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Michele

Grand Terrace, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1658)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (902)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Ending Written by Author's Evil Twin?"
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    I recently listened to Word of Honor and was hoping for a story of the same caliber. I thought this book would come close but apparently I should have read more reviews. It starts off good and indeed Demille is an amazing writer but there was so much propaganda I had to keep reminding myself it was written during a time when the Russians really were considered totally evil and we just couldn't say enough bad things about them. It's kind of two dimensional in that respect but there was still information about Russian life that was interesting and informative. Sometimes I would almost laugh at Scott Brick's narration. I wonder to myself--Doesn't anyone edit this stuff?? There were several times when Mr. Brick tried to put so much feeling into his narration that he sounded like he was going to start to cry, usually when someone was on a rant about the morality of the west vs. the east.
    But the thing that really disappointed me was the ending. It was almost like the writer's story was hijacked by his jealous brother who set out to completely sabotage the novel with a ridiculous ending that just went on and on. I didn't even finish the last 40 minutes of the story. I just didn't care what happened to any of them.
    The last twenty per cent of the story pretty much ruined the story for me and left me wishing I had chosen another book.

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