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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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
The Summons leads the reader on the guessing game with the surprise finish that one has come to expect of Grisham. There is plenty of excitement, and revisiting some beloved old characters just adds to the thrill. The Brethren is a decent enough story, but rather slow. It is tough to stay interested and involved at times. Not Grisham's best.
Grisham may seem to be wandering around in his plot development, but he's not. Like the artist he is, the story is built up just as he would like, and in both of these books, the characters are wonderful and the conclusions are erudite and charming. I especially enjoyed the Brethren, the judges in prison hearing prisoner cases - very comic legal chatter! I have to continue to love reading Grisham's works - they continue to be, each one, a personal and quirky classic.
The narration by Frank Muller is one of the worst I have ever had the misfortune to listen to
Frank Muller nearly killed the story.
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.
Both were good stories and full of suspense.
Similar to all of Grisham's books. Great story, full of suspense, and always take place in the South.
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.
No, because I needed to go to sleep but listened to it longer than I should have.
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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Sometimes predictable but always keeps you involved. Even scary when you consider so many of the possibilities.
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!
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.
There was no one belter than Frank. (RIP). Scott Brick or ----- sorry can't remember his name. Often, a girl reads with him.
Shame on the Producer.
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