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The Trials of Rumpole

Narrated by: Bill Wallis
Series: Rumpole of the Bailey, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs
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The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole whose court scenes are proverbial, and whose home is ruled by Mrs Rumpole, is back in these short stories by John Mortimer. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

©1979 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Angus
  • Pottstown, PA, United States
  • 12-30-11

I love Rumpole

If you could sum up The Trials of Rumpole in three words, what would they be?

I'm completely biased.

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

It kept me settled way back in my easy chair. Like listening to an old friend.

What about Bill Wallis’s performance did you like?

I had no sense he was seeking my approval. In this respect, how like the great barrister himself. A lot of mumbling under his breath as to the Old Bull.

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

I love it when Rumpole allows himself to feel real affection for,

Any additional comments?

I have heard a number of narrators do Rumpole and somehow I've been able to get very comfortable with all of them.

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... There is Nothing New Under the Sun

If you have seen the Rumpole of the Bailey television series you will find these to be a simplified version of those episodes.

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Sarcastic, witty and brilliant

I have 4/5 for narrator because I thought Patrick Tull performed the character of Rumpole sightly better, but in reality this is superb. All the voices are great including Rumpole and the stories are interesting and characters hilarious with a nice message in each one for those of us who aren't great at the whole symbolism thing...

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great stories again<br /><br />

stories by John Mortimer are great as you would expect. though the reading I'd not as great as the first in the series

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  • Flint
  • 12-07-14

A very enjoyable read

Where does The Trials of Rumpole rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It has become a familiar favourite, I have listened to this book several times.

What other book might you compare The Trials of Rumpole to, and why?

It is a good book, most of the other Rumpole books are as good.

Have you listened to any of Bill Wallis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He is an excellent narrator and this book is as good as his other readings.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have done if I'd had time, but it splits easily into parts so I was able to listen in chunks.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book very much.

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  • Carol
  • 02-27-11

The Trials of Rumpole

All John Mortimer's books in the Rumpole series are absolutely brilliant and the best ones are read by Bill Wallis, which this one is. These tales will make you laugh out loud and they are a good antidote for the winter blues!

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  • K
  • 01-05-19

Untroubled listening, mostly.

It’s clear Mortimer’s main character, Rumpole, is a self-styled maverick of the court-room. I wonder if he would have been thought of as liberal minded, then. Now, Rumpole’s voice is of its time. It all seems so elitist, sexist and racist at the Bar; presumably because it was (maybe still is). What does stand the test of time are not the unpalatable social judgements that are placed before the reader but Rumpole’s wit, his equanimity in the face of defeat and his objectivity.
Mortimer maintains the interest of the reader without challenging us and that is not a bad thing; entertainment rather than searching morality has its value, too.

The narrator is also great. Considering he had to follow in the shoes of the late, great Robert Hardy, his performance is different but distinguished.

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  • Mrs k Smith
  • 07-18-13

VERY ENJOYABLE BOOK

What did you like most about The Trials of Rumpole?

I enjoyed the stories and bill Wallace reading them it really was so like the way that Leo Mckern made Rumpole his own congrats to Mr Wallace.

What other book might you compare The Trials of Rumpole to, and why?

Any of the other Rumpole books

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

the way he voiced She Who must be obeyed

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

No not really

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  • Sarah
  • 04-10-11

A perfect voice for Rumpole

I love this title. The stories are witty and clever and Bill Wallis provides a perfect voice for Rumpole.

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  • Penelope
  • 02-06-19

The Trials of Rumpole

Really enjoyed this book. The storylines are very good and the narrator makes the whole thing come to life. Very enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-21-19

Very entertaining easy listening!

A very enjoyable book which is very easy to listen to. Moves at a good pace!

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  • Neil Stoker
  • 01-03-19

Splendid continuation of the Rumpole stories

If you're a fan of any of the other Rumpole audiobooks, you'll like this. Before purchase, I was a little concerned that I'd not be a fan of the narrator (it's not the same person who read the first recording) but despite a different style he delivers it very well and I quickly forgot any concerns.
The plots seem up to the usual standard and the final chapter ends of a great note (but no spoilers!)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-18

Rumpole is a delight

Loved the strength of character the waxing lyrical and sense of humour tinged with reality. Quickly moving to the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-18

Wonderful

A thoroughly enjoyable selection of Rumpole tales read by the only narrator to do full justice to Rumpole, Bill Wallis