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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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    ginette montreal, QC, Canada 01-11-14
    ginette 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 11-12-13
    Catherine 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Ithaca, NY, United States 05-21-13
    Beth Ithaca, NY, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2012
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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.

    0 of 0 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 2010

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Linschied Oregon 04-05-13
    T. Linschied Oregon 04-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Almost Unexpected Adventure"
    Would you listen to The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax again? Why?

    I love the Mrs. Pollifax series. I would definitely listen to this book again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle GILLETTE, WY, United States 03-27-13
    Michelle GILLETTE, WY, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Now that I am retired, I can indulge my lifelong love of books even more!

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    "Always a good time with Mrs. Pollifax"
    Where does The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this 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.


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

    I've listened to her on Amelia Peabody Emerson series (by Elizabeth Peters). She does a great job on those also.


    Any additional comments?

    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. . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Michigan 02-21-13
    Amazon Customer Michigan 02-21-13
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    "Gotta love it"
    What did you love best about The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax?

    It was not full of sex and I can lend this book to my grand daughters


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line was easy to follow and did not have any blah areas. Overall Mrs Pallifax was a guttsy lady with class


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Her reading was easy to understand, very clear voice, and overall she did an excellent reading


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

    Extreme reaction to the book? Dinner was late, couldn't turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mickey Fort Collins, CO, United States 01-04-13
    Mickey Fort Collins, CO, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "another great book by Dorothy Gilman"
    What made the experience of listening to The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax the most enjoyable?

    the great story line, it is another great book by Dorothy Gilman


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax?

    the meeting of the uncle and the spy


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

    yes she is great narrator, this is another great performance


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    it would make a great movie but I don't know what the tag line would be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yennta L.A., CA 02-27-12
    Yennta L.A., CA 02-27-12 Member Since 2004
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    "A children's book?"

    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
    "Right now!"
    "Right now?"
    "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.)

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    Amelia Dexter, MI, United States 02-19-14
    Amelia Dexter, MI, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrible narrator."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I enjoy the Mrs Pollifax books but didn't even make it through the first chapter with this narrator.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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