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.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
NEVER READ THE PRINT VERSION.
WHEN THEY WISKED THIER WAY INTO THE EMBASSY.
SCOTT BRICK ALWAYS DOES A SUPERB JOB.
WHEN I FOUND OUT GREG WAS DEAD IT SADDENED ME. BUT THERE WERE MANY OTHER MOMENTS. GREG WAS AN INNOCENT PERSON WHO JUST GOT CAUGHT UP IN SOMETHING BY CHANCE.
I DON'T LIKE THE LOVE SCENES IN THIS BOOK. IT JUST DISTRACTED ME FROM THE STORY. I LIKE THE TENSION AND DON'T LIKE THE INTERRUPTION OF SOMEONE'S LOVE LIFE.
Books have always been one of my greatest pleasures. I love having the book read to me while I do mindless tasks.
My Audible library has been filling up with DeMille's books. I love being entertained with fiction that is blended with history and the fears and hopes of an era. DeMille's style of writing is very conversational and with the narrative provided by Scott Brick I felt like I was there in the midst of the action.
Demille is a good story teller. One of those who can entice you to listen to anything. That is why I enjoyed the book.
What I can only call a snarky, smart aleck lilt to his reading, especially in the end of every sentence. I see other reviewers agree and one referred to it as a New Jersey characteristic. I have to say it lives in pompous immature adults in Texas as well.Even the main Russian character in the book sometimes spoke like that. By the end it was truly, truly irritating.
Awesome Cold War Plot, even with dated 1980s themes/stereotypical characters.
Great plot. Typical cold war tension.
Russian pronunciation is good, but TERRIBLE intonation. Every sentence read in the same cheery sing-songy voice despite the tone of the book or what's going on in the plot. This is a book about the Cold War, not a pop culture science book or a business book. It's like the narrator has no idea what the book is about and is just reading it slowly for the first time to get a clean cut and avoid retakes. I really want to complete this book, but Scott Brick is just ruining it for me. I'd pay 4 times as much to have a narrator that didn't ruin it.
Forcing myself to listen to it while I run. It's painful and barely worth the time.
any well written book is great in book form or audio version. I love to read,but I can listen while I cross stitch. The best of both worlds
Charm school touched my heart because of all the possible MIA and troubled me because of the government lack of caring for the men and women who give their lives for this country......of course its only fiction.....right?
LOVE MR DEMILLE
Books are just the best!
Fast-paced; insightful; heartbreaking
Just about every page! If a book gives a great deal of detail, the author runs the risk of bogging down and slowing the pace; thereby the book gets boring. Demille gives enough detail to where you not only picture the place in your mind, but you FEEL like you are there with Seth, Lisa and Sam. Definitely keeps pace and doesn't bog down.
Where the Colonel from the camp realizes he has the same fate that he assigned to so many other people.
Like real life, the heroes are not all good. The bad guys are not all bad. Spoiler alert! When everyone in the camp dies, you realize it really does have to be that way, from a political and war standpoint. At first, you keep wanting to believe there are real POWs from Viet Nam there, but really, can it be? Your heart roots for there really being POWs there, mainly because they are not dead, But your mind keeps reflecting and checking reality, it can't really be. You wonder,why? For what purpose? How would that work? Then your mind tries to wrap around these Russians/Soviet spies being in the USA. Could it really be true? HAS it already happened? The very essence of what identifies us with our country, how we think, walk, talk and helps define us.So much to think about and consider.
The Charm School is a must for anyone who grew up or lived during the Cold War.
I first read this story over 20 years ago. Loved it then, and I still love it now. Scott Brick brings a great voice to the characters. The only thing that bothers me about the story is that the female character is a bit whiny. Scott succefully played her as such. : D I will forever regret that someone did not bring this novel to the big screen before the cold war lost its currentness in history. But I will not miss the cold war. I was thrilled to find this in the audible catalog and I'm sure I will be listening to it from time to time in the years to come.
I almost thought it was John Corey and Kate Mayfield in this book. The storyline gets you thinking, "could that be where all our MIA's are at? Its possible and if true could end what relationship if any the USA and Russia has. I was sceptical about listening to a russian accent for that long but Scott Brick as usual made it easy. Great book.