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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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    Sylvia CULLMAN, AL, United States 01-06-15
    Sylvia CULLMAN, AL, United States 01-06-15 Member Since 2015

    Armchair traveler

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    "One of the best mysteries I've ever heard!"

    The story begins rather slowly, but soon, there is sooo much action, it's hard to take a break from it. There's a little romance, and intrigue, and murder, and spies, and gypsies, and secret agents, and Englishmen, and the Amazing Mrs. Pollifax! While you worry how everything can possibly turn out well, you somehow know it will, because Mrs. Pollifax is on the job! I can't wait to listen to the next book! By the way, even if you know nothing about the 1960s and the Cold War, which is the approximate setting, the you will still enjoy this book and have no trouble following the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 01-11-14
    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 01-11-14 Member Since 2011
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    "It's a Romp!"

    If you like older adventurous women , who do not fear death , Mrs Polifax will charm you like she charmed me. I love her oh what the hell attitude. You only live once. The reader does a great job once again keeping everyone straight and I feel she adds to the story giving Mrs. Polifax wit and character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 11-12-13
    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story with brilliant narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax to be better than the print version?

    Yes - the narrator really makes the voices, and therefore, the personalities, come alive as she reads.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This book had a good plot that kept me engaged - just not as engaged as I was for the first book. There was a lot of danger and humor in this story, but there weren't as many twists and turns as I would have liked.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    Ms. Polifax is always my favorite.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I related to the moment when Ms. Polifax wishes she could just be back at her apartment relaxing rather than be in the danger she sought. We always want excitement until we get too much of it.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good listen. Again, I would have liked more twists and turns, but there were a few surprises and it was exceptionally well read.

    I would call the Ms. Polifax books a cozy spy series. If you like spy novels without the blood and gore, you will enjoy this. There was some language that I didn't appreciate, but it didn't take over the book, so I still enjoyed it. I will be reading more from this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Callie 05-21-13
    Callie 05-21-13
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    "Light Entertainment"

    Mrs. Pollifax is not for everybody - improbable tales of a little-old-lady-turned-spy, more of a "thriller" genre than mystery, but I say "thriller" in quotes since it's not all that thrilling - very tame, as thrillers go, I imagine. Thrillers are not my genre, but I know that sensational events and violence and extreme suspense are popular these days, and those elements are pretty much lacking from Mrs. Pollifax. But she has charm and spunk, and travels to some interesting parts of the world. Maybe good stories for little old ladies (I almost am one) for whom "real" thrillers are too much. The story is OK, and makes for entertainment when you really need it, but there are plenty of more compelling things out there.

    Barbara Rosenblat is a top-notch reader - unbeatable for multiple accents and personalities.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen CALDWELL, ID, United States 05-06-13
    Ellen CALDWELL, ID, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2011

    I live in Caldwell IDAHO

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    "diverting!"
    Where does The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks high in the nail biting, but with a lot of lighter moments. It has an unbelivably strong older lady; where others her age want to sit around and worry about thier physical woes Ms. Pollifax wants and seeks out work for her government.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mrs. Pollifax is my favorite character because she is so heroic; no nursing home and being read to yet. These are quite pleasant in thier places, I have learned to enjoy all this and not to mourn what I have lost. Mrs. Pollifax gives me hours of enjoyment and time away fom my pain.


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

    She leaves the listener the freedom to relax and just submege myself into the story line and plot. what a joy she gives to the listener, thanks.


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

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    I want to listen this team again.

    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.

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    Project23 Texas, USA 06-06-15
    Project23 Texas, USA 06-06-15
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    "Sweet mystery"

    Istanbul, gypsies, Russian spies, double agents and a sweet lady who is more than anyone anticipated. Good voice and nice pace to story.

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    Marsha Varner 05-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Adventure!"

    Loved listening to it again. The characters are so much fun to follow through the story.

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    Lois critchfield 04-20-15
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    "Adventure and intrigue"

    Very easy listening . I related to Mrs Pollifax.I thought she was amazing! Loved the narrator, I doubt there is any one better! Made my yard work disappear

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    DK 04-18-15
    DK 04-18-15
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    "A Wonderful Mystery"

    I love Mrs. Polifax; her character is very engaging. I really enjoy all the twists & turns in the plot, her ingenious way of problem solving, and the realistic descriptions of the setting of the story. I plan to read all the Mrs. Polifax's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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