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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 Now the judge is a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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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    Michael Stockton, CA, United States 10-08-12
    Michael Stockton, CA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Summons & The Brethren to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but the audio of the summons was great.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot in the summons kept you alert, the brethren left a lot to be desired.


    What about Frank Muller and Michael Beck ’s performance did you like?

    Both are excellent performers.


    Any additional comments?

    The summons was an excellent book, the brethren left me hanging. I would not purchase books which are connected together again, just did not like that format.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 03-23-13
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 03-23-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "A Double Pack of Edge of Your Seat Suspense"

    I am a huge John Grisham fan and, like everything Grisham rights, these two books do not disappoint. Both books grab your attention from the beginning and don't let up. Just when you think you find a good stopping point, something happens or you find a crucial bit of information that makes you pull your hand away from the radio and listen just a little longer.

    The fact that the two books deal with almost completely different subject matter makes this an even better deal! Definitely pick this one up!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri carnation, WA, United States 10-28-12
    Sherri carnation, WA, United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Escape to the twisted world of law."
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I was looking for the longest John Grisham book I could purchase. I wanted an epic escape. I found it in these two books. Frank Muller was my "first" narrator,so to me, he is the perfect Grisham narrator.
    However, I will now seek out more by Michael Beck, as he is now a favorite.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lesha United States 12-11-12
    lesha United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very well written..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes...we know John Grisham is an excellent author; this double novel is excellent. It captures the listener and reader from the very beginning, the added touch of heart makes the story very believable. Highly recommend. :-)


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was the ultimate act of closure.


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

    I enjoyed Michael Beck more than Frank Muller, he made the story very enjoyable. The characters were simply easier to visualize. Frank Muller was a bit dry for my taste.


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

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Boise, ID, United States 02-20-13
    Susan Boise, ID, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2007

    I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.

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    "Two good listens"

    This was the first time I listened to the Summons a good story. Now I have read the Brethren when it was first published. Now I have the audible I enjoy the book often. I think it is my favorite Grisham story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Santa Barbara, California, United States 09-10-14
    Philip Santa Barbara, California, United States 09-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Extremely interesting"
    What did you love best about The Summons & The Brethren?

    I have read or listened to everything Grisham has done. You just can't compare his to anyone. Very well researched and entertaining. I feel I learn something while being entertained.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alice United States 08-26-14
    Alice United States 08-26-14 Member Since 2008
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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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Lee EUREKA, MO, US 07-22-14
    Jim Lee EUREKA, MO, US 07-22-14 Member Since 2014
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charlyne Phoenix, Azerbaijan 06-29-14
    Charlyne Phoenix, Azerbaijan 06-29-14 Member Since 2010
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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