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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Customer Reviews

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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


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - good to get the Penge Bungalow storey at last as mentioned in all preceding Rumpole books.

What did you like best about this story?

Historic version of characters

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

Yes - voice a bit gruffer but still good.

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- Maggie

Book Details

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