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The Brethren Audiobook

The Brethren

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Publisher's Summary

Trumble is a minimum security federal prison, a "camp," home to the usual assortment of relatively harmless criminals - drug dealers, bank robbers, swindlers, embezzlers, tax evaders, two Wall Street crooks, one doctor, and at least five lawyers. And three former judges who call themselves the Brethren: one from Texas, one from California, and one from Mississippi. They meet each day in the law library, their turf at Trumble, where they write briefs, handle cases for other inmates, practice law without a license, and sometimes dispense jailhouse justice. And they spend hours writing letters. They are fine-tuning a mail scam, and it's starting to really work. The money is pouring in. Then their little scam goes awry. It ensnares the wrong victim, a powerful man outside, a man with dangerous friends. The Brethren's days of quietly marking time are over.

©2000 Belfrey Holdings, Inc.; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.

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    leigh 08-18-16
    leigh 08-18-16 Member Since 2015

    Stories are a journey and a destination worth while.

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    "Took a while to get interested"
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Frank Muller?

    Yes I would. Frank Muller does an excellent reading and John Grisham is a good writer. I have read a few of Grishams other books and some are better, some are worse than this.


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Frank Muller comes across as an excellent character. I like his voice a lot and he doesn't get to theatrical.


    Was The Brethren worth the listening time?

    Yes, I am glad that I took the time for this book. However, it took a very long time to really catch my attention. Throughout the first half of the book I kept considering giving up because it was not grabbing me, making me think, or keeping me guessing. It drug on for a very long time, but in the end I did enjoy the direction the plot took. It just took a very long time to get there.


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    angela 06-01-16
    angela 06-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    what time does the bank in Whitehall absolutely one of the best books ever written I can't wait to listen to more

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    Cathy 11-06-15
    Cathy 11-06-15 Member Since 2015

    Cathy

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    "My favorite!!"

    Love Grisham and this one has the humor and all the great twists and turns!

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    Kentucky Woman Louisville, KY United States 06-03-15
    Kentucky Woman Louisville, KY United States 06-03-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Intriguing story, unlikable characters"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was entertaining


    Would you recommend The Brethren to your friends? Why or why not?

    John Grisham's books are always easy to listen to and he weaves a good tale. This one seemed a bit dated in light of events of the twenty-first century.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, not great

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    W Perry Hall 11-25-14

    One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope

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    "Shallow, Contrived and Uninteresting"

    I'm familiar with the prison pen pal scams in LA and MS. Maybe that's why this novel seemed like Grisham picked the plot from his list of "maybe's," yet then when writing it his heart just wasn't there. I'm a fan of much of Grisham's work, but this one seemed neither real nor true, and it lacked a shred of suspense, which is normally Grisham's strongest suit. Written as if Grisham just phoned it in.

    I was very disappointed.

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    Amazon Customer West Monroe, LA, United States 09-11-12
    Amazon Customer West Monroe, LA, United States 09-11-12
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    "Interesting and thought provoking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Just to discuss issues the story provokes


    Any additional comments?

    It makes you think that there are a lot behind politicians we don't see

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Taiwo Germantown, MD, United States 06-18-12
    Taiwo Germantown, MD, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration was the resistance, very disappointing."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Could not get over the irritation of the narration, as a result was unable to get to the end if the book. I have tried to listen and press on three times now, but cannot.


    What didn’t you like about Frank Muller’s performance?

    High mono tone ran throughout. Very irritating.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I will, because I think the story is good I was just put off by the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    The book might be worth listening to with another narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Clio, MI, United States 06-18-12
    Diane Clio, MI, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Pretty typical for Grisham....great & witty!"
    Would you listen to The Brethren again? Why?

    I would read The Brethren again. If I ran out of other books on audible and if I'd read all of Grisham's others, I suppose I'd pick this one off again.


    What other book might you compare The Brethren to and why?

    This one is quick spirited and witty like The Street Lawyer. Fast paced.


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything! Whether he's speeding up or slowing down the sentences or words themselves it helps in getting the images in my head. I can almost see the people in the story just by the narrative tone.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nothing particular, I was just amused actually by the "inmates" of the story....what a hoot!


    Any additional comments?

    The only other comment I have about this book is that I was glad I got it. It was a fast read, as all Grisham's are for me. I've read about 7 now and going back for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    musicmomma Green Bay, WI 03-11-12
    musicmomma Green Bay, WI 03-11-12
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    "Awesome book"
    If you could sum up The Brethren in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome, compelling and page TURNER (if it had pages)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was awesome. The charters are wonderful and the story makes you want to keep listening to the book. The nice thing about this could actual actually happen.


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His book was great. It added to the excitement of the plot of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    greg sarasota, FL, United States 02-18-12
    greg sarasota, FL, United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Predictable Monotonous Noir"

    Slow, plodding and completely predictable. And if that wasn't bad enough Grisham presented only unlikable, morally despicable characters, not an admirable protagonist in the bunch.

    This novel was a waste of my time and left me feeling blah. Muller's droning narration seemed to mimic my overall take on the story. I'll think twice before investing in another Grisham offering

    Can't recommend.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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