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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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 love the deepness of the story, the characters & that the stories aren't filled with fluff.
Ray Atlee, he is a believable & complex character. He isn't a 1 dimensional & boring.
I like the audible drama of listening to the book. Reading it wouldn't have given me the same feeling.
No & no crying
The only disappointment was how sterile the endings of both books are. The endings were just matter of fact BAM, the end. Other than that really great books.
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.
Yes. Love Grisham.
Anyone but Muller. It's all I could do to keep listening. Breath, breath, breath. Every character is breathy!
Only to the narrator. Get a voice!
The Summons was an excellent story. The Brethren was not.
In regards to "The Brethren" I do not know if i did not like the narrator or the book.
Cannot stand the Narrator in the second book.
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.
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