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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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    Josh Santa Monica, CA United States 07-18-04
    Josh Santa Monica, CA United States 07-18-04 Member Since 2004
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    "PREDICTABLE - You are smarter than this book!"

    I liked Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons; this work was not nearly as good.

    One of the things I liked about the other series is the assortment of trivia that permeates the story. I didn?t find the factoids about cryptology or the NSA conspiracy theories as compelling. This, however, is a minor flaw.

    The big problem with this book is that I found it sooooooo predictable. Within the first 2-3 hours of the book, I had figured out the mastermind/villain twist. Much worse was the ending, where the characters agonized over a code for 15 minutes that I had mostly deciphered upon hearing. It?s pretty unsatisfying to be that much smarter than the NSA cryptologists.

    If you are a Dan Brown fan, it is worth a listen. I finished the book, which is much better than I can say for a few books that I have downloaded. On the other hand, I have listened to much better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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

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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 Listener 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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maryola Farmingdale, NY, United States 12-25-08
    Maryola Farmingdale, NY, United States 12-25-08
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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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  • AshPed
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    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
  • tfdodo
    Bristol, UK
    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
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    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
  • PurpleBird
    9/11/15
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    "avoid if you know anything about cryptography"

    if if weren't for Dan Brown's attempts at technical details it would be quite a good story. in fact the amusingly incorrect babble about cryptography and security aren't really needed to tell the story but if you know even a little about either the errors are huge and jarring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soffie
    7/30/15
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    "Not his best"

    I like the pace of Dan Browns books but I did feel that this story line was not as good as his others.
    It still kept me entertained but was a bit predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher Murphy
    7/20/15
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    "Amaizing "

    Very easy to listen to and finished with no problwm . The book was brilliantly written and performed greatly. Dan Brown is a fantastic author and would highly recommend his work to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    4/8/15
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    "Enjoyed the story, wasn't the best but easy"

    easy to listen to. mix between predictable and shocking but overall i enjoyed it :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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

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