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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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  • Margaret M.
  • 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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  • Peter G.
  • 20-08-2020

Very enjoyable

I thoroughly enjoyed this compilation of Rumpole tales. Gentle humour interspersed with occasional moments where I found myself laughing out loud. He applies such ingenuity, cunning and blatant manipulation to come out on top in his legal cases and in one story, to come to the aid of a young damsel in distress. A welcome escape from reality.

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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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  • Mary
  • 22-07-2021

Amusing.

I love the narration of the different characters. Mortimer definitely takes you into a world where the most intelligent and most competent of professionals, mostly, do not rise to lofty positions in this world. Rumpole has imagination and is able to match his thoughts to those geniuses which have gone before him; Wordsworth and Shakespeare, to name but a few. This sustains in times when he is, truly, surrounded by stupidity. I suspect his errant relationship with his wife is outdated, but it is of his time. And is still amusing with all of that. Audible's presentation is good and these stories have sustained me on many a sleepless night.

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  • Nicola
  • 21-03-2021

Very amusing

These tales get funnier and funnier and the narration is perfect - hard to imagine a better narrator.

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  • ndg
  • 01-03-2021

So Funny

I hadn’t realised how laugh out loud funny these books were, you just can’t keep up with the one liners woven into very cleaver story lines. Excellent story and excellent narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-05-2020

She who must be obeyed

Very well written stories as always by John Mortimer but particularly well narrated by Bill Wallace,a much underrated story teller

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  • Peter J Sinfield
  • 14-02-2020

Pure Genius

As with all of the Rumpole series, a great listen to. It is of a different era, and i could well understand how people under 30 do not necessarily get it. If you see 50 on the horizon, or in the rearview mirror. You will be taken back to a different time. May be not a better time, but a different time. The stories themselves are the conduit for the telling. I really cannot praise this and the other books in the series highly enough.

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