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Polly!

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"Blasphemous...highly offensive"...and very funny!

Herodotus Shapiro has had an unbelievably bad week. His wife left him. The IRS is after him for thousands of dollars. His home/bookstore burned down. On his way to take refuge at his brother's place, he got a speeding ticket. And now his car has broken down in the middle of the desert in front of a large mansion. What more can go wrong?

But now his world takes a turn for the weird. The mansion has a snowman on the front lawn - in the desert, in July. The house, which is bigger on the inside than on the outside, is owned by Polly, the most preternaturally beautiful young woman he's ever met. Polly is an acrobat, a gourmet chef, a psychologist, an international financial consultant, a physicist, and a woman of who-knows how many other incredible talents. She has an unbelievable library, an art collection of all the world's great masterpieces, and a print of a previously unknown Marx Brothers film. Her toilet paper is actually silk. And she seems to have some mysterious plans for him....

©2008 Stephen Goldin (P)2016 Stephen Goldin

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    cappi lucas chico, CA, United States 05-22-16
    cappi lucas chico, CA, United States 05-22-16 Member Since 2016

    Would rather read under a tree on a summer day, than work.

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    "Funny witty"

    This book actually made me laugh pertaining to the religious aspect. This is a fast pace ride on the crazy train. I was confused for a few chapters then I found my sense of humor.
    If you are sensitive to religious humor then this isn't for you. You should listen anyway.
    I received this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ashanti Calumet Park, IL, United States 07-19-16
    Ashanti Calumet Park, IL, United States 07-19-16 Member Since 2011
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    "A Delightfully Blasphemous And Entertaining Tale"

    Polly is a novella about a man, Herodotus Shapiro, who is truly at the end of his rope after the worst week of his life. Herodotus’ car breaks down at a place in the middle of no where that he isn’t even sure how he came upon. From that point the story becomes very weird with an unusual cast of characters, including the title character, Polly. It isn’t long before Herodotus starts to suspect and question Polly’s true nature.

    Joe Hempel does a wonderful job narrating this story as he does every audio book he works on. I don’t always think his voice is exactly right for some of the projects I’ve heard him narrate and I know that is a purely subjective thing on my part, but I have never questioned his skill as a narrator. In the case of “Polly,” I think his voice is a good choice.

    Over all, “Polly is a very solid, entertaining story that’s worth your purchase, but only as long as you are open minded about reading/hearing a religious discussion in a story. There is one in “Polly” and it doesn’t adhere to a traditional Christian point of view. If you are of the mindset that anything that takes a shot at traditional religious points of views, even as entertainment in a story, is just blasphemous, you may not be able to fully enjoy this work. Personally, I found “Polly” simply entertaining and thought provoking. I would like to think that most people will also.

    Finally, this audio book was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Audio Book Blast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Woodson 05-28-16
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    "Ye Gods! A whimsical, delightful tale about rubbing elbows with divinity."

    This is a snappy, witty little story about a man at the end of his rope, who suddenly and bizarrely finds himself keeping company with a beautiful, intelligent, wealthy young woman who is more– way more– than she first appears.

    The first hour evokes multiple shades of "Hotel California", and for a bit it really does feel that perhaps the story is meant to be a full-length adaptation of the haunting Eagles song: the oasis mansion in the California desert, the mysterious beauty, the motley guests drinking wine and reminiscing on their lives. Then the story itself points out that particular reference, and you realize that the narrative knows perfectly well what it's doing, and that there is still much further to go.

    It's all conveyed fluidly and cleverly, assisted by the nuanced and thoughtful narration by Joe Hempel. He brings the right pitch to all the characters, particularly our hero, named Hero (or Rod; his full name is Herodotus), and the playful, quirky, too-perfect Polly.

    I recommend this fun and thought-provoking story. Both the writing and narration were thoroughly enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    shoe girl 05-18-16
    shoe girl 05-18-16 Member Since 2016

    I am just girl who loves my husband, dogs, shopping online and books!

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    "Miss Polly Perfect."

    I loved this book. It was very different, I liked how the writer thought outside the box on all things.
    Hero ( rod) has had an awful past few weeks. his wife left him, his house and business burt down, the IRS is after him. can things get any worse for him? you betcha.. while trying to get away from it all, and head to his brothers he not only gets a speeding ticket, but is forced to listen to country music ( i not a fan of country music) but his car breaks down!

    lucky for him his car break downs into front of Pollys house. A funny corky girl who a very interesting way of thinking about things. let the adventures begin! so good and some bad. but over all we could all use a friend like Polly in our life.

    I was not offended by this book. I was wondering if i would be after reading some of the reviews about people being offended. I can understand how some could be though. it does touch a little bit about religion. and how she thinks out of the box about it.
    I wouldn’t not read this if you are a strong Christen, I think it would ruffle some feathers.

    over all i loved this book. and the narrator was perfect. he really bought it to life.



    I was gifted this audiobook was given to me at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JenniferFour 05-14-16
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    "A winner all around"
    Would you listen to Polly! again? Why?

    It was a good book but there are so many wonderful books to read or listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the quirkiness and unpredictability of Polly as well as the sincere confusion of the protagonist. I also really liked that he caught on in a reasonable time Main characters who keep avoiding obvious conclusions get wearisome and this author did not fall into that trap. Thank you!


    What about Joe Hempel’s performance did you like?

    I cannot say enough good things - his performance was fantastic and the audio quality (which can wreck even a great performance) was also perfect. Great voice, great pacing, sufficient distinction b/w characters. It's all good [except maybe his French accent could use a little work :) ]


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

    Never do that for anything over 120 minutes (length of a movie) - so, no.


    Any additional comments?

    I completely enjoyed this book all the way through. I might have given it a 4.66 stars for story only because it felt a bit rushed at the end. Or perhaps, I was just enjoying it so much I didn't want it to end.

    I don't want to give anything way by comparing it to an earlier book I read but there were similarities to a book published in 1977. Those similarities actually made this more interesting to me as I thought about both books but did undercut some of the "uniqueness" of Polly for me.

    There was an explicit sex scene which I would not really have predicted based on the book description.

    I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review (and believe me, this is an honest review).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie F. 05-14-16
    Leslie F. 05-14-16
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    "Can you handle it?"

    I thought this book was humorous, but it was definitely for the non-religious, or at least someone who can accept the book with a grain of salt and enjoy it for its entertainment value. It makes jokes about God, Jesus, the Bible, and I'll be honest, it did offend me, which is why I would not recommend this for Christians. That aside, I think the book was well-written, interesting, and funny. I listened to the Audible audio version, and the narration by Joe Hempel good (I really do like his narrations).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    April H. Lyons, Ks USA 05-12-16
    April H. Lyons, Ks USA 05-12-16 Member Since 2010
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    ""Blasphemous ... highly offensive" ... funny"

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook B"last."

    "Polly" makes you wonder, who is she? Is she real, an alien , an angel, the devil or..........the Almighty ? Rod wants to know the answers ,especially after

    the bad week he has had. I didn't appreciated the jokes about God, but overlooking those there was a good deal of humor to make you laugh.


    The narration was well done, the characters were well portrayed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Harris USA 06-07-16
    Lisa Harris USA 06-07-16

    I am addicted to books. Nothing makes me happier than crawling inside a good book.

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    "Too unrealistic for me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If this book was more believable


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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