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The Charm School

Lu par : Scott Brick
Durée : 24 h et 56 min
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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

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"Riveting." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Char
  • 07/11/2009

Incredibly Good

I have read at least 200 books in the last couple of years and mostly murder mysteries. This book falls into that category but also a great history lesson with Russia in years past and possibly present. It is fiction, but truly possible. Maybe the Charm School itself is not truly realistic but it doesn't matter. This was a book that made me want to call in sick from work and just get into it until the end. It is not a happy book and not totally a happy ending but it is a glimpse of a piece of our history with Russia that certainly could have happened and in other ways, probably did. I consider this book one of two that I have read that I consider the best I've ever listened to. The other book of this caliber is "Black Cross" by Greg Iles. Do not miss this one either. I love murder mysteries with cops and robbers and all of that but these are truly special and not to be missed. I will definitely read this book and Black Cross again in the future. They are both astounding in my estimation.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Xavier
  • 05/12/2011

Love to predict plot? Forget it! What a thriller!!

This book does not insult the intelligence. It feeds thrills upon thrills of unexpected plot twist and turns. I lost so many hours of sleep because I could not turn off my bedside compact audio book player tuned for 30 min and then sleep. I kept resetting it for another 30 min....and then another 30 minutes...and then...heck, I was so stimulated I could not sleep and had to take a sleep aid if I wanted 6.5 hours sleep before work. Nelson Demille has created a true fan in me. Just get this book. It is one of the best I have read in 60 years, to include 4.5 years as a USMC officer. Love spy craft? This is a fine read.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Marie
  • 17/03/2016

Could NOT stop listening!!!

Would you listen to The Charm School again? Why?

No, not because it was bad, but I know... I know... the gory details

Any additional comments?

Incredible plot: you get: intrigue, romance, spies, good & evil, drama and if you have ever been to Russia or former Soviet Union, you will giggle and laugh at how accurate Nelson DeMille's descriptions are, gosh, it was like I was there again!! He nails the small details, the pattern of thoughts, and the absolute corruption communism represents. But keep on reading, there is MORE!! The book has been very well researched and the information on the history and, at the time, current circumstances in the U.S.S.R. is absolutely correct. Dialogue is excellent, the characters are deep and their motives easily understood
Do get it - worth the price or the credit!!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • B.J.
  • 22/07/2012

Creepy. And terrific.

This is a bit like "The Truman Show" mixed in with espionage and the KGB. The premise is plausible and that's what makes it SO terrifying. Of course there are some unbelievable events - that's fiction for you - but listening to this now reminded me of the fear we all had of the Russians back when I was a kid.

I never really knew how this would go and that's what I like about DeMille as an author. His books are just as good today as they are when they were new. This is a good, long listen.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • CBDC
  • 26/11/2009

Gripping and disturbing

Very very gripping. Scott Brick's reading is superb. He imitates accents and inflections really well. While I know the book is fiction. It's also feasible at least by analogy and in that disturbing.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • cindersmom
  • 12/12/2009

Long But Worth The Time

DeMille has a talent of making me laugh even in the most outrageous circumstances. This was a very different setting than the typical DeMille books, but I found it to be very informative and entertaining. No matter what the subject matter, his dry humor and wit make his books interesting plus this one adds a history lesson. A little long and rambling in some spots, but easy to overlook if you just enjoy the story rather than analyze the circumstances behind it.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Marietta
  • 20/10/2009

Superb

I have listened to 2-3 books per month for 3 years. This is a top 5, for sure. I am going back to see what other Nelson DeMille books I will download next!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mary Eileen
  • 16/11/2009

Really Chilling Book

I almost passed on this book. I could not see how
this supposed 'thriller' could be related to a 'Charm School'. Wow! Was I ever wrong.
The detailed description of the Country was so thorough I felt as though I were on a tour.
I love this author. Mr. Brick did a yeoman's job
The last quarter of the story was totally unexpected.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dorothy
  • 18/10/2009

The Charm School

This is the best Audio Book I have listened to since joining many years ago. Scott Brick's naration is superb.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Kat Ferguson
  • 27/12/2014

Demille is one of my favorites but...

Would you try another book from Nelson DeMille and/or Scott Brick?

Yes

Would you be willing to try another book from Nelson DeMille? Why or why not?

Yes, he's one of my favorite authors.

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

I love his voice & he told the story like it should be told. His Russian was perfection (to me) & he made the story great. He gets 5 stars from me!

Did The Charm School inspire you to do anything?

If I ever become a spy to KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT! Unlike the characters in the book.

Any additional comments?

I absolutely HATE the character Lisa. She's screwing everything that walks. Dates married men. She's a pain in the butt, asks stupid questions & acts like a child. If not for this character I would've given this book 5 stars all the way around. I'd like to know what Demille was thinking when he cooked up that tramp. She adds NOTHING to the story besides annoyance. Oh & thank you Demille for making the main character Sam the worse spy ever. He tells his all of his secrets to a 20 something bimbo & couldn't doge the KGB if his life depended on it. Premise of story was EXCELLENT but the execution was lacking for me. Better characters would've made it perfect.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • knigsecker123
  • 08/01/2010

The Charm School

exciting from the beginning, you can't stop listening, for me one of the best book from Nelson De Mill

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Kunde
  • 26/06/2012

Great book.

An intriguing story. Excellently written by the author and sublimely read by Scott Brick. A story about the cold war which is also very interesting for women.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Mick
  • 08/04/2010

Thriller

One can hardly stop listening to this book. It is dense and chilling. It is extremely brutal.

The time of the plot is the cold war. It starts off with the surfacing of information, that a lot of American POWs from Vietnam are shipped to the USSR, where the are used to train Russian Citizens. And basically, both the Soviets and the US are using ruthless methods to damage each other.

The thriller gets its density from both sides trying to get control of the situation.

DeMilles central figures are in all novels the same. Undisciplined, extremely tough guys, usually liased with a 20year younger wife. This time, the guy is even a general.

Why only 4 points? DeMill has a reputation to chop off the end of the storys. The end is (looking at the recent past) may be even more believeable then 10 years ago, but still somewat unrealistic.

Still a recommendation to read.

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