Two from the master of the legal thriller:
Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi; a pillar of the community who towered over local law and politics for 40 years. Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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 summons is typed by the judge himself, on his handsome old stationery, and gives the date and time for his sons, Ray and Forrest, to appear in his study. But the judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret.
They call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison.
Meeting daily in the prison law library, taking exercise walks in their boxer shorts, 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. And so they sit, sprawled in the prison library, furiously writing letters, fine-tuning a wickedly brilliant extortion scam...while events outside their prison walls begin to erupt.
©2002 The Summons, ©2000 The Brethren, John Grisham (P)2002 The Summons, ©2000 The Brethren, Random House Audio
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
Fantastic! John Grisham is one of the great storytellers of our generation. I know that there are camps on both sides of the fandom of Grisham books, but count me on the PRO side! I love the intelligence and authenticity that he is able to bring to the "law" side of his tales because of his background. I also appreciate the smart plots. But, what really makes Grisham books so great, in my opinion, is the unmatched way that he can create a character. Early on in his books, I find myself so wrapped up in the characters that I feel as if they are real people. He makes you care for those whom should be cared about, and want dead those who bring harm to the "good guys". I love it.
I also love the way that Grisham's plots never drag. The pacing is always so good and quick. I never find myself trudging through a Grisham novel, hoping for the pace to pick up or the book to "get somewhere already!"
Frank Muller is my all time favorite narrator, but I have to say that Michael Beck is the perfect Grisham narrator. I actually preferred his reading in this two-book set to Mullers.
I really liked both stories and would love to read a second book on both. I want to know what happens next with the brothers from The Summons. I also want to know what happens next for the characters in The Brethren. They are all good characters that I think need sequels.
I love the deepness of the story, the characters & that the stories aren't filled with fluff.
Ray Atlee, he is a believable & complex character. He isn't a 1 dimensional & boring.
I like the audible drama of listening to the book. Reading it wouldn't have given me the same feeling.
No & no crying
The only disappointment was how sterile the endings of both books are. The endings were just matter of fact BAM, the end. Other than that really great books.
I have read or listened to everything Grisham has done. You just can't compare his to anyone. Very well researched and entertaining. I feel I learn something while being entertained.
Yes. Love Grisham.
Anyone but Muller. It's all I could do to keep listening. Breath, breath, breath. Every character is breathy!
Only to the narrator. Get a voice!
The Summons was an excellent story. The Brethren was not.
In regards to "The Brethren" I do not know if i did not like the narrator or the book.
Cannot stand the Narrator in the second book.
Awesome stories by Grisham...1st narrator (Mr Beck in The Summons was his incredible narrator self) but MULLER massacred the narration of a good story in the Brethren. Now I don't know if I will be able to finish listening to the rest of Grisham's books because Muller is the narrator in most of the rest of the stories. Muller CONTINUOUSLY repeated sentences throughout the whole story of BRETHREN. (I lost count after 6 times....) And throughout the entire story Muller held on to his last syllables in words so long that it was quite irritating to complete the listen. I'm SERIOUSLY disappointed that AUDIBLE allowed this production to reach it's customers. It was a waste of the credit...but ONLY for The Brethren portion of these books.
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