Favorite DeMille Ever!
Loved the unexpected twist when they are kicked out of Russia
Hollis is always calm, cool and, Jason Bourneish.
narrator was great as usual. Story started out good, but dissolved into a boring romance, with a loud mouth female lead (I am a female, and could not stand her) that is supposed to be smart & educated, but cannot keep her mouth shut when it would benefit herself & her lover. Predictable ending.
have not & now will not
great as usual
Someone must enjoy the book because it has over 4 stars and I like the author, I have read other books by him and enjoyed them but this book just dragged on and on. I finally started to jump forward hoping for a change but finally gave up. If you are new to the author try another of his books.
Not as slow as watching paint dry but not as exciting as watching wheat grow.
Yes. Scott is excellent and I have listened to several books which he narrated. I wonder if he was as bored reading this book as I was listening to it ?
Toronto, Canada. Audible enthusiast since 2001.
There is no compelling reason to like either of the protagonists in this book, making it difficult to stick it out through the entire thing even though the plot was good. Lisa is so weak and dependent she is a disgrace to women, and Sam is the strong, silent type with no redeeming features. Overall, there are too many stereotypes in this book to make anything but the plot interesting. I listened to the end, but I kept hoping it would hurry.
This is a great spy novel with complex characters and unexpected plot turns. It's a long book but worth it!
I loved Scott Brick's Russian accents - he sounded very authentic. His Southern accent is horrible though!! Scott, please don't attempt Southern again!
Great development of characters, story line and interesting insight into soviet/American relations. Historic perspective on Moscow and surrounding countryside curious, also.
Allevi - the director of the CIA's operations at the embassy was favorite b/c he was always plotting and planning his next move and how to best protect the embassy personnel and the budding soviet american relations.
Neither, but it did make me want to finish it.
Nelson DeMille's books always contain just enough grains of truth to make me speculate where the truth stops and the story line begins. This book is a couple years old, and reflects the times and diplomatic relations between the US and Russia at that time, but the possibility of such a Charm School existing and working today is chilling and very frightening.
This is a well written novel that provides a lot of background on what it's like to live in Russia in the 1980's. The author clearly did his homework as he appears to know the Russian people and culture very well. The problem I have with this book, is it's far too long. There are many many chapters that the book could do without but I'm sure the author would chalk them up to character building. I'm still listening to it and towards the end it's gotten a bit more exciting and tense but the middle of the book is rather boring. Nelson seems to revel in describing things in intricate detail that are just not necessary to the story. Besides all that, a good story and again, very well written. If there's an abridged version, I'd have to recommend that; however.
I liked the story, despite its overall gloomy nature. Sadly, the narration I found to be sub-par. OK - the Russian accents and phrases did SOUND Russian. But the two main protaganists (male and female) were almost indistinguishable, as were pretty much all of the Russians. The two main CIA characters also sounded an awful lot alike, with painful, NY-type accents. Made extended conversation maddeningly difficult to follow. Wish it could have been a better listen.
yes - if they aren't listening to it but are reading it
The reader has a great voice however this story is read in slow motion.
I really enjoyed the first two thirds and the fact that the author weaves a lot of background and details into the narrative I enjoyed. I like a book that does that, that isn't only action oriented. One gets a unique view of the Soviet Union before its end in this book. Somehow in the last third it seemed to be slow, but it could have been me. The plot was intriguing, almost 'alt history'...unless it did happen, of course......and would we know if it had? I will probably read other Nelson DeMille (this was my first), but not right away.