Most series mysteries leave me either impatient for more action, irritated as protagonists hop in and out of bed as if no one is trying to kill them, ..Show More »or wondering how the insubstantial protagonists could leap from one suspension of disbelief to another and expect any rational mind to follow.
Mrs. Pollifax, however, could sell wool to a shepherd and entice him to follow her into town where she would instruct him not only in how to knit, but have him gladly finishing a sweater for her to wear that very day.
Usually, I also tire when action scene is followed by more suspense, more trouble, more questions. However, Gilman deftly balances anxiety and hope, not only in the plot line, but in the overarching tone and philosophy of the book. I will soon purchase the sequel.
I have read and reread all of the Mrs. Pollifax books in hard copy and was thrilled to discover that not only had they come to Audible but that my fav..Show More »orite narrator of all time, Barbara Rosenblat, is reading them. As a senior myself, I can promise that my voice is not as young and resonant as it once was and I have no problem with Ms. Rosenblat's portrayal of the character. The listener needs to keep in mind that Mrs. Pollifax IS a senior and that is what makes her so "amazing". After all, the reason the CIA wanted her was because she is the perfect grandmotherly type. constantly caught up in everyone's troubles and heartaches and thus the most unlikely "spy" ever. This series is fun, exciting and well worth a listen. Try it - you'll like it!
This is the third in the Mrs. Pollifax series. Again, Dorothy Gilman has created an engaging, and fairly believable, plot. This one sends Mrs. Polli..Show More »fax, a 60-ish widow from New Brunswick, NJ, to Bulgaria on a courier job for the CIA. As always, Mrs. P encounters unexpected danger, some of it created by her own actions, but comes out on top. These books are written with lively humor but still make you care about the characters.
The book is lovely, and is made even better by the narration of Barbars Rosenblat, who can create quite believable male characters and children along with adult female characters. And the accents! In this book, she is called upon to embody American, English, French, Russian, Bulgarian and assorted other Balkan and Eastern European men and women, and handles them all exceedingly well. Each time I listen to one of Rosenblat's performances I am freshly amazed by her skill and talent. Many of the books I have listened to were chosen because she was the narrator.
All in all, this book was a very satisfactory experience.
I started reading the Mrs. Pollifax series back in the middle 1960s. I have read them off and on whenever I came across a book. I understand the Dor..Show More »othy Gilman died in February 2012 so there will be no more books. In this book Mrs. Pollifax is off to Switzerland to a spa hotel for a "rest from the flu" as a cover for her spy job for the CIA. Mrs. Pollifax is a retired teacher, she was bored so applied to the CIA for a part-time job. She is looking for missing plutonium. Of course, she solves the case in a delightful, sometimes funny way but the book is also full of action, suspense, murder, kidnapping, and at times a bit of how did she do that. The book is a great change of pace and leaves one feeling good. Barbara Rosenblat is one of my favorite narrators and she did her usual great job.
I have been waiting for the Mrs. Pollifax books narrated by Barbara Rosenblat since I became an Audible member. I am crossing my fingers and hoping t..Show More »hey get the rest of them.
I really enjoy the way Ms. Rosenblat handles all the different accents these books require. Having heard her versions first, I just can't get into those read by different narrators.
If you aren't familiar with Mrs. P, she is a grandmother who ends up working for the CIA and traveling the world making friends while confronting the bad guys with wit and aplomb. These books are sort of "cozy" espionage tales with plenty of excitement & adventure but definitely character based.
This one is #5, but you don't really have to have read the previous ones to be able to get into this one. It is one of my favorites.
Once again, Emily Pollifax has a simple mission for Carstairs, just a simple addition to her planned vacation to Thailand with her husband Cyrus Reed...Show More » But things go wrong immediately when Cyrus is abducted, and Mrs. P goes after him. Many interesting twists in this adventure, and new friends made, as well as old friends found.
An old friend needs help desperately - so Mrs. P heads to Sicily. Then finds that there are quite a few people following her, and interested in her do..Show More »ings. An old adversary shows up, and then things really get interesting! Once again, laugh-out-loud moments are interspersed with touching moments, and nothing is ever just the way it seems. Mrs. Pollifax even gets to ride a bicycle! Excellent narration makes this adventure even better.
Love to brain chill with a Mrs. P novel every now and then. Its like eating a cream puff, nothing really there, but enjoyable anyway. This is differen..Show More »t than the usual formula for Mrs P books and I enjoyed the change up, made me want to read the next.
Love Mrs. Pollifax stories, but this audio rendition is terrible. I wish the narrator (who was just fine) could have read the book himself without th..Show More »e programmers inserting a hollow, unnatural woman's voice as Mrs. Pollifax.
The story is pretty good. No surprise denouement, for which I am glad. I tend to feel cheated when clues and facts are only added after-the-fact. ..Show More » But, as usual, Mrs. Pollifax is made to sound as though she were in her 80s...but though I work with a large number of extremely active octogenarians, I doubt if even one of them could swing their legs high enough to perform some of her "karate" moves. Perhaps the way she "sounds" is directly attributed to the narrator (Rosenblat), but I would imagine the author had some say...and if not, then she should!!
I also criticize Gilman in this book for her unspoken racism. What is the purpose in describing someone's hand as "black" when speaking of an African? She didn't resort to it too often, but often enough that it caught my attention.
Rosenblat, as a narrator must be commended for the wide range of voices she brings to her work. But I still find myself constantly wondering if she wears false teeth or is constantly sucking on a piece of hard candy. The shlurping sound that accompanies many (most? all?) of her voices is irritating.
Still, I am sure I will be reading another Pollifax mystery next year!
This addition to the Mrs. Pollifax adventures is more modern than the previous books. Since the Cold War has ended, she now goes to Jordan for Carstai..Show More »rs, on what is supposed to be a simple mission. But it is never simple when Mrs. Pollifax is involved, and she finds herself trying to outwit two groups of bad guys, making friends who help her accomplish her mission, and, best of all, making Saddam Hussein's life difficult! As usual, the narration by Barbara Rosenblat is excellent, though the story is pretty absurd. That is part of its charm, and I love a story that makes me laugh. This story can stand alone, but you will want to download and read her other adventures after reading this one!
Sharon Williams is good, but she doesn't portray the age of Mrs. Pollifax effectively. It was a bit jarring to go from the elderly woman Barbara Ros..Show More »enblatt played to such a younger characterization. The story itself is excellent. It could only have been better if Mrs. Pollifax had made a decision in the story that it was going to be her last mission instead of leaving it open.