Polly!

  • by Stephen Goldin
  • Narrated by Joe Hempel
  • 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Blasphemous...highly offensive"...and very funny!
Herodotus Shapiro has had an unbelievably bad week. His wife left him. The IRS is after him for thousands of dollars. His home/bookstore burned down. On his way to take refuge at his brother's place, he got a speeding ticket. And now his car has broken down in the middle of the desert in front of a large mansion. What more can go wrong?
But now his world takes a turn for the weird. The mansion has a snowman on the front lawn - in the desert, in July. The house, which is bigger on the inside than on the outside, is owned by Polly, the most preternaturally beautiful young woman he's ever met. Polly is an acrobat, a gourmet chef, a psychologist, an international financial consultant, a physicist, and a woman of who-knows how many other incredible talents. She has an unbelievable library, an art collection of all the world's great masterpieces, and a print of a previously unknown Marx Brothers film. Her toilet paper is actually silk. And she seems to have some mysterious plans for him....

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Funny witty

This book actually made me laugh pertaining to the religious aspect. This is a fast pace ride on the crazy train. I was confused for a few chapters then I found my sense of humor.
If you are sensitive to religious humor then this isn't for you. You should listen anyway.
I received this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.
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- cappi lucas "Addicted to audiobooks. Can't go a day without it. Makes housekeeping,cooking and hobbyist more interesting."

An insightful comedy

Polly! seems to be proudly promoted as ‘blasphemous’ but I beg to differ, accusing the blurb of this quirky story of being nothing more than hyperbole. Certainly, anyone who is so uncomfortable with their faith that they can’t stand debate, will find Stephen Goldin’s insightful take on religion to be blasphemous, but most religions and religious people I know welcome an exchange of ideas and an open conversation about belief and practice. It’s how we learn and enlighten ourselves in all matters.

This is the story of Rod, or Herodotus Shapiro in full, a modern-day guy who faces a sudden string of extraordinarily bad luck. He winds up at a mysterious desert estate where a genuine snowman sits in the front yard during summer, and people of all eras seem to be attending the party inside. The host is an appealing young woman named Polly who may or may not be a divine being, but who certainly provides a wake-up call to Rod over his traditional Christian interpretation of what a God’s role should be in our lives.

Combining humour with intellectual debate, Polly! makes you laugh and think. Despite the topic, it’s hard to classify this as a religious story, even though religion is the primary focus. Polly! is much broader than that. It’s about relationships, identity, faith, and taking control of one’s own destiny.

I’ve reviewed two other audiobooks narrated by Joe Hempel on my audiobook review site at SaidNotRead dot wordpress dot com (go check it out!) and he remains a consistently good and reliable reader. Hempel has a great sense of timing and characterisation, and his recordings are of a high standard. In Polly! he demonstrates good comic timing too. He’s a narrator that engenders enough trust to try an audiobook based on the strength of his involvement and I look forward to hearing more of his work as the year progresses.

I also hope to hear more audiobooks written by Stephen Goldin. If Polly! is anything to go by, he has an enjoyable style and an intuitive mind. With over 40 science fiction and fantasy books to his name, it seems that he’s not afraid to challenge the status quo and I love that freshness of ideas from an author. It’s so hard to find in such a saturated market.
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- The Lovely Rod

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2016
  • Publisher: Parsina Press