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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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    Debra smithfield, NC, USA 02-23-14
    Debra smithfield, NC, USA 02-23-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Not your average grandma"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Gayle 02-21-14
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    "Charming, light listen"

    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."

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    Meg 02-08-14
    Meg 02-08-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A Favorite Series"

    This is a fun mystery series. The narration is excellent that makes a good story even better!

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    Cynthia United States 02-07-14
    Cynthia United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Espionage written as a "cosy""
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax to be better than the print version?

    Love to listen to stories while doing other things.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mrs. P is a person with a wide range of ideas and feelings. Her words and behavior makes me feel a spectrum of feelings.


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    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 01-06-14
    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 01-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I love Mrs. Polifax"

    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

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    Lady M 09-30-13
    Lady M 09-30-13
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    "Delightful"

    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"!

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    Rosie Leaver Lakewood, WA 09-24-13
    Rosie Leaver Lakewood, WA 09-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "How I always pictured my Grandmother secretly"
    Where does The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they are having a "party" and drinking Raki.


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

    Laughed, and kept me on the edge of my seat.


    Any additional comments?

    Barbara Rosenblat is the perfect reader for this book.

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    Niamh United States 09-23-13
    Niamh United States 09-23-13
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    "Worth a listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax the most enjoyable?

    Wonderful narration


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brought each character to life better than I would have imagined


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    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 08-27-13
    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Edge of your seat entertaining"
    Would you try another book from Dorothy Gilman and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    Yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Happiness, laughter, and getting in touch with my sense of adventure.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this series to anyone who loves mysteries with well-developed charachters. I will likely read the entire series.

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    Betsy Georgitis Western US 08-04-13
    Betsy Georgitis Western US 08-04-13 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Cute but Rediculous"

    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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