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Rumpole and the Golden Thread

Narrated by: Bill Wallis
Series: Rumpole of the Bailey, Book 5
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
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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.

©1983 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Lesley
  • 08-08-2010

As if Leo MKern was still with us.

Bill Wallis was an inspired choice to read these stories. He is an excellent character actor and a good impressionist. He has the ability to (although not mimic) Leo McKern's turn of phrase as the irrasible Horace Rumpole. These plays (as that is what they are) are highly recommended and an utter pleasure to hear. I very much enjoy Timothy West also as he is an irrasible 'old hack' and makes the part his own. I was hoping to get Rumpole of the Defence next, this is read by Robert Hardy, whom, like Timothy and Bill, is one of our great actors and is brilliant in every role he is in. There is only one thing that would improve these audio books, but it would require a seance.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 03-11-2013

Nice gentle listening

I like Rumpole, Bill Wallis as narrator took a little getting used to after my usual listening on Radio 4. But then I found him to be excellent in the role. Rumpole's cases are always fun and not too 'heavy', sometimes I like to have a little light relief.
All in all a really enjoyable book.

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  • Lorna
  • 23-12-2012

First rate!

Very entertaining, in true Rumpole style and made even better with the excellent Bill Wallis narrating. It was a joy to listen to.

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  • Capnblatch
  • 31-03-2014

Good tale, perfect performance.

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.

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  • Penelope
  • 06-02-2019

Rumpole and the Golden Thread

Thoroughly enjoyable and easy listening. The writing is very good and has made me laugh. The narrator really makes it too. Great.

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  • Chrisby
  • 08-07-2014

Classic Rumpole. Great for car journeys.

What did you like most about Rumpole and the Golden Thread?

I subscribed to Audible because I make regular long car journeys from London to Cornwall or London to the South of France. These Rumpole episodes are 90 minutes long which is the perfect journey time between rest breaks.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rumpole and the Golden Thread?

His experiences in darkest Africa.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

How can one person produce so many distinct male and female voices?

On the minus side, some of the soundtrack was a bit muffled and hard to hear over road noise.

Any additional comments?

Will definitely be buying more Rumpole!