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The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax Audiobook

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

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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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    short stuff 08-23-17
    short stuff 08-23-17
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    "A fun listen!"
    Would you listen to The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax again? Why?

    I would love to listen to some of the other books in this series. The reader does and outstanding job!


    Any additional comments?

    I always looked forward to driving somewhere while I was listening to this book, as the story was enjoyable!

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    Cautious Buyer 08-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great swashbuckling style story!"

    Excellent narration and the story took me back to a simpler time of good old fashioned good guys and bad guys. Suspenseful, very funny. Not to be missed!

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    NSPam 08-11-17
    NSPam 08-11-17
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    "So much fun!"
    Would you listen to The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax again? Why?

    I have loved this book for decades and reread the series every few years. I am now working my way through the audible version with just as much joy.


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    James Oswego, IL, United States 08-09-17
    James Oswego, IL, United States 08-09-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Looking forward to the next book"

    We have a well-written, delightful character here in Mrs. Pollifax. She's whimsical, intelligent, and this book is just a joy to listen to with superb narration . I will definitely be moving on with the series.

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    David S Stanley Jr. Glassboro, NJ 08-05-17
    David S Stanley Jr. Glassboro, NJ 08-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A pleasant surprise"

    I was a bit apprehensive when I first start this Book, but overjoyed and thrilled at the fast movement and fun throughout!
    It's pleasant to read a book with caring honest characters!

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    D Von 08-02-17
    D Von 08-02-17
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    "Meh! Really wanted to like this...but"
    Would you try another book from Dorothy Gilman and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    Nothing ever really hooked me on this story. Kept listening hoping for some action. Things did happen, but there was never any suspense, action or intrigue except for a short portion revolving around the time in Mexico. It manages to take an escape from a mountain fort prison and subsequent chase and turn it into a ho hum gallivant through the countryside.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting...nothing memorable at all actually.


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself thinking 2/3 through the book that I wished I had read the print version instead because my own ideas of the characters would have given it some intrigue and plausibility. No action. No real suspense. Bizarrely implausible actions but not humorous either.

    The narrator does not have a wide range of voices and the male characters were not believable. Accents came and went, sometimes in the same sentence. The character portrayal of Mrs Pollifax was wholly unbelievable and in my eyes the narrator made her sound much older, frail actually, which didn't help. Based on the voice I expected her to spontaneously break a hip at any moment. I get that the the whole point of the story is this cute old lady who turns into a spy, but things just seemed off. The seed was never planted that this could possibly be true, and without at least some small level of believably I found myself listening just to get to the end hoping I was wrong.

    Good premise not taken advantage of. Might try another one if there is a different narrator.

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    Yvonne 07-31-17
    Yvonne 07-31-17 Member Since 2014
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    I enjoyed it and will be listening to the entire series now! great fun

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    Anonymous 07-24-17
    07-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I love these stories"

    I would like to read the entire collection . They are so entertaining. awesome read.

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    Thomas D Kennedy Valparaiso, IN United States 07-23-17
    Thomas D Kennedy Valparaiso, IN United States 07-23-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Light entertainment"

    Nothing too demanding here except the frequent suspension of disbelief. A pleasant enough romp. And perhaps not too dated.

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    Mary Beth Hebert 07-22-17
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    "quite dated"

    if you like "murder she wrote" you'll love this. it is a pretty dated story, though. ("burning the telephone wires", "the red Chinese")

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