Rumpole of the Bailey
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  • 1
    Rumpole of the Bailey | John Mortimer

    Rumpole of the Bailey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    In these witty and comic stories, Horace Rumpole takes on a variety of clients and activities. He, of course, brings each case to a successful end, all the while quoting poetry and drinking claret.

    A Fun Listen

    I enjoyed these stories very much. They're funny, heart warming and slightly politically incorrect. It would been a straight 5 stars, but I just dropp..Show More »

    Reviewed on 02 August 2016 by PB (UK)
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    Rumpole of the Bailey [Recorded Books] | John Mortimer

    Rumpole of the Bailey [Recorded Books]

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
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    In the first of six witty short stories, 60s-something English barrister, Horace Rumpole, takes on the younger generation both at home and in the hallowed courtroom-while offending his esteemed colleagues and his draconian wife, Hilda.

    Cracking Audiobook !

    Great stories, we'll narrated and looking forward to buying the rest of the set, brings back some great memories !

    Reviewed on 04 November 2013 by Martin (Ripley, United Kingdom)
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    The Trials of Rumpole | John Mortimer

    The Trials of Rumpole

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole whose court scenes are proverbial, and whose home is ruled by Mrs Rumpole, is back in these short stories by John Mortimer. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

    A very enjoyable read

    It has become a familiar favourite, I have listened to this book several times.

    Reviewed on 07 December 2014 by Flint ()
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    Rumpole's Return | John Mortimer

    Rumpole's Return

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    Has Rumpole hung up his wig for good? Can it be? Yes, the beloved barrister is now retired (though far from retiring) and gently ripening to a rosy hue in the Florida sunshine. But a colleague's casual request for advice on a difficult case sends him winging back across the Atlantic, and before he's through, our hero will come up against a fanatical religious cult and a mysterious letter written in blood.

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  • 4
    Rumpole for the Defence | John Mortimer

    Rumpole for the Defence

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    Story
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    The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole continues to juggle the vagaries of the law, the ambiguities of crime, and the contradictions of the human heart. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

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  • 5
    Rumpole and the Golden Thread | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Golden Thread

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    Story
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    The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole continues to juggle the vagaries of the law, the ambiguities of crime, and the contradictions of the human heart. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

    As if Leo MKern was still with us.

    Bill Wallis was an inspired choice to read these stories. He is an excellent character actor and a good impressionist. He has the ability to (altho..Show More »

    Reviewed on 08 August 2010 by Lesley (Southport, United Kingdom)
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    Rumpole's Last Case | John Mortimer

    Rumpole's Last Case

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
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    Story
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    The brilliant Bailey hack recalls some of his most extraordinary cases, including several deliciously funny courtroom spars with his arch-foe, the Mad Bull (aka Judge Roger Bullingham).

    Patrick Tull is a brilliant Rumpole

    This is a great listen thanks to Patrick Tull, who is barely distinguishable from the original, definitive Rumpole (Leo McKern). I recommend seeking o..Show More »

    Reviewed on 04 December 2015 by Rex Schneider (Dartmoor, England)
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    Rumpole's Last Case | John Mortimer

    Rumpole's Last Case

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    Story
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    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.

    Rumpole's Last Case

    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..Show More »

    Reviewed on 23 May 2011 by Carol (High Wycombe, United Kingdom)
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  • 9
    Rumpole on Trial | John Mortimer

    Rumpole on Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    In this work Horace Rumpole returns to delight us with seven new cases. We find our hero jousting with the Devil, being wooed by a beautiful violin player, and even up before the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Bar Council.

    Utterly Brilliant

    Timothy West is excellent as Rumpole (so is Bill Wallis but he is a good character actor) and, of course, the stories are intriguing as full of wit. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 16 July 2010 by Lesley (Southport, United Kingdom)
  • 10
    Rumpole and the Angel of Death | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Angel of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    In this collection of Rumpole stories the comic, courageous, and corpulent 'great defender of muddled and sinful humanity' is joined by a winning cast of villains and victims in tales whose wry humour and sparkling wit deftly send up the legal system. In Rumpole and the Angel of Death our hero achieves resounding triumphs over the forces of prejudice and mean-mindedness. Rumpole and the Way through the Woods involves Rumpole in the world of hunters and the hunted, animal rights and human wrongs.

