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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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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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    chris reid 10-18-16
    chris reid 10-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "lots of fun."

    another fun story. makes me want to travel and have t in trouble. enjoy this.

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    Grizzbeau 10-14-16
    Grizzbeau 10-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    both books are unusually dull compared to other books I've enjoyed by this author. the narrator in the second book made it impossibly hard to concentrate on the text instead of his drawled out last words... I'm usually good to ignore such things after a few chapters but for some reason his drove me NUTZ!

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    Steve Russell BOCA RATON, FL, United States 10-13-16
    Steve Russell BOCA RATON, FL, United States 10-13-16 Member Since 2012

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    "stories ok narrator not so much"

    the stories were ok with non climatic endings to me but narrator drove me too almost stop listening.

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    chris 10-11-16
    chris 10-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "narrator lacking."

    Narration is like getting an obscene phone call from Jack Palance. As usual, great story by Grisham.


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    E Meeks 09-26-16
    E Meeks 09-26-16
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    "Two very different stories; intriguing"

    The summons is a very compelling story. Fun twists with familiar characters and a twist Grisham ending. Paints an interesting continuation of his honor, Ruben Atlee.
    On the contrary, the Brethren is a story poking at the obvious error that is the electoral system. Similar to the underlying agenda of The Appeal, the Brethren makes presumptive attempts of the puppet masters in Washington. And while there is little doubt to the corruption and favors collected by "officials" it is creative to read how there truly are 6 or less degrees of separation.

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    J SO 09-09-16
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    two great storytellers (narrators)

    stories are very good and range of characters is good. appeals to more than just legal aspect.

    very few flaws in recording (a few lines repeated)

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    Sandra Harding USA 09-08-16
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    excitement, GREAT listen, loved out add always do his books. keep them coming. such good entertainment! Thank YOU

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    Cheryl 08-05-16
    Cheryl 08-05-16
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    "The Summons was great! The Brethren was terrible!"
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    The Summons had a great storyline and I really enjoyed it. The Brethren lacked depth and I hated the ending.

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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
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    awesomeness! i love john grisham and the narrators were great to listen to. the accents entertaining

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