I read this book years ago and loved it! After listening to it again, I realize I have forgotten most of it. It was great to listen to the story again! If you like action, adventure & travel, you'll enjoy it. The female characters could be more empowered, and in that way it can seem dated. But its a fun, entertaining read!
We also listened to "The Panther" and Scott's performance was a consistent, but sometimes the repetition is annoying. The characters in both books say, "Right..." in a way that gets old. It is so hard to listen to the way someone else reads rather than my internal voices while reading.
Depth and development of story
Yes; very well
none come to mind
I liked the length of story -
I read the book years ago but I loved it so much I purchased the audio book too. Good story especially those of us who grew up during the cold war.
very emotional and intense. I will remember this story for a long time. It was a very good listen.
I love the narrator Scott Brick. He always keeps the story line interesting and moving. I have listened to his other performances and he is one of the best.
Favorite DeMille Ever!
Loved the unexpected twist when they are kicked out of Russia
Hollis is always calm, cool and, Jason Bourneish.
narrator was great as usual. Story started out good, but dissolved into a boring romance, with a loud mouth female lead (I am a female, and could not stand her) that is supposed to be smart & educated, but cannot keep her mouth shut when it would benefit herself & her lover. Predictable ending.
have not & now will not
great as usual
Someone must enjoy the book because it has over 4 stars and I like the author, I have read other books by him and enjoyed them but this book just dragged on and on. I finally started to jump forward hoping for a change but finally gave up. If you are new to the author try another of his books.
Not as slow as watching paint dry but not as exciting as watching wheat grow.
Yes. Scott is excellent and I have listened to several books which he narrated. I wonder if he was as bored reading this book as I was listening to it ?
Toronto, Canada. Audible enthusiast since 2001.
There is no compelling reason to like either of the protagonists in this book, making it difficult to stick it out through the entire thing even though the plot was good. Lisa is so weak and dependent she is a disgrace to women, and Sam is the strong, silent type with no redeeming features. Overall, there are too many stereotypes in this book to make anything but the plot interesting. I listened to the end, but I kept hoping it would hurry.
This is a great spy novel with complex characters and unexpected plot turns. It's a long book but worth it!
I loved Scott Brick's Russian accents - he sounded very authentic. His Southern accent is horrible though!! Scott, please don't attempt Southern again!
Great development of characters, story line and interesting insight into soviet/American relations. Historic perspective on Moscow and surrounding countryside curious, also.
Allevi - the director of the CIA's operations at the embassy was favorite b/c he was always plotting and planning his next move and how to best protect the embassy personnel and the budding soviet american relations.
Neither, but it did make me want to finish it.
Nelson DeMille's books always contain just enough grains of truth to make me speculate where the truth stops and the story line begins. This book is a couple years old, and reflects the times and diplomatic relations between the US and Russia at that time, but the possibility of such a Charm School existing and working today is chilling and very frightening.