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Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station Audiobook

Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station

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Posing as a tourist, Emily makes her way to China with the job of protecting a CIA treasure.

©1983 Dorothy Gilman Butters (P)1990 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 07-13-13
    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 07-13-13 Member Since 2011

    Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover

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    "Delightful!"


    In this sixth adventure of Mrs. Pollifax, she is sent by Mr.Carstairs, her CIA boss, on a tour of the People's Republic of China with the objective of locating a particular man in a particular barber shop in a warren of alleyways outside the walls of a historic Chinese city. Once she finds the man, she is to attempt to get information from him about the exact location of a particular work camp where dissidents are held.

    Written in 1983, this book deals with China in a period of very tense relations between the US and China, when the Chinese government kept an iron fist over the Chinese people, and foreign tourism was tightly restricted. As a result, a large part of Mrs. P's mission was to get away from the tour long enough to locate the man in question, get the information from him, and get back to the tour group without being caught in any suspicious behavior. Then she was supposed to hand the information over to another member of her tour group and her mission was finished. Of course, Emily Pollifax can never simply do her job and withdraw -- she will always want to help any person who could use assistance. And so she gets more deeply involved than was intended.

    One of the best parts of Mrs. Pollifax stories is not the mission she is sent on, but the people she encounters and becomes friends with. In this book, the members of her tour group are a varied bunch of Americans, and there is a lot of personal emotion going on in the group. Mrs. P becomes personally involved with several of the group, advising young people about relationships, and not-so-young people about life in general. She forms an emotional attachment to the young American agent she was sent to help, and as a result becomes more emotionally involved than in some other adventures.

    Emily Pollifax is such a delightful, amusing and caring little old lady that the books written about her are warm, funny, suspenseful and heartwarming all at the same time. They always provide a lovely escape from the everyday lives we lead.

    As usual, Barbara Rosenblat is amazing in narration, providing Emily with the absolutely perfect sweet little old lady voice while also providing spot-on portrayals of Americans fvrom various regions of the country and of Chinese characters, both male and female. If you see Mrs. P books read by someone else, avoid them -- only Rosenblat will do!

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    11-29-11
    11-29-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Love this series"

    I thoroughly enjoy this series especially with B. Rosenblat as the narrator. She captures the characters and atmosphere beautifully.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 07-30-15
    Donna 07-30-15
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    "Superb story & narrator!!!"

    I absolutely love this series! Dorothy Gilman writes with believable characters and great storyline. I love the humor, intrigue, and twists in the plot. I love that her characters seem to come to life and display a gamut of emotions through the series. Each book flows seamlessly into the next.

    Narrator has become one of my absolute favorites! Barbara stays consistent to each character. She is like a chameleon with her many voices. Her "acting" draws me into the story.

    This book series should be produced as a TV series. It would be prime time series in no time especially if Barbara continued as narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila A. Sherwin Michigan, USA 10-19-12
    Sheila A. Sherwin Michigan, USA 10-19-12 Member Since 2013

    A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

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    "China meets Mrs. Pollifax"

    Mrs. Pollifax goes to China - and manages to make friends even with the police! She is supposed to help another agent free someone from a labor camp and get them out of the country. A tall order, but Mrs. P is determined not to let Carstairs down. Mayhem and mirth ensue. And Mrs. Pollifax, as usual, goes far beyond her mission objectives. Well worth the credit!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marily4EveraNurse Aurora, CO, United States 05-21-17
    Marily4EveraNurse Aurora, CO, United States 05-21-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Where have you been?"

    I cannot believe I have not read the "Mrs Pollifax books! It is a Genre I have been reading for years?
    I believe this is the last or near the last book in the series. Nothing like working my way backward. That being the case, these books are stand alone. Never was there a place that questions arose of what Was being alluded to. Traveling through China was as if you were there. The Grandeur, dust and heat of the inland, next to the empty opulent​ hotel lobbies with guards everywhere​. The guarded way the people phrased every sentence definitely showed the fear and control yet remaining. The characters were interesting, an amalgam of travelers and 3 are spies. " Little older ladies can be deceiving." Espionage and Death and romance all are here. Yes the story has been written by a good writer. The narrator has a creative voice. What more can you ask for?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Los Alamos, NM USA 02-20-17
    Amazon Customer Los Alamos, NM USA 02-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful Series"

    Just recently discovered Mrs. Pollifax in Audible Books and I 've enjoyed every story. The narrator is superb and the stories are intelligent and intriguing! Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station is fascinating, full of character development, stunning description of the land and culture and insight into the politics at the time the story takes place. Looking forward to Mrs. Pollifax' next adventure. Excellent story; excellent series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dillon 06-15-16
    Dillon 06-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "great read...but PG-13"

    enjoyed this book.
    great ending.
    iris' voice got a bit annoying
    some of one scene's details got a bit graphic.
    overall though i loved it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 02-17-16
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 02-17-16 Member Since 2017

    I'm a mom. I read for fun and to bring my family together. We don't have a TV (30 years!) and love the power of books. Read on!

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    "Love Pollifax yet weird background noise"

    This is a great Pollifax book. She is spunky and resourceful. She thinks on her feet and is a matriarch of sorts to a tour group. Much of the way China is described is exactly the way a tourist sees China. Considering this book was written over 30 years ago it is funny so much has stayed the same.

    This book is suitable for the entire family. A few maps of China may help.

    About 2/3 of the way through the book I noticed a drumming sound. It is on the recording and not local to the reader. It sounds like a village drummer alerting everyone to community situation. It can be distracting to the listener with headphones. Aside from that flaw I loved listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Virginia 05-14-15
    Sara Virginia 05-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Gilman and Rosenblat do it again!"

    I loved it! very exciting and fun. narration is perfection! writing and characters are great too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ButterflyRose 05-12-15
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    "Not as good as the first 5 Mrs. Pollifax books"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, Barbara Rosenblat is an excellent narrator and Dorthy Gilman writes quite well. However, this story line just wasn't as engaging for me as the first 5 books in the series. Typically, the story revolves around the spying task Mrs. P. is involved in but it is the other characters that she interacts with that makes the stories so likeable for me. In China station,I just could not become interested in any of the other characters. There was also a scene that was a little too gory for my tastes. I prefer the least amount of graphic detail when it comes to violence.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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