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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)

What Members Say

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    David Donaghy 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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    Nicholas Parsley 01-14-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Enticing"

    I adore the way he mixes fiction with reality. It always makes me stop and think about the possiblities. Thanks for the entertainment!!

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    Julie Dettwiller 10-14-10 Member Since 2013
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    "book was good.. All the GD's and JC's lowerd bk"

    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.

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    George Cherry Hill, NJ, United States 09-29-10
    George Cherry Hill, NJ, United States 09-29-10 Member Since 2016
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    "For Dan Brown fans only"

    This is a lot shorter than Brown's other books. Pretty good for geek fiction but Dan Suarez's books are better.

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    Arturo PHOENIX, AZ, United States 09-13-10
    Arturo PHOENIX, AZ, United States 09-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "If you know about computers, avoid this book!"

    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.

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    David 08-22-10
    David 08-22-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Okay, not great, painfully long and obvious ending"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mandar Austin, TX, United States 02-15-10
    Mandar Austin, TX, United States 02-15-10
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    "Good Narration but not so good novel"

    This was my first audio book and I enjoyed the narration and the whole concept of audiobook..The book itself was not very great and it was kind of predictable and far fetched..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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