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Mrs. Pollifax on Safari | [Dorothy Gilman]

Mrs. Pollifax on Safari

A safari expedition in Zambia is the disguise Emily employs in order to locate a professional assassin among her fellow explorers. Along the way, she meets an extraordinary man named Cyrus.
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A safari expedition in Zambia is the disguise Emily employs in order to locate a professional assassin among her fellow explorers. Along the way, she meets an extraordinary man named Cyrus.

©1976, 1977 Dorothy Gilman Butters (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Jeanene 05-14-11
    Jeanene 05-14-11 Member Since 2002
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    "At last!"

    I have been waiting for the Mrs. Pollifax books narrated by Barbara Rosenblat since I became an Audible member. I am crossing my fingers and hoping they get the rest of them.

    I really enjoy the way Ms. Rosenblat handles all the different accents these books require. Having heard her versions first, I just can't get into those read by different narrators.

    If you aren't familiar with Mrs. P, she is a grandmother who ends up working for the CIA and traveling the world making friends while confronting the bad guys with wit and aplomb. These books are sort of "cozy" espionage tales with plenty of excitement & adventure but definitely character based.

    This one is #5, but you don't really have to have read the previous ones to be able to get into this one. It is one of my favorites.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 05-04-13
    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 05-04-13 Member Since 2011

    Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover

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    "Mission Accomplished!"

    Once again, Mrs P sets off on what seems a fairly simple mission, only to be drawn into a very dangerous situation. In this case, she goes on a safari in Zambia with instructions to take photos of all her fellow tourists, which will be used to identify a hired assassin. She ends up being kidnapped by "freedom fighters " and then rescued by a band of loyalist guerrillas. (You must remember that the book was written in 1977, so that apartheid played a large role in the politics of that part of Africa at that time.)

    And along the way through the wilds of jungle and plain, Mrs. Pollifax finds time to fall in love with a lovely, gentle man named Cyrus.

    This book is the fifth in the Mrs. P series. The plot is as entertaining as ever, but is slightly more serious. While there are still lovely amusing moments, the situations depicted are less fanciful and more plausible than in the previous books.

    As with the previous books, I cannot adequately describe the magnificence of Barbara Rosenblat's performance as narrator. If you know her from the Amelia Peabody books, you know that she is masterful with accents and voices. But I am amazed that she provides Mrs. Pollifax with a voice that is totally unlike any of the voices I have heard from her before: the perfect voice for a 60-ish widow lady from New Brunswick, NJ. She must be able to produce hundreds of distinct voices. I am in awe.

    A totally wonderful experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doreen Detroit, MI, United States 01-03-14
    Doreen Detroit, MI, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun listen!"

    Not outstanding but, a good clean entertaining fun listen! Nice change of pace to bloody, edge of your seat thrillers.

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    Polly B Arizona desert 12-29-13
    Polly B Arizona desert 12-29-13 Member Since 2013

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    "A fine winter read"
    Would you listen to Mrs. Pollifax on Safari again? Why?

    Oh sure. it's a relaxing and fun book set in a country I am really curious about. Africa!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The indomitable spirit of the Mrs. Polifax. The unexpected but fair clues to the ending.


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Inflection of each character


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, although I couldn't do it. Too many demands on my time.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well written (yes, I've read the book" and very well read. Easy to follow which character was speaking as soon as I caught on to Mr. Rosenblat's inflections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelsey Rockford, IL, United States 02-28-13
    Kelsey Rockford, IL, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2012

    Admitted bibliophile and Harry Potter fanatic! I love listening to someone read me a story.

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    "Mrs. Pollifax Does It Again!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would tell everyone they have to listen to this! If you love Agatha Christie's mysteries, or just love that eccentric older lady going amateur spy -er, courier- you'll love this story! Barbara Rosenblat does an amazing job narrating the story. I've listened to all the Mrs. Pollifax stories narrated by her, and I love them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously Mrs. Pollifax would have to be my favorite character. She is so eccentric, and decides that since her children are grown up and out of the house, why CAN'T she be a spy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cookiesworld Richmond, BC, Canada 11-18-12
    Cookiesworld Richmond, BC, Canada 11-18-12
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    "Intrigue and Romance in Africa"

    I chose this particular Mrs. Pollifax mystery based on the locale - I've always wanted to go on a safari, and these stories are perfect for armchair travellers.
    As is the case with the other books that I've read in this series, I enjoyed it immensely. Towards the end of the book there were a few scenes that didn't really ring true to me, but the story was strong enough that it didn't spoil it. There was also a little romance in this book - it's on safari that Emily meets Cyrus, so that filled in some gaps in her storyline for me.
    Barbara Rosenblatt's narration is terrific, as it has been for anything I've listened to of hers.

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    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 10-19-12
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 10-19-12 Member Since 2010

    A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

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    "The Hat is Back!"

    Mrs. Pollifax and her hats are so much fun! And her hat plays an important role in this story. She is off to Africa on another mission for Carstairs; she simply has to photograph everyone in her safari group. But nothing is that easy when it comes to Emily Pollifax! There are kidnappings, forced marches, and attempted assassinations. And Mrs. Pollifax is in the middle of it all. And meeting a very attractive man while she's at it!

    Once again Barbara Rosenblat does a fine job of narrating. I couldn't help but laugh at the way she voiced Amy - perfect! These books can stand alone, but if you read one, you'll want to read the whole series....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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