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.
I waited for a long time for this book to come out in audio format. DeMille's rendering of a perfectly plausible scenario makes real sense: for the cold war era. Does it now?
3. It is the outstanding description of the Russian background where actions are taking place in “The Charm School” by Nelson DeMille novel. It feels not like a fiction but a real thing. As a Russian who was born and lived in cities and villages of Russia, I can authenticate this incredible dynamic description of the fictional events of this detective novel. I listened to this audiobook twice. It has become my favorite non-fiction book. Now I am interested in more books by the same author. My passion for audiobooks started with non-fiction. I listen close to 400 audioboks during past 20 years but nowadays you would find me listening to Nelson DeMille novels.
A superbly read book, but not, unfortunately, one of DeMille's best. The constantly repeated political message(s)inherent within the book are so heavy handed as to become almost laughable. Nonetheless, the book does make for a good listen though I could have done very nicely without some of the often overlong and unnecessary (my opinion) bits of philosophy.