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The Summons & The Brethren Audiobook
The Summons & The Brethren
Written by: 
John Grisham
Narrated by: 
Frank Muller, Michael Beck
The Summons & The Brethren Audiobook

The Summons & The Brethren

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Publisher's Summary

Two from the master of the legal thriller:

The Summons:

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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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.

The Brethren:

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

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    Ken ROCKAWAY PARK, NY, United States 07-10-16
    Ken ROCKAWAY PARK, NY, United States 07-10-16

    books are my passion. I love my friends and family. My spiritual well being grows each day because I am living a healthy lifestyle.

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    "A great listen"

    I loved these two books. The narration on both were different but very effective.

    Out of the two I enjoyed the Brethren the most. Just love the intrigue of the blackmail and it seem like it could really happen.

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    Patti crawford 07-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    awesomeness! i love john grisham and the narrators were great to listen to. the accents entertaining

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    Lori 04-25-16
    Lori 04-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The "Breath" ren"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. I have listened to many many audio books and this narrator was the worst. He was very "breathy" and very over dramatic. His range of character voices was sub-par.


    What could John Grisham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    His characters were not very deep in this book. I felt like I did not know much about them, unlike his other books.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Answered above


    Could you see The Summons & The Brethren being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


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    AD 03-23-16
    AD 03-23-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a great ending... "

    Too many plots not completed. Unfortunate. This could have been a really great thriller with more twists and more complete and final ending.

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    R. Shi 03-23-16
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    "John Grisham is undoubtedly the best"

    Two great novels packed in one. Frank Muller and Michael Beck both awesome. Great deal!

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    Thomas.a.Caldwell Hettinger, ND, United States 02-21-16
    Thomas.a.Caldwell Hettinger, ND, United States 02-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Creepy ending"

    Loved the book makes you wonder what Inmates can do to mess up a life

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    Blaine McCafferty 01-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Summons Outstanding Brethren Missing the Intrigue!"

    The Summons leads the reader on the guessing game with the surprise finish that one has come to expect of Grisham. There is plenty of excitement, and revisiting some beloved old characters just adds to the thrill. The Brethren is a decent enough story, but rather slow. It is tough to stay interested and involved at times. Not Grisham's best.

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    vikesh 01-07-16
    vikesh 01-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Weak storyline. Very disappointing"

    Don't bother with the Summons. Very disappointing from an author I have always held in high esteem. Weak storyline with no real ending.

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    June 12-29-15
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    "Grisham's Southern charms continue"

    Grisham may seem to be wandering around in his plot development, but he's not. Like the artist he is, the story is built up just as he would like, and in both of these books, the characters are wonderful and the conclusions are erudite and charming. I especially enjoyed the Brethren, the judges in prison hearing prisoner cases - very comic legal chatter! I have to continue to love reading Grisham's works - they continue to be, each one, a personal and quirky classic.

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    Claude 12-25-15
    Claude 12-25-15 Member Since 2007
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    Would you listen to The Summons & The Brethren again? Why?

    The narration by Frank Muller is one of the worst I have ever had the misfortune to listen to


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Frank Muller nearly killed the story.


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