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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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-09-2016

great fun

Patrick Tulll is a brilliant reader. Rumple couldn't have a better friend! Don't miss this!

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  • J. Stauffer
  • 02-07-2012

There's no one like Rumpole!

British humor served up by John Mortimer using Rumpole defending the British ne'er do well in the Bailey and narrated by Patrick Tull. Can't do better than this when you need a book that will make you giggle and scratch your pate at the same time!

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  • rebecca
  • 10-11-2012

Ahhhhh....these are fun stories!!!

Writen with wit and humor. John Mortimer narrates these stories in his magnificent voice. He, of course, played the role of Rumpole in the BBC series.

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  • Dodes
  • 20-03-2019

Great character, fun stories, fabulous narration

The humour was right along my lines and the narratation immersed me in Rumpole's world

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  • Walter A.
  • 03-12-2018

Poor narration

The Rumpole stories are fun. However, Patrick Tull as a narrator is not up to snuff. I didn't expect him to sound like Leo McKern, and he doesn't. What is annoying is that there are long pauses here and there. The Rumpole audio with Timothy West is, by contrast, wonderful.

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  • Meri
  • 08-08-2018

Just When You're Really Depressed

by the story, Mortimer pulls it out of the bag and ends on a bright spot. You have to let it build. The stories are solid. And I have to come clean, I'm a total Patrick Tull fan-girl, but after hearing him read Dickens, Peters, and O'Brian, I'm just amazed at his ability to provide a totally clean slate for Rumpole. He doesn't read like Aubrey or Brother Cadfael. He's unmistakable as Rumpole. Tull's talent was extraordinary. Put Mortimer and Tull together and, well, there it is. A fully realized novel.

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  • GMHLA
  • 13-03-2019

Please ignore

Unable leave site without submitting this. Not my views. I do not wish my review online

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  • wvc
  • 28-06-2018

Patrick Tull cannot make up for uninspired, cliche

Has Rumpole ever met a criminal he didn't like? These are very sentimental, hackneyed stories told with a minimal amount of wit. Patrick Tull gives it an admirable goal, but the material is wanting.

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  • Martin
  • 04-11-2013

Cracking Audiobook !

Great stories, we'll narrated and looking forward to buying the rest of the set, brings back some great memories !

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  • Mrs Camden
  • 28-11-2012

Extra Points for the Audio

This was my first encounter with "Rumpole", and I loved it! While the criminal plots in these stories are not terribly sophisticated or suspenseful, the humour and sociological observations are sharp as nails. Patrick Tull's narration is marvelous. He wallows in the language and brings the disparate cast of characters to life. Rumpole's deeply ironic persepctive is far better appreciated when heard, than merely read silently.

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  • Melissa
  • 09-10-2013

Please bring back Bill Wallis!

Would you try another book written by John Mortimer or narrated by Patrick Tull?

No

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick Tull?

Bill Wallis

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story is good, but the Bill Wallis version is much better.

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I accidentally purchased this audiobook recommended by Audible.co.uk and found that I had already listened to it, but narrated by Bill Wallis. I only listed to 5 minutes of this, but the narration was painful: it sounded pompous and hesitant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-08-2018

Highly amusing

Loved it. Great use of the English language. Rumplole at his best. On to book 2

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  • Mrs C Lyon
  • 21-01-2019

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Being of an age when I watched Leo Mckern play Rumpole on tv, I found this narrator a real pleasure to listen to - superb!

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