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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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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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    Shauan Thomas 05-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Really like the 1st story."
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Frank Muller and Michael Beck ?

    Yes I would.


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    I did not like the 2nd story of the book. I could not finish listen .


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The First story was awesome .


    Could you see The Summons & The Brethren being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. I had a hard time getting into this story.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Proud Grandma 05-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating!"

    When I first listened, I was disappointed because it seemed to be going nowhere. The second hour was better and by the third hour I was enthralled!
    What a complicated and interesting theme, what a great read!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua 05-06-15
    Joshua 05-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "If you enjoy whispers..."
    If you could sum up The Summons & The Brethren in three words, what would they be?

    Performance needs work.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Michael Beck did a wonderful job, however Frank Muller was a regrettable choice. He has a bizarre habit of ending every sentence in almost a whisper while breathing slightly heavier. It's incredibly annoying and really spoiled the novel for me. I can't imagine who would enjoy this and why he intentionally does this.


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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
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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
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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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