    Vintage Rumpole

    This latest collection of Rumpole stories does not disappoint. As wide ranging as ever in the happenstances experienced by Rumpole and Hilda (aka "She..Show More »

    Reviewed on 29 September 2012 by Hilary T. (Shoreham-by-sea, United Kingdom)
  • 11
    Rumpole Rests His Case | John Mortimer

    Rumpole Rests His Case

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
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    There's a new wind blowing in this dazzling collection of new Rumpole stories: for the first time Rumpole finds himself appearing for an asylum-seeker at the Appeals Tribunal and, worst of all, his chambers have become a smoke-free zone.

    Half the story

    Every chapter of this book is duplicated, so the advertised length of this product is wrong. Also, having to skip every other chapter is annoying.

    Reviewed on 24 August 2016 by WildMum (Kent)
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    Rumpole and the Primrose Path | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Primrose Path

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    We last left Rumpole in his hospital bed after his sudden collapse in court. Now our hero finds himself in the Primrose Path nursing home - or a hospice as he persists in describing it. Things aren't looking good for Rumpole - until suddenly he begins to sense there's something wrong with the place, and all his intelligence and formidable insight into human behaviour come to the fore again.

    Rumpole Wins Again

    What can anyone say about any of John Mortimer's Rumpole books except that they're brilliant? Once again Horace goes to battle with the Forces of the ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 16 March 2011 by Val Pope (England)
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    Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (18)
    Story
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    Horace Rumpole - cigar-smoking, claret-drinking, Wordsworth-spouting defender of some unlikely clients - often speaks of the great murder trial which revealed his talents as an advocate and made his reputation down at the Bailey when he was still a young man. Now, for the first time, the sensational story of the Penge Bungalow Murders case is told in full: how, shortly after the war, Rumpole took on the seemingly impossible task of defending young Simon Jerold.

    A little too long. Probably for Rumpole fans only

    I like John Mortimer's writing and I am a great fan of the original Rumpole TV series, starring Leo McKern. However, in spite of wanting to like this ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 11 May 2014 by Mark H (Kilwinning, United Kingdom)
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    Rumpole and the Reign of Terror | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Reign of Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    In the dark days of the war on terror, only one man can be counted on to fight injustice, defend the innocent, and insist on a fair and decent trial for all, contrary to New Labour's new anti-terrorism laws. Rumpole's wig may be yellowing at the roots, his gown might be in tatters, but the oldest inhabitant of 4 Equity Court has no use for the word 'retirement'.

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    The Anti-Social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole | John Mortimer

    The Anti-Social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    ASBOs may be the pride and joy of New Labour, but they don't cut much ice with Horace Rumpole - he takes the old-fashioned view that if anyone is going to be threatened with a restriction of their liberty then some form of legal proceeding ought to be gone through first. When one of the Timson children is given an ASBO for playing football in the street, Rumpole soon realizes something fishy is going on.

    Sheer Genius

    Bill Wallis really makes Rumpole come to life and the character vocalisations are fantastic.



    As usual this is Rumpole at his best, ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 16 February 2013 by Dasmon (Margate, Kent)
  • 16
    Rumpole at Christmas | John Mortimer

    Rumpole at Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    Rumpole isn't particularly fond of Christmas; he finds it has a horrible habit of dragging on as he and She Who Must Be Obeyed go through the usual rituals in Froxbury Mansions. After the exchange of presents (lavender water for her, a tie for him) they settle down to a supermarket turkey with all the trimmings, followed by a glass of port. The only excitement comes in deciding whether to stand for the national anthem after the Queen's Speech.

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  • 16.5
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