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).
Totally addicted to Audible.
This is a very long book and it takes a while to set the scene. At the end of Part 1 I was bored. At the end of Part 2 I was beginning to think it was interesting. The last half of Part 3 was so intense I could barely breathe. I will listen to this one again in the future without a doubt.
Audiobooks allow book nerds like me to venture out in public and keep "reading."
This book drags badly in several spots, and I just couldn't like the characters. As much as I wanted to...I couldn't. After the story got going, it was a fine listen. But I really didn't feel this was one of his better books.