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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I have vivid images of each character when reading a book, often inaccurate if the book becomes a movie. This vocal interpretation surprised me in that the Polifax voice was uncannily like that I ' 'heard' in my head. Well done!
I read this series as a young child. And was delighted when I recently found the books here on Audible.
The narrator is excellent! I love how she reads Mrs Pollifax's voice. She sounds just like the sweet little old lady I've always imagined. And she does a great job differentiating the other voices in the series.
Mrs Pollifax is an elderly widow who is rather bored with her volunteer work now that her children are grown with families of their own. So she decides to try the one thing she always dreamed of doing but never had..... She decides to become a spy, and heads down to CIA headquarters to volunteer her services.
Do a little misunderstanding she is actually selected for a simple courier job. Which of course instantly goes all wrong. She ends up trapped in a prison in Albania, behind the Iron Curtain. Of course much of this series was written during the Cold War. So many of the situation's have to do with Communism and the Iron Curtain. So the 'spy work' is a little dated. But the heart and soul of Mrs Pollifax is enduring. Her matter-of-fact, calm, and extremely caring personality allow her to be unflappable under pressure. This of course confuses her guards, come to care for and feel sorry for this sweet little unassuming lady. There is much comedy and suspense throughout this book. I highly encourage you to give it a try!
You cannot help but love Mrs Pollifax and her unexpected companion in prison - John Sebastian Ferrall.
I adore the Mrs. Pollifax books. One of the main reasons is the narration of Barbara Rosenblatt! She brings the characters to life with her marvelous diction and incredible ability to perform in the accent and dialect of all the characters! You go Barbara!
Am A. Hag
cannot wait for the next book in thils sleries with Mrs. Polifax and her delightful adventures.
I read somewhere that when rating the book 5= I will read it again, 4=I really enjoyed the book, 3=It was okay, 2=bad writing, and 1= I am going to return it , I hated it.
THIS BOOK DESERVES 6 STARS
I grew up reading Mrs. Pollifax in Readers Digest condensed books. This was a fun blast from the past that brought back fond memories. Great choice of narrators.
I definitely loved the adventure of this ordinary widow whose life got turned upside down when she volunteered to be a spy. Can't wait to read more if the series.
I have reread this series several times over the years. It never fails to make me laugh and smile. Barbara Rosenblat was the perfect narrator for this story. She has such a wide range of accents that draw you into the story even more.
This entire book really was a charming and unexpected adventure! A retired, widowed woman in her 60's decided her life needed more excitement and direction, so convinced the CIA to hire her as a spy. Her very first assignment, meant to be a relatively safe & simple courier task turns into the adventure of a lifetime. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next and am excited to read the other books in the series. A fun, quick read.
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