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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (650 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Mortimer Narrator: Bill Wallis Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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Horace Rumpole - cigar-smoking, claret-drinking, Wordsworth-spouting defender of some unlikely clients - often speaks of the great murder trial, which revealed his talents as an advocate and made his reputation down at the Bailey when he was still a young man.

Now, for the first time, the sensational story of the Penge Bungalow Murders case is told in full: how, shortly after the war, Rumpole took on the seemingly impossible task of defending young Simon Jerold, accused of murdering his father and his father's friend with a German officer's gun. And how the inexperienced young brief was left alone to pursue the path of justice, in a case that was to echo through the Bailey for years to come.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Ace | 2/15/2014

    " The characters of Rumpole, his colleagues, and "she who must be obeyed" (I always think of Mrs Rumpole when I buy 'Vim'), are amongst the most endearing and enduring, for me in any case. Because the format of most of the Rumpole books allows for a short story experience, with a back-story arc, it's possible to enjoy them in bite-sized pieces, which is ideal for the time-crunched reader. This, however, is a full novel, and tells us the story of The Penge Bungalow Murders which, as a Rumpole fan, I have been aware of since the first time I read a Rumpole book. I was delighted that John Mortimer chose to give us a real insight into Rumpole's most famous case. It's a delightful read, where we are allowed to learn so much about what moulded this wonderful man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 2/15/2014

    " Novel in the British lawyer Rumpole series. In this, Rumpole is writing his memiors so describes his first murder case involving the murder of two WW II British airmen in the early 1950's with Rumpole defending the son of one who is charged with the murders. A lot of humor in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/10/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/30/2014

    " Through all Rumpole's stories, he keeps on referring to his early case, the Penge Bungalow Murders, which he did "alone and without a leader". So it was a thrill to find Rumpole finally telling this story, of himself as a young barrister rather than a crusty old lawyer - and also to catch a glimpse of how he and the formidable Hilda first got together! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki Cline | 1/29/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradley | 1/13/2014

    " 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 Peter | 1/13/2014

    " Rumpole, what a guy. And don't forget "She who must be obeyed" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 1/10/2014

    " Quite enjoyable, an account of Rumpole's first case. Light, escapist mystery novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 12/31/2013

    " enjoyed the humor in this book. I usually like a little more story around the murder itself, but it's hard not appreciate Rumpole's wit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 12/31/2013

    " Although this was my first Rumpole, I'm happy to say it will not be my last. I found this story quick, smart and fun. I highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/27/2013

    " 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 | 12/26/2013

    " I think the best of the Rumpole series... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Jackson | 12/25/2013

    " Very fun. Be warned this is British legal humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JackieB | 12/17/2013

    " Maybe I am being a bit tough with my ratings. I like this, but I prefer the mature, confident Rumpole who insults judges and is subtly subversive in chambers (well, not all that subtly when I think about it). I like to read this from time to time to remind me of how it all started. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nadine Brown | 12/11/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leann | 11/24/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 3/22/2013

    " As much fun as the Rumpole stories are to watch, they are just as much fun to read. Throughout the series Rumpole has alluded to his first great case, the Penge Bungalow Murders. At last the story has been told and quite enjoyable it is too. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moyukh | 1/20/2013

    " The perfect way to begin loving crime, criminals, and the courtroom; and courtroom flirting, 'I'll always give you my briefs,' is what one of Rumpole's ex's keeps telling him! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 12/22/2011

    " John Mortimer is a sharp writer and has created, in Rumpole, a character to defend basic human rights under the law. Plus, who else could get away with calling his wife "She who must be obeyed." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 11/23/2011

    " This was the first Rumpole book that I have read. I have been a fan of the tv serial. I read most of this in one day so I must of liked it. Might read some of the others. She who must be obeyed is much softer in the book than on tv! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 11/19/2011

    " Nice bit of cross examination, there my friend Rumpole! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billy | 11/3/2011

    " Well written and humorous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mad_Maudie | 9/8/2011

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kent | 8/16/2011

    " Fun cross examination. The rest of it was kinda whatever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suburbangardener | 7/29/2011

    " It was rewarding to finally find out how Rumpole appeared "alone and without a leader" in the Penge Bungalow Murders case. I love the Rumpole stories and now novels. The character names alone are enough to elicit a chuckle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 7/19/2011

    " Finally! The whole story of the Penge Bungalow Murders is revealed. Long time fans of Rumpole will be delighted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/22/2011

    " Maybe not quite at the hilarious level of, say, Jeeves & Wooster, nonetheless, the Rumpole stories are wry and funny, and altogether entirely charming. If you can get your hands on a recorded version, it's quite a delightful diversion on your drive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Starfish | 5/12/2011

    " 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. "

  • 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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  • 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 Narrator

Bill Wallis has performed in over two hundred radio series and plays, while among his numerous productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company are The Alchemist, The Master Builder, and Twelfth Night. He is also a prolific film and television actor, having made numerous appearances in such productions as Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Midsomer Murders, Bad Girls, Doctors, Poirot, and as Dr. Nick MacKenzie in Dangerfield.