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The Sisters Brothers | [Patrick deWitt]

The Sisters Brothers

Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling experiences in the landscape of Gold Rush America. And they bicker a lot. Arriving in California, and discover that Warm has invented a magical formula, which could make all of them very rich. What happens next is utterly gripping, strange and sad....
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Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling experiences in the landscape of Gold Rush America. And they bicker a lot. Arriving in California, and discover that Warm has invented a magical formula, which could make all of them very rich. What happens next is utterly gripping, strange and sad....

©2011 Patrick deWitt (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd

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    katrina NEWBURGH, NY, United States 07-29-12
    katrina NEWBURGH, NY, United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Engaging and entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is an interesting interpretation of the Western genre, set in Oregon and California during the gold rush. I found the story compelling and the reader really gave the characters depth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eli, the narrator. He was sympathetic while being flawed.


    What about William Hope???s performance did you like?

    He did a wonderful job of interpreting the different characters through nuances of speech.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eoin Kilcullen, Ireland 11-05-12
    Eoin Kilcullen, Ireland 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant Performance by William Hope"

    This was recommended to me by someone to whom I'll be returning for more advice! It's a darkly humorous take of fraternal assassins in the old west, and chronicles their journey to their latest quarry in gold-rush California. Sometimes strange, but not in an inaccessible way - think more Coen Brothers than David Lynch.

    William Hope's modes of speech are superbly evocative; and should be award-winning if there is any justice. Just a brilliant listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    emilie Melbourne, Australia 10-08-12
    emilie Melbourne, Australia 10-08-12
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    "brilliant"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sisters Brothers to be better than the print version?

    It's on par, I would say.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a gripping, stylish, fabulously told tale. I found it intelligent and exciting. The narration I thought was perfect.


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

    no, I have not.


    If you could take any character from The Sisters Brothers out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take out Eli.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the narration addictive and started to think like the characters in the tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Beaumaris, Australia 09-24-12
    Lori Beaumaris, Australia 09-24-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, great narrator."

    This story was only ok for me. Had been recommendedto me by a friend. If I was reading the book I might have just put it down but the narrator pulled me through so I ended up rating it a 3 star.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jenny
    Redruth, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Entertaining and surprising"
    What did you like most about The Sisters Brothers?

    That although the brothers were 'baddies', I felt empathy for them..... there but for fortune....


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

    Barry Lyndon comes to mind. He was a 'baddy' hero as well. But he couldn't help it.


    Which character – as performed by William Hope – was your favourite?

    The fat brother, of course. It's a few months since I listened to it now so I can't remember his name now. At least he loved his horse in the best way he could


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he went back to the little town expecting to find the woman and their money...... won't give the game away though.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was particularly good and I felt that the author knew his subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chrissie
    East Grinstead, United Kingdom
    6/18/13
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    "Like watching a western"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I struggled at first with this book because of the narator - he was very much a western cowboy which is just what it required and once I got over that I was hooked - you could almost sense the tumble weed blowing down the dirt roads.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A fair end to a fair book and not what I had expected


    Do you think The Sisters Brothers needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The story has been told - the only follow-up would have to be of the earlier years and I am not sure it would work


    Any additional comments?

    Made a nice change from the usual books I listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kendall
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    12/23/12
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    "a bit of a revelation"

    This is not normally a book I would have chosen but having been assigned to read it for book group I also took the audiobook on holiday and half-read half listened to the story. It's one of the best books I've read in 2012, and the audiobook reader's accent and expression makes the story come to life. Ultimately it is a tale of morality and humanity and human failings and it made a very big impression on me long after the last chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dkdogg
    Alford, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "sisters brothers"

    I wanted to listen to a book that was different from the usual lee child, dean koontz, Stephen king type books that I usually get. This is certainly different! I enjoyed the pace of the book which reminded me a bit of 'the road'.

    The book is hilariously funny in some parts and quite touching in others. Its kind of a road trip book, charting the progress of two tough brothers in the 1800s awho's brutality can be quite shocking at times. However, this is tempered by their values towards family, and generally speaking, doing the right thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L
    Wanganui, New Zealand
    11/17/12
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    "True Western"

    Just loved it. Real Western characters with western type humour. Had us backing the baddies and laughing out loud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    Kendal, United Kingdom
    6/27/12
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    "Highly recommended"

    The reviewer who likens this to a Coen Brothers movie is spot on. Cringing as the characters lurched from crisis to crisis I then found the ending unexpectedly quite moving. I loved this book and the narration is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reader
    London, United Kingdom
    6/18/12
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    "A wonderful reading of a terrific book"

    This is by far the best audio book that I've listened to. Much of the story is told in dialogue, which is performed quite brilliantly by William Hope. The story is exciting, moving, funny and complex. I really loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
    5/28/12
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    "A truly great read."

    I came accross this book on a television book review show, where they rated the book highly. I am delighted to say that in my opinion they were right. The book in set in the "Old West", cowboys, guns, saloons, and open prairies all abound. But this is no ordinary "cowboy" tale, true it has lots of what you would expect from a western, but it has a whole lot more about it than that.
    Beutifully narrated, every character is totally recognizable, the narrator is able to give each character in the book their own distinct voice.
    This book is written in the language of the time, and the story focuses on the two main characters as they go about their latest job as hired killers. The plot is simple, it is the wonderfully crafted writing that realy makes this a special tale, that in the end leaves you with a sense that moraly, justice is done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cindy
    London, United Kingdom
    4/29/12
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    "Don't want this one to end"

    Those who know me wouldn't dream I could love a book about two brothers murdering for money in the California Gold Rush of 1851.

    But one of the brothers has a sensitive side and is regretting his line of work, and vaguely pondering alternatives, while the other takes humorous pot shots at him for this. The dialogue is so poetic and sparkling, their adventures gripping, horrifying and poignant.

    The narrator does a fantastic job with the different character's voices, and the whole thing has me wondering how I can finagle some time in my car alone for a good long listen, while realising the downside of that would be that the story would be over too quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • pamela
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    4/26/12
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    "Love it"

    I miss Eli now that this book is finished. Patrick deWitt, in Eli you have brought a man to life that I want to hold on to. Thank you. From another writer, thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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