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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 Now the judge is a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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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    kbgomez Austin,Texas 12-20-13
    kbgomez Austin,Texas 12-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Kept repeating sentances"
    Where does The Summons & The Brethren rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Rex Vonner


    Did Frank Muller and Michael Beck do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes they did a good job of that.


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

    Don't necessarily expect to with this author.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Wakarusa, IN, United States 11-02-13
    Amazon Customer Wakarusa, IN, United States 11-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Dynamic duo"

    These two books are very different and hold there own. Both had many twists and turns that kept me on my toes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amber C VA 10-31-13
    Amber C VA 10-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Stories, One poor narration"
    If you could sum up The Summons & The Brethren in three words, what would they be?

    Great story telling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Rex Vonner, as annoying as he is. :)


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Frank Muller and Michael Beck ?

    Definitely Michael Beck, definitely NOT Frank Muller


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

    I wanted to hear The Brethren all in one sitting so I didn't have to listen to the horrible narration.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can get past the breathy and uncomfortable narration of Frank Muller, The Brethren is very good!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jean san antonio, TX, United States 03-14-13
    Jean san antonio, TX, United States 03-14-13
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    Where does The Summons & The Brethren rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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


    Did Frank Muller and Michael Beck do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    for the summons yes
    for the brethren, not so much


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

    yes on both titles.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Salado, TX, United States 11-06-12
    Sharon Salado, TX, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Both books leaving you hanging at the end"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    It's been years and years sine I read one of Grisham's book now I remember why.


    What does Frank Muller and Michael Beck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrators were great. If not for them I would not have finished either book


    What character would you cut from The Summons & The Brethren?

    The characters were all great. The end of books was a major dissapointment


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