Just finished re-listening to this book, probably for the fifth or sixth time; have read it in print, also. An old favorite. Own entire series in print and audio. Well worth the investment.
I did not expect it to be such a Pollyanna story.
Narrator was totally fine. In fact, was very good.
This is a nice story for someone who wants a simple read which has all the pieces fit together perfectly and sweetly.
Started charming and fun. But in the end it felt dated and just didn't hold up. I gave up and didn't finish.
The actress was fantastic, but the book just isn't worth it.
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
Yes, Mrs. Pollifax was definitely unexpected, continually and wonderfully. This is a fun read, although Mrs. Pollifax is often having the very opposite of fun. I love this author and will probably read many of her titles. The narration is excellent!
This story is a delightful, cozy mystery. Mrs. Pollifax is a wonderful combination of sweet and spunk. Her tenacity is inspiring and left me looking forward to her next adventure.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
Well, it was a great lot of fun. A few years ago, I began to read the book, and I put it aside, finding it rather simplistic, sort of light reading and I simply could not get beyond her going to the CIA to naively ask for a job as a spy. (okay, I live outside Washington,DC, so my thinking there is pre-programmed). :-)
Then I read the reviews for it on here, and thought maybe I'd try listening to it for a different experience. So glad I did! My husband and I sat up till 2am because we were mesmerized.
There have been a few books that I sadly think were disappointing because of the way they were read. This is just the opposite! A book I could not get engaged with when reading it came alive because of the incredible reading talent of the narrator. I would say it was like reading a completely different book. Higher praise then that I don't know how to offer.
Oh, Mrs. Polifax, for sure.
I found the scene in which she had a conversation in a tiny bookstore with its owner very sweet and touching. This was just before all the excitement began!
I realized even more with this book how much the narrator brings to it in this format. I know I have stopped listening to several books that I would have finished reading. And there have been memorable narrators that I love, no matter what they read. But this was the first time I ever listened to a book that I had made up my mind beforehand about in a negative way, only to have the delightful surprise of hearing an entirely "different" book, at least as read by Ms.Rosenblatt. Highly recommend..
On first encountering Mrs. Polifax you expect her to be another Miss Marple, an observer who summarizes the major plot points for the reader and reveals the killer after a string of seemingly unrelated actions. Well, hurrah for Mrs. Polifax, (picture your great aunt Sadie), who takes command of the story and doesn't let go until the end. No couch potato is she in this espionage tale. I was surprised at the brisk pace of the story. Set during the early years of the cold war, it was interesting to realize how little the world has changed, the players have merely shifted. But at the some time how the power struggles have morphed from the days of the Red Scare to today's well armed terrorist organizations.
The characters felt real for the period, even the CIA operatives and the bad guys. I enjoyed the narrator for the most part, though her American male characters all sounded the same. And a character we meet later in the book who is Chinese sounded more like a person from India. Other than those small quibbles, I enjoyed the book and plan several return trips to visit Mrs. Polifax.
The Mrs. Pollifax mysteries are an old favorite of mine. I first heard them when I checked them out from the library in the 1990s. I was new to audio books back then and I did not fully appreciate what good writing and what a great performance I was experiencing.
Ms Gillman's writing is entertaining, concise, and fast moving. The stories are full of action and suspense. And, for me, now and forever Ms Rosenblat is the voice of Mrs. Pollifax.
I am collecting them all and I am pleased to have this great collection in my library permanently. Hearing them again is like having a great visit from a long lost friend. This is truly a classic mystery series.