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Cryptonomicon Audiobook

Cryptonomicon

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Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

In 1942, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse - mathematical genius and young Captain in the U.S. Navy - is assigned to detachment 2702. It is an outfit so secret that only a handful of people know it exists, and some of those people have names like Churchill and Roosevelt. The mission of Watrehouse and Detatchment 2702 - commanded by Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe - is to keep the Nazis ignorant of the fact that Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's fabled Enigma code. It is a game, a cryptographic chess match between Waterhouse and his German counterpart, translated into action by the gung-ho Shaftoe and his forces.

Fast-forward to the present, where Waterhouse's crypto-hacker grandson, Randy, is attempting to create a "data haven" in Southeast Asia - a place where encrypted data can be stored and exchanged free of repression and scrutiny. As governments and multinationals attack the endeavor, Randy joins forces with Shaftoe's tough-as-nails grandaughter, Amy, to secretly salvage a sunken Nazi submarine that holds the key to keeping the dream of a data haven afloat.

But soon their scheme brings to light a massive conspiracy, with its roots in Detachment 2702, linked to an unbreakable Nazi code called Arethusa. And it will represent the path to unimaginable riches and a future of personal and digital liberty...or to universal totalitarianism reborn.

A breathtaking tour de force, and Neal Stephenson's most accomplished and affecting work to date, Cryptonomicon is profound and prophetic, hypnotic and hyper-driven, as it leaps forward and back between World War II and the World Wide Web, hinting all the while at a dark day-after-tomorrow. It is a work of great art, thought, and creative daring.

©1999 Neil Stephenson (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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  • Locus Award, Best Novel, 2000

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    This was my first Neal Stephenson book and all I can say is wow. it was Awesome. It is a long book full of incredible detail, but in a way that makes it very fun to read/listen too. An abrupt ending leaves you wanting more.

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    It's been a while since I tasted a book 5 stars. But this was a very gripping book that I just couldn't put down. Keeping track of multiple story lines can be a bit daunting at the start - but hang in there, and you'll need rewarded!

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    it took a while to get through the unabridged version, but I truly enjoyed it. the parallel story lines of the past and future and the amazing details in which the author wrote the story were amazing. one can certainly read the amazing labor of love that the author put into this book. I love books that paint the story in your mind better than any movie one could see, and the amazing details of this book did just that. I do admit that, even though I tried to follow the math part of this book, it was sometimes above my head, but even with this in mind, the author was able to keep me engaged. I truly enjoyed this book.

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