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My time at law school was punctuated most Sunday nights by another installment in the life of this less than glamorous, ever so cynical and brilliant Old Bailey "hack". I recall him being disparaged by many of my lecturers, many of whom had never steeped foot in a Courtroom save for the day they were Admitted. I laughed then as I laughed these last two days listening to the lovable old rogue weave his magic over juries and judges alike. Now a full quarter century later I can only marvel at the accuracy of the atmosphere Mortimer captures between the covers of these wonderfully entertaining books. I should not be suprised given Mortimer's pedigree (he was a Queer Customer after all, and it wasn't one gifted from the bottom of a Corn flakes packet). This was a perfect antidote for being banged up sick for two weeks. It filled the emptiness of being out of a Courtroom where I have spent half my life. I enjoyed it all over again, as I am sure that any person who has grown up in the common law system will, too. If you're in the US, then some of the niceties might strike you as odd. I confess that some of them strike me as odd, and I have practiced in a British-like system for nearly my whole life. Persevere with it, please. It is worth the effort.
Robert Hardy is an accomplished actor. He brought to the re-telling all that can be expected. There were occasions when I thought he was Hilda (SWMBO)! Of course he cannot truly be Rumpole because there was but one of him (Leo McKern), but he is a very suitable Junior indeed. It's hard to recall when a book made me smile and laugh out loud on such a regular basis. I recommend it to all, but particularly if you have a familiarity with the law (either side of it).
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I am enjoying this book immensely. The stories are interesting and the reader seems to have a great feel for the material and the character of Rumpole.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed these stories very much. They're funny, heart warming and slightly politically incorrect. It would been a straight 5 stars, but I just dropped one on the overall rating, because the volume varied a bit, so it wasn't quite as easy to listen to while driving as some audiobooks. That's a very minor point though on what was otherwise a very enjoyable listen.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Where does Rumpole of the Bailey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Right up near the top
What did you like best about this story?
The characters are so real
What does Robert Hardy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Interpretation and wit. He is an exceptional actor with a divine voice.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I loved it all.
Any additional comments?
2 of 3 people found this review helpful