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  • Rumpole's Return

  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (207 ratings)

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Summary

Has Rumpole hung up his wig for good? Can it be? Yes, the beloved barrister is now retired (though far from retiring) and gently ripening to a rosy hue in the Florida sunshine. But a colleague's casual request for advice on a difficult case sends him winging back across the Atlantic, and before he's through, our hero will come up against a fanatical religious cult and a mysterious letter written in blood.
©1979 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc

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"Robert Hardy, an experienced and much-lauded actor of stage and screen, does justice to this entertaining work; his voice characterizations are consistent, versatile, and nuanced." (Library Journal)

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excellent

oh lord excellent writing fantastic narration. griping tale of human relationships and legal gump without one boring moment. such fun.

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Superb vintage Rumpole narrated by wonderful Robert Hardy

Loved listening to this. The story has several twists and turns and of course makes one chuckle all the while. Robert Harry’s narration is brilliant- so effortless. Shame more narrators don’t learn from people like him.

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Brilliant

Brilliant as ever. The plot was excellent and the narration superb. Enjoyed every minute.
Thank you John Mortimer

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Good fun!

Following a string of lost cases tried in front of Judge Bullingham, Rumpole has taken this as a sign and retired with She Who Must Be Obeyed to live out his twilight years in Florida, at the home of his son and his son’s American wife. However a very little of the Florida lifestyle is sufficient for Rumpole, so when he gets a letter from the lovely Phyllida née Trant (Rumpole prefers to forget her married name) asking his advice about a matter of blood, he sneaks off, flies home, and resumes his career, much to the annoyance of the young man who has moved into his room in chambers in the interim.

The Rumpole books are always entertaining, and this is no exception. All the regular characters appear, and all the running jokes are reprised. While any of the books can be read on its own, they do sometimes rely a little on the reader having some familiarity with the characters and how they’re connected to each other, either from previous books or from the excellent TV series which actually came before the books. I was sorry to find that the wonderful TV Rumpole, the late Leo McKern, had never done narrations for the books, but Robert Hardy made an excellent substitute. The books are matched so closely to the TV series that I could see all the characters in my head, and somehow that really enhanced the audiobook experience. Thoroughly good fun!

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A solid Rumpole Romp

Rumpole is supposed to have retired but is bored in the forever sunny Florida. he needs little persuading when the Portia of his Chambers wants to pick his brain about a juicy murder in London.

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Vintage like a bottle of Chateau Fleet

Another amusing story in the Rumpole series performed brilliantly by Robert Hardy. An easy listen and highly enjoyable.

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Hugely enjoyable

This is tremendously well read by Robert Hardy and the story with its humour and an intriguing murder keeps one thoroughly engaged.

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Rumpled at his best

This is up to the standard any Rumpole fan would expect. The storyline is usual and unusual the court room battles are not necessarily triumphant, and she who must be obeyed as formidable as ever. I enjoyed this book and wou!d expect others to!

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A good listen

Robert Hardy’s reading is excellent and the story is classic Rumpole funny and full of good observations

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Novel lengh

Great to have John Mortimer 's superb creation for longer than the usual hour's episode

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  • mr kieran j murphy
  • 11-04-18

a long form rumpole book

This book is different as it only follows two cases that Rumpole is in rather than a series of short stories my favourite narrator does the reading.

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  • Bookworm
  • 06-09-22

A+ jewell whodunit, whydunit you should discover

Top Rumpole novella runs circles around rival crime lawyer fiction with top quality writing, many themes, plots, dimensions, characters,, trademark sardonic humor of likable octogenarian Oxford English lawyer Hugh Rumpole. Rumpole runs circles round all opponents by his greater brains, savvy, ingenuity, courage moral and other, despite old age, infirmity, retirement. Actor Robert Hardy's readings are jewells as well - for the ear - delicately nuanced, understated.

Previously, I'd thought McKern's Rumpole acting (BBC TV series) terrific. But now, I hear the much more sensitive, cultivated Hardy inhabit Rumpole.