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Digital Fortress Audiobook

Digital Fortress

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Publisher's Summary

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. Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, Fletcher battles to save the agency she believes in. Betrayed on all sides, she finds herself fighting not only for her country but for her life, and in the end, for the life of the man she loves.

©1998 Dan Brown; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"In this fast-paced, plausible tale, Brown blurs the line between good and evil enough to delight patriots and paranoids alike." (Publishers Weekly)
"Digital Fortress is the best and most realistic techno-thriller to reach the market in years....A chilling thrill a minute." (The Midwest Book Review)
"Exciting...will rivet cyber-minded readers." (Booklist)

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    Sabirna 09-01-12
    Sabirna 09-01-12
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    "Seriously, he needs a new stick"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if they have actually liked the other Dan Brown books and ONLY THEN if they like to be able to predict the who done it etc.


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have written a different story. Hes got one story and just rewrites it over and over again. I "like" the story but after a while its just boring and you know how its all going to go. You would have to be a pretty immature reader to not know whats coming... With all the language and GD being thrown around I wouldnt recommend a young reader actually reading it though.


    What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I didnt read the actually book, just listen to the story. I really cant add anything here.


    Did Digital Fortress inspire you to do anything?

    Read different authors.


    Any additional comments?

    Story wise, I like Dan Brown. I enjoy the way he lays out his stories and all. But they are all the same. I would like him to branch out and try something new. Of course that which put him on the map has got to be a hard thing to let go.

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    Dominic CHINO HILLS, CA, United States 08-20-12
    Dominic CHINO HILLS, CA, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I would hever have guessed this was Dan Brown."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is appropriate for young teens at best, though I suspect they would find the material too dry.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    Yes -- I quite enjoyed Deception Point, The DaVinci Code, and Angels and Demons.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe this was written AFTER Deception Point -- this seems like a regression in style and content.

    Rather than go on in gross detail about the ridiculous plot twists, improbable instances of luck, or the contrived ending, I'll give a single example of the tediously spoon-fed puzzle pieces:

    The author though it was necessary to pause during the climactic conclusion in order to explain what *prime numbers* are to the reader.

    Sorry, if you've finished 5th grade, you shouldn't need a review of that particular lesson of arithmetic.

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    Caroline Greyling (Author of Five: Maor book one) Johannesburg, South Africa 06-26-12
    Caroline Greyling (Author of Five: Maor book one) Johannesburg, South Africa 06-26-12 Member Since 2011

    Author of Five (Maor Series)

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    "Dan Brown never disappoints"
    Where does Digital Fortress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorite books ever!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way Dan Brown adds his personal touch of theology that gets you thinking and how he keeps the plot racing!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L'Aura Salt Lake City, UT, USA 04-28-12
    L'Aura Salt Lake City, UT, USA 04-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I Was Disappointed"
    Any additional comments?

    I've thoroughly enjoyed several of Dan Brown's other books, and maybe I was just in a bad mood when I listened to this one, but I hated it. I found it horribly cliche and predictable and couldn't bring myself to keep listening. Maybe if I'd made it to the second download it would've turned around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luís São Paulo, Brazil 02-16-12
    Luís São Paulo, Brazil 02-16-12
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    "Excelent narrator, ordinary plot"
    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He was able to clearly distinguish the multiple characters in the book. Moreover, his english was very clear and easy to understand (english is not my mother language)


    Any additional comments?

    I've loved all other books by Dan Brown, but clearly in this one, being his first, he was still polishing his style.

    It's possible to notice a few of the characteristics that made his other books so good, however, what I disliked about the plot was it's predictability.

    In a nutshell, I didn't find myself looking forward to listening to the next chapter.

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    gina north texas 01-02-12
    gina north texas 01-02-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Exciting."
    What did you love best about Digital Fortress?

    Written intelligently. Not a predictable story


    What other book might you compare Digital Fortress to and why?

    Kind of reads like a Grisham


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    We listened to it on a long road trip. Helped the time pass quickly


    Any additional comments?

    We'll probably listen to it again in a couple years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leticia A Olivarez Austin, TX United States 12-13-11
    Leticia A Olivarez Austin, TX United States 12-13-11
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    "Save your credit"
    What would have made Digital Fortress better?

    Better Plot


    Has Digital Fortress turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I won't be reading, er listening to any more Dan Brown.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Digital Fortress?

    none.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Brodie Mornington, Australia 11-21-11
    Brodie Mornington, Australia 11-21-11 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "Extracting ones Digital is not always easy"

    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.

