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.
The complexity of the story just astounds me. It begins with what appears to be a simple story of a kid traveling in Russia in his TransAm. and winds up unraveling the greatest secret of all.
Scott Brick is an exceptional reader. Each character has a unique and distinctive voice. He is able to pull you into the story with his amazing dramatic performance.
Highly recommended to anyone who loves a great piece of fiction with a real world flavor .
I could not turn this book off... I was listening every moment I could find. Definitely a book you won't want to put down.
I'm a truck driver that loves Audible! It is a wonderful way to "read" all the books I want to, with out having to stop working!
I rank it among one of my favorites that I will probably listen to again. There are only a few books that I have done that with.
It increased my interest in old Russia and her people.
Nothing is ever wrong about Scott Brick's performance. He is one of the best narrators
Boring, boring, boring.
I'm a Nelson Demille fan. But The Charm School definitely sounds like he was being paid per word.
Scott Brick is not the problem
Anger and disappointment.
I have requested a return.
you don't know how it's going to end
Russian voices - amazing
parts made me angry
starts slow, but it's worth it
The characters were a bit stereotyped, strong silent hero, warm loving heroine, close band of brothers, but these types were appropriate for this novel and well done. The premise of the book with missing MIA soldiers was not likely, but possible. I thought I wouldn't like the book since history has moved on, but the book was worthy in its own right.
The visit to one of the last non-collectivized villages was vivid. You felt like you were there.
I loved his Russian accents. The villain, a fanatical KGB agent was a real person, especially at the end when you met his mother. The equally fanatical CIA agent was excellent as well.
This is not my kind of book so I was surprised I enjoyed it so much. It kept my interest and was not predictable.
I found this book gripping from the moment it started. It is a bit of a throwback to Cold War times but it is easy enough to get past that.
Hard to chose