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The Summons & The Brethren Audiobook

The Summons & The Brethren

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Publisher's Summary

Two from the master of the legal thriller:

The Summons:

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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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.

The Brethren:

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

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    Kat Ferguson 11-24-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Great!!!"
    What did you love best about The Summons & The Brethren?

    I love the deepness of the story, the characters & that the stories aren't filled with fluff.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ray Atlee, he is a believable & complex character. He isn't a 1 dimensional & boring.


    What does Frank Muller and Michael Beck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like the audible drama of listening to the book. Reading it wouldn't have given me the same feeling.


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

    No & no crying


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    richard acquaviva 05-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Thought it was a great value"
    Any additional comments?

    There's a reason these books are offered as a 2 for 1- both had potential, but eventually sputtered out.

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    Mel 05-08-17
    Mel 05-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not my tempo"

    Story seemed to be a good one, but I wasn't able to deal with the speed of the progression. It was to slow for my tastes.

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    John Hirsch 05-03-17
    John Hirsch 05-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Grisham's best by a long shot"

    We'll I guess you can't win 'em all...

    A very charming performance whose only shortfall was difficulty with the one character who didn't have a southern accent (is he British?), the performance couldn't carry a mediocre story that just never seemed to reach any kind of crescendo. Ray Atlee comes off much more chump than hero, and the ending was a major head scratcher. I thought to myself "wait... that's it?!?!".

    Skip it.

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    Greta 04-24-17
    Greta 04-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Kinda disappointing"

    I'm a Grisham fan but these two books appear to be a miss. There didn't seem to be a real ending to either book and at several times the storyline dragged on. The concept for The Brethren was in an of itself boring. As the book drew to a close, it was difficult to see how or why the characters intertwined. These books passed the time in the car but neither I would recommend.

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    Jenn 03-30-17
    Jenn 03-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The Summons was Great, the Brethren was horrible"
    What did you like best about The Summons & The Brethren? What did you like least?

    The Summons, narrated by Michael Beck was great. The ending was a bit disappointing.
    The Brethren narrated by Frank Muller was absolutely horrible! It may be a great novel, but I couldn't get past the 5th chapter. His reading is a cross between Captain Kirk, with the awkward pauses, and Dan Rather, very dry and monotone.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

    Yes, but not another narrated by Frank Muller.


    What three words best describe Frank Muller and Michael Beck ’s voice?

    Frank Muller, awkward, blah, lecturley.
    Michael Beck, southern, colorful, pleasant.


    Do you think The Summons & The Brethren needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't know about The Brethren, I couldn't finish listening.
    The Summons, yes, it'd be nice to know what happens to the money and relationship after Forrest gets out of rehab,


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    THERESA 03-26-17
    THERESA 03-26-17
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    I liked The Summons but hated The Brethren! Boring! These shouldn't be together as they aren't a continuing storyline.

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    Echo Massachusetts 02-07-17
    Echo Massachusetts 02-07-17 Member Since 2009

    Love history, good mysteries, spiritual, in general well written books. Shy away from romance novels.

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    "Good Stories, Recording Kept Repeating"
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Frank Muller and Michael Beck ?

    I have read or listened to most Grisham books. Enjoyed The Summons more than The Brethren but both were good.


    Did The Summons & The Brethren inspire you to do anything?

    It wasn't the performance that was wrong, but in The Brethren there were lines that were repeated. A glitch in the recording.


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    Dennis P. Williams 01-26-17
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    "A value in getting two novels for one credit."

    These novels are not some of Grisham's best work but for one credit they're okay to pass the time if you have a lot to burn.

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    Kandace Knafel 01-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!!"

    Highly recommended. This is a solid Grisham novel. So many twist and turns. You will not be disappointed.

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