I love DeMille's books and this is another winner. The Charm School starts out a little slow but once it gets going, it cannot be put down. A great read that I would highly recommend.
Since this book appears to be a pre 9/11, cold war type book, I thought it would come across as dated. It was excellent.
DeMille has a knack for showing us the subtleties of a different ways people live and survive. This book showed Soviet cold war living in the same way Up Country showed the living in Viet Nam 20 years after America pulled out.
On top of that is an incredible story,
I am not sure if it was a man reading female dialog, but the main female character seemed very stupid and listening to her really got on my nerves. If you can tune her out, the book would be about 3 and 1/2 stars. If it wasn't for the very dark subject matter and charaters, I would have given this 4 stars. If you like spy stories and don't mind depressing subject matter, I think you will like this book. I don't usually read spy genre, but really enjoyed that aspect of this book.
I love Nelson DeMille, but if you're looking for the amazing excitement of "The Lion's Game" or the humor of "The Gold Coast" don't purchase this book. It is long and boring and nothing ever happens. The title and synopsis are misleading. I did finish it though, if that means anything.
Tedious, but the skill of the author and the talent of the narrator keeps one hanging in there. Wouldn't read it or listen to it again and would only recommend it to someone who is seriously interested in a painstaking take on US/Russian history. Found it difficult not to lose patience with the female lead.
The story was okay. I can't tell whether it was the written words or the narration that was worse...probably the narration. I've enjoyed other DeMille books.
I love all of Nelson Demille's books but this is my favorite. I didn't see the end coming!
very, very, very close to reality. I was born in USSR and I was 15 at the time period described in the book. Nelson 's finest writing had revealed and truly presented every detail and meaning of life in KGB run state. Strongly recommended for those who want to better understand world realities