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The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax | [Dorothy Gilman]

The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.
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Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax, Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.

Investigate another case with Mrs. Pollifax.

©1971 Dorothy Gilman (P)1989 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Coffee Lover Huntsville, AL 09-08-11
    Coffee Lover Huntsville, AL 09-08-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Wonderful story, perfect narration!"

    I have read and reread all of the Mrs. Pollifax books in hard copy and was thrilled to discover that not only had they come to Audible but that my favorite narrator of all time, Barbara Rosenblat, is reading them. As a senior myself, I can promise that my voice is not as young and resonant as it once was and I have no problem with Ms. Rosenblat's portrayal of the character. The listener needs to keep in mind that Mrs. Pollifax IS a senior and that is what makes her so "amazing". After all, the reason the CIA wanted her was because she is the perfect grandmotherly type. constantly caught up in everyone's troubles and heartaches and thus the most unlikely "spy" ever. This series is fun, exciting and well worth a listen. Try it - you'll like it!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Odessa, ON, Canada 01-07-12
    Deborah Odessa, ON, Canada 01-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A Delightful Series!!"

    I was really unsure about selecting the 1st book in this series - The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax! But, I was truly impressed with the story line and the narration. I just love Barbara Rosenblat! She is amazing to listen too, she takes you into the story with her! I have just finished listening to the Amazing Mrs. Pollifax and it was wonderful. I really cannot say enough about it. I was laughing, smiling and even a small tear. Each book is a seperate story, with only the main charaters reappearing and new ones introduced. Thank you Dorothy Gilman and Barbara Rosenblat. I have downloaded all the books except 2 as they are not offered on Audible. And Thank you Audible for sharing these great stories with me!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Devon 01-16-12
    Devon 01-16-12
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    "Mrs. Pollifax books are awesome!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Barbara Rosenblat is such an excellent narrator! She brings so many characters to life.


    What other book might you compare The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax to and why?

    Any of the Pollifax series is worth buying.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes and she is always excellent!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is such a joy commuting while listening to these wonderful Mrs. Pollifax books!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 03-19-13
    Mary 03-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed from beginning to end!"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a lot of fun combined with mystery and suspense creating a fun lighter spy novel. Barbara Rosenblat narrates beautifully and brings the book even more to life. This is the first Mrs. Pollifax novel I have read (not the first in the series, but the first I have "read") and was delighted to find it and I am eager to purchase more of these books. Mrs. Pollifax is a wonderful character and the other characters in the novel are also interesting and entertaining. I greatly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cookiesworld Richmond, BC, Canada 11-27-12
    Cookiesworld Richmond, BC, Canada 11-27-12
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    "Another exotic locale"
    Where does The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was as good as the other Mrs Pollifax stories I've listened to, which means it was fabulous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This series is like comfort food - you go back to them because you know you're going to enjoy them and although there is a familiarity to them, they are never boring. I also love the exotic and unusual places Mrs Pollifax travels to, and the way those cities and countries are described.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 10-14-12
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 10-14-12 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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    "Hilarious!"

    I love Mrs. Pollifax! I've been a fan since these books were first written in the 60s and 70s, and find the audio versions also excellent. Barbara Rosenblat is one of my all-time favorite narrators. In this, the second in the series, Mrs. Pollifax is given a simple courier assignment - but nothing is ever simple when Mrs. Pollifax is involved! She makes friends everywhere she goes, and shows that people who are 'older' are still valuable and useful. I find that a new and interesting thought as I approach Mrs. Pollifax's age!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joy 12-06-11
    Joy 12-06-11
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    "Another Great Mrs. P"
    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Barbara Rosenblat is one of the best readers I've heard. She is the voice of Mrs. P! Well, when she isn't Amelia Peabody.


    Any additional comments?

    All the Mrs. Pollifax books are a fun read. Just a nice cozy mystery.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    brenda Garland, Texas, United States 09-04-11
    brenda Garland, Texas, United States 09-04-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Only one problem"

    I first met Mrs Polifax in a movie with the lead role played by Rosalind Russell. It was a fun romp of a movie so I decided to listen to one of Ms Gilmans books. Well let me say all the good things before I critisize. The story is still a fun romp , the reader is an excellent actress and reader. Each character is well defined and on target EXCEPT Mrs Polifax. The reader has made her sound like a Ninety year old creaky lady. I am a senior, my friends are seniors. We have nice mellow voices. Even the ones with naturally high pitched voices sound younger than Mrs Polifax. She sounds creaky and very old.. I'm not sure how else a reader could express her as older but maybe that is not necessary as it is explained so often in the story. Anyway it is a very fine story and as I said the reader is truly excellent and maybe if I didn't have Rosalind Russell as my model I would think she sounded just fine.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    c gooch 10-17-14
    c gooch 10-17-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun book"
    If you could sum up The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, exciting and wanted to just keep listening. (More then three words!)


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Mrs. Pollifax she is fun and really gets into a lot of trouble but somehow gets herself out.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Every book that I listen to with Barbara Rosenblat is out standing. I think the book could really be boring and Barbara would make it so exciting and fun because of her different voices. Love her.


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    Alexandra 09-21-14
    Alexandra 09-21-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Better than the first, but not great"

    I'm not sure why people think these are so funny. I mostly find them stressful (although I guess that's what other people would call "suspenseful"). It's all "everything possible going wrong right up until the very end where everything goes right." Mrs. Pollifax is definitely a more admirable character in this installment compared to the first (the opening line about karate is the only time in either of the two books where I laughed), but I can't say I like her enough to continue. Kind of bummed, was really hoping this could be a favorite new series and it's just meh. It might be the later books get better (certainly the trend is upwards) but given I've no desire to relisten to the first two, I'm not desperate enough to continue. Love Barbara Rosenblat, but apparently not Dorothy Gilman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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