The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole is back with seven marvelous stories by John Mortimer. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.
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"Rumpole is at his irresistible best in this collection of seven stories that run the gamut from simple thievery to murder and espionage. (One even includes a discourse on fine wine.) Bill Wallis is perfect as the dry-witted and clever Rumpole, who is surrounded by Mortimer's usual delicious cast of characters, including, of course, Hilda, also known as "she who must be obeyed." The brilliance of this audio is in the voices Wallis uses to portray each individual, displaying a wide range of dialects and accents so seamless and so suited to each that the listener will forget that only one person is doing the narration. Rumpole's asides, internal meanderings, and quotations of poetry and other commentary are conveyed with the humor they deserve in this thoroughly enjoyable collection." (AudioFile)
The Rumpole series is absolutely brilliant and, having listened to some other versions, I would recommend that you always go for the ones read by Bill Wallis who IS Rumpole as per the television series. John Mortimer is one of the wittiest writers (or was, sadly) and Rumpole's antics will have you laughing out loud!
Was driving from Manchester to Aberdeen and wanted some easy listening, saw Rumpole and thought i liked the TV series so why not, funniest thing I’ve heard for years even sat in the car for a further 20 minutes on arrival at the hotel to finish a story.
Every character has an authentic and consistent voice - male, female, from anywhere in the UK and beyond, and from all social backgrounds - Bill Wallis makes them all real. The books are more solid than the TV scripts from which they developed, funnier, more nuanced, and not subject to our horror at revisiting the unfortunate fashions/hairstyles/interior decor of 1978-1992! Ideas last longer. My only real gripe - chapters often don't correspond to stories, making it harder to find the point at which one fell asleep, listening in bed.
I am a readaholic cannot live without books and I am A massive West Ham Utd fan. The only other main vice I have is listening to the Archers
Great fab read it really had everything humour and of course crime
All of it
Just read it
The curious and enigmatic world at Chambers are as funny and comfortable as a well known anecdote.
All the usual suspects come to the fore as hoped for and expected, especially the revered, " She who must be obeyed "
The mellow voice and delivery of Bill Wallis provide just the right balance to these well loved stories.
I listened on a plane journey from Leeds to Spain and the time simply flew by.I did find, however, that the flight attendant's drinks service was not so much of an intrusion as usual !
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