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.
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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.
This was my first Mrs. Pollifax and I was delighted. The characters were memorable, pace was good and narrator was amazing. I have no criticism of the 'old lady' voice. If there was any concern about Ms. Rosenblat's narration, it was that a few times her phrasing/pauses seemed off. Her accents were wonderful though. I love the story and will now search for more Mrs. P.
Reader, reviewer, blogger; Love historical novels, historical mysteries, military history, fantasy, and some science fiction.
Suspend your belief for a little while if you plan to listen to this mystery, the second in the series. Mrs. Pollifax is a little old lady from New Jersey who agrees to travel to Turkey to help the CIA find a missing special agent. Her adventure is certainly fantastic. The characters she meets are fun although the story was a little silly, really. Light escapism and a very good narrator.
Amy Life long avid reader, especially of poetry, literary and popular fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and some non-fiction.
Undoubtedly the best thing about this book was the narration. Barbara Rosenblat makes the character of Emily Pollifax come to life.
Mrs. Pollifax's adventures are incredible, and Barbara Rosenblat his her character down pat, from her voice as an elderly woman, to her emotional ups and downs. I loved the characters in the story and wanted to keep reading.
Absolutely the helicopter adventure!
I am not usually a reader of "cozie" type mysteries which I thought this would be, but there was a sale and I decided to try the book. Now I am engaged with Mrs. Pollifax and plan to read through the series.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Who doesn't love Mrs .Polifax? Gentle soul, courageous senior citizen, traveling the world at the drop of a hat and scurrying around with a dead body in the back of a van. Will she have to miss her sewing circle this week and be off to another adventure? Absolutely delightful fare!!!
I would and I have recommended it. I love the narration and the book itself is a fun easy read.
Mrs. Pollifax is engaging,resourceful and and humorous.
I have listened to many books that Barbara Rosenblat has narrated. She makes it easy to distinguish between characters and her intonation is always perfect. It's like listening to a play.
I'd never heard of this series and discovered this in the $4.95 sale. What a gem! The narrator, Barbara Rosenblat is perfection and the story is charming. I look forward to listening to the others in the series. I'm a big fan of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple books and Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series and found Mrs. Pollifax much in that milieu.