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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (42,854 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Michael Beck Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 hidden strings. For the brethren, the timing couldn’t be better. Because they’ve just found the perfect victim …

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Terrific storytelling by one of the masters of the game.”

    USA Today

  • “Gripping…will hook you from the first page and won’t let you go.”

    New York Post

  • “A crackerjack tale.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “With startling good writing and plotting, Grisham tells an entrancing tale.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “Grisham does such a terrific job of inventing clever twists and devising a compelling momentum that readers can’t help but be intrigued.”

    Chattanooga Free Press

  • “Fast-paced and action-packed…You’ll be thoroughly entertained.”


  • “Skillfully written and plotted with an eye for logic as well as humor.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “An intricately plotted tale.”

    Atlanta Constitution

  • “An exciting read right up to the end.”

    Legal Intelligencer

  • “Crackling suspense and high-stakes…a most satisfying [story].”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “[The Brethren is] as grippingly sardonic yet bitingly moral a scenario as [Grisham has] ever imagined.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Gene | 2/19/2014

    " the book that sort of failed to end "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Whitney | 2/18/2014

    " boring, leads to nothing, but might be entertaining if, (as i said for his other book i reviewed) you can read very fast. i have been disappointed by the endings of his books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Erna | 2/9/2014

    " Not a up to Grisham`s usual standard. I didn`t find one character that was really likeable in this story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sunnymyres | 2/7/2014

    " I love Johan Grisham, but this book is not worth your time. I powered through thinking it would get better. Nope and a super lame ending. Very disappointing. Shame on you John. "

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