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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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    David Donaghy 04-14-11
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    "Don't waist your time and money."

    If you know nothing about how computers work AND you know nothing about Cryptograph you may enjoy this book. Dan Brown apparently belongs to that group of people, because he obviously knows little about the subject of his own book.

    I don't know how this book is rated at 4 stars, when so many people have written 1 star reviews, and believe me, as someone who was writing cyphers back in the 60's and has worked with computers since the mid 70's, the 1 star ratings are correct.

    If Dan Brown DUMMED-DOWN or simplified the subject for his readers then he went waaay too far.
    TRANSLATOR, his $3 billion super computer, simply tries every password possible until it detects clear text in the message. This could be beaten simply by re-encryping an already encrypted message. TRANSLATOR would never decode such a message.

    This book is so, so, incorrect, that I wonder if the real NSA didn't commission him to spread disinformation about their real abilities. Just a thought.

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    Nicholas Parsley 01-14-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Enticing"

    I adore the way he mixes fiction with reality. It always makes me stop and think about the possiblities. Thanks for the entertainment!!

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    Julie Dettwiller 10-14-10 Member Since 2013
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    "book was good.. All the GD's and JC's lowerd bk"

    The book was interesting and gripping but I found GREAT OFFENSE at all of the cursing. It seemed overused and not needed for effect in the story. Mark Twain said that cursing was a spice best used sparingly. I can stand the F'ing
    but taking the Lords name in vain was just horrible. Saying Jesus Christ name is beautiful and a priveledge not to be said with hate and disgust. GD.... well those two things really hurts me to hear.
    I have bought several of Dan Brrowns books, audio books, and movies...so I feel I have a right to write my feeling on this solicited review.

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    George Cherry Hill, NJ, United States 09-29-10
    George Cherry Hill, NJ, United States 09-29-10 Member Since 2016
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    "For Dan Brown fans only"

    This is a lot shorter than Brown's other books. Pretty good for geek fiction but Dan Suarez's books are better.

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    Arturo PHOENIX, AZ, United States 09-13-10
    Arturo PHOENIX, AZ, United States 09-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "If you know about computers, avoid this book!"

    Painful to listen to. I found myself fast forwarding, especially towards the end. I really liked DVC and A & D. Mr. Brown is very good about those other stories, but not computers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 08-22-10
    David 08-22-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Okay, not great, painfully long and obvious ending"

    I listened to this during a long 1800 mile road trip. I found myself not particularly captivated by this very average not believable book. The plot is as see-through as a wet cotton shirt. The last 2 hours of the book are pain-staking and frustrating. The final "clue" is fairly straight forward and simple enough that my 9th grade son figured it out as soon as he heard it. The frustrating part was listening to the final 2 hours of world experts in cryptography and mathematics frequently stating and restating the obvious and still struggle mightily to break "the code." When writing this book Dan Brown must have had no faith in the reader's IQ.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mandar Austin, TX, United States 02-15-10
    Mandar Austin, TX, United States 02-15-10
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    "Good Narration but not so good novel"

    This was my first audio book and I enjoyed the narration and the whole concept of audiobook..The book itself was not very great and it was kind of predictable and far fetched..

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    Patricia Maher 12-11-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Great"

    I really enjoyed this audible book. It kept me riveted all the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 10-06-09
    Dan 10-06-09
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    "Choose a different book!"

    This book is silly, unrealistic, and really bad dialogue. Several times while listening I couldn't take the ridiculous dialoge and plot -- and had to turn it off! (I never do that with good audio books!) Do yourself a favor and choose a different title.

    (As I was listening, I was trying hard to give Dan Brown the benefit of the doubt about how silly and completely unrealistic the technical jargon and computer info was... I thought this book must have been written in the mid 1980's. As it turns out it was written in 1998. Ugh! It's really really stupid!)

    0 of 0 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 2 people found this review helpful

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