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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (199 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Mortimer Narrator: Bill Wallis Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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Rumpole isn't particularly fond of Christmas; he finds it has a horrible habit of dragging on as he and She Who Must Be Obeyed go through the usual rituals in Froxbury Mansions.

After the exchange of presents (lavender water for her, a tie for him) they settle down to a supermarket turkey with all the trimmings, followed by a glass of port. The only excitement comes in deciding whether to stand for the national anthem after the Queen's Speech.

But at least the criminal fraternity rarely takes a holiday, so over the years Rumpole has found his festive celebrations disturbed in the most welcome ways. Whether it's a Father Christmas who behaves suspiciously at Equity Court's Christmas party, or a high-profile murder trial that comes up at the Bailey just before the holiday season, or a body discovered at the health spa where Rumpole is gloomily trying to survive a not-so-festive Christmas diet of yak's milk and spinach, there's always something wonderfully unlawful to liven up the dull holiday plans.

When Sir John Mortimer died in early 2009, it was widely agreed that Horace Rumpole was his greatest fictional creation. In these seven delightful stories, read by Bill Wallis and collected together for the first time, the great barrister lives on. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scott | 2/10/2014

    " A few short stories. All a waste of time to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 1/31/2014

    " Rumpole is always delightful company for the holidays or anytime. This would be a good starting place for any who have not yet (and really should!) spent time with him and She Who Must Be Obeyed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 1/29/2014

    " Beethoven's Birthday present from Annie. Wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/9/2014

    " I like the short stories, and they all center around Christmas vacations. "

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

    " Very cute. An extremely light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/29/2013

    " as always fun and funny with a great eye for how the legal world works as well as how people act "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 12/29/2013

    " Quiet humor in these stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 12/24/2013

    " Oh, how I love Rumpole. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 12/18/2013

    " The last story makes the point: If we don't protect the presumption of innocence, injustice will be done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Dodson | 7/22/2013

    " Good old Rumpole short stories. Nice, relaxing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 7/19/2013

    " What a nice entry for the Rumpole books. After watching the television series for so many years, I could read these stories and hear the character's voices as I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis | 2/26/2013

    " My wife's new name is she who must be obeyed. This book was great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Truehobbit | 8/6/2012

    " An amusing and pleasing light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 8/2/2012

    " very quaint, British detective short mystery stories "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Wichorek | 7/5/2012

    " Not as good as some of his other stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy Gehman | 4/2/2012

    " A bit of fluff. I guess this book proves that short stories are not my favorite. I do adore Rumpole. A couple of the stories were good, a couple more were only so-so. I think it's probably very difficult to write a mystery as a short story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 3/12/2012

    " Very British, with the vernacular to go along with it. Five short stories with a murder or crime involved. I really like the first one and the second one just didn't hold my interest. I want something cheesier and easier to follow - it's Christmas for goodness sake! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbi | 2/24/2012

    " I really enjoyed this...a light and witty Christmas book! I pulled it off the library display. I always feel bad doing that...they tell me it's a good thing when I like their displays and mess them up...but still...ANYWAY, this time it was a good pick off the display! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/21/2012

    " An absolute delight for any Rumpole fan. All of the famous characters from She Who Must be Obeyed to Soapy Sam Ballard, and the fair Portia of the Chambers make an appearance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles Kraus | 10/8/2011

    " A collection of tales from short stories published in various UK publications during Christmas over the years by author John Mortimer. Hilda's (SWMBO) plans for a quiet Christmas Holiday generally go awry when Rumpole gets involved in cases just because he happens to be on the scene! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Mccullough | 8/16/2011

    " Not exactly Dickens but still jolly good! Mortimer in good Rumpolian holiday spirits "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 3/31/2011

    " I like the Rumpole stories. I like Bill Wallis as an audio narrator. Bill Wallis narrating Rumpole ... not so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/9/2011

    " A lot of fun! My first Rumpole book, wonderful character along with " She who must be obeyed"!
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 10/5/2010

    " I love John Mortimer's sly political commentary! This is a number of short stories all set at Christmas time. I loved the last one about Rumpole and Hilda at a health farm at Christmas because "She Who Must Be Obeyed" thinks Rumpole is too fat. "

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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.