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Summary

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.
©1979 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc

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"Robert Hardy, an experienced and much-lauded actor of stage and screen, does justice to this entertaining work; his voice characterizations are consistent, versatile, and nuanced." (Library Journal)

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excellent

oh lord excellent writing fantastic narration. griping tale of human relationships and legal gump without one boring moment. such fun.

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Superb vintage Rumpole narrated by wonderful Robert Hardy

Loved listening to this. The story has several twists and turns and of course makes one chuckle all the while. Robert Harry’s narration is brilliant- so effortless. Shame more narrators don’t learn from people like him.

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A good listen

Robert Hardy’s reading is excellent and the story is classic Rumpole funny and full of good observations

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Novel lengh

Great to have John Mortimer 's superb creation for longer than the usual hour's episode

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Story is as good as ever

Rumpole is as funny as ever, just not sure about the change of narrator. Robert Hardy is good, but just not quite got the Rumpole dry whit delivery for me. Nonetheless Rumpole stories are worth every penny if you want a good chuckle.

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Amusing

Such a gentle and funny story. Gradually getting to know and believe in the characters. An excellent listen.

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Great tale

enjoyable romp of a story in the usual rumpole way. Nice reading with elements of performance by Hardy.

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rude, offensive and boring ould man

eh dull, boring, disappointing, rude, offensive. the poor lot is saved by the narrator whom I would listen to again.

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Rumpole for president!

So entertaining, moments when I laughed out loud and one in particular about a hotel mattress stuffed with firewood! Didn't think I'd ever hear anyone who could touch Bill Wallis as a narrator but Robert Hardy came a very close second. If you want satire and wit John Mortimer is your man.

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A Complete Joy!

I've always been a little in love with Rumpole with his maverick character and his poetic quotes. And Robert Hardy's performance is superbly suited to the job of bringing Rumpole to life. I'm pretty sure Robert Hardy could have read the ingredients in a packet of biscuits and it would have been engaging. What a tribute to John Mortimer's writing to have created such stories of human nature and the humor of its frailties.

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  • mr kieran j murphy
  • 11-04-18

a long form rumpole book

This book is different as it only follows two cases that Rumpole is in rather than a series of short stories my favourite narrator does the reading.

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