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Audiobook Review – The Summons

The Summons by John Grisham


Review by Mirah Welday (mwelday)

I used to be an avid reader of John Grisham.  I read his first books and really enjoyed them but then I felt Grisham started to get repetitive and I stopped reading his new novels.  In reading recent reviews from other readers, I decided to order the audiobook of The Summons.    I’m glad I decided to give this one a chance.

The Summons is about brothers Ray and Forrest Atlee and their reactions to the death of their father Judge Atlee. Ray is a successful law professor and Forrest is an addict in and out of rehab.  Each son was pushed away by their father for different parental disappointments.  Each one forges a life on his own without a relationship with their father and converge on their family home in Clanton, Mississippi after they each receive a summons to appear before their dying father.

What develops after the summons is a tale of questions regarding what their father did in his years after leaving the bench as a judge.  Ray and Forrest deal with the death of their father in different ways and neither knows whether he can trust the other.

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook.  In addition to being curious about where the story would end, the narrator, Michael Beck, does a convincing job with the Southern accents and gives each character a unique sound.  He portrays feelings of confusion, anger, doubt and frustration for each character.  I’m glad I decided to give Grisham another chance with this novel; it made some long, dull rides more interesting.



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2 Responses to “Audiobook Review – The Summons”

  1. Cozette Morstein says:

    I have read this book and your review makes me want to hear it too.

  2. MIRAH W. (mwelday) says:

    Thanks for the positive feedback, Cozette!!

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