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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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
any book by John Grisham is worth a purchase. for me this time it was the nairator that made the books a bit less enjoyable, only because the southern accents were so forced and came across as cheesey.
The Summons is boring and predictable. it lacks substance.
The Brethen is more entertaining, however the reader overperforms. Interestingly, this book deals with an unknown candidate running for the Presidency. It almost appears that Grisham somehow giving us the inside scoop on how Donald Trump was elected President of the USA.
Personally the whole squeezing closeted homosexuals for money was approached too Blaise for my taste. But it takes a village, and I still laughed so what can I say?
This is the first of Gisham's I've heard. I have read plenty though. Production value is not typical of other books I've listened to. The Editor definitely dropped the ball on this one. I have found over a dozen incidences where you hear the same line twice, one right after the other. Sometimes at the end of the chapter, and other times in the middle. Very annoying.
As far as the stories are concerned, I much prefer the earlier books of Grisham's. The cost-savings of downloading two for the price of one is the only thing that kept me from returning these titles.
Dry narrations, almost sounds over-performed at times.
First book, The Summons, had an excellent narrator. Micheal Beck pegs the various deep south accents and gives each character his or her own unique and discernible flavor. I grew up in Alabama, and it seems clear to me that Mr. Beck understands these people as well as John Grisham. His narration added dimension and depth to an already engaging story line.
The second book, The Brethren, suffered so badly under Frank Muller's horrible and distracting narration that I couldn't even get through the first three chapters. Mr. Muller has one voice for every character. No, I take that back-- he has two: a really flat accent-less voice that sounds like a voice-over for a used car ad, and a pathetic attempt at a "southern" accent that betrays this narrators complete lack of personal experience of southerners. I'm sad that I couldn't get into the novel itself-- I'm sure it's at least typical of John Grisham (which is to say, excellent); but I'll never know.
I like John Grisham novels because they're usually very intricate and the characters are multi-dimensional and because at least one person in each novel is someone I could admire. not these two. there is nothing uplifting for honorable or even entertaining about the total please of these two story. This is not the John Grisham I would like to ever read again.
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