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
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.
Yes - the narrator really makes the voices, and therefore, the personalities, come alive as she reads.
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.
Ms. Polifax is always my favorite.
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.
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.
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.
I live in Caldwell IDAHO
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.
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.
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.
I want to listen this team again.
I love the Mrs. Pollifax series. I would definitely listen to this book again.
One of my favorite scenes was when Mrs. Pollifax finds out who one of her traveling companions really was. Also, just about any scene with Colin Ramsey was good.
I wouldn't listen to this all in one sitting, as that would be a little long. I enjoyed it in my car on the way to work, in about 15 minute segments.
Mrs. Pollifax is always a fun an quirky story to experience, whether you are listening or reading. Barbara Rosenblat does an excellent job narrating the book, and now I think of her as the voice of Mrs. Pollifax!
Now that I am retired, I can indulge my lifelong love of books even more!
I've been so happy with most of the Audible books that it is hard to rank them. But I would give this book a high ranking, because I enjoyed both the story and the narration style. The narration flowed without any aggravating affectations--just very comfortably told the story.
I've read all the Pollifax books in the past; Mrs. Pollifax is always fun, full of gumption, has a unique way of looking at life and her part-time job as CIA courier; gets into trouble and danger, finds a way out, and often saves the day. This book is typical Mrs. Pollifax and definitely worth the listen. Just remember that it was written long enough ago that the world situation has undergone changes since her time.
I've listened to her on Amelia Peabody Emerson series (by Elizabeth Peters). She does a great job on those also.
Just because a book was written a few decades ago does not lessen the story. Mrs. Pollifax stories aren't deep literary works. They are lively, fun, suspenseful, and well told. Relax a bit and go adventuring with Mrs. Pollifax. Her adventures always start out with such a simple assignment. . . .
It was not full of sex and I can lend this book to my grand daughters
The story line was easy to follow and did not have any blah areas. Overall Mrs Pallifax was a guttsy lady with class
Her reading was easy to understand, very clear voice, and overall she did an excellent reading
Extreme reaction to the book? Dinner was late, couldn't turn it off.
I would recommend this book for all ages. I think even as young as 4th or 5th graders and as old as you get. It is an excellent story well done.
the great story line, it is another great book by Dorothy Gilman
the meeting of the uncle and the spy
yes she is great narrator, this is another great performance
it would make a great movie but I don't know what the tag line would be.
Got it because it's Barbara Rosenblat, and she's my favorite reader. And I like female detectives like Kinsey Millhone, Tess Monaghan, Stephanie Plum, Anna Pigeon, Precious Ramotswe. But this, while obviously popular with lots of people, was just too... primitive for me. It sounds like a children's book - e.g.:
"We have to go," he said.
"We have to go?" she asked
"The car is waiting out in front. Five minutes."
"The car? Five minutes?"
If you prefer a little subtlety and wit with your dialogue, avoid this. (And Barbara Rosenblat, here, sounds as if she's READING to a child.)
I enjoy the Mrs Pollifax books but didn't even make it through the first chapter with this narrator.
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