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  • Rumpole and the Golden Thread

  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As if Leo MKern was still with us.

  • By Lesley on 08-08-10

Good tale, perfect performance.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-14

Thoroughly enjoyed this one, and it even raised a few audible sniggers... no mean feat with me.

John Mortimer's tales of Rumpole are, of course, timelessly classy: He writes with pace, wit, substance, and a vocabulary so velvety-rich that it reminds me of a good Beychevelle. To this sumptuous prose, the talented and intelligent reading of Bill Wallis provides the perfect complement... the aged Cantal; possibly, even, the Stilton.

Forgive my gustatorial similies... I can only plead that Rumpole would have mightily approved... but for me, this is a lovely tale, wonderfully told, and great easy listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Long Summer Day

  • By: R F Delderfield
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 27 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Paul Craddock is still young when he is invalided out of the army after the Boer War and he discovers the neglected estate of Shallowford in a secluded corner of Devon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, absorbing listen

  • By Rosalind on 17-04-12

Excellent easy listening

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-13

I'd class this as excellent listening to pass a journey or when relaxing. The tale is not a deeply complex one, but I find Delderfield a good writer. The narrator is first class. I enjoyed it, and I'll probably go for the sequel when it appears.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful