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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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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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    Ilene United States 12-11-12
    Ilene United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Very well written..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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. :-)


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was the ultimate act of closure.


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

    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.


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

    No


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph T. 10-19-17
    Joseph T. 10-19-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring story"

    5 1/2 hours in to the summons and I have to say...wow this is boring! Not a typical Grisham legal adventure. And why do most of the characters sounds like a bad Bill Clinton impersonation?

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    Lemonda 09-08-17
    Lemonda 09-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "AMAZING"

    2 great books by John Grisham! I'm so looking forward to "hearing" more! Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Amy E 09-01-17
    Amy E 09-01-17 Member Since 2011
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    "The Summons was great"

    The Summons was great but the Brethren was slow in getting going. Overall, I enjoyed them both!

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    BbCrane San Antonio, Texas 08-28-17
    BbCrane San Antonio, Texas 08-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    I really enjoyed these books! They really kept my interest by being unpredictable and the reading was fantastic, especially in The Brethren. Thanks for another great book!

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    Foster 08-25-17
    Foster 08-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "This could happen"

    Rating is for The Brethren not The Summons
    Intriguing story and smooth narrator.
    Thank you

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    sprite1965 Nashville, TN 08-08-17
    sprite1965 Nashville, TN 08-08-17
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    "Great book"

    Another wonderful book by John Grisham. And definitely worth the purchase as it was a double book.

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    Bond James Bond 08-01-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Very good"

    It's two of Grisham's older and better stories, and it's two books for one price. I liked The Summons better, but both are good stories. I often have trouble finding new stories I like, and it's good to have old reliables like this to listen to again.

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    DK 07-22-17
    DK 07-22-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Two Perfectly Timed Law Based Mysteries"


    The Ssummons and the Brethren

    I read both of these books nearly 20 years ago. Both seemed familiar and I thought I remembered the endings… It turns out I didn't – – one left me chuckling and one left me aghast. Wonderful!

    Frank Muller and Michael Beck's performances are professional, polished and near-perfect. Outstanding!

    Credit worthy? Absolutely, especially for two full length books in one

    If you found my review helpful, would you please take a moment and select – yes – below? I also invite you to follow me here on Audible. Thanks for taking the time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Hilton Fullerton 07-21-17
    James Hilton Fullerton 07-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Two of Grisham's best"

    I haven't written a review in several years but found compelled to write this one. You can see the information on the books so I won't get into that. I have listened to at least a half dozen Grisham books and think these a couple of his best. It takes a lawyer to think like a crooked lawyer and Grisham did great, the story 's were realistic and entertaining and well written. The narration was very good with him using well done voices and accents.

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