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4.00007593591009 out of 54.00007593591009 out of 54.00007593591009 out of 54.00007593591009 out of 54.00007593591009 out of 5 4.00 (13,169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nelson DeMille Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781600248160
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On a dark road deep inside Russia, a young American tourist picks up a most unusual passenger a US POW on the run with an incredible secret to reveal to an unsuspecting world. The secret concerns a place called Mrs. Ivanova’s Charm School, a vast and astounding KGB conspiracy that stands poised against the very heartland of America. Arrayed against this renegade power of the Soviet state are three Americans: an Air Force officer, who will fly one last covert mission into the center of a mad experiment; an embassy liaison, who will have her hopes for a saner superpower balance brutally tested; and the chief of the CIA’s Moscow station, who will find his intricate dance of destiny and death reaching its devastating conclusion. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A harrowing journey to the heart of totalitarian darkness…A chilling, compelling, disquieting, and ultimately devastating tale of police state savagery and superpower treachery.”

    Washington Post

  • “An exciting, well-written story with a lot more action than spy-novel fans are accustomed to…This story gets high marks in suspense, action, and overall readability.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “Highest marks go to The Charm School, which just might be the thriller of the year. It is relentlessly suspenseful, generating excitement on every page and presenting an honest, unflinching portrait of the Soviet Union and its people. The Charm School makes the grade.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “A first-class thriller.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “The plot is so good and gripping that putting the book down is almost a physical impossibility.”

    Boston Herald

  • “[A] highly charged espionage thriller…Riveting reading.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] chilling vision of modern Russia…Hair-raising.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric_W | 2/16/2014

    " Good story if somewhat farfetched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 2/16/2014

    " Kind of similar to Up Country in that a soldier goes back to where he originally fought and makes an enemy in that counry. It was intersting to think about the American training school for the KGB agents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/8/2014

    " The unlikely premise of this thriller is so scary and diabolical that it draws you into the book like a magnet. What if there was a school in Russia that trained Russians how to be Americans? What if those "Americans" were mainstreamed into our society to "report back" to Russia? What if the instructors @ this supposed "Charm School" were POWs from the Vietnam War? This is a 536 page book that I could not put down. I loved the fact that the characters' behaviors were impossible to predict. Also, the politics in both Russia and the United States was intricately complicated and held consequences for both the operatives and innocent victims. I really liked that nothing was ever as it seemed. This was a great exercise for the brain in addition to be entertaining. I can't wait to try another by this author. Thanks to Rick Cohler for the rec! I would enjoy this book being made into a film. There was a film running inside my head the entire time I was reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby Sominski | 2/2/2014

    " Read on recommendation of friend, enjoyed it but haven't read a Demille since. Probably should. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 1/23/2014

    " My whole family read this book and we all loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maynard Lewis | 1/14/2014

    " One might have to be of a certain age to appreciate the historical significance of DeMille's "The Charm School." But one of any age will recognize the brilliance behind the story-telling and writing. Melding the Vietnam War with the Cold War and creating a thriller that keeps us glued to each page results in a masterpiece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tawn Thompson | 1/13/2014

    " Classic DeMille, adventure and interesting characters and insight to the USSR right before the fall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 1/11/2014

    " Gripping book. Read it twice. Easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 1/11/2014

    " This is a great book. I love a nice long book that I can count on being fascinating from cover to cover. I should read it again because it's chock full of info. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pauline Gruber | 12/30/2013

    " I LOVED this book. When someone asks for a recommended DeMille book, I tell them to read Charm School first! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jude | 12/18/2013

    " One of the best DeMille books. Could the charm school really have happened? Yes I think so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 12/15/2013

    " this is the bk. that got me hooked on De Mille "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa King | 12/14/2013

    " Great book. I found myself thinking about it long after I had finished the book. The author's insightful writing is nothing short of amazing. An absolute MUST. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 12/4/2013

    " DeMille takes on the CIA/KGB in this thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Mask | 11/30/2013

    " Good read if you can move yourself back to the cold war and the mind-set of governments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne Nielsen | 11/12/2013

    " Another very good read. Learning a lot about Russia and its politics,drama that keeps this book an exciting read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 10/20/2013

    " Classic spy tale with several twists and turns. This was my first Demille book and i have read every other one he has written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy Tornillo | 9/24/2013

    " One of the best books I have read in this genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 9/21/2013

    " Excellent read, fun and informative regarding the Cold War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 7/27/2013

    " One of the best books I've ever read. Post-election I couldn't put it down. A definite must read if you like a good thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica | 6/8/2013

    " best cold war spy book ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlos99 | 8/7/2012

    " This is a complex tale filled with fascinating characters and plot element that could only come from a brilliant literary mind. It's quite an addictive story that I enjoyed immensely! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve M. | 7/3/2012

    " A pretty decent book that takes a while to get going. Once it picks up steam it's very good but boy does it take its sweet time getting there! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen C.B. | 4/2/2012

    " This was a very effective Russian cold war thriller that managed to hold my interest throughout. A very engaging read that I found to be very fun and intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 3/17/2012

    " This was another great book by DeMille. The main character has the typical DeMille sarcastic wit. The book was a little outdated since it was written in the 80s and is about the Cold War. Still worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K.D. | 3/16/2012

    " This is one thrilling spy novel that grabs you and does not let go. I'm glad I chose to listen to the audiobook. The narrator took an awesome story and managed to make it even more exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom H. | 2/4/2012

    " The plot of this book is great but I found myself not really caring much for the characters. Good story but I dinged it 1 star for that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Waldrop | 9/19/2011

    " This was my first Demille book and I was hooked. The Charm School was a place captured Vietnam pilots were sent to teach Russians to be American spies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbi | 2/28/2011

    " I remember reading Charm School (along with everyone else it seems) one summer. Just when I thought I couldn't stand another moment of suspense, the second part of the book started. Excellent writing and fantastic plotting. This book made me a Nelson DeMille fan for life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 1/6/2011

    " One of the better novels I've read. Really creepy and almost seems like it could have or could be plausable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 4/6/2010

    " My favorite Nelson DeMille book ever (and I loved them all). This book is so believable, it's quite scary. Excellent story!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sholland | 3/21/2010

    " This is probably one of my favorite books ever... I love it, even though you should probably avoid it if you're not into NY Times Bestseller Buy-it-at-the-airport type books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther Hansen | 10/30/2009

    " Very good book. Hooked me right of the bat, and kept me pulled in to the story right ill the end. "

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