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Rumpole: The Gentle Art of Blackmail & Other Stories

Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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....

'Rumpole and the Explosive Evidence': Rumpole defends a well-known safe blower and exposes the underhand behaviour of one Dirty Dickerson, a senior police officer who is quite prepared to tamper with evidence.

'Rumpole and the Gentle Art of Blackmail': In 1964 Rumpole returns to Oxford, where he studied law, to defend a young gardener who is accused of blackmailing the Master of St Joseph’s College. Their friendship had provoked rumours of homosexuality - still illegal in those days - and the Master says he has been threatened with a public accusation.

'Rumpole and the Expert Witness': Rumpole is asked to defend a GP, Dr Ned Dacre, who is accused of murdering his wife, Sally. The plot thickens when the local pathologist turns out to have history with Dr Ned....

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Just perfect

All the performances were superlative and the adaptations neatly done. Completely enjoyable. Never thought to hear better Rumpole than Leo Mckern but between them, Timothy West and Benedict Cumberbatch have done it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-06-2018

Another series of Mysteries acted out amazingly!!!

These have become my new favorite past time. I have always loved radio shows, it's so refreshing to be able to listen to them again!

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  • Karen Reid
  • 07-10-2018

Crying baby Soooooo annoying

The performance was marred by the over use of a crying baby. The hacking Rumpole and laughing lady were also over used.

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  • Lynn Cook
  • 06-05-2019

Wonderful acting

Great stories, I was able to see the actors in every way in my imagination

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  • ali
  • 06-02-2019

You had me at Rumpole!<br />

Brilliant performances, brilliant story, amazing way to spend my winter afternoon! I must have more!

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  • A Human on Planet Earth
  • 24-09-2018

A Great Serving of Whit and Satire

The cast fleshes out Rumpole’s various tales in an enticing manner. I’ve purchased all three of the Rumpole compilations and listen to them while working, cooking and even sleeping. And having a small Bluetooth speaker makes it that much better!

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  • Bookbums
  • 02-05-2018

Disappointed

I did not know how to rate by the stars. I am profoundly tone deaf. On the phone. I know "Hi Mon" is my daughter as I only have 1 child, and "Hi dear, is my husband. And 4 readers/narrators. So, with all the music, which sounds like small creatures being, this was not for me.eviscerated

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  • susii
  • 08-05-2018

fantastic book!

i love rumpole of the bailey and this is a great cast ....10/10 .....definatley worth a listen

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  • Bernard Byrne
  • 24-04-2019

Not a classic

For me, Cumberbatch gets the relationship between Rumpole and Hilda horribly wrong. There is too much overt hostility, not the simmering tension that the ITV series portrayed so well (and Maurice Denham too in the earlier BBC Radio productions) This completely lacks subtlety and detracts from the enjoyment of some very good stories.

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  • iThink2019
  • 08-01-2019

Better than Excellent!

I haven't laughed so much in ages! The narration is Brilliant! The stories are wonderful! Compulsive listening! Have just finished this, my first Audible Rumpole, and I am about to buy my next!! Can't live without Rumpole! Recommend 100 p.c.!

Thank you Audible!!

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  • Jura Cars
  • 18-08-2018

Rumpole

Great fun to listen too. Humors and a good story. Very well read. Would listen to it again.

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  • jasonmk
  • 24-07-2018

Absolutely loved it. Benedict is brilliant.

Absolutely fantastic brilliant love it. Timothy West as well. It's a must, must listening audio book.