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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (26,357 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick DeWitt Narrator: John Prude Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A masterful, hilarious picaresque that keeps company with the best of Charles Portis and Mark Twain.”

    Wells Tower, New York Times bestselling author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

  • “Gritty, as well as deadpan and often very comic…deWitt has chosen a narrative voice so sharp and distinctive…its very narrowing of possibilities opens new doors in the imagination.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “If Cormac McCarthy had a sense of humor, he might have concocted a story like Patrick deWitt’s bloody, darkly funny western.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Thrilling…a lushly voiced picaresque story…so richly told, so detailed, that what emerges is a weird circus of existence, all steel shanks and ponies, gut shots and medication poured into the eyeholes of the dying. At some level, this too is a kind of revenge story, marvelously blurry.”


  • “Weirdly funny, startingly violent, and steeped in sadness…It’s all rendered irresistible by Eli Sisters, who narrates with a mixture of melancholy and thoughtfulness.”

    Washington Post

  • “Mesmerizing…The book seduces us to its characters, and draws us on the strength of deWitt’s subtle, nothing-wasted prose. He writes with gorgeous precision about the grotesque: an amputation, a gouged eye, a con in a dive bar, a nauseating body count [without] macho brutishness.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “At once dark and touching, The Sisters Brothers has something on every page to make you laugh. Patrick deWitt has given us a gift, reimagining the old west in a thoroughly original manner. Readers are all the better for it.”

    Charles Bock, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Children

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Fiction
  • Selected for the May 2011 Indie Next List
  • A 2011 ALA Notable Book for Fiction
  • An 2011 Amazon Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist
  • A 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist
  • A 2011 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 RUSA Notable Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Man Booker Prize Finalist
  • Winner of the 2012 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humor

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Erin | 2/14/2014

    " Still on my California noir kick. This time, Gold Rush-era noir with a more or less happy ending. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Outdoorchris | 2/12/2014

    " A simple and very readable novel from the first person perspective on one of two brother hit men on a mission. The writing was not particularly complex and there were no wicked twists to the story, but the writing style had an almost naive truthfulness to it that had me really feeling like I was stepping in the shoes of a man for which I had little compassion. For some reason, I still cared about what was happening to him, and couldn't put this book down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by sullivan | 1/20/2014

    " i loved the premise and the writing. i love the feel of old america and cowboys and roughing it. the story wasn't anything special and the plot seemed to go nowhere. could've been way better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cynthia | 1/12/2014

    " This book was outstanding. This is a truly unique work of fiction that is has some of the most vivid characters that I've read about in a long time. Underneath the tale of these rough men is a touching story about the hearts of men. "

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About the Author
Author Patrick DeWitt

Patrick deWitt is the author of the critically acclaimed Ablutions: Notes for a Novel and The Sisters Brothers. He has also worked as a laborer, a clerk, a dishwasher, and a bartender. Born in British Columbia, he has lived in California, Washington, and Oregon, where he currently resides with his wife and son.