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.
I really enjoyed this book. Mr. DeMille set the stage for a fantastic Cold War thriller, his knowledge of the Soviet Union was breathtaking. The story is interesting and the characters are full and diverse, even if they were not Mr. Brick does an excellent job bringing each character to life with his excellent narration. It was as if he was putting on his own one-man show or acting out the movie. I would certainly recommend this book and I look forward to listening to other books by both author and narrator in the future.