Mrs. Pollifax has a new hat, and only she and Mr. Carstairs know it conceals eight false passports which she must smuggle into Bulgaria.
©1971 Dorothy Gilman Butters (P)1990 Recorded Books, LLC
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
This is the third in the Mrs. Pollifax series. Again, Dorothy Gilman has created an engaging, and fairly believable, plot. This one sends Mrs. Pollifax, a 60-ish widow from New Brunswick, NJ, to Bulgaria on a courier job for the CIA. As always, Mrs. P encounters unexpected danger, some of it created by her own actions, but comes out on top. These books are written with lively humor but still make you care about the characters.
The book is lovely, and is made even better by the narration of Barbars Rosenblat, who can create quite believable male characters and children along with adult female characters. And the accents! In this book, she is called upon to embody American, English, French, Russian, Bulgarian and assorted other Balkan and Eastern European men and women, and handles them all exceedingly well. Each time I listen to one of Rosenblat's performances I am freshly amazed by her skill and talent. Many of the books I have listened to were chosen because she was the narrator.
All in all, this book was a very satisfactory experience.
Barbara Rosenblat is an excellent narrator. She brings life to the characters and, along the way, makes you forget that all of the voices are coming from the same person. Her wide range of character voices includes believable male voices.
The entire series is excellent. I wish there were more.
I've listened to this series more than once and enjoy them fully. I'm unable to list a most or least favorite seen.
When I grow up, I'd like to be as moxie as Mrs. Pollifax.
Mrs. Pollifax is a wonder - like Ms. Marple people dismiss her and then she totally outwits and out maneuvers her adversaries as well as her associates. Ms. Rosenblat's narration is excellent, as usual. I am never disappointed with any of her readings. A series well worth listening and hopefully Ms. Gilman's heirs will allow all of her books to be available on Audible.
I love Mrs. Pollifax her stories seem current and with the narration of Barbara Rosenblat I can be transported back to the 60s and have the fun of all those spy novels without the tech they have today.
I love the Mrs. Pollifax series! They are nice, clean, cozy fun reads. Barbara Rosenblat is the voice of Mrs. P. I heard her years ago in the series and that just became the
I visited Bulgaria last summer and actually stayed in the Rila Hotel! I went to Tarnovo (now Veliko Tarnovo) and saw the fortress where Mrs. Pollifax encounters more trouble. I also went to Gabrovo, and the ruins of Pliska, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the cript of icons below, and well...I saw almost the whole country and most of the places mentioned in the book. The author is pretty accurate in her descriptions, except for minor details such as the elevator doors at the Rila Hotel do not slide shut. It is a door that you close and you can see the wall sliding in front of you as you go up or down. Communism thoroughly devastated the country and they are still trying to recover. More than once I saw a donkey & cart on the road; fields of roses and sunflowers being tended by hand, just like a painting from the 1800 or 1900s. The setting for this book may be in the 1960s, but going to Bulgaria today is like traveling back in time to the early part of the 1900s. That being said, the countryside and mountains have a raw beauty...not touched by man. An unforgettable trip that I was pleased to relive while reading this book.
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!
For many years I've wished that ladies' hats were still in style, and I love Mrs. Pollifax because she always wears the coolest, most outrageous hats! Her hat plays a crucial role in this story, and it is an amazing hat! But her simple brown quilted coat has a role to play too. As usual, there are laugh-out-loud moments, as well as tender moments, and new friends made. Mrs. Pollifax shows that even during the Cold War, people are people wherever they live, and can connect and help each other despite the enmity of their governments.
This is the third Mrs. Pollifax book I have listened to. I can't imagine, after each one, how I could like any one better...until I hear the NEXT one! And I like it sooo much, but in a different way. It's like having children. You love them all so much, but each one in a different way. This one had such an exciting and then touching ending that I almost cried (for happiness). Mrs. Pollifax is the little old lady we all wish was real! She has her standards. She has an open mind on many things. She is willing to learn to see things in a way different from how she has seen them in the past. She is genuine. She faces her fears and prejudices. She is honest and compassionate. And she is also practical and because of all her other qualities, she can be tough.She is pretty fit and knows karate. She relates to people as individuals, not as "types". I LOVE these books! I can hardly put them down! I started this one yesterday and finished it this morning only because I knew I couldn't stay awake long enough to appreciate the exciting, suspenseful final chapters last night. So I WOULD listen again, but seeing as there are so many more in the series, I will listen to a new one next! Somehow, through all the chaos and intensity and danger, one feels nice and cozy knowing that Mrs. Pollifax is around, even if it is only in the world of fiction!
Sanko (spelling-?) is my favorite character because (as you realize in the end of the story) he is very honest and humble, courageous and dedicated. How wonderful if there were really (and there may be) people like him!
I want to mention that I have read part of the first book and then listened to the entire first book. I have found that I prefer listening. When I just read, I am apt to become distracted, even if momentarily, and that takes away from the story. But when a good narrator like Barbara Rosenblat reads to me, I find her voice keeps me totally immersed and gives proper importance and emphasis to everything. Silent reading has the downside of sometimes failing to do this. I still imagine what everything and everyone looks like, just like when I read to myself. The only complaint I have, Ms. Rosenblat, is that often Mrs. Pollifax is described as replying "tartly". You do not use a tart voice and I think it would be easy for you to do. Otherwise, I commend you on your vocal characterizations and keeping them all straight! Thank you!
So my most memorable character is all of the characters thanks to the marvelous narrator!
If you were born in the 40s or 50s, I think you would enjoy the Mrs. Pollifax series. They deal with the Cold War period when Russian Communism was such a threat to the West and there was a lot of spy activity going on. These stories (at least the first 3 in the series) show real people with real lives and real feelings versus stereotypes. I know these books are fiction, but the way the characters are developed, one can imagine, perhaps, how it might have been to live in occupied countries during those years. I suppose the fact that the characters are so well-fleshed out is the reason these books achieve such a high level of excitement for the reader/listener. One becomes very invested in what will happen to each character, most of all, what will happen to Mrs. Pollifax.
Yes. It was an interseting, engaging story and narrated very well by Barbara Rosenblat.
Mrs. Pollifax, of course. She keeps her cool in crisis, has a kind heart and is an interesting character.
Excellent reading by Barbara Rosenblat. She did each character's voice very well.
I don't know.
This is the first Mrs. Pollifax book I have ever listened to. It was so enjoyable that I plan on listening to or reading the whole series. I really like that it does not have graphic violence or strong language. It has a Murder She Wrote style to it.
but I’m not excited enough to continue the series. This would be good for mystery lovers and teens.
This is book 3 in the series. A lady in her 60s periodically acts as a courier for the CIA. In this book she is sent to Bulgaria to deliver fake passports to the underground. While there she discovers a young American put in jail to be killed. She wants to help. By the end of the book, some major things have happened for the good that shock and awe her boss back at the CIA. I really liked the ending.
I like the narrator Barbara Rosenblat doing other books. In this book she was ok but not as good. I did not like her fragile little old lady voice for Mrs. Pollifax. She made her sound like she was in her 90s. Most women in their 60s don’t sound like that. There are many eastern European characters which the narrator was doing in what I think of as a Russian accent. (Think Boris and Natasha cartoons.) Those were ok. They were understandable.
Genre: spy suspense
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