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4.00015182570409 out of 54.00015182570409 out of 54.00015182570409 out of 54.00015182570409 out of 54.00015182570409 out of 5 4.00 (13,173 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Abby Sominski | 2/2/2014

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

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