The Brethren

Narrated by: Michael Beck
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
4 out of 5 stars (392 ratings)

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They call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison. One was sent up for tax evasion. Another, for skimming bingo profits. And the third, for a career-ending drunken joyride. 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. A bizarre presidential election is holding the nation in its grips - and a powerful government figure is pulling some very hidden strings. For the Brethren, the timing couldn't be better. Because they've just found the perfect victim...

©2000 Belfrey Holdings, Inc. (P)2000 Random House, Inc.

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liked the story and narration served it.

enjoyed the story though there were some holes at the end. narration was spot on.

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Very interesting read

I can't say it was the best John Grisham book I have read, but I was interested in the stotyline right up until the last page.

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The Judges

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

All of the intertwines of those involved.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lake until he became stupid.

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

As stated each time this questions is asked: Michael Beck (Like John Grisham) is simply the best narrator…there is no comparison.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Lake decided to be ultra stupid and write Ricky the final letter and, the end, when it is assumed the judged were still appearing to be running the scam.
Oh how true much of this book was to real and modern life. Wow.

Any additional comments?

This was a great book. Somebody just need to pay Michael Beck and get on with business. :)

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Another Grisham classic..

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Absolutely well spent. I've listened to this book at least twice now and will probably listen to it again. Though it might be fiction, it shows what can be possible from inside a prison. The narrator did a great job too, making a performance out of this book rather than just reading it as a story.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Don't know if I could say it kept me on the edge of my seat, but it certainly kept my interest from start to finish.

Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

All of the Judges and the schemes they manipulated using their knowledge of the law.

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

Absolutely could be made into a movie or even a TV series. I'm not quite sure who the actors should be but I'm certain it would make a good movie or Television series.

Any additional comments?

If you like stories about what can go on in a prison, it's unlikely that this novel will disappoint. You tend to start feeling sorry for the victims and the ending is totally unexpected, though I'll say no more about that lest I ruin the story for those that choose to buy and try it.

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Excellent

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

The reader had a very pleasant voice and read the story with great conviction.

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

Don't have one at this time.

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

The story being read brings more imaginery to mind than just reading it.

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

The book had me laughing and crying.

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Grisham at his best.

Grisham at his best. if you like Grisham read by Beck you can't miss. Allways keeps you in it.