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Ralph Smithers

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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
    (1657)
    Performance
    (907)
    Story
    (901)

    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"
    "Juvenile lead character"
    Overall

    I have listened to several of DeMille's books including The Lion's Game, Up Country and Nightfall, all read by Scott Brick. Here's my problem: The plots are pretty good. The pacing is okay. Sometimes the story is even believable. But the lead character in EVERY book is a jerk. He is sarcastic, juvenile, irritating and unnecessarily hostile to anyone he (always a male) disagrees with, even when that person has the power to make his life miserable. He chooses always to make the character undisciplined, rude and insubordinate. Scott Brick is a superb reader, and I normally enjoy his work. When he reads DeMille, however, he does a great job of accentuating these negative character traits. This makes listening to the book even worse. I swore I'd never listen to another DeMille book after I couldn't finish The Lion's Game. But I guess I weakened. Too bad. This time I quit before it was half over. If DeMille ever grows up enough to write about an adult instead of a spoiled child in a man's body, I'll happily read another book. He's actually a pretty good author except for this little peccadillo.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful

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