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.
While the story and its characters may fall into somewhat predictable directions, it is charming and enjoyable. Lovely to have a story about an older woman and to see the world through her eyes and feel the pain and humiliation of being thought irrelevant and unimportant in the whole of the workings of the world and then to prove the world wrong.
If you don't want to be bothered by a strong realistic story then this book is for you! I like flights of fancy just as much as the next person but this story was so far fetched that I kept wondering when it would end. The story was quite amusing and harrowing in places - but just not enough substance for my taste.
At the top of the summer read list. So much fun.
Can relate to seeking adventure in our retirement years that we never had time for previously.
Home sweet home after a fabulous journey.
I wanted it to go on and on I enjoyed it so much.
I would like sequels.
The story is cute, entertaining and sometimes keeps listener guessing. The reader is good at changing voices to match characters making for good listening.
This was a cute little book that i enjoyed. I did have to laugh at some of the narration, as about half way through the book the narrator gave Mrs. Pollifax a British accent! Not a master piece, and a bit dated, but a sweet story.
Such a fun book to listen to. I enjoyed this story of an older woman making herself useful in amazing circumstances. I couldn't stop listening!
This is one of those books that you have to listen to because the narrator adds so much! Think about your naive grandma joining the CIA, this is the premise of the book. An absurd, funny and addicting read, I couldn't wait to get back to it. Viva Mrs. Pollifax, you need a series! Highly recommend.