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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Meredith Somers, NY, United States 04-13-13
    Meredith Somers, NY, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Quirky and cozy"
    What did you love best about The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax?

    I love how real the characters felt to me. I adore how warm and charming Mrs. Pollifax and Farrell are. Also Barbara Rosenblat is one of my favorite audiobook performers. Her voices are amazing and add so much to how real the characters come across as being.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mrs. Pollifax is my favorite. I just love how she approaches life and adversity with such a curious, positive, and caring attitude.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to the whole Mrs. Pollifax series and I love her performances in all of them. I believe I've listened to her in something else as well but I can't recall how I felt about that performance.


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

    This book always makes me laugh and leaves me with a smile on my face for days. This is not the first or second time I've listened to this series. I used to borrow them from the library years ago but the quality of the cassette tapes (yes that long ago) was pretty bad sometimes and when they started switching their collection to CDs they were almost immediately scratched up. I love the audible version instead because it is soooo much less frustrating once I got the software all sorted out.


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    Linda Burlington, KS, United States 04-09-13
    Linda Burlington, KS, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2010

    RETIRED & LOVING IT.

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    "UNEXPECTEDLY GOOD."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES. THIS IS A GREAT MYSTERY WHICH MAKES YOU SO HAPPY TO HAVE TAKEN THE CHANCE AND BOUGHT A BOOK YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT. I KNOW THE AUTHOR IS GOOD, I WAS KIND OF PUT OFF BY THE TITLE AND THE FIRST CHAPTER WAS RATHER SLOW.


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

    THE GREAT STAMINA OF MRS. POLIFAX AND HER LOVELY QUICK MIND.


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

    MRS. POLLIFAX. A HARD JOB TO SPEAK WITH WHAT YOU TAKE FOR AN EIGHTY YEAR OLD WOMAN. BARBARA ROSENBLAT IS AN ACCOMPLISHED NARRATOR, I HAVE YET TO FIND A BOOK SHE HAS READ, THAT GOES AWRAY.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO, I COULD WAIT FOR 2 OR 3 DAYS TO GET IT ALL LISTENED TOO. WHILE THE STORY LINE WAS GOOD IT WAS NOT RIVETING.


    Any additional comments?

    THE NARRATOR, MADE THIS BOOK COME ALIVE AND BE ENJOYABLE. THANKS BARBARA.

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    N. Spring Hill, FL, United States 04-05-13
    N. Spring Hill, FL, United States 04-05-13
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    "Unexpecting enjoyable."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax to be better than the print version?

    I do not have the time I would like to sit and read a book. So I now just order audiable books. I wanted something light to read. So I ordered the first in the series. Then, a month or so later I ordered the second in the series. Found both quite enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was nice story and kept me interested


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is very easy to listen to


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, you will never see her coming


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this series to anyone who want a light mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Mazeppa, MN, United States 03-06-13
    Kimberly Mazeppa, MN, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2012

    I like to read stories about dogs, mysteries that are a little but humorous, stories about relationships that are not too explicate, Christian fiction and stories revolving around knitting and quilting.

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    "The Mrs. Pollifax series is fantastic!"
    Where does The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series one of my all time favorites! The story captured me from the start. When I finished this book I immediately purchase the test of the series.


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

    In the beginning of the book... How she was "recruited".


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Barbara performance was very good. To me she is Mrs. Pollifax.


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

    I like the relationship between Mrs Pollifax and the guards.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed the Her Royal Spyness series, you will enjoy Mrs. Pollifax too!

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    Beth Zoar, OH, United States 03-02-13
    Beth Zoar, OH, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Delightful"
    What made the experience of listening to The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax the most enjoyable?

    The narrator and the plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Exciting but not too gruesome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The unknown prisoner commandeering the car.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    And you thought the golden years are boring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Mattoon, IL, United States 02-24-13
    Kimberly Mattoon, IL, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Delightful, and unexpected!"
    What did you love best about The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax?

    The story was charming, and yes, unexpected. Well written, with well developed characters and unexpected depth.


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

    Barbara Rosenplat is a great performer, with a very pleasant voice, and careful attention to the characters. You can always recognize who's speaking, and well - she just sounds great!


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    Mary WACO, TX, United States 02-15-13
    Mary WACO, TX, United States 02-15-13
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    "Exactly what you'd expect..."

    ...from this author. Interesting, engaging, and a bit like reading about your grandmother's secret life.

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    Pilar Mexico 02-11-13
    Pilar Mexico 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A real fiction with exagerations and happy ending"
    Would you listen to The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax again? Why?

    I accept a bargain of three books for the price of one. But may be I could reread it in some time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The happy ending


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The remorse of Mrs Pollifax for having killed a man


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

    No, it was clear for me that all was fictioned


    Any additional comments?

    It is an interesting reading in which you can not stop, waiting for more action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Elko, NV, United States 02-11-13
    Rebecca Elko, NV, United States 02-11-13
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    A delightful, fun story! You can definitely listen to this one with your kids in the car.

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    Merle West Harrison, IN, United States 02-05-13
    Merle West Harrison, IN, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A Nostalgic Re-Read"

    Mrs. Pollifax has stuck in a corner of my brain since I read The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax in the 60s. This was a fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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