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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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    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 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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    Christian Lavergne, TN, United States 03-11-12
    Christian Lavergne, TN, United States 03-11-12 Member Since 2015

    Audiobooks allow book nerds like me to venture out in public and keep "reading."

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    "I wanted to want to listen...but"

    This book drags badly in several spots, and I just couldn't like the characters. As much as I wanted to...I couldn't. After the story got going, it was a fine listen. But I really didn't feel this was one of his better books.

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    Ragna Phillipsville, CA, United States 12-20-11
    Ragna Phillipsville, CA, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"

    I have the Lion's Game and By the Rivers of Babylon so I was anticipating a fast moving spy story. Now am 1/3 into it and I'm sooooooooo tired of the "romance" that seems to take up hours with only a few minutes here and there of the story that could have been. De Mille should stay away from writing "love stories". He doesn't do it well. I'll probably listen to the whole darn thing as I don't have another credit for 2 weeks but will hesitate before buying another from this author.

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    Todd Glenview, IL, United States 10-23-11
    Todd Glenview, IL, United States 10-23-11 Member Since 2009

    Electrical Engineer, 51 years old father of 3.

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    "Outstanding"

    Nelson Demille is a true American treasure. Read this book and you will think twice before even thinking about going to Russia. I hope we get more of this set of characters.

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    andrew tracys landing, MD, United States 08-03-11
    andrew tracys landing, MD, United States 08-03-11 Member Since 2007

    Regular guy from the midwest. Love my kids and the outdoors. 15 years of commuting in D.C. has helped to put a few titles in my library.

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    "DeMille CAN Write a Bad Book and This Is It"

    I like most of DeMille's books but this one was so boring and there was so much stupid cute-talk I couldn't wait for it to be over.

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