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3.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 5 3.90 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Mortimer Narrator: Patrick Tull, Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781461811572
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Back in the harness after his abortive retirement to Florida, Rumpole glories in the mushroom pie, rainy day life of the Old Bailey. Here he spars with some old familiars like the venomous Judge Bullingham, and makes the acquaintance of some fresh foes. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 10/4/2013

    " Rumpole travels to Africa, takes on the art world, defends a country squiress, and figures out an ingenius way to collect the fees that are owed him in this collection of short tales, read by Bill Wallis, featuring the always entertaining legal eagle and his cohorts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 8/12/2013

    " I love these Rumpole stories--and in this volume, he "dies", takes a trip to Africa, and continues his defense of the various members of the Timson family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 6/24/2013

    " I love these Rumpole stories--and in this volume, he "dies", takes a trip to Africa, and continues his defense of the various members of the Timson family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 6/14/2013

    " I don't know how I missed this one. It reminds me ow good the series is and makes me want to go back for a re-read and a re-watch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 5/4/2013

    " I don't know how I missed this one. It reminds me ow good the series is and makes me want to go back for a re-read and a re-watch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 2/24/2013

    " Rumpole travels to Africa, takes on the art world, defends a country squiress, and figures out an ingenius way to collect the fees that are owed him in this collection of short tales, read by Bill Wallis, featuring the always entertaining legal eagle and his cohorts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 12/26/2012

    " I love these Rumpole stories--and in this volume, he "dies", takes a trip to Africa, and continues his defense of the various members of the Timson family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 10/7/2012

    " Rumpole travels to Africa, takes on the art world, defends a country squiress, and figures out an ingenius way to collect the fees that are owed him in this collection of short tales, read by Bill Wallis, featuring the always entertaining legal eagle and his cohorts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 11/10/2011

    " I don't know how I missed this one. It reminds me ow good the series is and makes me want to go back for a re-read and a re-watch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/15/2011

    " I really enjoyed this case & became quite absorbed in it. The narrator Bill Wallis did a great job with the various accents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 3/25/2011

    " I think the best of the Rumpole series...
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 3/20/2011

    " I don't know how I missed this one. It reminds me ow good the series is and makes me want to go back for a re-read and a re-watch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leann | 2/22/2011

    " LIstened to this on CD. It took a while to get into it because of a lot of back story and getting used to listening to the reader. It was enjoyable and the reader did a great job at the different voices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesa | 11/22/2010

    " After hearing so much about Rumpole's infamous involvement in the Penge Benge Bungalow murders, I was happy to finally find out what actually happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradley | 8/13/2010

    " A delight! We learn of Rumpole's first days as a "white wig" young barrister at the Old Bailey. He tries his first case for the Timson family, meets Hilda, She Who Must Be Obeyed, and stands alone for the defence in a double murder case. Better than a bottle of Chateau Thames Embankment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 5/30/2010

    " This was purely a fun read. We have watched dramatizations of the Mortimer novels on PBS, so I visualized all the characters as they were cast for those productions. For anyone who likes British comedy, this is delightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 4/21/2010

    " Good action as usual for around the Bailey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 4/19/2010

    " We finally learn the details of Rumpole's famous case, which he won "alone and without a leader." We also find out how he wound up with his wife Hilda, although that's not quite a satisfying. An important read for Rumpole fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Starfish | 4/1/2010

    " My first experience of Rumpole was as a radio dramatisation. It was intolerable. Without the intrusion of actors and actresses however, he is really enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nadine | 12/28/2009

    " Fun, quick read. Think I'll try to find more of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 8/28/2009

    " To FINALLY know what happened in that greatest of cases... "

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About the Author
Author John Mortimer

John Mortimer (1923–2009) was a playwright, novelist, and barrister. He wrote many radio, film, and television scripts, including the British television series Rumpole of the Bailey, and won the British Academy Writer of the Year Award in 1979. He retired from the bar in 1984 and was knighted in 1998.

About the Narrators

Patrick Tull (1941–2006), born in the United Kingdom, was a multitalented actor of the stage, screen, and television, as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He acted in numerous American television shows from 1962 to 1996, including Crossroads, and he had roles in six Broadway plays between 1967 and 1992, including Amadeus. His film credits from 1969 to 1996 included roles as Cecil in Parting Glances and Jerry the bartender in Sleepers. He served as narrator for the television series Sea Tales. He narrated nearly forty audiobooks, and his readings of The Canterbury Tales, The Letter of Marque, Monk’s Hood, The Vicar of Wakefield, and How Green Was My Valley each earned him an AudioFile Earphones Award. His narration of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels was praised by novelist Stephen King as among his ten favorite audiobooks of 2006.

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and she also won the prestigious Audie Award in 2006.