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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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
I always enjoy listening to books by John Grisham. The Summons was fine, but there were technical issues with The Brethern. Multiple times during the reading a sentence or two were repeated - like a stuck record. Most times the sentence was only repeated once, but on 2 occasions it was repeated twice. This broke the flow of the recording. That being said, I liked the narrator for The Brethern better than the narrator for The Summons.
Receiving 2 books together was a good value, but I wish the download had been devided by book so I could choose which I wanted to listen to first.
The summons and the Brethren were both great, typical Grisham. The part that annoyed me was when sentences were repeated in The Brethren. I did let customer service know about it so hopefully it will be fixed soon.
Harry Rex Vonner
Yes they did a good job of that.
Don't necessarily expect to with this author.
These two books are very different and hold there own. Both had many twists and turns that kept me on my toes.
Great story telling
Harry Rex Vonner, as annoying as he is. :)
Definitely Michael Beck, definitely NOT Frank Muller
I wanted to hear The Brethren all in one sitting so I didn't have to listen to the horrible narration.
If you can get past the breathy and uncomfortable narration of Frank Muller, The Brethren is very good!
The Summons was good, but obvious. I could see the end midway through the book, but I still throughly enjoyed the story, it made we want more for story to end differently.
The Brethern is a really good story that is written very well. I enjoyed the story but I didn't like the ending though. I would have chosen for things to end differently all the way around. Not enough background as to why somethings operated the way they did.
the stories are 2 of my favs from grisham. the reading of the summons was great. i was able to loose myself in the story, the reading of the brethren however - and this is my very favorite of grisham's work- left me distracted. the reader repeatedly ended his sentences in whisper, very annoying and distracting from the story. he had the right voice for the reading, old and worn and gravely like a bunch of imprisoned judges would be in my mind, but they would not end their sentences in a conspiratorial whisper. it was not natural speech in my opinion.
rex was my fav in the summons, i pictured him easily.
in the brethren i really didn't have a favorite character. i loved the supreme court judge but then they all had their great qualities
for the summons yes
for the brethren, not so much
yes on both titles.
i just wish the reader for the brethren had read like he was talking at the head of the family dinner table not the dark recesses of a midi-evil dungeon.
The stories we ok the endings were bad. The bad guys come out the winner in both books.
They are just no fun. It's like watching the 10 oclock news
It's been years and years sine I read one of Grisham's book now I remember why.
The narrators were great. If not for them I would not have finished either book
The characters were all great. The end of books was a major dissapointment
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