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The Sisters

Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Series: The Cormac Reilly Series, Book 0.5
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19,062 ratings)

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Red tape stalls lawyer/client meeting
Are two lawyers better than one?
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Dervla McTiernan

About the Creator

Dervla McTiernan’s debut novel, The Ruin, is a critically acclaimed international bestseller.The Ruin was short-listed for the 2018 Irish Book Awards, the 2019 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, the Barry Awards, the Davitt Awards, the Ned Kelly Awards, and the Australian Book Industry Awards, and long-listed for the Indie Awards. Dervla’s second book, The Scholar, was also an instant bestseller, confirming her place as one of Australia’s best new crime writers. Dervla was born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven. She studied corporate law at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the Law Society of Ireland, and practiced as a lawyer for 12 years. She now lives in Western Australia with her husband and two children. An avid fan from childhood of crime and detective novels, Dervla now writes full-time.

Photographed by Julia Dunin

Aoife McMahon

About the Performer

Originally from Ireland, Aoife McMahon is an actress and voice-over artist with over 100 audiobooks to her credit. She regularly tops best-seller lists and The Times’s (UK) top titles. Aoife trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has gone on to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, National, Young Vic, Royal Court, and Abbey theaters as well as BBC TV and Radio, RTÉ TV (Ireland), and many others. She has won awards both for her screen and audio work. Aoife lives in London and travels regularly to Sri Lanka, where she teaches kundalini yoga and takes time out to write.

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OK narration, abrupt ending

As others have said, the narrator did not portray male voices very well. I also found myself checking to see if I missed any chapters somehow once the story ended since it was so abrupt. I was expecting a better resolution with the 2 sisters working together instead of staying so separate from each other.

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Look forward to hearing more from this author

Truth is- I am old and although a former English teacher and librarian, I don’t listen to the fine/uplifting literature others read/listen to. I like suspense and mysteries. This is the FIRST monthly freebie from Audible I have liked. It’s a good story (although, like any short story, it ties things up way too simply. Afric’s story isn’t complete. But the reader was great and I’d listen to more by the author or the reader.

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Glaring inaccuracies

I thought this was extremely well-written, and very engaging, but do not understand how a book set in 2004 could be casually referencing Fifty Shades of Grey, or have characters binge watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy whilst texting each other casually. In 2004. How did this get past an editor? And make it all the way to audible?

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Missing something

The story pulled me in rather quickly, but in the end, it felt like they tried to wrap it up too soon. It begins getting you invested in Afric’s story, then switches to Carrie and pretty much leaves you hanging on Afric.

Would have been better with one more chapter

Also, I wish the author could have found some more creative interjections than using “god” and “Jesus” over and over. Many find this offensive.

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Short who dunnit with a lot of character development. Very nice portrayal of sisters who disagree but remain solid

An enjoyable story. Like many detective dories the ending is abrupt. In this case you were so entertained by getting there you wish it had gone on longer. The real focus of this book is the character development . A study in contrasts of two sisters. The narrator is great and distinguished speakers by accents and hesitation patterns. Well done

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Didn't care for how it ended

It was short and missing some action. We started with one character telling her story and her story was never finished. Instead we switch to a 2nd character whom I thought was building and potentially interesting story but gave us an anticlimactic and abrupt finish.

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Very good story and I look forward to reading more

I love the choice of an Irish narrator for an Irish writer's story set in Ireland. it lent an air of authenticity when listening. I'm very interested in reading more about these two great characters and hopes the author returns to both of them in the future.

Also, I'm no SJW but did *not* find the male characterizations so over the top as some did. cops everywhere tend to be an old boys club group. But even in that regards there were two, possibly three, male characters (not counting the defendant) who were not antagonizing or patronizing, but legitimate allies to the sisters.

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Excellent story.

I was actually delighted and surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I couldn’t stop listening and finished it all in one sitting. Great character development, great storyline, narration was well done. I enjoyed the dialogue throughout. I highly recommend this. Perfect length for a road trip.

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Abrupt and Predictable

Started out well enough, but ended abruptly and predictably. Glad it was one of my freebies.

