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
“…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)
Yes, it's a great story.
The writing style and vernacular of the day was most intriguing to me. John Pruden was excellent as well.
7 on a scale of 1 to 10.
Original and fun. Not too heavy.
Like all great readers, he adds another dimension to the reading experience.
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.
I'm not generally a fan of Westerns, but I do like different and quirky and "The Sisters Brothers" is both. It might be a little light on plot at times, but it's still enjoyable because of the language (great dialogue!) and all the odd/funny things that happen and Eli's philosophical thoughts. I also liked the relationship between Eli and Charlie...it was pretty deep and touching. They are both likeable characters even though Charlie doesn't have as many morals as Eli.
The biggest problem I had with the book was the two intermissions. I wasn't sure what they meant (or if they were supposed to mean anything).
Good, unique, fun story. The reader also did a good job and was well-matched to the story.
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 is a inventive and interesting story about two brothers who are hired guns in the "wild west" during the time of the California Gold rush. The story is told by Eli Sisters an overweight, thoughtful, loyal, killer. While some of the relationships and conversations may be unbelievable in the context of the story, one cannot help but be drawn to Eli and his musings. Eli, however, can also be construed as annoying and whining. Unfortunately, the narrators' voice reinforced this interpretation of Eli. I finally gave up on listening, and got a print copy of the book. Then I was able to forgive Eli his flaws and enjoy the story.
Yes, but this is almost always the case with a great narrator
Dexter series as one begins to like the character(s) in spite of their distorted sense of morality. Of Mice and Men as you have two "brother-types" caring for each other despite the flaws
This is my first Pruden listen but would certainly like to hear more
No extreme reactions but enjoyed it from beginning to end
Great Character developments. Story was well paced and kept my interest.
This story just did not keep my interest-in print or on audio!
If I found the subject of another of his books more interesting, I would give him another try.
I did think that the narrator was a good choice for this story, I just didn't like the story!
The misery. Everyone, all the time.
No, I'm sorry. Not my preferred style of read.
I'm sorry but this was just bad.
One of the few books I just couldn't listen to.
I don't know who did the positive reviews but this is just
not worth your time or your dime
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