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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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    Terry United States 02-05-13
    Terry United States 02-05-13
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    What did you love best about The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax?

    Introduces the character through a solid story line. Good reading.


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

    None


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

    No


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

    Old fashioned but chilling spy novel with many twists


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    History Buff Maryland 01-29-13
    History Buff Maryland 01-29-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Incredulous plot, but fun nonetheless"

    It could never happen. Not from the moment Emily Polifax walked into Langley to the moment she returned home again, but it was rather fun to listen to regardless. I'm not planning on purchasing a sequel until next year, perhaps, but....

    If you want some completely lightweight amusement, you may enjoy this trip into fantasyland (not as in Lewis Carroll).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 01-23-13
    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 01-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Mrs Pollifax rocks!"
    If you could sum up The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, charming, feisty


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

    Yes and no! I appreciated the hints that even in the worst times, it would all work out ok!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to spoil the plot!


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

    You are never too old!


    Any additional comments?

    I love books read by Barbara Rosenblat. She reads a lot of books about independent women who don't need a man to tell them what to do. Gotta love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela New York, NY, United States 01-22-13
    Pamela New York, NY, United States 01-22-13
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    "Unexpectedly enjoyable!"
    What did you love best about The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax?

    Although written in 1966, the year I graduated high school, I was pleasantly surprised it held my attention and stood the test of time.


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    J. Kimball United States 01-12-13
    J. Kimball United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    The Mrs. Pollifax mysteries are an old favorite of mine. I first heard them when I checked them out from the library in the 1990s. I was new to audio books back then and I did not fully appreciate what good writing and what a great performance I was experiencing.

    Ms Gillman's writing is entertaining, concise, and fast moving. The stories are full of action and suspense. And, for me, now and forever Ms Rosenblat is the voice of Mrs. Pollifax.

    I am collecting them all and I am pleased to have this great collection in my library permanently. Hearing them again is like having a great visit from a long lost friend. This is truly a classic mystery series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Livingston, TX, United States 01-09-13
    Frances Livingston, TX, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "One of the very best series, heroines, narrators!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax the most enjoyable?

    I've had this series on cassette tapes for years, but they're so much trouble to listen to that way, although I did. I'm thrilled to find them all here at Audible, and all but one in the series is narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. She brings the stories and characters to life, as in any book that she narrates. Thank you, Audible! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!


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    Mickey Fort Collins, CO, United States 01-04-13
    Mickey Fort Collins, CO, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, it is a great book,


    What did you like best about this story?

    all the twists and turns in the book it keeps you in your seat


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

    yes, she is great in all the books she reads


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cookiesworld Richmond, BC, Canada 11-07-12
    Cookiesworld Richmond, BC, Canada 11-07-12
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    "Wonderful Start to Series"

    I had read several of these books but never checked out the first. Although this was clearly written at a time when spy stories were the latest fad, it does not feel outdated. It introduces most of the characters that I was familiar with and provides the motivation for Emily's further adventures. Typical of the time, the story had Communists as the protagonist, but the setting was unique (how many stories have you read set in Albania?). All in all, a great start to the series, and Barbara Rosenblat's narration is excellent. I am planning on buying the entire series in audio.

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