She was unexpectedly funny, whimsical, even, at times, a little satirical, in her own sweet unassuming way.
She was unexpectedly resourceful. Able to make due with very little and indeed, to cause very little to multiply into very much indeed.
She was unexpectedly brave. Not due to non-realization of the amount of danger she was in, but brave as in courageous, able to think under pressure despite the danger she was seeing very clearly.
She was unexpectedly dangerous in ways no one could have predicted in a thousand years.
She was unexpectedly entertaining from the start through the finish of the book, causing this listener to commit to listening to more of the books which have her as the main protagonist.
An astounding book; well performed by Barbara Rosenblat who captured the flavor and nuance of Mrs. Pollifax precisely and who kept the humor always just at the exact level needed to color the danger and intrigue with a little whimsy. The plot was tight and the tension was tight throughout.
Terrific! Just a lot of fun to listen to,
I just discovered Mrs. Pollifax, and I am thoroughly enjoying the series. It is fun, smart, and unexpected while staying firmly within the "spy" genre. Barbara Rosenblat's narration is wonderful.
I think this book is very childish and poorly written. The action is simply unbelievable, and the "old lady" tricks get old really soon. Simply a waste of time.
She has a great voice, I like her narrations, the only bearable aspect of this audiobook
Mrs Pollifax is a wonderful character and always does the unexpected for a woman in her 60s. I really like Dorothy Gilman's ability to write with detail but not make it boring.
Mrs. Pollifax actually reminds me of Angela Lansbury's character in Murder She Wrote.
Barbara Rosenblat is THE voice of Mrs. Pollifax. I cannot imagine anyone else narrating this character.
Dorothy Gilman's writing got me so involved that I was rooting for Mrs Pollifax and her side kicks to come out ahead.
Overall, a very enjoyable book with a good amount of action but no overt details of gore or violence. I plan on listening to the entire series.
I enjoyed reading the series and I love Barbara Rosenblat, my only complaint is that Barbara makes Mrs. Pollifax sound like shes in her 90's instead of her 60's. She gives her a very feeble voice when Mrs.. Pollifax is anything but feeble!
Other than that I love this series and Ms. Rosenblat.
How could I have never heard of Mrs. Pollifax? She's better than Miss Marple—more exciting and more fun!
I immediately bought several more in the series.
I kept seeing Meryl Streep in the title role as I figured this would be a terrific movie. Ooops, too late. There were two already. One with Rosalind Russel (totally wrong casting) and Angela Landsbury (a little better, but not as good as Meryl would have been).
The narrator is wonderful except that every once in a while her Mrs. Pollifax turns into the granny in the Sylvester and Tweety cartoons.
A mother of three who love books,cooking and dogs.
She was lady who would not lay down and take what the world wanted her to be OLD. I like that she wanted more.
Mrs. Pollifax, just because she showed old can do too.
Yes and I did.
I had high hopes for this, having run out of Elizabeth Peters novels and seeing it was a Barbara Rosenblat series. Despite all the glowing reviews I read, I just can't say I enjoyed it. At first, Mrs. Pollifax just seems so... dumb. Most of her successes appear, at best, to be dumb luck. I saw the denoument coming from about halfway through the book. It wasn't actually bad, so I'll give the second book a chance to see if the series gets better, but I can't see myself ever listening to this one again.
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.
Absolutely ADORE this story of widowed Mrs. Pollifax who volunteers to work for the CIA. Is it plausible? No . . . Is it entirely serious? No . . . Does it take you on an adventure you won't forget???? YES, YES, YES!!! You will be rooting for the quirky Mrs. Pollifax the entire journey and wondering about all the strange folks she meets along the way . . . This is better than "Murder She Wrote" . . . can't wait for the next installment!
Since taking my first creative writing class in 2008 the pleasure I used to get from reading has been greatly reduced. I notice things I never noticed before. That said, I think I rate books pretty generously. Anyone who actually manages to write a whole book and then get it published deserves an extra star.
A woman finally realizes her dream of becoming a spy - and gets in deeper than she ever imagined. Unrealistic, a bit bloody, and a lot of fun.