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A Rumpole Christmas [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

John Mortimer , Bill Wallis
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (27 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602837996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602837997
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 13.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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A Rumpole Christmas "A Rumpole Christmas" is a collection of five holiday stories--never before published in book form--depicting the Old Bailey Hack at his lovable best. In "Rumpole and Father Christmas," the English barrister encounters a familiar-looking Santa who he thinks is a thief. In "Rumpole's Slimmed Down Christmas," he goes to a new-age spa when "She who must be obeyed" insists that he lose a few pounds. I Full description

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SADLY MORTIMER IS GONE BUT RUMPOLE LIVES ON 27 Nov 2009
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The passing of an esteemed author is always sad but I felt a special loss earlier this year upon hearing of the death of Sir John Mortimer. His Rumpole stories have brought me so much pleasure, and when I learned he was gone I wished I'd just sat down and written a good old-fashioned fan letter to let him know what enjoyment his work had brought. This is surely belated but nonetheless sincere when I say that, for me, Mortimer's Rumpole is a legendary English detective, deserving a place by Sherlock Holmes and Jeeves.

What a surprise to find A RUMPOLE CHRISTMAS, a collection of five Rumpole holiday stories now published in book form. We find the ever amusing, always insightful Horace Rumpole coming across all manner of skullduggery to relieve him of the usual yuletide tedium when he and his wife, Hilda, aka "She who must be obeyed" enjoy turkey, plum pudding and "a bottle or two of Pomeroy's Chateau Thames Embankment" following the exchange of a tie for him and a "ritual bottle of lavender water" for her.

For starters there's a rather shifty eyed although plump Santa at Equity Court's Christmas party. This is followed by "Rumpole's Slimmed Down Christmas," a story in which Hilda presents him with a surprise gift - reservations for a stay at Minchingham Hall, a health farm where the food leaves much to be desired. For supper the main and only course "was a small portion of steamed spinach and a little diced carrot, enough, perhaps, to satisfy a small rodent but quite inadequate for a human." On the bright side, there was what appeared to be a murder in a steam room.

And so it goes. As Hilda says crime does seem to follow Rumpole as does thoroughly enjoyable reading for us.

- Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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4.0 out of 5 stars VINTAGE RUMPOLE 25 Jan 2014
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LOVE RUMPOLE - HERE ARE SOME SHORT STORIES BASED AROUND THE FESTIVE PERIOD. NOT AS GOOD AS SOME OF HIS FULL-LENGTH TALES BUT STILL VERY ENJOYABLE.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing listen 15 Dec 2013
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Wonderfully funny and heart felt reading of very good old-fashioned stories. Very easy to listen to on a lazy afternoon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Rumpole 18 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover
What more can I say about Rumpole that hasn't already been said? This book is just wonderful and as usual they are so amusing and so cleverly written - a joy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The last Noel . . . 4 Nov 2009
By Leonard Fleisig - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was saddened when Leo McKern died in 2002. I cannot think of Rumpole of the Bailey without envisioning McKern. But John Mortimer was still alive and still creating terrific Rumpole books and stories. That ended in January 2009 with Mortimer's death. My sadness was relieved somewhat when I came upon this group of stories that I had not read before. Previously published in the English press these Christmas-themed stories made for a great early holiday gift, one that I shall keep for myself.

You won't find anything new in these stories. Rumpole does what he does best: he harrumphs here and there at Judges who seem not to understand the concept of innocent until proven guilty; he continues to find solace from the rigors of life as a barrister with a glass (or two or three) of his Pommeroy's Chateau Thames Embankment; and his wife Hilda continues to play the role of `she who must be obeyed'. But it seems to me that it is this very continuity that serves to make a Rumpole story the best sort of comfort food. Each story contains the sort of Rumpole remark that reminds me why I love reading them. Behind the gruff exterior and the somewhat shabby appearance beats the heart of someone fiercely devoted to the concepts of law and equity that took him (and Mortimer) to the profession in the first place.

