking of any other character is only in context of him.


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    Parola138 Czech Republic 03-17-12
    Parola138 Czech Republic 03-17-12 Listener Since 2005

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    "Thoroughly enjoyed"

    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.

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    suzanne 03-15-12
    suzanne 03-15-12
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    "First Audible selection"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Became an Audible member as I was traveling and having trouble keeping up with book club! This method makes travel sooo much better.


    What could Patrick deWitt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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......


    Did John Pruden do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. Very well read.


    Was The Sisters Brothers worth the listening time?

    Yes, it kept the long wait times bearable.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Adi Reader 03-08-12
    Adi Reader 03-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining, but a bit dry."
    Would you try another book from Patrick deWitt and/or John Pruden?

    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,


    Would you be willing to try another book from Patrick deWitt? Why or why not?

    Although I did enjoy the book, it was a little dry. I never really felt a connection with any of the characters.


    Did John Pruden do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I thought he did a decent job of making each voice unique to the character.


    Did The Sisters Brothers inspire you to do anything?

    The only thing that this novel inspired me to do is pick up a beach read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Francine Price Gambrills, MD USA 03-01-12
    Francine Price Gambrills, MD USA 03-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Surprised"
    Any additional comments?

    Very funny book if you enjoy black humor. The Cohen brothers should do the movie.

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    Craig 02-15-12
    Craig 02-15-12
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    "Interesting concept"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sisters Brothers the most enjoyable?

    An interesting trip though history and and alternative look at how one determines their way of life


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I felt like I had dropped into the middle of the story. Not enough background of the Sisters Brothers until late in the story


    What about John Pruden???s performance did you like?

    His voice and performance suited my picture of the main character almost to a tee.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 01-31-12
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A stylish and heartfelt Western."

    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.

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    Wayne Georgetown, CA, United States 01-31-12
    Wayne Georgetown, CA, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful tale with great characters. loved it"
    What did you love best about The Sisters Brothers?

    I love a story that has good characters and this certianly has them. These men have very hard edges and do as they please. Even though you know what they do is wrong, you still root for them. The setting in the gold rush of California is perfect and in the end provides a chance for the Sisters Brothers to escape the life that they both know is wrong.


    What does John Pruden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a wonderful job bringing out the characters from the book. Yes, I feel as if I know the Sister Brothers. The other characters in this story are also portrayed very well by John Pruden.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt guilty for laughing and then for wanting the Sisters Brothers to succeed. The story protrays a realistic view of the California Gold rush and the opportunist feeding off it.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the Audio book and would reccomend it highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harold Ellis COLUMBUS, OH, United States 01-16-12
    Harold Ellis COLUMBUS, OH, United States 01-16-12

    Arol

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    "A peculiarity"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's a great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing style and vernacular of the day was most intriguing to me. John Pruden was excellent as well.


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

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MARYANN INVERNESS, FL, United States 01-09-12
    MARYANN INVERNESS, FL, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2012

    Maryann

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    "A Winner"
    Where does The Sisters Brothers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    7 on a scale of 1 to 10.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Original and fun. Not too heavy.


    What does John Pruden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Like all great readers, he adds another dimension to the reading experience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I like animals and was worried about the comments regarding the treatment of them in the book. The horse's experience was sad, but his mistreatment was a result of ignorance and not sadism. That made all the difference for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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