We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders | [John Mortimer]

Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders

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.
Regular Price:$18.02
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2004 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (58 )
5 star
 (36)
4 star
 (16)
3 star
 (6)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.4 (32 )
5 star
 (17)
4 star
 (11)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.7 (30 )
5 star
 (20)
4 star
 (10)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Septimus MacGhilleglas 12-27-10 Member Since 2011

    Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    58
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    133
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Finally, the infamous Penge Bungalow Murder!!"

    This is John Mortimer's beloved character's quintessence. The case Horace Rumpole did ( alone and without a leader) that was his shining star. Quite humourous at points and always intelligent, this is one of the best books in my collection.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 02-28-14
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 02-28-14 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    378
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    128
    115
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    21
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The Truth Will Out"

    Finally, after decades of hearing about this famous trial conducted by the Bard of the 'Bailey, "alone, and without a leader", I know the truth about the absent Leader.
    Of course, I have know nearly from the start that Rumpole hardly needed a Leader and I had guessed that SWMBO's dearest "Daddy" might be at the heart of the absenteeism, but it is another thing to know the truth. And, as every good trial lawyer will tell you, the truth will come out, no matter what we might do to impede it (albeit in "the best traditions of the Bar"). Still, like all great secrets, shrouded in the mists of myth for decades, when it outs, the truth is not always as surprising as we might hope. That's how I felt about this title.
    (There is a bit of a SPOILER coming, so skip the next paragraph now if you don't want to know).
    The plot is as good as ever and Rumpole is as cynically and brutally brilliant as ever. But, like all great yarns, it might have been better for this one not to be told. For once I found myself analysing the evidence, which I've never felt the need to do with Mortimer's previous excursions along crime alley. I felt a hint of resentment that the bloodstains I heard so much about, and about we knew so little, were not front and centre. However, I was pleased to learn of the origins of the relationship between Rumpole and Chateau Thames Embankment and his defence of the ever grateful Timsons.
    The late Bill Wallis' characterisations are terrific, especially the women. His Hilda is wonderful, but only to be out done by his Dodo. His Rumpole is good too, but no one can capture Horace like Leo McKern, of course. That is not a criticism however, merely a fact.
    Again, I am pleased that I listened to this tale, but in the end, if I did not know the whole truth, I would be only a little less enriched.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David Share 6803 Day St.Tujunga, CA, 91042 08-25-11
    David Share 6803 Day St.Tujunga, CA, 91042 08-25-11 Member Since 2009

    Book Fan

    HELPFUL VOTES
    66
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    42
    36
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "Penge Bungalow Murders"

    Again a wonderful listen but not his best. If you are a Rumpole fan you will have to listen to this case, often mentioned in his other works. Bill Wallis does a great job as the narrator. I highly recommend all the Rumpole books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cynthea Wellings 06-21-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    41
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    129
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    "Loved it!"

    This is a terrific story, exceptionally well told. I listen on my way home from work, in my car. Made the traffic jams bearable! terrific storyline and great intelligence and wit.
    I will listen to more Rumpoles from now on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ray Staar San Francisco, CA USA 06-04-15
    Ray Staar San Francisco, CA USA 06-04-15 Member Since 2014

    Ray Staar

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The New Voice of Rumpole"
    Would you listen to Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders again? Why?

    Would I listen to it again? What a silly question. Not only would I listen to it again, I PLAN on listening again...and again and again. Why? Because John Mortimer's flagship character, Horace Rumpole, is one of the greatest, if not THE greatest literary invention since Falstaff, only Horace is far more likable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really. If you've read any Rumpole books, you already know he's going to win, but it was fun finding out how he did it.


    What does Bill Wallis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Bill Wallis, as I implied in my title is the new voice of Rumpole, the late Leo McKern having been the holder of that title heretofore. As much as McKern embodied the Rumpole character however, I doubt that even he, great actor that he was, could have surpassed Mr. Wallis in his ability to create a voice and a distinct personality for each and every character in the book. His was a truly awesome performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I smirked and tittered throughout. I laughed aloud, many, many times.


    Any additional comments?

    A must have for all true Rumpoleans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • M
    Kilwinning, United Kingdom
    5/11/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A little too long. Probably for Rumpole fans only"

    I like John Mortimer's writing and I am a great fan of the original Rumpole TV series, starring Leo McKern. However, in spite of wanting to like this book, I found it a little tedious. For me it was too long and the story line was not strong enough. It might be that I was so keen to hear about Rumpole’s most famous case that my expectations were too high, or it might have been that I have become used to more complex and fast moving stories. Either way, I would only recommend this for Rumpole fans that want to finally find out what happened in that Penge bungalow. I would however like to give great credit to Bill Wallis, the narrator, who did a great job in providing believable and unique voices to all of the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stafford Steve
    Heart of England
    2/26/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders to be better than the print version?

    Having never found time to watch or read any Rumpole I was pleased to use a period of air travel to listen to this adaptation. I was committed to listening to the full story almost immediately.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The various voices of the different characters were excellent.


    Which character – as performed by Bill Wallis – was your favourite?

    Certainly Rumpole himself.


    Any additional comments?

    Great reading for long plane journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.