I loved this book. Patrick Tull (who narrates many of the famous Patrick O'Brian Aubrey-Maturin series).
WARNING - As others have stated this version (on Audible) of the audiobook is lacking a considerable amount of the book. I went through the book 3 times trying to figure out if I missed the part where an important plot member is killed. Alas it's simply missing. Thanks to the other readers who compared this version to Local Library copies and noticed the error.
This needs to be fixed as the book shouldn't be sold as "Unabridged" with missing content.
I've read and listened to this book many times now. I love the characters, history, and technology. Rare is it to find a book that can explain cryptography in an approachable way while being accurate and not overbearing. the two tracks of the story (one modern, one in the throws of WW2) are hilarious and nicely interleaved. I owe Neal Stephenson a beer (he signed my hardcopy!).
Hilarious storytelling, great narration, excellent plot. If you are an engineering type that winces at bad physics, gimpy tech plot devices, or lame understanding of computers then this book is an excellent breath of fresh air. it's not overly technical (simply to prove the author gets tech). It's a great balance of plot, humor, and the technical grind that space travel entails.
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