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I met Mrs. Pollifax when I was fourteen and spending the summer at my grandmother's. She had stacks of Reader's Digest Condensed Books collections. Mrs. Pollifax stayed in my memory, but I didn't pursue the relationship at the time. Years later I came across an audio recording at the library while I was looking for entertainment for an upcoming road trip. That's when I was introduced to Barbara Rosenblat, and my then thirteen-year-old daughter and I enjoyed the stories together. The Mrs. Pollifax audiobooks are among my very favorites. I used my audible subscription to collect them as they were added to the catalog, but only if they were narrated by Barbara Rosenblat.
Mrs Pollifax is just a wonderful character. She lived a sheltered, domesticated life, and when she had fulfilled her role as wife and mother, realized that what came next in the established order of things was just busy work to cover the emptiness. She had never been encouraged to pursue her own interests or dreams, but now, with nothing to lose, she takes a leap, and the result is amazing. With most series, I am thoroughly bored with the main character by the third or fourth book. Not only did I love every one of these, but I have listened to them mulitple times (exceptions: story wise, the Second Thief was not my favorite, and I have never purchased Unveiled, as it was not narrated by Barbara Rosenblat).
Mrs. Pollifax gives me hope for my own future now that my children are grown with children of their own. She demonstrates that there is always room for adventure, we just have to say "Yes!"
Barbara Rosenblat's narration is oustanding, she inerprets the characters beautifully and each one is identifiable. She doesn't just read the story, she tells it. I have been known to listen to books just because I'm not sure what I really want, but there is one narrated by Rosenblat.
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As usual, this is an excellent Mrs. Pollifax book and Barbara Rosenblat does an excellent job of bringing her to life. Farrell is back and the usual quick mission becomes something more. They succeed, of course, beyond their wildest dreams and foil another plot in the process.
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