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.
The improbability of the tale. A widowed matron taking up the thread of her childhood dreams? As improbable as it may seems it still carries a reasonable feel and Emily ( MRs Virgil Pollifax) never looses her Grandmotherly charm.
While Emily of course is the star, Jonathon Farrell's reoccurrence in several of the other books and his more realistic under cover personna makes him a favorite as well as Mr Carstairs long suffering assistant Bishop. It a difficult decision as the characters all are engaging with interesting personalities. Fortunately Emily mever gives up on a friend so many if not most will at the vrry least have a cameo in another story.
Credibility to the character. She conveys the strengths, vulnerability and warmth to Emily that as a male I probably wouldn't be able to read into the character. Let alone the wonderful job she does with the other characters.
No I didn't but it not really that sort of tale, it's more of a warm, comfortable and sometimes humorous tale.
This tale is but the first in a series and while enjoyable amd well worth hearing and rehearing is not the most engaging of the series. It's also a series that almost anyone with any sensibilities can enjoy.
I have read almost all of the Mrs Pollifax books but now to hear them on Audio and read by the incomparable Barbara Rosenblat is even better.
The story was very interesting and the characters were good. It was a fun way to learn more about other countries, their people and their traditions and customs.
I LOVE all of Barbara Rosenblat's characters from Amelia Peabody to Stephanie Plumb and now one of my old time favorites, Mrs Pollifax. Any book that Barbara Rosenblat reads is a book worth listening to. I am a HUGE fan and will continue to listen to her books, first and foremost.
It is so nice to see a book about a gutsy, spry, intelligent and funny older lady. Long live us old ladies!
Emily Pollifax is a rocket of fun and entertainment and Barbara Rosenblat is the bomb.
Yes, it's utterly charming even though it's a bit dated - to me, that was part of the charm
Mrs. Polifax is a mix of Mr. Magoo and Jessica from Murder She Wrote so of course I had to see what would happen next
The one with the goats
Fun start to the series and one that I didn't have to worry about playing aloud with my kids in the house!
Old ladies rock.
Agatha Christie's Mrs. Marple stories, in which a clever, mature woman manages to make her way out of dangerous situations.
Barbara Rosenblat is incredibly talented, and does a great job of portraying Mrs. Pollifax as well as Johnny Farrell.
The moment when the nearly exhausted Mrs. Pollifax found the energy to haul the hay cart with the two completely exhausted men in it.
Glad there are more volumes.
Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.
After not finishing Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (one of three books I've not finished, ever), I wanted something very light, fun and not self-absorbed. But when I first started The Unique Mrs. Pollifax, I thought, "Oh no! What was I thinking?!" This book was written in 1966! I imagined that it was written for all the house-bound women that Betty Friedan was writing for; the ones who read rather than watched soap operas.
The Betty Friedan refugees may have been the intended audience but I enjoyed the book. Certain aspects of the book were rather obvious, such as where the microfilm had been stashed. But the travels and many of the characters were unexpected. (Carstairs should be renamed Cardboard.)
If you're looking for something light with amusing adventure, take a spin with Mrs. Pollifax. Then you can get back to the serious history and literature.
I was afraid it might be a bit dated but it is not. The story is very entertaining and the reader is a great fit. I am looking forward to the next one.