Electrical Engineer, 51 years old father of 3.
Nelson Demille is a true American treasure. Read this book and you will think twice before even thinking about going to Russia. I hope we get more of this set of characters.
Regular guy from the midwest. Love my kids and the outdoors. 15 years of commuting in D.C. has helped to put a few titles in my library.
I like most of DeMille's books but this one was so boring and there was so much stupid cute-talk I couldn't wait for it to be over.
Toni in TN
I am partial to long books and this one was a long one and I could not stop listening!! I have just recently "discovered" Nelson DeMille and simply cannot get enough of him, as well as the fabulous narration of Scott Brick!! If you want a really good, long book to listen to while you're working around the house or driving, buy this book and you will NOT be sorry.. Keep'em coming Mr. DeMille and Mr. Brick!!
This is a great book, suspensful and I loved the exotic setting. Demille has a talent for putting together facts and adding a twist so that his books leave us believing the story. Scott Brick, as always, does a great job.
The story is interesting but at times it just goes on and on and on and on! It feels like the characters are never going to just shut up so we can get to the rest of the story! The only female character, Lisa, is the most annoying character I have ever read about in a book. She is just lame! I think the story would have still survived even without her being in it.
Bottom line, it's a good story but I recommend the Abridged version if there is one... Abridged and without Lisa!
I believe this is a rather early DeMille. Looks like he found a new, more ruthless editor.... But this one definitely has the vivid descriptions and action of all DeMille.
Although a bit dated (USSR), this engaging story, theorized by Americans for decades, covers the POW mystery as well as how Russians are trained to seamlessly infiltrate into all facets of America, including politics. I would be disappointed if there was not the signature wise-cracking male protagonist, and, altougth not as fleshed out as some of his later protagonists, this does not disappoint. A truly fascinating story of tenuous past US-Soviet relations, and how dicey it was being an American diplomat in Moscow. Demille never fails to engage regardless of what decade's political suspense he explores.
This is a great book. Scott Brick's narration is spot on. DeMille has written another book with strong, flawed yet likable characters. Great from beginning to end.
Listened for the longest time hoping it might finally gain some substance....but nope, sorry. If you were a fan of the A-team you might enjoy it....but the characters are totally one dimensional and I appreciate it is an old novel but I was
so turned off but the ignorance and arrogance of the characters that I hoped the bad guys won!!
I had previously enjoyed The Lion by DeMille and Scott Brick as narrator. I'm really disappointed in The Charm School, however. It moves very slowly and dwells too much on description of Moscow and environs. I don't even plan to finish listening. I got as far as the opening chapter in Part 2.