• Rumpole and the Angel of Death

  • By: Sir John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this collection of Rumpole stories the comic, courageous, and corpulent 'great defender of muddled and sinful humanity' is joined by a winning cast of villains and victims in tales whose wry humour and sparkling wit deftly send up the legal system. In Rumpole and the Angel of Death our hero achieves resounding triumphs over the forces of prejudice and mean-mindedness. Rumpole and the Way through the Woods involves Rumpole in the world of hunters and the hunted, animal rights and human wrongs. In Rumpole and the Rights of Man, he finds at the European Court of Human Rights that international justice is as fallible as the domestic variety. And for the first time, Hilda, She Who Must Be Obeyed, tells a story all her own.

©1996 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Rumpole at his best

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

I avoided this audiobook for some time, put off by the inexplicable low assessment someone gave it - but Bill Wallis excels himself in this Rumpole volume. What an extraordinarily talented narrator. He can give warmth and depth to all the characters, male or female. And the stories are some of the very best in the series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rumpole is what I'd like every Englishman to be - witty and well-read, intolerant of injustice and pseudo-political correctness, wily and clever - and with a warmth that encompasses everyone, even the judges and fellow barristers who drive him to distraction.

Which scene was your favorite?

Poor Hilda who so nearly made a fool of herself - but who pulled back from the brink with the sort of wisdom and self-mockery that makes her a worthy consort to Rumpole after all.

Any additional comments?

I can't praise Bill Wallis too much as a narrator. How lovely that his voice lives on in all the books and stories whose authors were lucky enough to have him to bring them to such life.

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A little darker Rumpole

Another excellent collection featuring the wonderful characterizations of Bill Wallis. The stories have a somewhat darker caste than some earlier collections. Rumpole, never one with a rosy view of humanity, is faced with such issues as kidnap, terrorism, Alzheimer's, and euthanasia.
The highlight (and one of Mortimer's all-time bests) is surely "Hilda's Story", where She Who Must Be Obeyed emerges in her own words to show herself every bit her husband's equal, both in shrewdness and in curmudgeonly charm.

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  • gold finger
  • 04-18-21

Ruined by the narrator

will never purchase anything narrated by Bill Wallis ever lesson learned far to late

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  • Hilary T.
  • 09-29-12

Vintage Rumpole

This latest collection of Rumpole stories does not disappoint. As wide ranging as ever in the happenstances experienced by Rumpole and Hilda (aka "She Who Must Be Obeyed"), the stories are beautifully read by Bill Wallis, who really brings the characters to life. A throughly enjoyable listen. I heartily recommend this book to all who enjoy Rumpole at his best.

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  • Stevie G
  • 06-28-21

Great stories

I really enjoyed these stories and on the whole they were well narrated. My only issue with the reader was that there were quite a few times when he mumbled and what he said was inaudible (forgive the pun!). The mumbling usually occurred when the character made an aside or thought to himself. These moments were quite important to the storyline but they were read in such a low mumbling way as to make them difficult to hear. This was not helped as I usually listen to Audible when going for a walk so the listening conditions are not optimum. However, when the reader spoke naturally, I could hear every word.

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  • JoJacques
  • 02-06-21

second best audible ever

I adore Rumpole and Mr Wallis is supreme in his reenactment. Thoroughly recommend. Just off to see if my next credit is here to buy the next in the series. It's 3.42 on the morning of the 6th February and the 6th is my credit day...... but nothing yet from The Amazon...
oh well, they have my direct debit....

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  • fay
  • 01-20-18

The best Rumpole I've read so far.

Contains some of the best stories about the great man especially the one from 'She who must be obeyed'. As ever the narrator was spot on.

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  • m j hall
  • 09-02-17

Great fun!

The narrator Bill Wallis in my opinion was fantastic I shall be looking for more of his work!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-21

A delight

A very enjoyable collection of short stories. Perfect for rainy afternoons or sitting on my balcony watching the world go by.

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  • James Porter
  • 09-12-20

Rumpole of the Bailey

Enjoying the series which Audible has selected
for Rumpole together with a brilliant narrator and reader

But would have hoped that the length of time for each book would have been longer or just maintained during the series

Well done to Sir John Mortimer and to Audible for a great series

Thank you

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  • Renzo
  • 02-11-17

Antidote to modern stuff

Would you listen to Rumpole and the Angel of Death again? Why?

Come across it over the years and so took the plunge. Good clean fun and enjoyable to guess the plot

Any additional comments?

Great value for the one token

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  • Kathy
  • 07-02-13

FAB STORY

Would you listen to Rumpole and the Angel of Death again? Why?

Yes I will listen to this book again and again

What did you like best about this story?

I just love the witty humour from this author

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

very good

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

no