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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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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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    LauraBilbrey Conyers, Gabon 12-19-15
    LauraBilbrey Conyers, Gabon 12-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing. Particularly the man who read the Brethren"

    I enjoyed The Summons, the story was interesting the narration excellent


    The Brethren was disappointing, the. story was not my favorite John Grisham novel, the narrator needs to find another line of work, he had a very annoying voice.

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    Blake Fisher Humboldt, IA USA 12-04-15
    Blake Fisher Humboldt, IA USA 12-04-15
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    "Both books are good, audio needs "proof read""
    What made the experience of listening to The Summons & The Brethren the most enjoyable?

    Both were good stories and full of suspense.


    What other book might you compare The Summons & The Brethren to and why?

    Similar to all of Grisham's books. Great story, full of suspense, and always take place in the South.


    What didn’t you like about Frank Muller and Michael Beck ’s performance?

    Both read well, but I counted 9 times when the same line was read twice. I think they were all in The Brethren, but don't recall for sure. Someone needs to listen to them to catch these errors.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because I needed to go to sleep but listened to it longer than I should have.


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    Debbie 12-03-15
    Debbie 12-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Highly Recommend"

    Excellent Grisham, you won't be disappointed. I wasn't sure about the narrator when I first started the book, but as the story progressed he did a superb job of changing his voice for the various dialect of the characters. If you love Grisham, this is a must "read"!

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    Victoria ENCINO, CA, United States 11-18-15
    Victoria ENCINO, CA, United States 11-18-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Constantly a surprise."

    Sometimes predictable but always keeps you involved. Even scary when you consider so many of the possibilities.

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    Chamonie 11-04-15
    Chamonie 11-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Poor Narrator"

    Frank Muller should rather read erotica. Poor, breathy, distracting reading. Had to rewind a couple of times, because I caught myself listening to the narrator's breathy end to each sentence instead of to the story. Poor!

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    Cathy Dixon 10-05-15
    Cathy Dixon 10-05-15
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    "Too Bad."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. Excellent Narrator if it weren't for the Producer who allowed the Narrator to let his tone go to such a low level and the end of almost all sentences that you can't hear what he's saying unless you blast the volume of your ear buds. Shame.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Baldacci


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

    There was no one belter than Frank. (RIP). Scott Brick or ----- sorry can't remember his name. Often, a girl reads with him.


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

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    Shame on the Producer.

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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 09-09-15
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 09-09-15 Member Since 2015

    I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "TWO GREAT BOOKS BACK TO BACK!!!!"

    I can't get enough of Clanton, MS and once again Judge Ruben Atlee is at the center of it all. This time he summons his two sons. Both raised by the same man but both so far from being the same man. Judge Atlee is on his death bed and he leaves a big surprise for Ray and Forrest... Will the two brothers still be close in the end??
    Book two, The Brethren, has another great plot. Anytime you have three judges in prison and a congressman who's running for president its a good story. You have three judges running a scam from prison and the CIA running a scam on the US... two for one special!!!

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    Amazon Customer 09-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "weird and disappointing"

    the narrator was absolutely creepy. The story lacked so many elements, of even marginal fiction

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    Sonseenahray Centerville, OH, United States 08-06-15
    Sonseenahray Centerville, OH, United States 08-06-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Nice Spin"

    This was an enjoyable story. It showed how smart and detail oriented men can find mischief when they are let to be too idle. The narrator was excellent. The accents were on point. Through his tone, he kept the story laid back and slightly tongue in cheek.

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    LEN LANGFORD OCEAN SPRINGS, MS, US 07-28-15
    LEN LANGFORD OCEAN SPRINGS, MS, US 07-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Summons/Bretheren"

    Good stories. Not Grisham's best.

    Recording has some quality issues. At least 4 sentences were repeated back to back.

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