"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
Addicted to audiobooks. Can't go a day without it. Makes housekeeping,cooking and hobbyist more interesting.
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.
I do like the way Goldin laid out who God is. It is definitely the highlight of the story.
Polly. Not much to be said without giving the story away but definitely interesting.
Joe definitely brought the story to life.
The story was interesting and it would have been better in my opinion if God did not have the urges like us human. I am not saying it's wrong but the way God was described in the book it would seem God would not need to have human urges. It would have been better if Fifi was the naughty mistress that took care of all desires.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Polly! seems to be proudly promoted as ‘blasphemous’ but I beg to differ, accusing the blurb of this quirky story of being nothing more than hyperbole. Certainly, anyone who is so uncomfortable with their faith that they can’t stand debate, will find Stephen Goldin’s insightful take on religion to be blasphemous, but most religions and religious people I know welcome an exchange of ideas and an open conversation about belief and practice. It’s how we learn and enlighten ourselves in all matters.
This is the story of Rod, or Herodotus Shapiro in full, a modern-day guy who faces a sudden string of extraordinarily bad luck. He winds up at a mysterious desert estate where a genuine snowman sits in the front yard during summer, and people of all eras seem to be attending the party inside. The host is an appealing young woman named Polly who may or may not be a divine being, but who certainly provides a wake-up call to Rod over his traditional Christian interpretation of what a God’s role should be in our lives.
Combining humour with intellectual debate, Polly! makes you laugh and think. Despite the topic, it’s hard to classify this as a religious story, even though religion is the primary focus. Polly! is much broader than that. It’s about relationships, identity, faith, and taking control of one’s own destiny.
I’ve reviewed two other audiobooks narrated by Joe Hempel on my audiobook review site at SaidNotRead dot wordpress dot com (go check it out!) and he remains a consistently good and reliable reader. Hempel has a great sense of timing and characterisation, and his recordings are of a high standard. In Polly! he demonstrates good comic timing too. He’s a narrator that engenders enough trust to try an audiobook based on the strength of his involvement and I look forward to hearing more of his work as the year progresses.
I also hope to hear more audiobooks written by Stephen Goldin. If Polly! is anything to go by, he has an enjoyable style and an intuitive mind. With over 40 science fiction and fantasy books to his name, it seems that he’s not afraid to challenge the status quo and I love that freshness of ideas from an author. It’s so hard to find in such a saturated market.
This book is very inspiring and gave me hope for mankind. I don't really want to spoil anything. Hempel gives a wonderful heartfelt performance. All I will say is yes the "twist" is given away in the plot synopsis, however, it will still touch you and you will be better because of it!! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher
Rod could be the topic of a sappy country music song. His wife just left, his business and home burned down, and his car broke down in the desert. Lucky for him, he broke down in front of Polly’s mansion. Polly is everything anyone could aspire to. She is an expert in just about everything and an outstanding acrobat, too. She is also wildly beautiful.
I received a free audiobook copy of this story and I was amazed at the number of philosophical notions I’ve pondered that are addressed in Polly! Anyone willing and able to think about religion and spirituality with an open mind will enjoy this book. If you enjoyed the Kevin Smith film Dogma then this book is for you. If you decided to write the director hate mail for his blaspheming, you may just want to pass on Polly! There are other good reads out there for you, like Pilgrim’s Progress or the Left Behind series. Avoid the upset. There is also a sex scene, so beware.
Here is a great quote, that I will provide without context except to say that I have an undergrad in business and am terrified of doing a master’s degree program: ”Become a serial killer, or worse, get an MBA.” I laughed out loud, and no I don’t mean that I halfheartedly smirked while thumb typing.
Have you ever wondered about what it would be like to actually be a god? I hardly think sitting on a marble chair and listing to a choir is all you would like to do with infinite power and possibility coursing through you. Polly and Rod discuss how a god might spend their days and what such a deity would actually want of the very creations cast in their likeness.
The narration was great. Each character sounded distinct and the voices complimented the writing.
This is one of those great books that you find yourself thinking back on. I can safely say that because I finished it more than a week ago and I totally slacked off putting this review together. That day job of mine sure gets in the way of hobbies.
Take a man on a journey to find the meaning of life, add some serious comedic twists, a snow man in the desert, a god, a butler, a maid, a mansion and more. Then take everything you would expect turn it around and you might be close. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
I'm an avid reader/listener very eclectic in my books. From classics too erotica to young adult, I love paranormal, futuristic and fantasy.
I never guessed what was going to happen.
Sorry I don't like spoilers.
I thought this was going to be a light comedy romance. But it wasn't it was however a delightful surprise. I had a smile on my face most of the time I was listening. I really enjoyed this.
I busy myself living life, chasing smiles, and enjoying adventures!
Well written and well read. Fantastic performance by Joe brought the characters and the story to life. This outrageous tale was fun and entertaining yet thought provoking. Prepare to open your mind to a new perspective with a few chuckles along the way.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. This did not influence my review in any way.
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.
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.
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