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    BinaryIdiot York, PA, United States 06-13-11
    BinaryIdiot York, PA, United States 06-13-11
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    "Good story; frustrating details"

    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.

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    04-14-11
    04-14-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't waist your time and money."

    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.

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  • Roy
    Liverpool, MSY, United Kingdom
    7/26/06
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    "Bad Science Bad Writing Bad Book"

    But well read the two stars ar eentirely for the naration if the reader had been less skilled I'd have given up. If I'd been trying to read it I'd probably have burned the book and given thought to burning Dan brown as well.

    So what's so bad.

    It starts okay, the characters are cliches genius linguist in the Indiana Jones mold (yes I know he was an archeologist) meets genius cryptographer that looks like she stepped off a catwalk (Jessica Alba would probably play her in the movie she's very smart but never uses those brains for anything.)

    Any way they hook up and fall in love then get involved with a secret government project to secretly decript everyones e-mails. (this isn't really a spoiler you get this much on the back cover)

    Okay so the action moves on for reasons tha tonly become apparently late on and don't really work the hero is sent to France to get hold of a mcguffin. Meanwhile the gf is set to do clever things with computers in an I.T. section where RSI is the least of her worries.

    Okay so the plots bad and cliche, the characters aren't even cardboard they're paper thin and the environment are'ne hugely exciting even a cool IT suite is still a set of desks with a pc on the top.

    Coincidence piles on coincidence on a large wobbly stack that is neither structurally sound or that interesting to watch being built.
    Supposedly clever people act stupidly and miss things even the reader (who''s meant to be a lot less bright than these guys) has figured out and then the hero well meaing untrained amatuer that he is points out of all the things in this book this constant making everyone dumb so the hero seems start is the most irritating.

    For the author and the book no stars for the reader 2 stars for heroic efforts at turd polishing.

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  • Jeremy
    11/29/11
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    "A good read for geek thrill seekers."

    I enjoyed the concept of book, although a plot line was a touch predictable. I would have like to have seen a little character building.
    None the less I found I really enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • William
    Ironbridge, Shropshire, United Kingdom
    10/24/05
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    "Unbelievably Bad!"

    This book is laughably bad!

    From the corny hero decription 'seven foot tall with a rugged jaw and stealy blue eyes' etc, you know the kind of cliche drival at the start of the book, to the assassin who goes around killing characters for absolutely no reason midway, finally to the ridiculous end - five letter password - the baddy who's in love with Susan the heroin - can you guess the password?

    Terrible.

    14 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Mathias Waagnes
    7/19/16
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    "Great narration, top notch story."

    It's Dan Brown, what did you expect?
    The narrator is the best I've heard so far.
    11/10 IGN

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna Darrell
    6/20/16
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    "Not as good a story as his others"

    Bought this off the back of his other books like the lost symbol, inferno and if course the davinci code. Found this one to be too drawn out, especially the ending, seemed to go on for ever, without any real value to the story which was a shame as this was the thing I ended up taking away from it. Disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AshPed
    North West Of England
    6/1/16
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    "Thrilling from start to finish"

    A legendary story by Dan Brown. Keeps you gripped with the awesome plot lines and very intriguing characters. Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim R. Dawson
    5/28/16
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    "Trashy, yet enjoyable"

    I was shocked that, in a great departure from his later work, not everything was what it seemed in this Dan Brown novel! We know what to expect of the man at this point. There was a few painful literary cliches, a mystery that you can't solve unless you have an advanced degree in the relevant subject and everyone took themselves just a bit too seriously. As long as you're not expecting to have your world rocked, it's good fun and extremely easy listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie Whitham
    3/11/16
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    "Another brilliant book by Dan Brown!"

    intrigue right to the end, didn't miss Robert Langdon after the first chapter. Absolutely brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    11/24/15
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    "Not his best - enjoyable but some irritatations"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I wanted to come back to find out who was behind what, the characters were mostly likeable.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There were way too many technical faux-pas for me - unbreakable cyphers, uncrackable text-messages, much of the tech was just a bit too twee. And [SPOILER ALERT] a secure facility where the door won't open if it's generator goes off ? really, please...


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    the reading was good overall.


    Do you think Digital Fortress needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Please no, some of DB's other novels have been more enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. J. Sewter
    UK
    11/10/15
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    "Good but Dan Browns worst!"

    ....well it's not trendy to admit liking Dan Brown (or anyone who's had massive success), but I love his books. That admitted, this is probably my least favourite of his excellent thrillers. Well worth getting, but check out all the others first!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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