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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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    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Rio Rancho, NM, USA 08-29-07
    James Rio Rancho, NM, USA 08-29-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Up to Par"

    I enjoyed this more than most because of the realism that is portrayed. The reader brought the text to life. It is an exciting story that keeps one on the edge of his/her seat.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Nashville, TN, USA 07-28-07
    John Nashville, TN, USA 07-28-07
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    "Like a first novel."

    I'm so glad Dan Brown got this novel out of his system and learned what he needed to learn before he wrote the "good books" (i.e. Angels & Demons and Da Vinci Code). There were so many dumb scenes amid what was a perfectly laid out plot that I wished iTunes had a fast forward button that would let me skip certain scenes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Solomon Great Neck, NY USA 06-22-07
    Robert Solomon Great Neck, NY USA 06-22-07 Member Since 2016

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    "Mixed bag"

    I had trouble with the main premise of this book. Without spoiling it, Mr. Brown fails to distinguish basic computing principles when he constructed the central premise. This left me flat. Just as he did in "Angels And Demons," Mr. Brown stretches credulity too much for me to really enjoy this book. So far, he is a one hit wonder.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Abhishek Shodhan 06-08-07 Member Since 2016
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    "A good listen"

    Another great piece of work by Dan Brown. The book has been well read which makes it all the more enjoyable.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Colorado Springs, CO, USA 05-23-07
    David Colorado Springs, CO, USA 05-23-07
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    "Vintage"

    This is a pre-DaVinci Code novel, by Dan Brown, which centers around a deadly virus which has infected the National Security Agency's Data bank, and thier code breaking behemoth 'T.R.A.N.S.L.A.T.O.R.' His main character, Susan Fletcher, is the head cryptographer for the NSA, and is called in on a Saturday by her boss, The Deputy Director of the NSA, Trevor Strathmore. Turns out that Strathmore ran a computer algorithem, in an attempt to see if their decrypter, TRANSLATOR, could decipher it. The algorithem was called Digital Fortress, and problem is that this algorithem has a purpose, which is to destroy the protective filters guarding the NSA Databank. Strathmore relies on Susan to find the identity of a mystery man, who has the key to stop the coming disaster. This is vintage Brown! Like his other books, Digital Fortress takes place in the course of a 24 hour period. There is a Dan Brown guarantee which insures the reader that the NSA does exsist. There is an assassin (Hulahot), a love interest (David Becker), suprise heroes and villians to spare, and the fast paced action that Brown fans have come to expect. This is a must read for fans of Dan Brown, or if you are in the mood for a fast paced thriller!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    10-04-06
    10-04-06 Listener Since 2005
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    "Skip this book"

    If you know anything about computers, even common sense stuff, you'll laugh at Dan Brown's attempt to describe and use technology in the main plot for this story. It was so ridiculous at times that it made me want to stop listening.
    I found the story line somewhat mediocre and not nearly as interesting as some of his other books.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Paul 08-18-06 Member Since 2016
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    "Dan Brown's worst"

    The story was totally unbelievable. I have listened to and loved the other Dan Brown books from Audible (i.e. Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, and Deception Point). In Digital Fortress, however, I found Brown’s ignorance of computer science, cryptography and mathematics to be distracting. Since these items were intrinsic to the story line, the story did no make any sense. I am talking about more than just a few mistakes. The plot was a joke.

    The narration by Paul Michael was excellent. Dan Brown writes with a great flow. The book may be worth reading if you can forget anything you know about math and physics while you read it or can embrace ignorance.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mitchel Rock Hill, SC, USA 08-13-06
    Mitchel Rock Hill, SC, USA 08-13-06
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    "Digital Fortress (Unabridged)"

    Wow -it was really hard to listen to this one. I loved the Davinci Code and liked Angels & Demons but Digital Fortess was just bad. Too many boring technical details and I wished Dan Brown would stop repeating the same point over and over and over. This book really need to be trimmed down. I have never had to fast forward on a book before until this one. Definitely try the abridged verson.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 04-21-06
    Thomas 04-21-06
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    "Not for the technically knowledgable"

    The publisher says "In this fast-paced, ***plausible*** tale..." Well hardly! The plot is so rife with technical errors and inaccuracies about cryptography and computer systems that it's painful to listen to. You can't stay focused on the story, because just when you've managed to forget about the last glaring error, another is introduced. Dan Brown clearly didn't consult with any experts for this story. He confuses bits with bytes, doesn't understand how e-mail works nor what computer viruses do, and on and on. I never made it to the end of the book, and that's a first for me with one of Audible's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Timothy
    7/7/14
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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
  • 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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