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Michael

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  • The Summons & The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller, Michael Beck
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (462)

    The Summons: Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi. Now the judge is a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home. Knowing the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate. The Brethren: They call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison. In prison these judges-turned-felons can reminisce about old court cases, dispense a little jailhouse justice, and contemplate where their lives went wrong. Or they can use their time in prison to get very rich, very fast.

    Michael says: "Great Performance"
    "Great Performance"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Summons & The Brethren to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but the audio of the summons was great.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot in the summons kept you alert, the brethren left a lot to be desired.


    What about Frank Muller and Michael Beck ’s performance did you like?

    Both are excellent performers.


    Any additional comments?

    The summons was an excellent book, the brethren left me hanging. I would not purchase books which are connected together again, just did not like that format.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9424)
    Performance
    (8488)
    Story
    (8495)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "An awesome read, a ten star performance."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

    Can't say, did not read the book. However, the audio is excellent, unlike reading, the audio gives a beautiful perception of all the characters. In my opinion there is only one other narrator equal to Michael Beck and that is Jim Hill.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Row?

    I thought the most memorable part of this listen was learning the true history of Seth Hubbard's father and family.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Beck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to many Michael Beck performances, this was as good if not better than the others.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's hard to believe that people could be treated the way Letty's Grandfather was treated. I'm sure there were many people treated like that but this was a sad and emotional part of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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