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The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax | [Dorothy Gilman]

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

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.
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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

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    motown Bangor, Maine 02-06-12
    motown Bangor, Maine 02-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fabulous!"

    I read the Mrs. Pollifax series years ago and loved listening to them as audiobooks. When I grow up I want to be Mrs. P. Barbara Rosenblat reads Mrs. P in an older voice than I had previously imagined, but she is still wonderful. Try to read them - at least the first three - in order: The Unexpected Mrs. P, the Amazing Mrs. P and The Ellusive Mrs. P. Your credits will not be wasted.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Sioux City, IA, United States 01-01-12
    Laura Sioux City, IA, United States 01-01-12 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself! I love to read and to share that with my severely dyslexic teen I have audible!

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    "A favorite for three generations"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this to several who really enjoyed it.


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

    Love the unexpected way Mrs. Polifax becomes a spy, the humor, the danger is real but it is not grisly or rated R.


    Any additional comments?

    My daughter loved listening to Mrs. Polifax and immediately wanted the rest of them.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    MCR Middle Georgia 12-12-11
    MCR Middle Georgia 12-12-11 Member Since 2006
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    "What a great audiobook"

    Simply charming character in Mrs. Pollifax and a mystery spy plot with unexpected twists and turns. Really enjoyed this!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Rohnert Park, CA 07-26-11
    Janet Rohnert Park, CA 07-26-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Mrs. Pollifax"

    Love this book - read it years ago and couldn't wait for the rest of the series to appear on Audible.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 09-17-14
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 09-17-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Past It's Prime"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Voracious Reader NY 09-13-14
    Voracious Reader NY 09-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I bought this even though I read it before"
    What did you love best about The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax?

    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.)


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

    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.


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

    Mrs. Pollifax of course!!


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

    I felt bad to learn the man who ran the shop in Mexico was killed.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Westminister, CA, United States 08-15-14
    Donna Westminister, CA, United States 08-15-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Mrs. Pollifax"

    Love her and can't wait to read the rest of them.... Well worth a credit

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Kingery COLUMBIA, SC, United States 03-16-14
    Michele Kingery COLUMBIA, SC, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2012

    author of "Starfish"

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    "Wish I'd discovered Mrs. Pollifax Years Ago!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax the most enjoyable?

    Rosenblatt does an exceptional job with the voice characterizations.


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

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes on which she took care of and interacted with Farrell.


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

    If Mrs. P felt despair, I felt it, too.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm thrilled there are several more books in this series. I will read them ALL!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 02-21-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "3 ½ stars. I enjoyed the beginning and the end."

    The middle was not as good.

    THE MIDDLE:
    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jules 02-23-13
    Jules 02-23-13
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    "Delightful"

    This story is a delightful, cozy mystery. Mrs. Pollifax is a wonderful combination of sweet and spunk. Her tenacity is inspiring and left me looking forward to her next adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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