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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (873 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Mortimer Narrator: Robert Hardy Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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In these witty and comic stories, Horace Rumpole takes on a variety of clients and activities. He, of course, brings each case to a successful end, all the while quoting poetry and drinking claret.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire Noonan | 2/12/2014

    " I need to read all the Rumpole stories now, then watch the series... pretty good stuff "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edie | 2/9/2014

    " I loved this book! Being married to an atty for the past 20 years and have heard some intertaining tails some that ended well and some not so well, this book told stories of ole baily and interjected humor, a delightful old crusty barrister with tricks up his sleeve. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stan | 1/31/2014

    " The Rumpole series is one of my all-time favorites, with dry British humor and unforgettable recurring characters. No one would have trouble picturing She Who Must Be Obeyed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Freder | 1/27/2014

    " Not much point to this, really -- just reworkings of the TV episodes, which are much more entertaining by themselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/23/2014

    " Rumpole is indeed a guilty pleasure... I must admit I laughed out loud several times at the irreverent humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/22/2014

    " Always a nice read. Had interesting conversation with Mr. Mortimer at Muder by the Book party. He became engrossed in our conversation and my wife told me to quietly shut up. Let the others have his ear for a while. How often does one have a chance to communicate with someone like that, I ask you. You take what you can get. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sophie | 1/21/2014

    " I'm not sure what I expected from this book. Apart from having vaguely heard of Rumpole, I had few preconceived notions about the character. But whatever notions I had, they were nowhere close to what this novel actually was. To begin with, I'm not crazy about story collections, which is what Rumpole of the Bailey is, and although I found the stories entertaining, I would have preferred one coherent narrative. And if I had known that the TV series came first, and this novel was merely a retelling of the first season of the TV show, I doubt I would have bothered with it. As far as the character, Rumpole is definitely amusing, if a bit much at times, and I enjoyed his wit at his colleagues' expense and his humorous relationship with his wife. The stories were an interesting--and eye opening!--glimpse into the British legal system, which is surprisingly different from the US system. Overall, it was an interesting book to listen to (although I could have done without the over-the-top narration of the reader) but I can't help feeling a little taken in to find that the book is merely a re-telling of the TV show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sav | 1/20/2014

    " Four stars foe every Rumpole book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warner | 12/30/2013

    " Great English detective mystery. Good read with some twists "

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

    " The writing is light and fun. Rumpole is quite loveable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 11/30/2013

    " Ahh ya gotta love this curmudgeon...Well read by Robert Hardy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/24/2013

    " We enjoy how the author plays with words & manipulates the judges. His wit is incisive. Rumpole is a very like-able fellow. We appreciate the character development & particularly enjoyed the relationship between Rumpole & his clients. Narrator, Robert Hardy modulates his voice perfectly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cait | 11/11/2013

    " I read these, only to grasp my utter lack of understanding of the British legal system. Still: these are basically charming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/10/2013

    " I LOVE Rumpole! No better reading for the summertime. "

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

    " Delightfully droll. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 8/4/2013

    " Fun little stories about a sour old barrister. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JBEG Hewitt | 6/18/2013

    " I heart Rumpole. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 1/16/2013

    " Funny. Charming. And the legal stuff is insightful and done with an extremely light touch. This is the first of 15 story collections or full-length novels. I will be reading more of these ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mad_Maudie | 10/18/2012

    " Whether he's on the telly or in a book, I just love Horace Rumpole. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cate | 6/20/2012

    " As I listened to this audiobook I could almost see Leo McKern as Rumpole in the original series. Though Patrick Tull does a wonderful job narrating I spent much of the book imagining McKerns expressions and genius portrayal of Mortimer's most ingenious barrister . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 6/3/2012

    " As one reviewer once said, "Rumpole is hilarious brain candy". After reading this collection of stories and chuckling aloud you will probably nod your head in agreement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara Ripley | 1/26/2012

    " Fantastically funny with great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 10/10/2011

    " Lots of fun if you like, say, Wodehouse-style British humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Menner | 2/2/2011

    " Absolutely delightful. Wonderful humor. I love how Rumpole refers to his wife as "She Who Must Be Obeyed". It's witty, well written, and subtle. Highly recommended. "

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

    " Whether he's on the telly or in a book, I just love Horace Rumpole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 9/25/2010

    " A nice read, although it's impossible to envision Rumpole any differently than as portrayed in the Mystery! series.

    Short stories joined together by a loose thread of details. Very nicely done.

    I regret not picking up a few other volumes at the thrift store. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cait | 9/5/2010

    " I read these, only to grasp my utter lack of understanding of the British legal system. Still: these are basically charming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 4/20/2010

    " Lots of fun if you like, say, Wodehouse-style British humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Art | 3/14/2010

    " One of the truly great characters in mystery fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/18/2009

    " The writing is light and fun. Rumpole is quite loveable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 5/19/2009

    " Not much point to this, really -- just reworkings of the TV episodes, which are much more entertaining by themselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 5/17/2009

    " Funny. Charming. And the legal stuff is insightful and done with an extremely light touch. This is the first of 15 story collections or full-length novels. I will be reading more of these ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/18/2009

    " Very fun book. I look forward to picking up another Rumpole when I need something light with sarcasm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 1/20/2009

    " Ahh ya gotta love this curmudgeon...Well read by Robert Hardy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 9/21/2008

    " Fun little stories about a sour old barrister. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warner | 9/14/2008

    " Great English detective mystery. Good read with some twists "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Menner | 8/7/2008

    " Absolutely delightful. Wonderful humor. I love how Rumpole refers to his wife as "She Who Must Be Obeyed". It's witty, well written, and subtle. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/5/2008

    " I LOVE Rumpole! No better reading for the summertime. "

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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

Robert Hardy, CBE, played Siegfried Farnon in seven series of All Creatures Great and Small, while his other television appearances include The Far Pavilions, Lucky Jim, The Lost World, and Foyle’s War. He has appeared in many West End productions and also played Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter films.