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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 07-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story I hope there's a follow up"
    What did you love best about The Sisters Brothers?

    The narrator did a great job capturing the different styles of each brother. And I loved the noir style the author used in this cowboyesque book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eli Sisters was my favorite. He was the more quiet, kind hearted one that was looking out for his brother more than his brother even knew.


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

    This is my first, but definitely not my last.


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

    Yes in fact it only took me two days to listen too because I couldn't turn it off.


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    Tom 07-12-12
    Tom 07-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Best Western I Ever Read"

    I don't have good luck with westerns and I was nervous to pick this up. Something about the idea of the story, and the awesome cover art, drew me to this book (I ended up listening to the audio book). I ended up really enjoying it.

    Eli and Charlie Sisters area infamous killers for "The Commodore". They are just on another job when things begin to change for Eli. The story is told in Eli's voice as he and his brother travel on this errand from Oregon Territory to Sacramento. Eli has never really had the killer personality, in fact, he decides he wants to own a clothing shop. The brothers have a series of encounters on this journey that begin to drive a wedge between them, at least professionally, and Eli realizes he cannot continue the life he finds himself in. He finally understands that he has always done what his older brother needed him to do and never pursued his own desires.

    I am not one to look for deep meaning or hidden symbolism in literature. I always hated the part of English class where we read a book and tried to decipher the authors intentions. I always wondered how many authors were pulling their hair out as they watched high school kids butcher their stories. I like a good read with characters that I can care about and an entertaining plot and story line. The Sister Brothers provided that. There are some truly laugh out loud moments and some excellent dialogue and in the end I was concerned for these two killers.

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    Eric Murphy Vancouver, Wa 06-12-12
    Eric Murphy Vancouver, Wa 06-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I tried to love it"

    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.

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    Michael Amesbury, MA, USA 05-11-12
    Michael Amesbury, MA, USA 05-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome story, fun to read"

    This was reminiscent of the westerns Elmore Leonard wrote -- so if you liked those, or of the few Robert Parker westerns, you'll like this book.

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    spowers 04-21-12
    spowers 04-21-12
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    "Lots of great characters"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sisters Brothers the most enjoyable?

    John Pruden brought the characters to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eli. A killer with a big heart - very non traditional.


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

    He does a great job of "acting" out the characters in a way that gives a clear visual of each one.


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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 Member Since 2017

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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.


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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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