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Publisher's Summary

The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole is back with seven marvelous stories by John Mortimer. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

©1987 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Rumpole is at his irresistible best in this collection of seven stories that run the gamut from simple thievery to murder and espionage. (One even includes a discourse on fine wine.) Bill Wallis is perfect as the dry-witted and clever Rumpole, who is surrounded by Mortimer's usual delicious cast of characters, including, of course, Hilda, also known as "she who must be obeyed." The brilliance of this audio is in the voices Wallis uses to portray each individual, displaying a wide range of dialects and accents so seamless and so suited to each that the listener will forget that only one person is doing the narration. Rumpole's asides, internal meanderings, and quotations of poetry and other commentary are conveyed with the humor they deserve in this thoroughly enjoyable collection." (AudioFile)

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Not My Glass of Sherry

I really did enjoy author Mortimer's wry and dry sense of humour, and the stories were enjoyable. However, I guess it's just not my cup of tea.

Bill Wallis's narration is top notch.

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  • Carol
  • 05-23-11

Rumpole's Last Case

The Rumpole series is absolutely brilliant and, having listened to some other versions, I would recommend that you always go for the ones read by Bill Wallis who IS Rumpole as per the television series. John Mortimer is one of the wittiest writers (or was, sadly) and Rumpole's antics will have you laughing out loud!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Tony
  • 09-16-11

Rumpole, My Rumpole

Was driving from Manchester to Aberdeen and wanted some easy listening, saw Rumpole and thought i liked the TV series so why not, funniest thing I’ve heard for years even sat in the car for a further 20 minutes on arrival at the hotel to finish a story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • B Gumbrell
  • 05-26-12

Pure bliss

Listening to this is like double cream on strawberries - nothing new or surprising but utterly delightful. A wonderful way to spend a few hours.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 09-15-15

Best Rumpole.

Every character has an authentic and consistent voice - male, female, from anywhere in the UK and beyond, and from all social backgrounds - Bill Wallis makes them all real. The books are more solid than the TV scripts from which they developed, funnier, more nuanced, and not subject to our horror at revisiting the unfortunate fashions/hairstyles/interior decor of 1978-1992! Ideas last longer. My only real gripe - chapters often don't correspond to stories, making it harder to find the point at which one fell asleep, listening in bed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs k Smith
  • 07-08-13

Fab book

If you could sum up Rumpole's Last Case in three words, what would they be?

Great fab read it really had everything humour and of course crime

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rumpole

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

Fun humour

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

All of it

Any additional comments?

Just read it

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  • ross
  • 04-13-13

Rumpole's Last Case.

The curious and enigmatic world at Chambers are as funny and comfortable as a well known anecdote.

All the usual suspects come to the fore as hoped for and expected, especially the revered, " She who must be obeyed "

The mellow voice and delivery of Bill Wallis provide just the right balance to these well loved stories.

I listened on a plane journey from Leeds to Spain and the time simply flew by.I did find, however, that the flight attendant's drinks service was not so much of an intrusion as usual !

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  • petery53
  • 12-09-16

Fantastic

Great stories and the normal top quality narrative by Bill Wallis. I listened to it twice

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  • Brian
  • 02-25-17

Rumpole's Last Case

A very clever and humorous script, superbly narrated by Wallis. Rumpole's subtle sarcasm towards the judge, his wife and some colleagues is often infused with a sad flavor of self deprecation as his career nears its end.