Summary

Shortlisted for: International Author of the Year – Specsavers National Book Awards 2012
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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5 out of 5 stars
By Buster on 26-07-12

One of my favourite books list

OK you already know its a book about hired killers on a job and that it has some squeamish bits. This is not a familiar genre to me but what a wonderful listen this was. The Sister Brothers narrate and squabble through their journey using the sparse humour filled language familiar to brothers. It was so beautifully read that it was easy to feel like the third, silent brother. Similarly descriptions of the landscape were so sparse that my imagination muscles were exercised and looking back it is difficult to remember if parts were a book or a movie. The story always moves along with purpose and the unexpected turns are gentle and (generally) quite plausible, the characters are original and you just take them as they are for many have suddenly truncated lives. The brothers journey is ultimately to realise their own place in the scheme of things. Dammit, I miss them.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 15-12-11

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By katrina on 29-07-12

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Eoin on 05-11-12

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.

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