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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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
I did not read the print version, but the audio of the summons was great.
The plot in the summons kept you alert, the brethren left a lot to be desired.
Both are excellent performers.
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.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
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!
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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.
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. :-)
The ending was the ultimate act of closure.
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.
I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.
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.
I loved the story, especially the narrator, want to read all John Grisham books.
Not a disappointment, loved the book.
Good story but evident errors in production that the overlapping narratives (I assume when starting and stopping) we're not cut out.
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.
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.
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.
John Grisham novels are always good but I would just read The Brethren and not listen to the audio if I knew then...etc.
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.
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