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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: Frank Muller Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2000 ISBN: 9780553753684
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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.”

    Times-Picayune

  • “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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daphne | 2/11/2014

    " Hilarious...judges in a porn ring...how can you not enjoy this book? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/11/2014

    " I read all of John Grisham's books and this one kept me interested from the first chapter. Grisham is never a disappointment to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Temple | 2/9/2014

    " I gave this one 3 stars. It was a good story but ended way too soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Edgell | 1/30/2014

    " Such an intriguing storyline, and fantastically dark-n-delightful characters! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roni | 1/24/2014

    " This was just ok. Not that thrilling, but still had to finish it to find out what happens "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Ruhnow | 1/24/2014

    " Love Grisham...again with the language warning!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Moffat | 1/16/2014

    " Really good book, enjoyed but thought the ending could have been better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dudette | 12/30/2013

    " Good Prison read..if you like Movies like redemption and Shank Redemption you will love this book.. The story might be Different but its good!!i must just add it wasnt easy getting this bood but i made plan!! lol "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackieb | 12/25/2013

    " Well written, action packed. Keeps you moving along and reading at a good clip. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 11/23/2013

    " This one really did not do it for me. Grisham is a much better author than this. Ending was interesting but still not the Grisham I know and like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ratnesh Neema | 10/26/2013

    " Based on 3 convicted judges, and Aaron Lake, who is going for POTUS. The 3 judges run ads in gay mags, and trap unsuspecting guys, and extort money outta them. They get Al (Lake), and only Teddy and the CIA stand btw Lake and the 3! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 May "Victoria" | 10/18/2013

    " Read this a long time ago... Funny... Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Woodbury | 9/2/2013

    " Minus the overall scam they run, the book is good and keeps you wondering. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JoAnn Ainsworth | 8/24/2013

    " At first I thought there were two different stories in the book. There were so many characters, I started getting mixed up. About 2/3rds along, the two stories merged and made sense. The ending was a surprise for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Estevan Alvarado | 7/8/2013

    " Three judges in Federal prison run a scam to get money from rich men. Their scam catch a Presidental Candidate supported by the CIA. The CIA become involved to protect candidate from embarassment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ptah | 4/10/2013

    " A VERY INTERESTING BOOK,ITS ABOUT INMATES WHO PRACTICE LAW INSIDE THE PRISON.............. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Summerfly | 3/29/2013

    " I couldn't finish this. Struggled to get about halfway through, but it just wasn't going anywhere for me. I appreciated how all the plots were probably going to come together at the end, but I just didn't care enough about them individually to follow them through to see it happen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 2/14/2013

    " very slow grisham novel. not an engaging plotline and ending was a disappointment where not much was closed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aries | 2/12/2013

    " Niente, non riesco proprio ad appassionarmi a Grisham. Peccato :/ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 9/5/2012

    " This book was brilliant and funny. Old guys conducting "law" in prision in wigs and undies. Then they find ways to outsmart and scam some weathy people out of some money. They get into a bit of trouble when they, unbeknownst to them, a runner for President! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtis Dills | 1/12/2012

    " Great book as always from Grisham "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 10/27/2011

    " Em and I read this out loud on a trip together. A clever plot - a great play on secret. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 9/6/2011

    " This was the best! I have been away from Mr. Grisham for awhile and I see what I have been missing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 7/13/2011

    " Not one of his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendar88 | 5/12/2011

    " Story was a bit unusual, but that was rather nice and refreshing. I didn't get into it much at first, but after a few hours I was hooked and was interested to find out where this was going. The story wrapped up pretty quickly and I was hoping for a bit more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charla Cebulski | 8/6/2010

    " Not the usual John Grisham style. Rather long and involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie Stickney | 7/29/2010

    " Interesting story line and characters, but disappointing ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 6/15/2010

    " Interesting book, 4 stars, I held back one star for lanquage and one for subject matter, extorting gays. However the book flowed well and held my interest from beginning to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 5/10/2010

    " Good, I suspected the brother, since he was the only one not eliminated in the 'investigation' good book overall, could use a postscript timed a year later describing what happens with the brother and the money "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summers | 12/18/2008

    " Kept my interest and kept me awake driving back and forth to work. "

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About the Author
Author John Grisham

John Grisham, whose name has become synonymous with the modern legal thriller, used to work sixty to seventy hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel. When finally published, A Time to Kill met with little success, but when he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers. Spending forty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991. The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham’s reputation as the master of the legal thriller. His success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was then republished. This time around, it was a bestseller. Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year, and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 275 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into forty languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films, as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

About the Narrator

Frank Muller (1951–2008) was an Audie Award–winning narrator. A classically trained actor, Frank appeared on both television and the stage. His credits include Hamlet, The Crucible, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest, Law & Order, All My Children, and many, many more. In 1999 Frank was awarded the AudioFile Lifetime Achievement Award, the top honor in the audiobook community. He has also won twenty-three Earphones Awards.