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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 Now the judge is a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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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    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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    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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    Charlyne 06-29-14
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    "Awesome read, made me a fan, excellent story!!!"
    Where does The Summons & The Brethren rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved the story, especially the narrator, want to read all John Grisham books.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a disappointment, loved the book.

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    James Beavercreek, OH, USA 05-31-14
    James Beavercreek, OH, USA 05-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Forgot to cut out overlapping narrative"

    Good story but evident errors in production that the overlapping narratives (I assume when starting and stopping) we're not cut out.

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    PhyllisF Riverside, CA, United States 05-29-14
    PhyllisF Riverside, CA, United States 05-29-14
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    "Good Listen, Nice to Have 2 books in one"
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    Easy to follow, only comment is the production folks should have found all of the double sentences. Its as if the narrator stopped then started with the same sentence and so you heard it twice. Should have been caught in editing. I counted at least 8 times this happened. Otherwise a good read.

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    minderbinder 05-26-14
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    "Production values kind of ruined it for me"
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    I love John Grisham, and while not his best, these two stories are decent and the narrator is flawless. The main problem is in the mechanics of this audiobook. There are infrequent skips, and VERY frequent repeats (meaning, a line is spoken, then spoken again, like an old vinyl record with the needle stuck in a groove). Particularly in The Brethren, those repeats happen often enough to be really distracting. I believe I'd stick with the written version of these books.

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    Jonathan Cook Wheatland, WY, United States 04-02-14
    Jonathan Cook Wheatland, WY, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about The Summons & The Brethren?

    I enjoyed The Summons but the performance of The Brethren made me crazy. I nearly returned the book. At the end of every sentence the reader whispered. I had a difficult time enjoying the book because this drove me nuts. In three or four places the same sentence was repeated twice, verbatim.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    John Grisham novels are always good but I would just read The Brethren and not listen to the audio if I knew then...etc.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Brethren was performed poorly in my opinion and I listen to a ton of audio books. This is the first time I have ever been so disappointed that I took the time to write this review just to complain. I suggest Grisham never allows this man to read his books again and I also must note it was not very well produced as the many cases of sentences duplicated would suggest.


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

    No


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    Ed Becker 02-14-14
    Ed Becker 02-14-14

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    "Great Performance - Great Mysteries!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended. The performance is terrific with each character coming to life


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The judges were great - they had been contributors to society and morphed into master criminals.


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

    yes one sitting would be good, however, could not afford that luxury.


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    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 01-17-14
    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 01-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Double Double Toil and..."

    Getting a package deal like this I expected the novels to be more or less equal but not so here. In my opinion, The Summons was a much better story with a " Ah Ha " ending. The distant uncaring father is dead, Two brothers different as night and day must come home bury their father and settle the estate; which is just a claptrap old house and six thousand dollars in the bank. The Arrow Straight Bro.suddenly finds himself with a very large money situation on his hands that the Black Sheep Bro. can never never know about! Is this a case of finders keepers? The second novel The Brethern I thought just moved slowly and was a bit tedious at times. Three old corrupt judges ,in a county club Federal Prison ,running a con and dreaming of what to do with all that money once they get out. Catching little flies in their trap but then Opps! one fly is not so little is he? I just was not impressed with this plot, however, you milage may very. :>)

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