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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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.
I will listen to the Summons again...I will never listen to the Brethren again. I have read both books but wanted to hear them. Mr Beck is an amazing narrator. Frank Muller is dull boring and waaayyyy too breathy!!
When we found out who was the culprit in The Summons
A totally different narrator for the Brethren
Not Frank Muller. Every sentence is read with the same (Ca thung) ending. Too dramatic where there is nothing to be dramatic about. The more I hear him, the more I want the story to end.Micheal Beck on the other hand is OK. Not great, but listenable. Also there are many mistakes in the reading of The Brethren where you hear a sentence, and as if he did a take to on his own cue, you hear it again. I am half way through and have heard at least 6 of these.
The Summons writing put me there. I can see the old decrepit house. The storage units, the yacht. The brethren is a quirky prison story with a presidential run that you could actually believe, almost like Wag the Dog.
The read is too dramatic, every sentence for the Brethren. Narrator needs to vary based on the plot line, not the particular words being read. The Summons was Ok, but a little dry. The imitations of several people all sounded like the same person.
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The way they were packaged was strange with both books combined. Chapters did not start over but kept going when switching to the Brethren.
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.
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Fantastic! John Grisham is one of the great storytellers of our generation. I know that there are camps on both sides of the fandom of Grisham books, but count me on the PRO side! I love the intelligence and authenticity that he is able to bring to the "law" side of his tales because of his background. I also appreciate the smart plots. But, what really makes Grisham books so great, in my opinion, is the unmatched way that he can create a character. Early on in his books, I find myself so wrapped up in the characters that I feel as if they are real people. He makes you care for those whom should be cared about, and want dead those who bring harm to the "good guys". I love it.
I also love the way that Grisham's plots never drag. The pacing is always so good and quick. I never find myself trudging through a Grisham novel, hoping for the pace to pick up or the book to "get somewhere already!"
Frank Muller is my all time favorite narrator, but I have to say that Michael Beck is the perfect Grisham narrator. I actually preferred his reading in this two-book set to Mullers.
I really liked both stories and would love to read a second book on both. I want to know what happens next with the brothers from The Summons. I also want to know what happens next for the characters in The Brethren. They are all good characters that I think need sequels.
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