Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders : Rumpole of the Bailey

  • by John Mortimer
  • Narrated by Bill Wallis
  • Series: Rumpole of the Bailey
  • 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Horace Rumpole - cigar-smoking, claret-drinking, Wordsworth-spouting defender of some unlikely clients - often speaks of the great murder trial, which revealed his talents as an advocate and made his reputation down at the Bailey when he was still a young man.
Now, for the first time, the sensational story of the Penge Bungalow Murders case is told in full: how, shortly after the war, Rumpole took on the seemingly impossible task of defending young Simon Jerold, accused of murdering his father and his father's friend with a German officer's gun. And how the inexperienced young brief was left alone to pursue the path of justice, in a case that was to echo through the Bailey for years to come.

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A little too long. Probably for Rumpole fans only

I like John Mortimer's writing and I am a great fan of the original Rumpole TV series, starring Leo McKern. However, in spite of wanting to like this book, I found it a little tedious. For me it was too long and the story line was not strong enough. It might be that I was so keen to hear about Rumpole’s most famous case that my expectations were too high, or it might have been that I have become used to more complex and fast moving stories. Either way, I would only recommend this for Rumpole fans that want to finally find out what happened in that Penge bungalow. I would however like to give great credit to Bill Wallis, the narrator, who did a great job in providing believable and unique voices to all of the characters.
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- Mark H

A Great Listen

This is a great listen. I love the Rumpole stories and this gives a good bit of background to the characters many of us know and love, as well as the story of Rumpole's oft quoted first legal triumph 'alone and without a leader'. Whilst you could listen to Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders as a standalone novel, I think that reading/listening to some of the other Rumpole books first would give you a more rounded enjoyment of this story.

As usual Bill Wallis does an excellent job of narration, he embodies the characters beautifully and really adds to the audiobook experience.
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- Hengestine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-03-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios