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    • Rumpole of the Bailey

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 368
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 310
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 311

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a Joy

    • By suet on 13-11-18

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Rumpole of the Bailey [Recorded Books]

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Cracking Audiobook !

    • By Martin on 04-11-13

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Rumpole: On Trial & Other Stories

    • Four BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: full cast, Jasmine Hyde, Julian Rhind-Tutt, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Julian Rhind-Tutt takes on the role of Rumpole in this fifth collection of cracking court cases. Starring Julian Rhind-Tutt as Rumpole, Jasmine Hyde as Hilda and Nigel Anthony as Claude Erskine-Brown. A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Much better

    • By pat neville on 07-01-19

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Rumpole: The Age of Miracles & Other Stories

    • Three BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch, full cast, Jasmine Hyde, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Sherlock is not Rumpole

    • By GB on 04-12-18

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Rumpole: The Gentle Art of Blackmail & Other Stories

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch, full cast, Timothy West
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    Benedict Cumberbatch plays the young Horace Rumpole in this second stellar collection of court cases, also starring Timothy West as the older Rumpole. 'Rumpole and the Man of God': It is 1959, and Rumpole must defend a clergyman accused of shoplifting who, although he clearly did not commit the crime, is curiously reluctant to be cross-examined under oath. Meanwhile, Hilda (she who must be obeyed) has big news....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fantastic book!

    • By susii on 08-05-18

    Regular price: £13.99

    • Rumpole: The Penge Bungalow Murders and Other Stories

    • Three BBC Radio 4 dramatisations
    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch, Timothy West, full cast, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116

    Benedict Cumberbatch plays the young, feisty, devastatingly acute Horace Rumpole in this collection of cracking cases, also starring Timothy West as the older Rumpole. Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders: It is the '50s, and two war heroes have been shot dead. Defending the suspect is deemed hopeless, so the case is handed to a novice. But the novice's superiors didn't count on the tenacity and wit of the young and hungry Horace Rumpole.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Don’t start with this Rumpole - 5*

    • By Nigel on 04-01-18

    Regular price: £13.99

    • Rumpole: The Sleeping Partners & Other Stories

    • Three BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jasmine Hyde, Timothy West, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    Benedict Cumberbatch plays the young, feisty, devastatingly acute Horace Rumpole in this collection of cracking cases, also starring Timothy West as the older Rumpole.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An Unnecessary Sexing Up of the Originals

    • By Terry McAuliffe on 05-07-18

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Rumpole's Return

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent

    • By Jenny Murphy on 10-02-18

    Regular price: £27.99

    • Rumpole for the Defence

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    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
    • wonderfully written tales of the Old Bailey!

    • By mr c a mole on 23-01-19

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Rumpole on Trial

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Utterly Brilliant

    • By Lesley on 16-07-10

    Regular price: £17.19

    • The Trials of Rumpole

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A very enjoyable read

    • By Flint on 07-12-14

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Rumpole Rests His Case

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Technical issues with this book

    • By Maggie on 17-08-17

    Regular price: £27.99

    • Rumpole: The Way Through the Woods & Other Stories

    • Three BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Full Cast, Jasmine Hyde, Julian Rhind-Tutt, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    'Rumpole and the Way Through the Woods' Rumpole makes friends with a dog named Sir Lancelot, and finds himself defending a hunt saboteur who claims to be guilty of murder. 'Rumpole for the Prosecution' Rumpole’s personal commandment is ‘Thou Shalt Not Prosecute’ - but he breaks this rule to take on a private prosecution brought by a dead girl’s father. However, an obscure literary reference and a piece of evidence that doesn’t fit bring his defender’s instincts to the fore...'Rumpole and the Quacks' Temporarily indisposed, Rumpole consults a charming Indian doctor who later asks for Horace’s help when he is accused of molesting a patient. 

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Rumpole and the Primrose Path (Dramatised)

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Timothy West, Prunella Scales
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    Horace Rumpole, the Wordsworth loving, Shakespeare quoting, claret imbibing barrister returns in these hugely enjoyable stories of legal chicanery and criminal derring-do.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Actually contains FOUR stories

    • By Nigel on 04-12-17

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Rumpole

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Margot Boyd, Maurice Denham
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    Maurice Denham stars as John Mortimer's famous comic creation Rumpole of the Bailey. Defender of the underdog, friend of South London villains and scourge of QCs, much-loved barrister Horace Rumpole was first brought to life on television, and in 1980 BBC Radio 4 introduced him to the airwaves for a 13-episode series.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Maurice Denham is marvellous as Rumpole

    • By Nigel on 23-11-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A little too long. Probably for Rumpole fans only

    • By Mark H on 11-05-14

    Regular price: £13.49

    • Rumpole and the Angel of Death

    • By: Sir John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Vintage Rumpole

    • By Hilary T. on 29-09-12

    Regular price: £19.69

    • 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

    Regular price: £18.49

    • Rumpole and the Reign of Terror

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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'.

    Regular price: £12.29

    • Rumpole’s Last Case

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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).

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Patrick Tull is a brilliant Rumpole

    • By Rex Schneider on 04-12-15

    Regular price: £23.79

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