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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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    Charles 12-05-12
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    "Excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story has many unexpected twists and turns, and is very clever.


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    Zara Altair Portland, OR, United States 12-01-12
    Zara Altair Portland, OR, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An all-time favorite."

    Scott Brick does a marvelous job of reading. This story, even though from another time, is a great read.

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    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 11-26-12
    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2015

    katsuey

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    "Really Enjoyable"

    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.

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    Roswatheist Dexter, New Mexico, United States 10-21-12
    Roswatheist Dexter, New Mexico, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun."
    Would you listen to The Charm School again? Why?

    I will. I enjoyed the chilling imagination of the author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gregory Fisher. Brave kid, going to the Soviet Russia in a Pontiac TransAM.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    *Spoiler* When Sam figured out that the "reporter" was a Charm School graduate.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Terrifyingly plausible.


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    Sondra Marlboro, NJ, United States 08-28-12
    Sondra Marlboro, NJ, United States 08-28-12
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    "Frightening Reality"

    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.

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    Anita Parrish, FL, United States 08-26-12
    Anita Parrish, FL, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Wanted it to more..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but tell them it will leave them wanting.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott Brick did a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jenni United States 08-20-12
    Jenni United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012

    I love to listen to books while I knit!

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    "You can't stop listening"
    If you could sum up The Charm School in three words, what would they be?

    suspenseful, surprising, entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Charm School?

    When the 2 main characters arrive at the Charm School


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

    amazing accents... you feel like you are listening to a russian


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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!


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    Anne Neuemoor, Germany 08-15-12
    Anne Neuemoor, Germany 08-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Quite a few cliffhangers..."
    Would you listen to The Charm School again? Why?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.


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

    Always giving a special depth to the characters. Great narrator.


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

    Yes indeed.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    KM 08-06-12
    KM 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun,exciting read"

    My mom recommended this author and he is great! The story is fun and has lots of twists. My family was glad when it was over so I could rejoin them :)

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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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