©1998 Dan Brown; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
"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)
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.
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.
Fast paced action
I loved all of the technical talk around the encryption used.
His voices are fantastic and he really draws you into the story
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.
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.
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.
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.
Although the book was written in 1998, it still held its modern relevance within 2011 when I listened to it.
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.
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!
This book was a very edgy book, I completely enjoyed it. It's a recommend read, it's very thought provoking.
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
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"Enjoyed the story, wasn't the best but easy"
easy to listen to. mix between predictable and shocking but overall i enjoyed it :)
"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.
"If updated for today would be quite topical"
I found the audiobook well read and good use of different voices
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.
Yes I listen to this book pretty quickly
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?
"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.
A wonderfull read, would recommend.
"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...
a different direction from Dan Brown but still a very good listen.
If you like Dan Brown's books you will enjoy this
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