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Benedict Cumberbatch plays Horace Rumpole in this fourth collection of dramatic court cases.

'Rumpole and the Bubble Reputation'
Erskine-Brown is working on a sordid ABH and affray case which allegedly occurred in a Soho night club. When he and Rumpole visit the disreputable scene of the crime, they meet Maurice Machin, the editor of the Daily Beacon, whose paper is being sued for libel.

'Rumpole and the Age of Miracles'
Hilda's distant relation, The Reverend Timothy Donkin, looks set to be defrocked as Canon of Lawnchester Cathedral unless Rumpole can convince an Ecclesiastical Court that adultery did not take place in the nearby Saint Edithna Hotel.

'Rumpole and the Tap End'
Tony Timson finds himself in hot water when charged with the attempted drowning of his wife, April, while sharing a bath with her. Rumpole not only defends Tony but also finds he must protect Judge Guthrie Featherstone QC, who upsets women everywhere with sexist pronouncements about their proper place in the tub. 

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  • 04-12-18

Sherlock is not Rumpole

The casting is very poor - both Rumpole and Hilda are older and more colourful than they are portrayed here. Very disappointed

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Love Rumpole

I have to say Benedict I’d great as Rumpole but do not like the actress as Hilda, she screeches her way through the stories. Sorry but won’t get any more of these books they are terrible

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Messing with the storyline

The acting was excellent as is the story that it is based on.

However a major change to the plot of the overarching story was not in character for Rumpole at all and spoiled it for me.

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  • Teri
  • 18-03-19

Recommended Read

I came across this audible by accident and decided to give it a listen. It is very enjoyable and I really like the players in this book.. I have always liked British drama and this one don't disappoint. It would not think this drama would have humor but it does and it blends in with the story well. I would highly recommend this audible to anyone who likes drama or even a fan of Cumberbatch to reads this character really well.

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  • Janice Snaggs
  • 02-05-20

I can't get enough of Benedict Cumberbatch

I thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt like I was a part of the entire thing. Beautifully narrated.

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  • Jane M.
  • 05-08-20

Excellent performance of increasingly sarcastic stories

I have purchased all the Rumpole series Cumberbatch. The vocal actors are wonderful and the stories have been charming but Rumpole’s personality has devolved from witty, tongue-in-cheek opinion to cruel ridicule without the earlier touches of humanity. The relationships have become more adversarial and sarcastic. He has become difficult to appreciate.

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