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.
©1999 Nelson DeMille; (P)2009 Hachette
"Riveting." (Publishers Weekly)
I would (and have) recommend this book. I enjoyed the depth of the story, characters, and learning about US / Russian relations and Russian culture, all while being entertained.
This story has many unexpected twists and turns, and is very clever.
Scott Brick does a marvelous job of reading. This story, even though from another time, is a great read.
The Charm School is about a military operation to train Russian operatives to act like, speak like and live like Americans. The plan is to infiltrate America.
A very good read, believable and full of suspense.
I will. I enjoyed the chilling imagination of the author.
Gregory Fisher. Brave kid, going to the Soviet Russia in a Pontiac TransAM.
*Spoiler* When Sam figured out that the "reporter" was a Charm School graduate.
Remembering the headlines and story of Russian spies living among us just a few years ago made this a very interesting and exciting story. My interest and curiousity were maintained throughout the book. I especially enjoyed the narrator. He did an excellent job.
Yes, but tell them it will leave them wanting.
Scott Brick did a good job.
I just felt like the story could have been better. I keep thinking if another person would have written this story it might have been better. It had such great potential but didn't quite make it.
I love to listen to books while I knit!
suspenseful, surprising, entertaining
When the 2 main characters arrive at the Charm School
amazing accents... you feel like you are listening to a russian
I loved the whole book. Couldn't stop listening. The narrator was amazing. I also read it years ago, but liked it even better this time!
One year from now I could be reading it again, but I am not sure if the same tense expectations when the story develops will be there.
I could not put the book down while listening to it, so It was kind of a relief that the book ended, the final chapters were quite a nerveracking experience.
Always giving a special depth to the characters. Great narrator.
Very entertaining but violent spy story. However, I did not care about the "teachings" about Russian culture, througout the book, that story could have been told in a different style because it slowed down the story. The Lisa character started to annoy because of that. And why on earth does a sensible tough girl working abroad change into a naive person who starts fantasizing, halfway through the book, about introducing the hero to her parents, meeting his parents and even marrying the poor sod after terrible ordeals at the end. Beats me.
I love me some audiobooks
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.
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