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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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    James CHANDLER, AZ, United States 12-26-12
    James CHANDLER, AZ, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Very well written but very loooong!"

    This is a well written novel that provides a lot of background on what it's like to live in Russia in the 1980's. The author clearly did his homework as he appears to know the Russian people and culture very well. The problem I have with this book, is it's far too long. There are many many chapters that the book could do without but I'm sure the author would chalk them up to character building. I'm still listening to it and towards the end it's gotten a bit more exciting and tense but the middle of the book is rather boring. Nelson seems to revel in describing things in intricate detail that are just not necessary to the story. Besides all that, a good story and again, very well written. If there's an abridged version, I'd have to recommend that; however.

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    Chuck 12-23-12
    Chuck 12-23-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Good story, poor narrator"

    I liked the story, despite its overall gloomy nature. Sadly, the narration I found to be sub-par. OK - the Russian accents and phrases did SOUND Russian. But the two main protaganists (male and female) were almost indistinguishable, as were pretty much all of the Russians. The two main CIA characters also sounded an awful lot alike, with painful, NY-type accents. Made extended conversation maddeningly difficult to follow. Wish it could have been a better listen.

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    gimme some sugar 12-18-12
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    "This book is read too slowly"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    yes - if they aren't listening to it but are reading it


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader has a great voice however this story is read in slow motion.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 12-18-12
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 12-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good overall"

    I really enjoyed the first two thirds and the fact that the author weaves a lot of background and details into the narrative I enjoyed. I like a book that does that, that isn't only action oriented. One gets a unique view of the Soviet Union before its end in this book. Somehow in the last third it seemed to be slow, but it could have been me. The plot was intriguing, almost 'alt history'...unless it did happen, of course......and would we know if it had? I will probably read other Nelson DeMille (this was my first), but not right away.

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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