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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This book had great reviews so I gave it a try. I must say that I wasn't disappointed. It was really good and so fun to listen to that I found myself listening at work.
Overall, it was just a really good book and a great listening experience. The narrator was excellent with the voices. The story had well developed characters and plot. The heroine, Ms Pollifax, was courageous and bold, but also lovable and fun. The story moved at a good pace. Honestly, the premise of the story is unrealistic, but made for such an excellent basis for the story. I just thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and can't wait for more.
I read this book many years ago and enjoyed it. I liked the characters and appreciated the spunkiness of Mrs Polifax without having magical powers which is the direction the fantasy genre seems to take today. It was just a good story.
What a great book!!! I thoroughly enjoyed listening!!!!
Highly recommend to anyone looking for a good book. Caught myself laughing, smiling, and anxiously waiting to listen again.
I once heard someone say that books have different messages for you depending on when in your life you read them. A book you read as a teenager will impact you differently as an adult. The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax will have a greatly different meaning for a grandmother than it will for a young mother. That said, I think I can say with confidence that you'll find this book amusing at any age.
As for the reader, she is a tad melodramatic at times and has obviously difficulty with male characters. She opts for a clenched jaw sound for one male voice that sounds painful to listen to at times. Still, she does a fine job with Mrs. Pollifax. She really should be given more around 3 1/2 stars for performance... but I bumped it up to 4 as I don't think it was entirely unlistenable.
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