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4.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 5 4.22 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neal Stephenson Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781427208958
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 5/19/2011

    " Long, heavy read, loaded with WWII history and high-level computer science. But wow. What a plot, great characters, just great writing. Hugely rewarding.

    Took me three tries, though. Long. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 VincentVega | 5/12/2011

    " I could not get into this book. His books are so long and so boring. My geek friends swear by him but I think it's because they aren't socially educated. Perhaps Neal Stephenson isn't either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 5/10/2011

    " overall good so far though some parts remind me of the deerslayer - good story but overly descriptive at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 5/9/2011

    " one of my favorite books ever - just finished it for the fourth or fifth time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/2/2011

    " Stephenson at his best. if you are going to tackle one of his denser books I'd start here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 4/27/2011

    " WWII and current day crypto "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pave3e | 4/25/2011

    " One of my favorites, top three for sure. Almost defies description. I have a hard time trying to explain what its about when I recommened it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 4/22/2011

    " frankly one of the best books I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thom | 4/22/2011

    " All right read, stretched my mind at some points, but that's a good thing.
    Would have given it 4stars but after the Tumble weed description and many others like that take the plot nowhere, I couldn't bring myself too.
    The WWII aspect was quite interesting and I enjoyed the Shaftoes "

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About the Author
Author Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson is known for his speculative fiction works, variously categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, and cyberpunk. He is the author of the bestselling Reamde, Anathem, the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle as well as Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine’s Top 100 All-Time Best English-language Novels. He also writes nonfiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired magazine and has worked part time as an adviser for Blue Origin, a company developing a manned suborbital launch system.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.