The main character
She brought each character to life better than I would have imagined
Mrs. Polifax was my favorite character because of her simplicity. She was a normal person with a normal train of thought placed in absurd circumstances. Her sense of humour about life was what made the book.
Ms. Rosenblat has an incredible gift for voices. She was as believable as any of the male characters in the book as she was as Mrs. Polifax. Her intonations were spot on.
Happiness, laughter, and getting in touch with my sense of adventure.
I would recommend this series to anyone who loves mysteries with well-developed charachters. I will likely read the entire series.
I enjoy a variety of books including mysteries, historical fiction as well as young adult and children's literature. Listening to books gives me the ability to "read" in the car as well as the evening as a nightcap before bed.
This was a very light and frilly book that had no credibility. The premise that an elderly woman would have gone through what she did is unbelievable! I did like her feisty nature and how she manipulated her captors as well as almost everyone else. I might try another Mrs Polifax book when I am looking for mindless escape!
Mrs Pollifax is a delightful, funny, learned, surprisingly tough, and innocent character, loved it from the very start. Makes you think, what would it be like if I did that.
Barbra Rosenblat is an incredible reader, one of the best there is. If you go through each Mrs Polifax book in order, you will find characters appearing from earlier books, with the same voices and character. You will feel you know them. You're in on the adventure with her!
This book made me laugh, clap my hands yelling, "I love it!" over and over.
A heck of a lot of fun!
I stumbled upon this book, and was so happily surprised! I told my book club about it, and several had read this one (or one of the series) years ago. It was smart, funny, and engaging.
great story, exciting, and so reminiscing of Agatha Christi if Mrs. Marple joined the CIA. Totally enjoyable
Enjoyed all the main characters. Mrs Pollifax is the mother, granny, neighbor and "spy" with whom I would like to interact. Quite a character.
Not edge of seat exactly but certainly entertaining. Significant perils to keep one listening yet none of the superhuman theatrics depicted within many current thrillers.
Purchased this book initially because Ms Rosenblat was the performer. I would probably listen to her narrate a dictionary. Each character is easily recognizable. Her pauses, inflections and vocal distinctions all contribute to an overall pleasant listening experience.
She is charming and so smart without making others feel stupid...we loved her...wish more of her stories and I know there are more I've read them but would like to get them as an audio version...thanks
She made Mrs Pollifax come alive to us...
if we could have but we were traveling and had to wait over night to finish it...
bring us more
Now that I am retired, I can indulge my lifelong love of books even more!
Certainly. I was a young woman when I first read this book. I am now a senior citizen. Emily Pollifax is a testament to living life with zest no matter what your age. It is a fun ride--humor, mystery, suspense, adventure, and travel to distant places all enter into the story.
Mrs. Pollifax herself is the driving force of the story. Without her unique character it would be just another spy story.
Hard to say; some parts were amusing, others suspenseful, all good escapist fun.
Some parts definitely made me chuckle.
The reader/listener needs to remember when this story was written. The Berlin Wall was still in force and our big enemy was the USSR, with Red China looming on our horizons. The espionage situations have nothing to do with Islamic terrorists, etc. It was a different time. But the world political situation is not the important thing in the story. It is the personality, courage, grit, kindness, savvy, and even innocence of Mrs. Pollifax that make the story worthwhile, fun, and a joy to listen to. The narration is outstanding.