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My Sister, the Serial Killer

Narrated by: Weruche Opia
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019

Korede is bitter. How could she not be?

Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede's practicality is the sisters' saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her 'missing' boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they're perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited, and he takes notice.

When he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it. Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that's as fun as it is frightening.

©2018 Oyinkan Braithwaite (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Enjoyable on a number levels

Brilliant narration brought the Nigerian characters, setting and style of speech to life
Written in a punchy style and moves at quick pace.
A surprisingly fun listen given the subject matter - can be enjoyed just as an easy read but can also make you think about big issues (like sibling relationships, status of women and men, beauty) without being judgy or preachy. A gem of a novella.

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brilliant

loved this book, it was so entertaining and surprisingly oddball. I doubt the subject matter would be for everyone but I'm not easily put off by serial killers. Narrator was awesome

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Suprisingly entertaining and bewildering

The narrator’s performance added the depth to the characters of the story. It was captivating to listen to Korede, the older sister’s narration and perception of encounters, moments and of course the murders. Told in a candid, light and matter-of-fact tone it feels like there so much more to read in between what the characters say and what they perceived to have happen. I couldn’t give it 5 stars ‘cause I cannot figure out the abrupt ending of the story. I only started figuring out the irony of which sister is really the serial killer and feel like I’m missing something. But all in all a refreshing story and perspective one that will keep you hooked ‘til the end.

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tedious

Boring and irritating. The story is so predictable it's agonising .
everyone except the main character is stupid,lazy or greedy apparently.

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a pleasant suprise

I really enjoyed this. easy to follow, quick. interesting story regarding a family bond and what can come in between sisters.

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lt Didn't Thrill Me

There was time when, I wanted her to confess about her sister killing those man and she had opportunists but that was never going to happen. I could see where it was going, there wasn't a shock factor for me. I didn't mind the the narrator, she blended well with the story.

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Too short but a good story

I liked the story but it was too short. I didn't realise that this is more a novella and as such the ending came too soon. The narrator was good. Due to the shortness of the book and that I didn't feel the book was worth a full credit, I gave it 3 stars, although 3.5 stars would be more appropriate.

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A most enjoyable read

I really enjoyed this book. I was in hospital when I listened to it and it took me away from the doom and gloom.

Read it! its great!

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Page turner

I loved the narrator, her lovely variety of voices, capturing characters well. Short chapters work well. Great sisterly bond and loyalty. I was sad when it ended

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Fantastic story!

This is a fantastic and compelling story, coupled with great narration. Four and a half hours long so I whipped through it pretty quickly. definitely worth a listen!

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  • Nadejda Marie Kondratiev
  • 31-12-2019

Gripping

Once I started listening, I didn’t stop. It’s very entertaining and not so unrealistic that it couldn’t be real. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s also very well read.

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  • alexandra ogon
  • 19-09-2019

A must listen

brilliant!! well written well dictated. weruche did justice to the book. The subtle differences in the Nigerian accents were again brilliant..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-08-2019

Weruche Opia is the PERFECT narrator for this story!

I thought the story was very good, I would rate it 4,5 stars but the narrator, Weruche Opia, truly brought the story to life with her beautiful accent!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-2019

A change from the usual

I really enjoyed how unique this book is. Set in Lagos, the protagonist is an African woman. I feel like African voices and stories are not as commonly heard as the standard Western ones. If you would like to try something different from the usual style that is so popular this book is a great start.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-2019

Loved it

Such an enjoyable listen, great story, great narration. Give it a listen, it's dark and funny.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-2019

Great story

This grim little story is a tale of sisterly love and murder. I also loved the narrators voice. Thoroughly recommend it.

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  • DHM
  • 06-01-2019

underyped

something I'd never choose to listen to or read had it not been recommended. written flawlessly, admiration is the best I've come across in 3 years of listening to audiobooks!

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  • A. Davies
  • 22-07-2019

Come for the killing, stay for the people

My Sister is a snack-sized novella following Korede, a nurse who works in Laos and provides for her sister and widowed mother.

The book is easy to read. Most chapters fit on a page or two, and Korede uses compact, matter-of-fact language. Sometimes that compactness produces cutting comments or deadpan humour, but in general it's played straight, reflecting Korede's dutiful and restrained approach to life in general.

The title and opening are sensational, but this isn't a thriller: it's a character study.

If you'd like to get under the skin of a meticulous, dutiful, tired Nigerian woman as she does her level best to carve out a life for herself and her family - despite shallow men, corrupt traffic cops, and her frustratingly carefree sister - you'll find a lot to love.

PS - because of the short chapters, I preferred the printed book to the audiobook, but they're both good. The narrator uses a quiet, unadorned voice which fits well with Korede's character.

I enjoyed the snatches of poetry :)

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  • Bookish Lara
  • 05-06-2019

Beautifully written

Loved this so much more than I expected. It was written beautifully, narrated superbly and I felt visceral reactions to the story.
I really hope this wins the Womens Fiction prize.

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  • SG
  • 24-02-2019

Terrific Story-Telling

I was bowled over by this book. Not by the murders, but by the relationship between two sisters, and the gradual revelation of their family background. By the last lines you understand why the long-suffering Korede cleans up, time and again, after her spoilt, self-centred, knife-toting younger sibling.

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  • Tammy Newman
  • 22-05-2019

Excellent

Loved this book, it’s not just a story about a serial killer, it’s a story about power and the affects it has within the family. It was interesting to hear about the culture and I loved the incorporation of social media. Very modern with classic themes. The narration was fantastic, I will definitely look out for this author and narrator combination.

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  • Natallie
  • 21-05-2019

Very good read

I love a unique story that breaks the norm and this book and its Lagos setting is definitely that. Beautiful narration. The emotions of the main character all come through in this story..loneliness, jealousy , loyalty, passion and you can feel her sheer exhaustion of dealing with it all.

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  • Shelley
  • 02-03-2020

Brilliant

I loved this book. Not my usual. Bought when on offer. Really well written and narrated.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-01-2020

excellent narration and lean storytelling

The story isn't that original but this proves that it's the execution that is more important. The prose is tight keeping things moving at a nice pace. The narration is excellent - a great voice for telling stories.

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  • Sarah Wilmot
  • 25-11-2019

love this

such a great story - sisters, love, and serial killing. funny and tragic - 2019 best

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  • janien
  • 17-08-2019

Entertaining enough; not outstanding

One of this years booker longlist reads.

A unique story approach and perhaps that is why it is longlisted.

The story is entertaining but it’s not a thriller read; no where near. This is a world where having a sister as a serial killer is treated as either the norm, or dismissed as impossible, or where backs are turned.

It’s a fun listen and the presentation is perfect. Worth a read; just don’t expect to be blown away by this one!

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