I first met Mrs Polifax in a movie with the lead role played by Rosalind Russell. It was a fun romp of a movie so I decided to listen to one of Ms Gilmans books. Well let me say all the good things before I critisize. The story is still a fun romp , the reader is an excellent actress and reader. Each character is well defined and on target EXCEPT Mrs Polifax. The reader has made her sound like a Ninety year old creaky lady. I am a senior, my friends are seniors. We have nice mellow voices. Even the ones with naturally high pitched voices sound younger than Mrs Polifax. She sounds creaky and very old.. I'm not sure how else a reader could express her as older but maybe that is not necessary as it is explained so often in the story. Anyway it is a very fine story and as I said the reader is truly excellent and maybe if I didn't have Rosalind Russell as my model I would think she sounded just fine.
If you are a lover of detective stories, mystery books and TV-series from BBC, I think you will not like this book. It it too much of everything unbelievable in it. So sorry!
A humble, unimpressive hero till she needs to solve a problem. The reader also makes us feel the fragility of this aging problem solver.
Absolutely. Show that aging is not the end.
Picking up a new character in the cemetery.
I smiled a lot.
Thank you to the author and narrator. I truly escaped into this book.
I'm a retired book editor who likes to grumble about things.
I've enjoyed books 1 and 2, sort of, but Mrs. Pollifax is definitely not the American answer to Fowler of the UK's Bryant and May. I wanted to like the book but in the end was really only vaguely entertained. I guess Mrs. Pollifax isn't that amazing. I need to remember not to bother with book 3.
The story begins rather slowly, but soon, there is sooo much action, it's hard to take a break from it. There's a little romance, and intrigue, and murder, and spies, and gypsies, and secret agents, and Englishmen, and the Amazing Mrs. Pollifax! While you worry how everything can possibly turn out well, you somehow know it will, because Mrs. Pollifax is on the job! I can't wait to listen to the next book! By the way, even if you know nothing about the 1960s and the Cold War, which is the approximate setting, the you will still enjoy this book and have no trouble following the story.
To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.
If you like older adventurous women , who do not fear death , Mrs Polifax will charm you like she charmed me. I love her oh what the hell attitude. You only live once. The reader does a great job once again keeping everyone straight and I feel she adds to the story giving Mrs. Polifax wit and character.
Yes - the narrator really makes the voices, and therefore, the personalities, come alive as she reads.
This book had a good plot that kept me engaged - just not as engaged as I was for the first book. There was a lot of danger and humor in this story, but there weren't as many twists and turns as I would have liked.
Ms. Polifax is always my favorite.
I related to the moment when Ms. Polifax wishes she could just be back at her apartment relaxing rather than be in the danger she sought. We always want excitement until we get too much of it.
This was a good listen. Again, I would have liked more twists and turns, but there were a few surprises and it was exceptionally well read.
I would call the Ms. Polifax books a cozy spy series. If you like spy novels without the blood and gore, you will enjoy this. There was some language that I didn't appreciate, but it didn't take over the book, so I still enjoyed it. I will be reading more from this series.
Mrs. Pollifax is not for everybody - improbable tales of a little-old-lady-turned-spy, more of a "thriller" genre than mystery, but I say "thriller" in quotes since it's not all that thrilling - very tame, as thrillers go, I imagine. Thrillers are not my genre, but I know that sensational events and violence and extreme suspense are popular these days, and those elements are pretty much lacking from Mrs. Pollifax. But she has charm and spunk, and travels to some interesting parts of the world. Maybe good stories for little old ladies (I almost am one) for whom "real" thrillers are too much. The story is OK, and makes for entertainment when you really need it, but there are plenty of more compelling things out there.
Barbara Rosenblat is a top-notch reader - unbeatable for multiple accents and personalities.
I live in Caldwell IDAHO
It ranks high in the nail biting, but with a lot of lighter moments. It has an unbelivably strong older lady; where others her age want to sit around and worry about thier physical woes Ms. Pollifax wants and seeks out work for her government.
Mrs. Pollifax is my favorite character because she is so heroic; no nursing home and being read to yet. These are quite pleasant in thier places, I have learned to enjoy all this and not to mourn what I have lost. Mrs. Pollifax gives me hours of enjoyment and time away fom my pain.
She leaves the listener the freedom to relax and just submege myself into the story line and plot. what a joy she gives to the listener, thanks.
I want to listen this team again.
Barbara Rosenblat is one of the best readers I've heard. She is the voice of Mrs. P! Well, when she isn't Amelia Peabody.
All the Mrs. Pollifax books are a fun read. Just a nice cozy mystery.