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Digital Fortress Audiobook

Digital Fortress

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.
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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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    Aaron Conifer, CO, USA 11-11-04
    Aaron Conifer, CO, USA 11-11-04
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    "technological marvel, spellbinding"

    This is another of Dan's great works... suspense, thrill, moving, and an excellent progression thru the whole thing! Lots of technology, and a long climactic ending keep you drawn in thru the whole thing! Whether or not it's factual I don't know, but he writes like it is, and because off that, the story builds on its own foundations. I would love to read more stuff like this.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher B. Oxford, Mississippi USA 06-29-04
    Christopher B. Oxford, Mississippi USA 06-29-04 Listener Since 2004

    sybotcb

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    "Entertaining"

    You can definately see that Dan Brown has improved his writing skills immensely from Digital Fortress to the Da Vinci Code. That being said, it's not like the guy was writing 6th grade papers when this was written.

    It is a well thought out and entertaining story containing just enough information for you to care about the main characters but not get bogged down with their personal histories. The story welds these histories with a proper amount of action to keep you listening. Dan Brown is a master of leaving those end of chapter Cliff hangers that keep you in your car out in the parking lot wanting to see how a situation or problem will turn out.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Canada 03-26-12
    Dan Canada 03-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic read!"
    If you could sum up Digital Fortress in three words, what would they be?

    Fast paced action


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Digital Fortress?

    I loved all of the technical talk around the encryption used.


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

    His voices are fantastic and he really draws you into the story


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RosanneP 12-03-11
    RosanneP 12-03-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Imaginative and Creative!"
    Where does Digital Fortress rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks among the best that I have listened to thus far. It has a creative storyline and most of all, it was read very well by the narrator. I didn't get lost or sleepy as can sometimes happen without good narrators.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character has got to be Susan Fletcher. I do have to admit that this is a biased choice as she is a very accomplished woman and holds a significant position in a highly secure organization. She holds many responsibilities but most of all she is well respected by men in the organization. She is someone that I respect and commend being a woman who is also accomplished and can relate to her with respect to the characteristics revealed.


    What about Paul Michael???s performance did you like?

    He read the book with great enthusiasm and interest. I could hear it in his voice. This brought out all of the suspense and drama into the arena of performance rather than just feeling as though he was reading it because he had to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There had to be many moments but the end brought me great relief. After all of the events that brought the blood pressure up and the heart racing, it was nice to relax and hear the end worked out in a calm and relaxing atmosphere, and informative and educational as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the book was written in 1998, it still held its modern relevance within 2011 when I listened to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    james Hartselle, AL, United States 10-11-10
    james Hartselle, AL, United States 10-11-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Geniuses should be smarter than this."

    Audible had a deal on this title and I was curious to see if Brown's writing was worth the incredible hype surrounding him so I gave it a try.


    As for the style of Brown's prose: it's entirely adequate, but nothing exceptional or even distinctive.


    As for plot: Riveting, but far from believable. Plenty of deus ex machina and unlikely coincidences balance stupid decisions made by the characters. I'll give him credit for making all parties equally fallible yet insanely lucky.

    The climax was hard to listen to, not because it's very tense (which it is) but because the tension is for the wrong reason. They need a code and have a clue to finding it. I don't have a background in science or history, but the minute I heard the clue the answer is instantly (and blindingly) obvious. Yet we're supposed to believe that a brilliant cryptographer, a genius software coder, the Director of the NSA, and a room full of others take nearly 15 MINUTES to figure it out?


    It's paced well and makes you want to see what happens next, but as with so many other thrillers the cookie-cutter writing and characters like the supermodel cryptographer and the action hero linguistics professor make it seem like an otherwise good book dumbed down for the best-seller market.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dawnalene Groton, CT, USA 09-19-09
    Dawnalene Groton, CT, USA 09-19-09
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    "Fantastic"

    Dan Brown just gets better and better! Every bit as good or better than Deception Point! Just when you know you figured it out... you didnt.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wilsonchua 05-15-09
    wilsonchua 05-15-09
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    "SANS Security Primer meets Angels and Demons"

    I have only read up to chapter 23 and so far am thrilled with what i have heard so far. This novel is both entertaining and educational!

    Would be aspiring hackers can learn a lot of technics just by following the fast paced twists and turns of the drama.

    Cant wait to get to the ending of the novel!

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    Maryola Farmingdale, NY, United States 12-25-08
    Maryola Farmingdale, NY, United States 12-25-08 Member Since 2012
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    "I loved this book"

    This book was a very edgy book, I completely enjoyed it. It's a recommend read, it's very thought provoking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark W. Putnam 12-06-08 Member Since 2015

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    "Will keep you in suspense"

    There are 3 plots all taking place at the same time. They develop quickly and two of the three have numerous twists and turns. You are kept in suspense to the very end. Enjoyable, hard to put down

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim 08-10-08
    Kim 08-10-08
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    "Love this book"

    This was so much fun to listen to. Don't start unless you can keep going. It will drive you crazy if you have to stop and start. I couldn't stop till the story ended and wished there was more. It was really good narration too. You won't be disappointed.

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    2/25/15
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    "Worst Dan Brown"

    Dan took what could have been a promising storyline and turned it into an implausible ridiculous yarn. Utter rubbish.
    Did listen to entire story and it became more ridiculous all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timothy
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    "If updated for today would be quite topical"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Digital Fortress to be better than the print version?

    I found the audiobook well read and good use of different voices


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The storyline in span was the mode interesting was a bit of a bread crumb investigation with one person leading to another bit frustration but kept the pace up.


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

    Yes I listen to this book pretty quickly


    Any additional comments?

    The story is good and quite interesting, being from an IT background some of the technical aspects were not quite right but not too back. You may feel a bit frustrated by the higher up managers in this story as they constantly don't listen to their staff but I guess that adds to the drama?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Poulton-le-Fylde, United Kingdom
    7/3/12
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    "Glad it's finished"

    I found the plot interesting but at times I thought I was listening to an episode of Scooby-doo, and found it both repetitive and annoying and had no interest in the characters at all and was glad when it was all over. Which was a shame as I had read deception point and enjoyed it as an easy holiday read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia H.
    3/30/11
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    "Digial Fortress"

    A wonderfull read, would recommend.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
    High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    3/5/11
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    "Don't believe the critics!"

    Despite what the poor reviews say, this book is not as bad as most people make out.

    Yes, it has the typical Dan Brown flaws - poorly verified facts, a tendency to be glib and a mostly predictable plot. Still, there are enough twists to make it an interesting yarn and some good charactors.

    I also absolutely love the epilogue where Ensei Tankando's dad has to bury him - it reminded me Theoden in the Two Towers. The depiction of the obnoxious little punk is also quite good, and you almost feel he deserves his fate (almost...)

    Anyhow, if you're after a bit of light listening / stg for the trip to work, you could do worse than this book although do try 'Angels and Demons' 1st...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    McLaren ValeAustralia
    11/7/10
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    "recommended reading"

    a different direction from Dan Brown but still a very good listen.
    If you like Dan Brown's books you will enjoy this

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    9/1/09
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    "Digital Forresr"

    Very good loved it (iPod Sizzling)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Macclesfield, United Kingdom
    4/13/12
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    "Better ending:"

    Susan wakes up at the end to find a note from david explaining that he is in a gay relationship with the commander who she thought was in love with her. The five digit password was actually "DAVID". David and the commander both skip off into the sunset hand in hand.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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