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Masquerading as Amanda Pym's worried aunt, Mrs. Pollifax begins her determined search, slipping through Damascus' crooked streets and colorful, crowded souks, and trekking deep into the desert, hoping that rumor and whispers (which is all she has to go on) will lead her to the truth.
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By Lucille 1978 on 02-24-15
Not the performance we are used to hearing.
Barbara creates an energy field around her that extends to everyone she meets and electrifies each book she records. She is superb with accents, unfailingly accurate and consistent. Her repertoire of dialects enlivens characters from cockney to Castillian, Broadway to Budapest. She owns numerous mystery series, with characterizations including Elizabeth Peters's Amelia Peabody, Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax and, recently, Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon. All would simply not be right with another reader. Her astute sense of timing and sensitivity to the characters are intrinsic to her work. This is a quote from "Are You Listening".
I don't understand why after having Ms. Rosenblat narrate the first thirteen books in the series you would select someone with totally different skills and voice perform the final book in the series. This spoils my enjoyment and although I listen to the rest of the series again and again I skip this book when I do. Although I have bought all the books, I am unable to enjoy listening to the complete series. If you would please have Ms. Rosenblat perform this book I would purchase her version so I could actually enjoy it. It is sad enough that Dorothy Gillman has past on and will no longer entertain us with the wit and charm we can enjoy of her Mrs. Pollifax series without you ruining the last book in it's audio version for her fans. PLEASE FIX THIS ERROR. Thank you.
37 of 37 people found this review helpful
By Moe on 05-31-15
Horribly Bad Narration
How did the narrator detract from the book?
This narrator gave the elderly Mrs. Pollifax the voice of a silly high pitched young girl. Awful. Simply awful, Other books in the series were read by the excellent Barbara Rosenblat with an appropriate intelligent, humorous, lower pitched voice. Listening to this after the others in the series was like listening to finger nails on the chalk board. It is as if instead of trying to complete a series by using similar narration, the new narrator tried to be as different as possible from the previous narrator. Unfortunately, since the previous narrator was excellent, this means this narrator was bad in every possible way.
This book should be rerecorded by Ms. Rosenblat or some other competant narrator. The story itself is typical Mrs. Pollifax, with typical coincidences and escapes. Mrs. Pollifax fans will enjoy the story.
24 of 24 people found this review helpful