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The Summons & The Brethren | [John Grisham]

The Summons & The Brethren

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 Now the judge is a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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.
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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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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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    Tim Norrell 04-06-15
    Tim Norrell 04-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "WOW"

    It took me several days to get through the first few chapters as I wasn't sure I liked this book. Boy I sure am glad I stayed with it. Very enjoyable.

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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 04-01-15
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 04-01-15 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Superb!"

    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.

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    "The Summons & The Brethren are both good stories"

    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.

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    Walt 02-14-15
    Walt 02-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Standard Grisham political/legal drama"

    I've always loved Grisham so I'm a little biased. Not his best work but an enjoyable adventure. Not a waist of time or money.

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    Chad Lewis 01-15-15
    Chad Lewis 01-15-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Repeated"

    Several times throughout both books it repeated the paragraph or couple of lines. it was weird but did not take way from the story.

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    Kat Ferguson 11-24-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Great!!!"
    What did you love best about The Summons & The Brethren?

    I love the deepness of the story, the characters & that the stories aren't filled with fluff.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ray Atlee, he is a believable & complex character. He isn't a 1 dimensional & boring.


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

    I like the audible drama of listening to the book. Reading it wouldn't have given me the same feeling.


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

    No & no crying


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Philip Casa Grande, AZ, United States 09-10-14
    Philip Casa Grande, AZ, United States 09-10-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Extremely interesting"
    What did you love best about The Summons & The Brethren?

    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.


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    Alice United States 08-26-14
    Alice United States 08-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Get a new narrator!"
    If you could sum up The Summons & The Brethren in three words, what would they be?

    "Captivating" :)


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

    Yes. Love Grisham.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frank Muller and Michael Beck ?

    Anyone but Muller. It's all I could do to keep listening. Breath, breath, breath. Every character is breathy!


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

    Only to the narrator. Get a voice!


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    Jim Lee EUREKA, MO, US 07-22-14
    Jim Lee EUREKA, MO, US 07-22-14
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    "Voice actor was creepy."
    What did you like best about The Summons & The Brethren? What did you like least?

    The Summons was an excellent story. The Brethren was not.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In regards to "The Brethren" I do not know if i did not like the narrator or the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Cannot stand the Narrator in the second book.

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    Peggy 07-18-14
    Peggy 07-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Bad recording"
    If you could sum up The Summons & The Brethren in three words, what would they be?

    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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