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Cryptonomicon Audiobook

Cryptonomicon

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Publisher's Summary

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

In 1942, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse - mathematical genius and young Captain in the U.S. Navy - is assigned to detachment 2702. It is an outfit so secret that only a handful of people know it exists, and some of those people have names like Churchill and Roosevelt. The mission of Watrehouse and Detatchment 2702 - commanded by Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe - is to keep the Nazis ignorant of the fact that Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's fabled Enigma code. It is a game, a cryptographic chess match between Waterhouse and his German counterpart, translated into action by the gung-ho Shaftoe and his forces.

Fast-forward to the present, where Waterhouse's crypto-hacker grandson, Randy, is attempting to create a "data haven" in Southeast Asia - a place where encrypted data can be stored and exchanged free of repression and scrutiny. As governments and multinationals attack the endeavor, Randy joins forces with Shaftoe's tough-as-nails grandaughter, Amy, to secretly salvage a sunken Nazi submarine that holds the key to keeping the dream of a data haven afloat.

But soon their scheme brings to light a massive conspiracy, with its roots in Detachment 2702, linked to an unbreakable Nazi code called Arethusa. And it will represent the path to unimaginable riches and a future of personal and digital liberty...or to universal totalitarianism reborn.

A breathtaking tour de force, and Neal Stephenson's most accomplished and affecting work to date, Cryptonomicon is profound and prophetic, hypnotic and hyper-driven, as it leaps forward and back between World War II and the World Wide Web, hinting all the while at a dark day-after-tomorrow. It is a work of great art, thought, and creative daring.

©1999 Neil Stephenson (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, Best Novel, 2000

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    The narrator was great and the story, though a little tedious at times, held my attention.

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    Love Stephenson! The only thing that would have been any better than this is nothing!

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    A very exciting story, it cleans up very nicely this made me very happy to have listened to this.

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    Love the story, love the performance.
    Geeky and funny characters, and an absurdity to it some times reminding of Douglas Adams (only sometimes, and a very light version)

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    A friend suggested this book by saying it was one of his all-time faves. I'm so glad that he did. Such rich storytelling and engaging writing. I can't recommend this book strongly enough. Truly one of the best that I've encountered on audible.

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    It was really long, and still I wanted more. Fantastic, suspenseful and educational. I will be in love with these characters for a long, long time.

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    Good book and aside from repeatedly mispronouncing words like "Tagalog" and "Golgotha," the narrator does a good job. The problem is that several pages or chapters are either in the wrong place in the audio, or are missing. As a result, this great and already complex story is hard to follow.

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    "Thank YOU Neal for an AMAZING story!"
    Would you listen to Cryptonomicon again? Why?

    Seriously, this was a true breath of fresh air! What an amazing story. Neal did a great job weaving the past and past and present time periods. The dry sense of humor and characterization were wonderful. I HIGHLY recommend!


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    I wasn't sure about this one. It was my first book by Stephenson and it is a long one. It was very very good. I really enjoyed it. The performance was excellent.

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    This narration would have been well served by additional readers, as the voices weren't consistent, and often not very well varied.

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