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Editorial Reviews

Hilariously cynical, yet more naïve than he'd like to believe, Rumpole is taken in by the lifestyle of a hippie-type school teacher brought up on a narcotics charge in Rumpole and the Alternative Lifestyle. Leo McKern, as the voice of Rumpole, brings out all the swagger resting just under the surface of this decorous old barrister. Based on John Mortimer's BBC radio plays, this audiobook will have listeners laughing along as they wonder how Rumpole will get himself out of this one!

Publisher's Summary

Rumpole defends a hippie-type school teacher on a narcotics charge and finds himself attracted to her - and her lifestyle....

©1978 John Mortimer (P)2009 Audio Holdings, LLC

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  • C. Graham
  • Tipton, IN United States
  • 04-28-12

Uneventful

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Listened to this while traveling 13.5 hrs. on vacation. It served it's purpose.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting-3 finger Sam. Least interesting-dave's purpose

Which scene was your favorite?

The last scene.

Do you think Rumpole and the Alternative Society needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Good grief, no.

Any additional comments?

No

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A Mortimer/McKern Pleasure

Leo McKern is Horace Rumple and this tale of 1970s counter-culture jurisprudence is a gem. As always, John Mortimer's stories may be about trials and the law but they are also about people and society. In this one, we get a look at WWII nostalgia and narcs with the same even handedness that Mortimer brings to all his stories. So join the "old fella" and enjoy the journey.