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Trumble is a minimum security federal prison, a "camp," home to the usual assortment of relatively harmless criminals - drug dealers, bank robbers, swindlers, embezzlers, tax evaders, two Wall Street crooks, one doctor, and at least five lawyers. And three former judges who call themselves the Brethren: one from Texas, one from California, and one from Mississippi. They meet each day in the law library, their turf at Trumble, where they write briefs, handle cases for other inmates, practice law without a license, and sometimes dispense jailhouse justice. And they spend hours writing letters. They are fine-tuning a mail scam, and it's starting to really work. The money is pouring in. Then their little scam goes awry. It ensnares the wrong victim, a powerful man outside, a man with dangerous friends. The Brethren's days of quietly marking time are over.
©2000 Belfrey Holdings, Inc. (P)2000 Random House, Inc.

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My Favorite Grisham to Date

I've read (listened) to most of Grisham's work, and this is my favorite thus far. I really enjoy Grisham's dry sarcasm, and this book is full of it.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Debora
  • Concord, CA, United States
  • 11-23-03

Great Read

This was my first audible book and I enjoyed it immensely. The narration was wonderful, and the storyline kept me involved from the first page to the last. I almost wanted my hour long commute each way to work to be longer.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Jerret
  • Crockett, VA, USA
  • 09-04-05

This'll work!

Very cool story. Grisham interwove two seemingly disjointed tales into each other gracefully. There wasn't much of a "mystery" involved as the reader can easily guess where the story is going. That fact, however, doesn't take anything away from the sheer brilliance of Grisham's storytelling effort here.

Grisham broke out of the cookie cutter mold with this novel. There is no "good guy". Every character has a different angle and motivation but they're all crooks. It's great fun! The narration is fantastic.

Give it a whirl.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Exciting and humorous with clever twist

I thoroughly enjoyed this book ?another one of Grisham's best. Frank Muller, as usual, is a splendid narrator.

The Brethren is a pungent study of morality with characters drawn from a clear comprehension of human nature. Spicer, Beech and Yarber will no doubt plummet to the same fatal calamity as treacherous Trevor.
It's not good to be too greedy.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • Wilmington, NC, USA
  • 09-19-03

One of his best books

I love the humor that Grisham spews in his novels & this book is overflowing with it. By far this is one of my favorite Grisham's.
Frank Muller has a wonderful reading voice & captures the story fully, it is sad that he is no longer with us.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Another winner!

Spent some time over coffee and shared smiles enjoying and listening to this book with my husband! We loved it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Lame Recording

Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Frank Muller?

I love John Grisham novels

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Brethren?

The story

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not at all

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed that the recording is so poor. I've streamed and listened to the story from my local library. There is nothing wrong with that recording. The Audible recording repeated sentences in each chapter and would unexpectedly drop in volume. Frustrating.

Any additional comments?

Is Audible able to offer a better recording?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Recording quality

There are many spots in this recording where a line is repeated. Otherwise the story is interesting and the audio entertaining.

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My favorite!!

Love Grisham and this one has the humor and all the great twists and turns!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic Escape

After listening to around 6 Grisham novels, I have yet to find one of his legal thrillers that I haven't enjoyed.

One reviewer complained about the narrater being breathy? I found the reader, Frank Muller to be top notch - I would seek him as a narrator again. He was dramatic in his reading and his characters were extremely distinct and consistent w/out being corny. They sounded like real characters.

The book is fairly typical for a Grisham book, which is fantastic. I guess what captures me is that someone is always finding a way to get rich and then hanging on the edge to find out if their scam will work or they will lose everything...

I love Grisham books and this was no exception to my rule.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful