If you know nothing about how computers work AND you know nothing about Cryptograph you may enjoy this book. Dan Brown apparently belongs to that group of people, because he obviously knows little about the subject of his own book.
I don't know how this book is rated at 4 stars, when so many people have written 1 star reviews, and believe me, as someone who was writing cyphers back in the 60's and has worked with computers since the mid 70's, the 1 star ratings are correct.
If Dan Brown DUMMED-DOWN or simplified the subject for his readers then he went waaay too far.
TRANSLATOR, his $3 billion super computer, simply tries every password possible until it detects clear text in the message. This could be beaten simply by re-encryping an already encrypted message. TRANSLATOR would never decode such a message.
This book is so, so, incorrect, that I wonder if the real NSA didn't commission him to spread disinformation about their real abilities. Just a thought.
The book was interesting and gripping but I found GREAT OFFENSE at all of the cursing. It seemed overused and not needed for effect in the story. Mark Twain said that cursing was a spice best used sparingly. I can stand the F'ing
but taking the Lords name in vain was just horrible. Saying Jesus Christ name is beautiful and a priveledge not to be said with hate and disgust. GD.... well those two things really hurts me to hear.
I have bought several of Dan Brrowns books, audio books, and movies...so I feel I have a right to write my feeling on this solicited review.
This is a lot shorter than Brown's other books. Pretty good for geek fiction but Dan Suarez's books are better.
Painful to listen to. I found myself fast forwarding, especially towards the end. I really liked DVC and A & D. Mr. Brown is very good about those other stories, but not computers.
I listened to this during a long 1800 mile road trip. I found myself not particularly captivated by this very average not believable book. The plot is as see-through as a wet cotton shirt. The last 2 hours of the book are pain-staking and frustrating. The final "clue" is fairly straight forward and simple enough that my 9th grade son figured it out as soon as he heard it. The frustrating part was listening to the final 2 hours of world experts in cryptography and mathematics frequently stating and restating the obvious and still struggle mightily to break "the code." When writing this book Dan Brown must have had no faith in the reader's IQ.
This was my first audio book and I enjoyed the narration and the whole concept of audiobook..The book itself was not very great and it was kind of predictable and far fetched..
This book is silly, unrealistic, and really bad dialogue. Several times while listening I couldn't take the ridiculous dialoge and plot -- and had to turn it off! (I never do that with good audio books!) Do yourself a favor and choose a different title.
(As I was listening, I was trying hard to give Dan Brown the benefit of the doubt about how silly and completely unrealistic the technical jargon and computer info was... I thought this book must have been written in the mid 1980's. As it turns out it was written in 1998. Ugh! It's really really stupid!)
The story starts fairly strong, good suspense. There's even a nice explainations of the basics of cryptography. However, the story fizzles out in the end, becoming very predictable, and offering few surprises.
I won't compare this to Angels & Demons or the Davinci Code because they are, simply put, in a whole different class of story telling.
I don't really regret buying the book, but it was a little disappointing.