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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Mortimer Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Rumpole Series Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781455169962
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Horace Rumpole, the irreverent, iconoclastic, claret-swilling, poetry-spouting barrister-at-law, is among the most beloved characters of English crime literature. He is not a particularly gifted attorney, nor is he particularly fond of the law by courts if it comes to that, but he’d rather be swinging at a case than bowing to his wife, Hilda—“She Who Must Be Obeyed.”

In this first title of the popular series featuring Rumpole, all of the major characters who occupy the Rumpole stories make their introductions: the sneaky, slightly effeminate Erskine-Brown; the bumbling Guthrie Featherstone; and various and sundry other lawyers and clerks whose lives weave in and out of these stories. These six stories include “The Younger Generation,” “The Alternative Society,” “The Honorable Member,” “The Married Lady,” “The Learned Friends,” and “The Heavy Brigade.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 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 "

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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

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.