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Clive

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  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2126)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (668)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Amy says: "Meh..."
    "Digital Failure"
    Overall

    I had high hopes for Dan Brown's latest, Digital Fortress. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The plot, while twisty, was paper thin, depending largely on a chain of coincidences that seemed more strained as each one came along. The characters were dangerously close to caricatures, starring a beautiful and heroine with glasses and an IQ of 170, and a rugged university professor over whom the sophomores swooned. And let's not even get into the whole basis of the plot, the cryptography and code cracking. When I was 12, I read a book called "Codes and Secret Writing", and having read that, 30 years ago, I knew more about cryptography than Dan Brown seemed to know. I know that uncrackable codes, computer viruses, and internet hacking are the stuff of modern myths and Hollywood distortions, but really, Mr Brown didn't even get the basics right, and for me, that just added to the annoyance.

    To give the plot credit, I did listen all the way through, even when the heroine (with the IQ of 170) seemed unable to solve a riddle that wouldn't have stopped my kids for more than 3 minutes, and when the Hollywood hero improbably completed his mission and saved the day. So I gave it 2 stars for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Quantum Presents A User's Guide to Your Universe

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fred Alan Wolf
    • Narrated By Fred Alan Wolf
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Quantum physics is an astounding (and mind-boggling) field of science, but can you actually use it to change your life? Absolutely yes, says Dr. Quantum. On A User's Guide to Your Universe, Dr. Quantum, who goes by day as mild-mannered physicist Dr. Fred Alan Wolf, teaches that anyone can understand quantum physics. What's more, it is the most useful, immediate, and relevant kind of science you can learn to profoundly affect your day-to-day life.

    Angela says: "What it is and is not"
    "Disappointing non-science"
    Overall

    Disappointed that after about chapter 3, "Dr. Quantum" turned into "Dr. New Age", and went all mystical. His ideas about how we're all linked at the quantum level are neither new nor plausible.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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