Written intelligently. Not a predictable story
Kind of reads like a Grisham
We listened to it on a long road trip. Helped the time pass quickly
We'll probably listen to it again in a couple years.
No, I won't be reading, er listening to any more Dan Brown.
I enjoyed the DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons so I was hopeful this would be as thrilling! *Yawn* - it was awful, I waiting for it to get exciting, after 3/4 of the way thru... I decided that I would just finish what I started. Narrator is excellent.
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
To be fair, light and interesting and if you like DB this is up to his mark. The twists and turns are not as sharp as they might be making the ride a little predictable. But as a story teller he is always good value provided you like to be entertained and do not take the world too seriously.
I, ultimately, enjoyed this book and its story but I found two other aspects frustrating.
First, the technical details are terrible. It's as if a technology thesaurus was used to pick different terms and apply them in the wrong ways. As someone who is a software developer, I found the technical details simply frustrating but I did my best to ignore them.
Secondly, as mentioned in other reviews, the last hour of the book made me actually yell at my car stereo. The characters, while seemingly brilliant in most of the book, became complete idiots. The author spent 30 minutes trying to decipher a simple sentence that anyone who has taken high school chemistry could have figured out (you don't even need to remember that class!).
So, overall, the story was good but the terrible technical details and the ending with the simple characters kept me from giving this higher than 3 stars.
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.