The bottom line for me is that I loved the stories not because they were particularly different or unusual or revealed something new about the characters known to all Rumpole fans. No, I loved the stories because they were just what I expected them to be. And for that I thank the esteemed Rumpole and the learned Mr. Mortimer.
L. Fleisig
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise Christmas Treat from John Mortimer 19 Nov 2009
By Ronald H. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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The death early this year of John Mortimer, creator of the Rumpole stories, seemingly would have denied me one of the great pleasures of the holiday season--sitting down by the fire with the latest collection of Rumpole stories to savor. I found Mortimer's Rumpole stories to be among the most enjoyable and humorous pieces I had ever read (his satirical gifts were unmatched)--and I read them all going back many years. The only greater pleasure one could derive from Sir John was to hear him speaking in person, as I did in Washington a number of years ago. Not to worry, fellow Rumpole fans, there is one last collection available made up of Christmas-related stories. This collection consists of 5 short stories never before published in book form, the stories having appeared between 1997 and 2006 in various British publications. Of the stories, one is very short (the initial "Rumpole and Father Christmas"), two are fairly long (over 30 pages each), and the remaining stories fall in between.

All the familiar elements of the Rumpole literature are present here. Wife Hilda forcing Rumpole to a "fat farm" for the holidays; continual run-ins (both official and social) with several of the "dear old darling" judges of which Rumpole is so fond; several challenging murders to untangle; some excellent Rumpole in court scenes; and forced visits again engineered by Hilda to various of her old school friends in remote and freezing locales to spend the holidays. I found the writing as crisp and well-constructed as other Rumpole stories. I was surprised, though, that the stories had relatively little to do with Christmas, which is the theme of the collection.

You can whip through these last stories pretty quickly--I tried to ration myself and was not always successful. As much as one enjoys these further glimpses of Horace Rumpole at work and play, as I drew toward the end of the collection I experienced some sadness since no more stories (as far as we know) will be forthcoming. But there is plenty of enjoyment and fun to be had in these final 161 pages--but I do wish there could be more!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet 12 Dec 2009
By Stephen T. Hopkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There are five enjoyable short stories in a collection from the late John Mortimer titled, A Rumpole Christmas. Fans of the PBS series Rumpole of the Bailey will recognize a familiar cast of character from Horace Rumpole himself, to his wife Hilda ("She Who Must Be Obeyed"), to his chambers colleagues and recalcitrant judges, as well as charming rogues. Each story is set around Christmas and presents a perfect mix and the familiar and the new. John Mortimer died in early 2009, and while these stories had been published individually in English periodicals, this is the first time they appear in a collection. I had a bittersweet reaction as I finished the last story with the realization that I may have read all the Rumpole that has been written. So, I drained the glass of my equivalent of Chateau Thames Embankment and poured another, offering a toast of thanks to Mortimer for creating such a great character. Any reader will find something to like in each of the five stories in A Rumpole Christmas.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rumpole! What Else Is There To Say? 17 Nov 2009
By I. Zawilski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Amazon Verified Purchase
Classic, wonderful Rumpole. Reading the stories was bittersweet, knowing that there are no more to come. If you love Rumpole, don't miss this book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SADLY MORTIMER IS GONE BUT RUMPOLE LIVES ON ! 21 Nov 2009
By Gail Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The passing of an esteemed author is always sad but I felt a special loss earlier this year upon hearing of the death of Sir John Mortimer. His Rumpole stories have brought me so much pleasure, and when I learned he was gone I wished I'd just sat down and written a good old-fashioned fan letter to let him know what enjoyment his work had brought. This is surely belated but nonetheless sincere when I say that, for me, Mortimer's Rumpole is a legendary English detective, deserving a place by Sherlock Holmes and Jeeves.

What a surprise to find A RUMPOLE CHRISTMAS, a collection of five Rumpole holiday stories now published in book form. We find the ever amusing, always insightful Horace Rumpole coming across all manner of skullduggery to relieve him of the usual yuletide tedium when he and his wife, Hilda, aka "She who must be obeyed" enjoy turkey, plum pudding and "a bottle or two of Pomeroy's Chateau Thames Embankment" following the exchange of a tie for him and a "ritual bottle of lavender water" for her.

For starters there's a rather shifty eyed although plump Santa at Equity Court's Christmas party. This is followed by "Rumpole's Slimmed Down Christmas," a story in which Hilda presents him with a surprise gift - reservations for a stay at Minchingham Hall, a health farm where the food leaves much to be desired. For supper the main and only course "was a small portion of steamed spinach and a little diced carrot, enough, perhaps, to satisfy a small rodent but quite inadequate for a human." On the bright side, there was what appeared to be a murder in a steam room.

And so it goes. As Hilda says crime does seem to follow Rumpole as does thoroughly enjoyable reading for us.

- Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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