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The Brethren | [John Grisham]

The Brethren

In a minimum security federal prison known as Trumble, three former judges who call themselves the Brethren are quietly writing letters to unsuspecting victims of a monumental mail scam. Much to their delight, the money is pouring in. But now they've ensnared the wrong man and the Brethren's days of marking time are over.
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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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    mark United States 08-13-12
    mark United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Just not a good story, Mullers voice just drags it"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book seemed like it was written to fill a qouta. I like many of Grishams books this one is just blah. I'm not a fan of Frank Muller, instead of captivating and adding his drawn out style puts you to sleep.


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    There was no characters that you cared about, every character was a bad person and you just don't care.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Frank Muller’s performances?

    No, this was me trying him again. Biggest problem is how similar he is regardless of the story. I really don't like his performance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Brethren?

    I never would have published it


    Any additional comments?

    I will never get my time back but any chance of my money?

    0 of 1 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 2010
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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.

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    Cesar USA 03-14-05
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    "The Brethren(unabridged)"

    Excellent

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    Robert The Woodlands, TX, United States 09-20-07
    Robert The Woodlands, TX, United States 09-20-07
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    "Crime does pay"

    It just doesn't sit well with me that our protagonists seemly ply their stock in trade – blackmail – successfully. I was left wanting justice for the innocents whose particular sexual tastes left them vulnerable.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond College Station, TX, USA 09-03-05
    Raymond College Station, TX, USA 09-03-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Terrible Reader"

    The book is great, but the reader is terrible. At the end of every sentence he gives a big breathy whoosh. The annoyance factor is very very high.

    Frank Muller used to be a great reader, but this shockingly bad.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Chicago, IL, USA 10-10-05
    Daniel Chicago, IL, USA 10-10-05
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    "Pass"

    This is by far the worst Grisham novel I have listened to (in order of preference: The Painted House, The Summons, The Last Juror, The Testamant, and The King of Torts). The plot was hardly worthy of a made-for TV movie script, totally contrived. And, like other reviewers stated, I grew tired of the affected "breathy" narration. Nevertheless, it kept my attention wondering where it would end.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Atlanta, GA, USA 06-15-03
    Barry Atlanta, GA, USA 06-15-03 Member Since 2001
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    "The Brethran"

    I'll never know if the Brethren is another great book from John Grisham, unless I read it. That's because, try as I would, I could not get past the 1st chapter. The fault was not the story, but the reader Michael Beck. I'll never know if he got any better latter in the story, because I could not get past Beck's sandpaper-grating, reading style. He ended every sentence,no matter its meaning or intensity, in exactly the same way; the dropping off of a well-read sentence, into the dying guttural whisper one would reserve, only for the confidential emphasize that danger was ahead. When I heard my inside self saying "please, not this sentence too" only to hear Beck do it again, I knew it was time to call it quits. For the first time in the 54 years I've been reading, I asked for a refund on a book!

    4 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Ottawa, ON, Canada 11-03-05
    Kate Ottawa, ON, Canada 11-03-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Nix the Narrator - please!"

    Although the storyline was worthwhile, the "breathy", over-dramatic and incredibly annoying narrator, ruins the entire experience. The narrator of this unabridged version is Frank Muller ? not to be confused with (as misstated by one of the previous reviewers) Michael Beck - who narrates the abridged version (and whom I enjoyed in The Last Juror). Mr. Muller should stick with radio ads or wrestling or monster truck rallies... Eleven hours of his drawn out, unnecessarily dramatic tones was too much to suffer through. I strongly recommend ?sampling? this narrative before gambling that you could sit through the whole thing...

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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