Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.
©1970 Dorothy Gilman (P)1989 Recorded Books, LLC
This is one of the best, and most fun, spy-series on Audible. Barbara Rosenblat is an wonderful reader, whose male characters are always believable. They are pretty much a product of their time, but Gilman always has sympathy for the regular natives of the oppressed countries Mrs. Pollifax visits.
Start with this and move on to the whole series - there is perhaps one so-so book in it, but the rest are all great!
Say something about yourself! I love to read and to share that with my severely dyslexic teen I have audible!
I have recommended this to several who really enjoyed it.
Love the unexpected way Mrs. Polifax becomes a spy, the humor, the danger is real but it is not grisly or rated R.
My daughter loved listening to Mrs. Polifax and immediately wanted the rest of them.
Mrs Pollifax is a wonderful character and always does the unexpected for a woman in her 60s. I really like Dorothy Gilman's ability to write with detail but not make it boring.
Mrs. Pollifax actually reminds me of Angela Lansbury's character in Murder She Wrote.
Barbara Rosenblat is THE voice of Mrs. Pollifax. I cannot imagine anyone else narrating this character.
Dorothy Gilman's writing got me so involved that I was rooting for Mrs Pollifax and her side kicks to come out ahead.
Overall, a very enjoyable book with a good amount of action but no overt details of gore or violence. I plan on listening to the entire series.
This book is a dated American Miss Marple series. We’ll never see espionage like this again. Some books are timeless and I don’t think this is one of them. Had I realized how dated this was, I would not have ordered this.
The main character. A senior citizen with pizazz. She is charmingly practical, and her UNCOMMON "common sense" and wry humor make the book a joy. Also, she NEVER complains and always remains optimistic. Could use a LOT of Mrs. Pollifaxes in this world!!!
Barbara Rosenblat's voice is spectacular. She's my all-time favorite "reader" (she really doesn't "read" -- she performs.)
The rest of the series. I've read ALL of them. Probably Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled & The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax (#2 in the series, which I bought recently, confusing it w/#1 in the series) were the two I liked least. My all-time favorite is Mrs. Pollifax Pursued.
Mrs. Pollifax of course!!
I felt bad to learn the man who ran the shop in Mexico was killed.
I kept waiting for another Mrs. Pollifax & then learned Dorothy Gilman had died. She'll be missed. (So will Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters -- Amelia Peabody series) who also died recently. Delightful books. Her writing added a lot joy to my world.
author of "Starfish"
Rosenblatt does an exceptional job with the voice characterizations.
Every moment with Mrs. P. was enjoyable. I loved how she endured with a noble spirit and lack of self pity and whining. She was the least experienced character in the book, yet, in some ways, the strongest in heart, mind and spirit.
The scenes on which she took care of and interacted with Farrell.
If Mrs. P felt despair, I felt it, too.
I'm thrilled there are several more books in this series. I will read them ALL!!
The middle was not as good.
It was mostly scene after scene of oh my this bad thing is happening, what will we do, oh, quick do that, gee, we barely made it. I’m not sure why I didn’t enjoy this part. Maybe I would have liked more personality interaction instead of a series of bad things being thrown at them.
THE BEGINNING AND END:
I loved it. I was laughing. Here’s this little old lady walking into the CIA offices and saying “I want to be a spy.” The guy is slack jawed and speechless. And in the end, people saying “you did what?” amazed at what she did. That was funny and good. Also she changed the way she treated someone at the end, which was neat.
This is book #1 in the series.
I BOUGHT THIS BECAUSE OF THE AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
I wanted to buy more books narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, and this was on her list. She was very good, but I have two complaints. This was recorded in 1989. The recording equipment picks up her breaths and some swallowing which was distracting. Second: 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.
Genre: spy suspense
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