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
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.
Eli, the narrator. He was sympathetic while being flawed.
He did a wonderful job of interpreting the different characters through nuances of speech.
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.
It's on par, I would say.
It's a gripping, stylish, fabulously told tale. I found it intelligent and exciting. The narration I thought was perfect.
no, I have not.
I would take out Eli.
I found the narration addictive and started to think like the characters in the tale.
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.
"If you like the Coen Brothers..."
The description of this book put me in mind of a Coen brothers film, and I was not disappointed by the comparison. This is a great tale of two brothers, told from the point of view of Eli, the more thoughtful of the two. It's a wonderful description of a space in time where things were more simple: life in the American west during the gold-rush was about surviving rather than living, killing was as easy as eating, and basic needs of love and warmth are reflected on, but not prioritised. The language used is intricate and well-placed, and the plot full of action.
This was one of those books where I was so pleased that I listened to the performance, rather than reading it myself, as I could never have imagined the correct accent, tone and inflection that is so important in creating these characters, brilliant work from William Hope.
"Loved it but not for the squeamish horse lover!!!"
Yes, I am a horse lover and found some of the book a bit hard to listen to/read so without adding spoilers I'll not go into what happens. Suffice to say though it is an integral part of the book and also makes for a moving conclusion too.
I laughed out loud and I cried too, you are on a roller-coaster of emotion when listening to this brilliantly narrated story, William Hope is a real gem and characterises beautifully which for me totally made the book for me. Bravo to all concerned!
"Atmospheric and nicely paced"
Not a shoot em up type of western at all - but very well done and paced with great characters.
Thought i'd try something a little different from my usual detective story,so glad i did.Wonderfull book.Found myself grinning and talking like a cowboy.
"That title is genius."
Eli: sensitive, reflective, bungling. Charlie: dominant, calculating, ruthless. The two sisters brothers bicker their way to their latest assignment to kill a prospector in California Eli ponders the wisdom of keeping his horse, blind in one eye and Charlie constantly undermines his brother. Events however have a part to play in shaping the dynamics of their relationship. A western like you've never seen before. and yes very Coen brothers. The narrator captures the atmosphere beautifully: exceptional!!!
"the sister brothers"
kept me going all through the long drive from spain to england. Great story - loved it.
"Like listening to a Coen brothers film"
As the title says, very much like listening to a Coen brothers film; if you like their films, you will love this. Be warned, there are some fairly gruesome bits.
"Entertaining to listen to"
The south American drawling accents really brought the book to life - probably better than reading the book
"A good book"
Felt a bit Coen brothers, a very interesting story, very well written, I loved it.
"A thinking listener's Western"
The Sisters Brothers are killers and expert with their guns. Not my normal Audible fare but other reviews made me try it and I'm delighted I did. Eli the narrator is a totally credible character - overweight, desperate for love, caring of his horses and painfully aware of what he is. Charlie his elder brother is more your typical gunfighter but even he is capable of thoughtful discussions with Eli. Their escapades on the trail of a gold prospector in California are engrossing and vivid and manage to avoid all the usual Western cliches: the gunfights are necessary evils on their way but not the main events which are far more intriguing. The pivotal scenes on a remote river will stay with me for a long time. The narrator is excellent and brings the characters to life very well. Even if you hate Westerns, this is definitely worth a listen.
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