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
What an interesting idea! It was written in the 1960's at the height of the "spy" era and Mrs. pollifax wants to by a spy. What starts out as a simple courier trip of course gets more complicated! Mrs. pollifax is a very lovable character and the narrator really brings her to life. Fun read!
Yes, the premise of an elderly lady walking into the CIA and being hired as an agent is implausible, and the conditions were most likely not realistic. I found the character to be charming and resourceful, though, and was willing to accept and enjoy the story as delivered.
The narrator was great. I could always tell who was speaking just from her voice, and she matched the character's tone with his/her personality wonderfully.
This is not a heavy-duty spy thriller, but it is an enjoyable, light "adventure."
Love to listen to stories while doing other things.
Mrs. P is a person with a wide range of ideas and feelings. Her words and behavior makes me feel a spectrum of feelings.
I didn't have high expectations for this book,but the preview intrigued me and I figured at worse it would be an old biddy spy book. Cute and not too exciting. Well, Dorothy Gilman delivered a plot that was more involved than anticipated and Mrs Polifax was gutsier than I would have thought. Let's hear it for women in their 60s.
The reader did a great job even with the male voices. Can't wait to hear book 2
I thoroughly enjoyed joining Mrs. Pollifax on her adventures via Barbara Rosenblat's perfect performance. "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax" had me laughing out loud. She has the dry wit I find funny.
Mrs. Pollifax is bored. Her husband passed away, her children are grown. She has her volunteer work, but it's become rather tedious...definitely lacking in excitement. So, Mrs. Pollifax does what any sensible woman in her 60s does in her situation, she volunteers to serve her country as a spy for the CIA.
Needing an unknown face, the CIA hires her for what should have been a simple assignment in Mexico, but gives Mrs. Pollifax much more adventure than she bargained for.
They made a movie of "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax" in 1999, starring Angela Landsbury. I wish I had seen the movie. I can see Ms. Landsbury playing Mrs. Pollifax.
If you need a good laugh and light entertainment, I recommend listening to "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax"!
Mrs. Pollifax.. What can you say? She always seems to be in the wrong place at exactly the right time. I love this book...There are points that I am laughing so hard, I can barely stay in my seat. We took this on our last road trip and even my husband was lauging the entire time.
When they are having a "party" and drinking Raki.
Laughed, and kept me on the edge of my seat.
Barbara Rosenblat is the perfect reader for this book.
The main character
She brought each character to life better than I would have imagined
Mrs. Polifax was my favorite character because of her simplicity. She was a normal person with a normal train of thought placed in absurd circumstances. Her sense of humour about life was what made the book.
Ms. Rosenblat has an incredible gift for voices. She was as believable as any of the male characters in the book as she was as Mrs. Polifax. Her intonations were spot on.
Happiness, laughter, and getting in touch with my sense of adventure.
I would recommend this series to anyone who loves mysteries with well-developed charachters. I will likely read the entire series.
I enjoy a variety of books including mysteries, historical fiction as well as young adult and children's literature. Listening to books gives me the ability to "read" in the car as well as the evening as a nightcap before bed.
This was a very light and frilly book that had no credibility. The premise that an elderly woman would have gone through what she did is unbelievable! I did like her feisty nature and how she manipulated her captors as well as almost everyone else. I might try another Mrs Polifax book when I am looking for mindless escape!
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