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it was lacking

it wasnt bad but it seemed more like a skim of a story than an actual story. the characters weren't developed enough and the story like was good but it was too fast.

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  • Miss C.
  • 09-10-19

Gripping

Brilliant book , really enjoyable with a great flow and just the right amount of intrigue.

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  • Sarah
  • 09-22-19

Good book, but rushed ending

I was really enjoying this book, especially as it was a free download, but was very disappointed with the end. It felt as if the book was just getting going, and then the author remembered it was only supposed to be 3 hours long, so ended it abruptly. I also felt the music that was played at the end was just odd.

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  • R. J. Gladden
  • 09-12-19

One word: Brilliant!

This is only a short listen but sums up the writing of Dervla McTiernan excellently. Brilliant, believable characters, I love these sisters. Clever, clever storyline. Great narration too from Aoife McMahon.

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  • Fiona B.
  • 09-10-19

Gripping, completely credible, loved it!!!

From the start, I had to keep listening. Great strong characters, all places and stories so well described and told that I could picture all clearly in my mind. Sisters relationship perfectly written. I can't wait for Dervla's next audible book! Soon please!!

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  • Odharnait
  • 09-09-19

Engrossing!

Listened to it all in one go. Becoming a signature of Dervlas writing. Highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-19

Well written and a great pre-quel

This has wetted the appetite for this author. Very enjoyable and the story had legs so a shame it ended so soon. But if this is anything to go by, I shall enjoy The Ruin.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-19

Lean, light, literature

I liked the characters, the interrelationships and as individuals. I enjoyed touches of humour. I especially liked that it wasn't sensational, nor was it hard work. It was a nice listen when I was looking for a little entertainment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-19

Doesn't leave any feelings

Book - to listen and do not remember about it tomorrow. Simple story. Easy listen.

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  • vera
  • 10-20-19

Lovely light read

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was nice to read something that wasn’t too long and not too complicated but nevertheless a really interesting story

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  • petrajj
  • 10-18-19

Good easy listening

I enjoyed the characters and their interplay.
Hard not to feel it was written to some kind of set formula, so with this weakness, it all relied on the sister's relationship.

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  • Hannah
  • 09-10-19

Robbed of ending

A beautiful performance and story but I feel so robbed of the ending! Felt very rushed at the end. I would’ve liked more thriller chapters!

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  • Anna Saboisky
  • 09-08-19

Short listen

I’m a big Dervla fan, and I was waiting for this to get going when it ended!

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  • Sunny
  • 09-11-19

Waiting for the next instalment

I enjoyed this teaser and am looking forward to the next instalment in this series. I have to add that I would happily listen to Aoife McMahon reading the phone book to me. I have enjoyed several of her audio books which, I am sure, are enhanced by her fabulous narration.

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  • Iwbar
  • 09-08-19

Very enjoyable

Great short story, liked the multiple sub stories that kept me entertained and wanting more

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  • Pamela M.J.
  • 09-09-19

A great story well-told

One sister is a barrister, the other a guarda. They have different perspectives, different skills, but together they make a great team. I wanted to cheer them on. Keep going girls!

This is a super novella and Aoife McMahon is the perfect narrator for Dervla McTiernan. More like this one, please Ms McTiernan.

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  • Heather
  • 09-10-19

Excellent short read

I really enjoyed this, Aofie's Irish accent is lovely, the story was a little too short, I would have loved more. I think 'The Ruin' will be my next listen.

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  • Marian
  • 09-08-19

Great background to the Ruin.

Enjoyable and gripping read. Well written, flows easily and builds suspense. Liked listening to the audiobook.

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  • Melinda - YarnderWoman
  • 09-27-19

Great quick listen

A very engaging story with outstanding narration - all the regional Irish accents and differentiation between characters was wonderful.

The story is resolved, though the ending comes quickly (but not surprisingly, given the length of the overall story).

I am definitely keen to listen to the books in the series now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-26-19

Short but gripping!

That was a good one! Have to finish it in one go. Definitely need to check out the series.

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  • Justine
  • 10-19-19

Rushed ending

I enjoyed the story but it felt like it should have only been about half way through when suddenly it was all wrapped up. The ending was disappointing.