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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 (360 ratings)

Non-member price: $9.68

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Publisher's Summary

Two sisters climbing the ranks of Dublin’s criminal justice system. A murder case that could change their lives forever. The Sisters is a gripping new thriller from one of the most exciting voices in crime fiction.

 In this prequel to the international bestseller The Ruin, set 10 years prior, bright-eyed Carrie Ryan is at the very start of her career. When she has a hunch about an ongoing murder investigation, she knows it could be her only chance to prove herself and truly break into the “boy’s club” of Dublin’s police force. 

Carrie uncovers this make-or-break moment in a case file her sister Aifric, a newly qualified barrister, leaves on their kitchen counter: Robert Collins has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend after a fight in a local pub, and all signs point towards a guilty verdict. But both sisters quickly begin to find evidence that complicates the story. All the while, Carrie is very aware that she’s crossed the line – if the detective sergeant running the investigation finds out she’s been messing around with his case, her career will be over before it has begun.  

Please note: This audio contains strong language, distressing situations, and descriptions of violence that some listeners may find upsetting. Discretion is advised. 

©2019 Dervla McTiernan (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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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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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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Short listen

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

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Very enjoyable

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

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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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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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  • deb
  • Australia
  • 10-09-2019

Tastes great

Thanks for the free taste of The Sisters Audible. Can’t wait to read The Ruin & The Scholar

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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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I enjoyed this book

Well narrated, but the music at the end was wierd. I felt it could have been a little more somehow.

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The Sisters

Really enjoyed it, i enjoyed learning about Carrie’s past and I was only disappointed that it didn’t last longer.

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  • Robert Bolin
  • 16-09-2019

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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  • C. E. Pitchford
  • 09-09-2019

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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  • Aimee B.
  • 17-09-2019

decent short story that empowers women

great mystery that can be guessed and ending came up short but a good story that empowers the female workforce!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-09-2019

It was alright

Obviously a bit short, a quick 3 hr listen. But the story started out so good and was just... done. Solved and figured out way too quick and it was kind of obvious where it was going to go. So much potential. Maybe the next one, if there is one, will show improvement!

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  • Yoxa
  • 07-09-2019

A good listen

I am more likely to listen to non-fiction, but I enjoyed The Sisters. It was a good yarn read by a great narrator. As well as the action of the story, I liked the details that paint a picture of life in Dublin ... setting the scene without stalling the story. As a bonus, it was the perfect length for my car trip!

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  • April B.
  • 07-09-2019

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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  • Shawna Godsy
  • 08-09-2019

Fast Plot

The story was good, would have been better if it had been longer and we learned more about each character. It was solved too fast and didn't really have as many twists and turns as I like. Th narration was good and I loved her accent!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-09-2019

The Sisters

I enjoyed this story it was good and the narration was beautifully done. I Loved it.

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  • Samantha
  • 07-09-2019

you should listen

I very much liked this book. I will be getting more from this author. The narrator did a great job.

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  • ResearchHound
  • 07-09-2019

Lags then takes off

I wanted to shut this off. The narrator was terrible with male voices. The intro dragged on. Then once the case began it got interesting. It would have been far better with two narrators. The male parts were OTT falsely masculine and the girls a bit too flowery as if every girl was a damsel in distress. With better narration, this would have gotten a better review.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-2019

Doesn't leave any feelings

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

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  • Miss C.
  • 10-09-2019

Gripping

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

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  • R. J. Gladden
  • 12-09-2019

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.
  • 10-09-2019

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
  • 09-09-2019

Engrossing!

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-2019

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
  • 08-09-2019

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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  • Sarah
  • 22-09-2019

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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  • nev kidd
  • 21-09-2019

A brilliantly written story, beautifully read

The story is very good, well paced and with excellent characters.
I was hooked by line 2 and listened to it in one sitting.
The reader is really clear and brings the story to life.
I would recommend Dervla McTiernan to anyone and everyone.

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  • Victoria O'Doherty
  • 21-09-2019

A great book

very easy to listen to and a great story with a great ending. i would definately recommend.