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.
Real good story. Narrator was outstanding!
The problem I had was the length. It almost appeared that the author wanted us to know how much research he did in compiling his novel.
Great story that really makes you think. Narrator does an awesome job with different accents to keep you interested. Some parts of the story seem unnecessary and are kind of boring, but for the most part great listen!
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
No, not because it was bad, but I know... I know... the gory details
Incredible plot: you get: intrigue, romance, spies, good & evil, drama and if you have ever been to Russia or former Soviet Union, you will giggle and laugh at how accurate Nelson DeMille's descriptions are, gosh, it was like I was there again!! He nails the small details, the pattern of thoughts, and the absolute corruption communism represents. But keep on reading, there is MORE!! The book has been very well researched and the information on the history and, at the time, current circumstances in the U.S.S.R. is absolutely correct. Dialogue is excellent, the characters are deep and their motives easily understood
Do get it - worth the price or the credit!!
I had to listen to it straight through, all 24 hours of it. I couldn't turn it off. I started with DeMille through the John Corey series. I'm not sure if there will be another John Corey book or not, but I hope so. I enjoyed those books so much that I tried another DeMille novel. Gold Coast, another winner. Then I got the Charm School, WOW. I really mean that I went through the entire 24 hour plus book in one sitting, I couldn't turn it off. You must get this one! You might lose some sleep like I did but it was well worth it.