My mom recommended this author and he is great! The story is fun and has lots of twists. My family was glad when it was over so I could rejoin them :)
Informative, Well Written
The only thing I can think of is Tom Clancy's Patriot Games. It had a whole different setting but the bureaucratic background is similar and just as frustrating. It also placed a patriotic soldier in a foreign setting where the common elements were just as great as the evil was pervasive.
The trip to pick up the corpse.
It hits home how different our societies are and how we could become them, soon.
I didn't think I would like this story, but it quickly became one of the best that I've heard in quite a while. I like the time it took to tell this story. Nelson DeMille's books require a lot of extra trees to be cut but I don't think this story would have been as satisfying otherwise. I leaves you wanting more.
DeMille couldn't seem to decide if he wanted to write a love story or a spy thriller. The two are not mutually exclusive but the love relationship in The Charm Story distracted from the rest of the story and took a HUGE suspension of belief in order to continue. The xenophobia regarding the polity in the Soviet Union was way over done. The "Ruskies" are the bad guys? Yeh, we get that pretty early in the story. There was no need to continue the reflections on how much better life in the good ole USA is than that in Russia over and over again during the story. Bottom line: reduce the love story and the grousing about the Russian way in order to cut the length of the story in half and you might have a decent novel.
I would definetly recommend this book. It is one of the most engrossing book I have listened to. I simply could not stop till I finished the book. In general I like to read anything narrated by Scott, but this book with its story and Scott narrating it was brilliant.
Very thrilling the engrossing book.
I like that his voice is clear and has right fluctuations.
At points - yes. There were portions of the book where I thought that the story would progress, and was interested to hear if they moved in the same direction.
The performance was good, the story is just long
He is very smooth
I laughed a couple of times. And felt sad
This was my second book by Nelson DeMille; my first was Plum Island (John Corey #1). His books are long (dead tree formats have many pages with small print) but the writing style flows well. I noticed a few points in the story where I felt myself thinking "Get on with it" but those are relatively few.
His stories have plot twists and take directions that I would never have expected and when bad things happen, they are told in such a way that it's not overly disturbing (which was one of my fears when I began the book).
The story itself is told in a very realistic way where the reader believes that the events could have happened.
The only thing that I didn't really care for was the narration; some voices just rub me the wrong way and Scott Brick's narration of the main characters always seems flat. This is somewhat surprising to me because he does other characters very well.
#1 I love Scott Brick. Once again he brought insight, introspection and intrigue to his reading.
#2 I'm intrigued by cold war USA/USSR spy novels. This one did a good job of providing real historical information about that part of our history. (Although some of it doesn't always make you proud of our part in that story.)
#3 Nelson DeMille is a terrific story writer/teller. But not so much this time. The story trundled along until the end. Then it finally picked up its tempo and capture of the reader's (and/or listener's) attention. Too long with too many bouts of tedium.
I truly wanted to love this novel ... just couldn't quite get there.
This was a good thriller, but way too long. It could have had several hours cut out of it without losing any of the thrills or chills. I normally am not a Scott Brick fan, but he read this well. It is interesting to have a spy mystery placed during the Cold War--I enjoyed being brought back to that time. There was too high of a body count for total enjoyment, but I would recommend for a long car ride (not with children).
A always DeMille gives us a fast paced character rich story. He seems to never disappoint. Hight recommend this one.