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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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    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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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


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    Jascha 06-17-12
    Jascha 06-17-12 Member Since 2016
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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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