• 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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Customer Reviews

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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."

A Delightfully Blasphemous And Entertaining Tale

Polly is a novella about a man, Herodotus Shapiro, who is truly at the end of his rope after the worst week of his life. Herodotus’ car breaks down at a place in the middle of no where that he isn’t even sure how he came upon. From that point the story becomes very weird with an unusual cast of characters, including the title character, Polly. It isn’t long before Herodotus starts to suspect and question Polly’s true nature.

Joe Hempel does a wonderful job narrating this story as he does every audio book he works on. I don’t always think his voice is exactly right for some of the projects I’ve heard him narrate and I know that is a purely subjective thing on my part, but I have never questioned his skill as a narrator. In the case of “Polly,” I think his voice is a good choice.

Over all, “Polly is a very solid, entertaining story that’s worth your purchase, but only as long as you are open minded about reading/hearing a religious discussion in a story. There is one in “Polly” and it doesn’t adhere to a traditional Christian point of view. If you are of the mindset that anything that takes a shot at traditional religious points of views, even as entertainment in a story, is just blasphemous, you may not be able to fully enjoy this work. Personally, I found “Polly” simply entertaining and thought provoking. I would like to think that most people will also.

Finally, this audio book was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Audio Book Blast.
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- Ashanti

Book Details

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