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Publisher's Summary

When the National Security Agency'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 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 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Jerry
  • Doral, FL, USA
  • 06-13-10

POOR NARATION

Book is good it is the naration that is horrible, the narator talks with a lisp and distracts from the book. I not stand the constant S's added to every word HATE THE NARATOR

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Many inaccuracies

Just like Divinci code the inaccuracies were very distracting. Dan Brown couldn't even get the difference between Bits and Bytes. He talks about a 64 Bit "pass key" inscribed on the ring and then soon after refers to it as a 64 character "pass key" (should have said 8 characters to be even plausible). It really makes me believe the folks that are starting to write books about the inaccuracies of Divinci Code.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Clever Book

Keeps you interested from beginning to end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

The narrator should consider a typing job.....

As far as the quality of the audiobook itself, the narrator of this title shold be fired and given a job in a field that does not require speaking. My opinion is that the story, thin as it is, is ruined by the narrator and his lack of ability to adquately portray each charachter. At times, the sound of his voice made the book seem endless. Only sheer force of will kept me listening. The story is decent, if thin. There is so much more that could have been done with it. Easily identified as one of Dan Brown's earlier books. Nowhere near the depth of The Da Vinci Code.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Dan
  • grapevine, TX, USA
  • 03-25-04

Just Plain Stupid

Awful plot, awful writing, an incredible waste of time. After reading DiVinci, I expected much more from Brown. But, then again, I liked the DiVinci story but was unimpressed with the writing, so maybe I should have known.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Unabridged good but what was removed in this one?

I listened to Audible's first publication of this book by Blackstone Audiobooks read by Patrick Cohen a few years ago. I enjoyed the book very much. That story was 12 hours and 52 minutes long. What was taken out of this version I do not know.
Judging by the sample I heard of this version the narration in this version is superior to the Blackstone version but if the sample was taken from the beginning of the book then this version is lacking a lot. It is a good thriller and I would recommend the book. I'm not sure about this version as I didn't listen to it and I'm not inclined to buy the book again to find out but the unabridged version kept me entertained for a while.

23 of 39 people found this review helpful

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Preditable and irritatingly stupid

What would have made Digital Fortress better?

This is the most formulaic piece of writing I've ever encountered. It was so predictable that I became irritated with the ineptitude and stupidity of the supposedly brilliant characters. By the time the final denouement came I was yelling at them because the answer was too obvious for anyone who had passed 5th grad.e

What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

Predictable and far too much coincidence for reality.

What about Bruce Sabath’s performance did you like?

Does lovely voices for each character.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

From someone like Dan Brown this was incredibly disappointing and frustrating.

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  • Mario
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 11-07-11

Do not listen to them!

Those people, that give the book bad reviews aren't looking at the fact, that most people listen to audiobooks for fun, not to find as many plot holes as possible. This book may not have such a deep plot as Angels and Demons, but somehow it kept me listening. And I couldn't stop until I finished. And then, I listened to it again. By the way, this version has a way better narration, than the unabridged one.

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  • Rick
  • JUPITER, FL, USA
  • 03-06-10

Super Dan Brown

Outside the Catholic Church related novels, I believe this is one of Dan Brown's best works!

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Jason
  • Saratoga Spring, UT, USA
  • 09-01-07

Predictable

It was easy listening. But a little predictable. This book had a great twist. In all it was ok.

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  • David
  • 08-04-07

Very good

Well up to what you'd expect from this author.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful