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The Charm School Audiobook

The Charm School

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1999 Nelson DeMille; (P)2009 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"Riveting." (Publishers Weekly)

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    G Wallace 07-27-12
    G Wallace 07-27-12 Member Since 2010

    I love me some audiobooks

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    "Interesting Look into Russian Society"
    If you could sum up The Charm School in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, Well Written


    What other book might you compare The Charm School to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The trip to pick up the corpse.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It hits home how different our societies are and how we could become them, soon.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Jerry Pare 07-16-12
    Jerry Pare 07-16-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Too Much Too Long"

    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.

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    Anjana Dubai, United Arab Emirates 07-15-12
    Anjana Dubai, United Arab Emirates 07-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read.."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very thrilling the engrossing book.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I like that his voice is clear and has right fluctuations.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


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    Irwin M. Fletcher 07-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Typical DeMille and Brick. Good story, good read."
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The escape.


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    Sonogirl123 Florida 07-03-12
    Sonogirl123 Florida 07-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "You need to have plenty of time"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Charm School to be better than the print version?

    The performance was good, the story is just long


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is very smooth


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a couple of times. And felt sad


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jascha 06-17-12
    Jascha 06-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I've never read anything quite like it"

    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.

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    Nancy Pollock Pines, CA, United States 06-08-12
    Nancy Pollock Pines, CA, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Part Terror, Part Interesting, Part Doldrums"

    3 reactions:

    #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.

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    SomervilleWhereElse Somerville, MA 06-04-12
    SomervilleWhereElse Somerville, MA 06-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Needed editing"

    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).

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    S. Thompson 05-13-12
    S. Thompson 05-13-12 Member Since 2014

    Czdday

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    "Another entertaining DeMille book"

    A always DeMille gives us a fast paced character rich story. He seems to never disappoint. Hight recommend this one.

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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 04-28-12
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "WOW - What a ride!"

    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.

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