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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Kathy
  • Payson, UT, United States
  • 01-05-13

GRISHAM GREAT

I loved this book for many reasons, smart, witty, interesting characters, great story plot. It kept me interested and not wanting to put it down. I love most of Grishams books!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • jorge
  • garin, Argentina
  • 01-09-12

Interesting

What made the experience of listening to The Brethren the most enjoyable?

It was a great experience and the characteres were very interesting

What other book might you compare The Brethren to and why?

I can compare this book with the associate because they have in one way similar endings

Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The farce

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Favorite Grisham

Would you consider the audio edition of The Brethren to be better than the print version?

No. Narrator drove me nuts.

How could the performance have been better?

Every single sentence does not require the drama that the narrator seems unable to let go of. If this book wasn't so good, I would have dropped it in a heartbeat.

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

Laughed the whole way through.

Any additional comments?

Love this book. My favorite Grisham to date. It was funny, interesting, and engaging.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ed
  • Baldwinville, MA, United States
  • 06-22-11

Great story and Narration.

Grisham always tells an excellent story, and this is no exception. An excellent book, and very well narrated by Mr. Muller.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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It was good.

I enjoyed this reading. Not the best not the worst. Wasen't to thrilled about the ending. There should have been justice. But it was good.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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One of my favorites!

This is definately one of my favorite Grishim novels along with " The Street lawyer". This is fast paced and intrigue . You won't want to stop listening to this one. You will see this story in your mind.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel
  • Orange, CT, USA
  • 03-09-04

Interesting

This book was ok. Character development was fine. A good read overall. Not his best work. He's still the man!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Barry
  • Atlanta, GA, USA
  • 06-15-03

The Brethran

I'll never know if the Brethren is another great book from John Grisham, unless I read it. That's because, try as I would, I could not get past the 1st chapter. The fault was not the story, but the reader Michael Beck. I'll never know if he got any better latter in the story, because I could not get past Beck's sandpaper-grating, reading style. He ended every sentence,no matter its meaning or intensity, in exactly the same way; the dropping off of a well-read sentence, into the dying guttural whisper one would reserve, only for the confidential emphasize that danger was ahead. When I heard my inside self saying "please, not this sentence too" only to hear Beck do it again, I knew it was time to call it quits. For the first time in the 54 years I've been reading, I asked for a refund on a book!

6 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • mark
  • United States
  • 08-13-12

Just not a good story, Mullers voice just drags it

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book seemed like it was written to fill a qouta. I like many of Grishams books this one is just blah. I'm not a fan of Frank Muller, instead of captivating and adding his drawn out style puts you to sleep.

What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

There was no characters that you cared about, every character was a bad person and you just don't care.

Would you be willing to try another one of Frank Muller’s performances?

No, this was me trying him again. Biggest problem is how similar he is regardless of the story. I really don't like his performance.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Brethren?

I never would have published it

Any additional comments?

I will never get my time back but any chance of my money?

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • The Woodlands, TX, United States
  • 09-20-07

Crime does pay

It just doesn't sit well with me that our protagonists seemly ply their stock in trade – blackmail – successfully. I was left wanting justice for the innocents whose particular sexual tastes left them vulnerable.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful