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Rumpole of the Bailey [AudioGo] | [John Mortimer]

Rumpole of the Bailey [AudioGo]

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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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.

©1978 John Mortimer (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 04-27-13
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 04-27-13 Member Since 2010

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

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    "Wordsworth in a Wig"

    My time at law school was punctuated most Sunday nights by another installment in the life of this less than glamorous, ever so cynical and brilliant Old Bailey "hack". I recall him being disparaged by many of my lecturers, many of whom had never steeped foot in a Courtroom save for the day they were Admitted. I laughed then as I laughed these last two days listening to the lovable old rogue weave his magic over juries and judges alike. Now a full quarter century later I can only marvel at the accuracy of the atmosphere Mortimer captures between the covers of these wonderfully entertaining books. I should not be suprised given Mortimer's pedigree (he was a Queer Customer after all, and it wasn't one gifted from the bottom of a Corn flakes packet). This was a perfect antidote for being banged up sick for two weeks. It filled the emptiness of being out of a Courtroom where I have spent half my life. I enjoyed it all over again, as I am sure that any person who has grown up in the common law system will, too. If you're in the US, then some of the niceties might strike you as odd. I confess that some of them strike me as odd, and I have practiced in a British-like system for nearly my whole life. Persevere with it, please. It is worth the effort.
    Robert Hardy is an accomplished actor. He brought to the re-telling all that can be expected. There were occasions when I thought he was Hilda (SWMBO)! Of course he cannot truly be Rumpole because there was but one of him (Leo McKern), but he is a very suitable Junior indeed. It's hard to recall when a book made me smile and laugh out loud on such a regular basis. I recommend it to all, but particularly if you have a familiarity with the law (either side of it).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tudza Kirkland, WA USA 06-17-10
    Tudza Kirkland, WA USA 06-17-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Wonderful material with a good reader"

    I am enjoying this book immensely. The stories are interesting and the reader seems to have a great feel for the material and the character of Rumpole.

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    Joe Glebe Point, Australia 12-29-10
    Joe Glebe Point, Australia 12-29-10 Member Since 2010

    Retired Australian family lawyer, living about 50/50 in Sydney Australia and Chiang Mai, Thailand. I speak Thai at lower intermediate level.

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    "Alone and without a leader"

    This is the original and best Rumpole by the late Sir John Mortimer QC an eminent member of the English bar himself. Reading this book again brings back nostalgic memories of the fabulous TV series of the same name featuring the late and great Australian actor, Leo McKern. Between them Mortimer and McKern captured the essence of the real practice of the law - cut and thrust, talent, innovation, cynicism, mateship, an understanding of the underlying jurisprudential principle of the rule of law and above all fun. Rumpole provides the complete answer to the question every lawyer fields many times during his/her working life "How can you represent a client who you know is guilty?" Wonderful and hugely entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    PAUL Moncton, NB, Canada 11-30-12
    PAUL Moncton, NB, Canada 11-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "old bailey for new listener"
    What did you love best about Rumpole of the Bailey [AudioGo]?

    i like the easy access and portability of this product on my itouch


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    rumpole, the main man


    What three words best describe Robert Hardy’s voice?

    old school victorian


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    thanks for providing the service

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Washington, USA 06-29-14
    Dan Washington, USA 06-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Charming and eternally funny"

    This is my favorite of the Rumpole series which I greatly love.

    The story, or Rumpole's memoir, is full of charm, humor, human drama (without melodrama), physiology, and life wisdom. If you've seen Rumpole of the Bailey, you'll love spending time with this character.

    Even more so, the reading is superb and despite the fact that the great Leo McKern is Rumpole, Robert Hardy brings his own, unique style, and it's grown on me so much that I now prefer his adaptation, without taking away from Leo's genius (and no one reads poetry like Leo).

    Highly recommended for both story and narration!

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    marc Quebec, QC, Canada 05-28-13
    marc Quebec, QC, Canada 05-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "If you like law with a touch of england"
    If you could sum up Rumpole of the Bailey [AudioGo] in three words, what would they be?

    This is what it should be. Learn of 'she who must be obeyed' Discover Pomeroy's best claret and the inhabitants of the old bailey. Love it or hate it but check it out!


    What did you like best about this story?

    it's a classic


    Any additional comments?

    you will love it or hate it, no half measures with Rumpole

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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