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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 US 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 Detachment 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 granddaughter, 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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    • Joshua
    • 20/06/2016

    Two thirds through and quit

    Neal Stephenson books are always highly rated on Audible, but man, this guy just doesn't do it for me. Cryptonomicon jumps around in it's narration for no discernible reason. If you're not listening to it all in one sitting, you're not going to follow the multiple story lines.

    But it really doesn't matter because all the story lines are boring anyway. I mean, a couple of them start strong, but boy do they get stale fast.

    Two thirds through the book and I barely care about any of the characters. I'm a bit confused as to what's going on in a couple of the plot lines, and too bored by the book to go back and re-listen.

    This is the third Stephenson book that made me feel this way. I'm done. And I'm not going to punish myself by sitting through the rest of this plodding nonsense.

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    • Jerry Fletcher
    • 18/10/2020

    Loved the Book and "Every-Single-Little-Thing"

    I thoroughly love this Cryptonomicon - all 42 hours of the audiobook. I had to re-listen to a couple of the early chapters to sort all the timelines and principal characters, but once I got going, I didn't want it to end. The overall all plot lines and characters had me fully engaged, but what I enjoyed even more the the the astonishing density of insightful observations about every-single-little-thing the characters encounter - especially Waterhouse. I have a thing for patterns myself, and Stephenson's many diversions and doglegs were inspiring and delightful. I found I couldn't listen to Cryptonomicon any way other than absolutely actively engaged or I'd be lost and rewinding chapters for a second listen. Another amazing aspect of Cryptonomicon - any book with with heavy plot lines in tech/coding written twenty-one years ago could have been extremely dated, but it's amazing how many things Stephenson got right and and how many of the issues (bitcoin) are still fresh. Got to give some props to the narrator William Dufris. His many voices really added a lot of nuance for me and heightened many of the humorous scenes. This is my second Neal Stephenson book after Seveneves. I need to go back and listen to some of SE, because I really don't think I would have guessed they came from the same author. Not sure which Stephenson book is next ... Snow Crash, Anathem, Fall or Dodge in Hell. Recommendations appreciate.

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    • Druinfly
    • 16/02/2021

    Solid fun. [>|<]

    Enjoyed this performance. Was a bit wary after reading other reviews saying it jumped around and wouldn’t be good unless listened to in one sitting.

    Glad I didn’t bother with those reviews. The timeline presented was purposeful, compelling characters woven thoughtfully together. I listened to it over the course of several weeks and had no issue following the narrative.

    It was exciting, dark, hilarious and moving. I recommend this one. [>|<]

    Narrator nailed the performance, good show.

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    • K. Wilson
    • 27/05/2020

    Favorite Author and Perfect Narration. Great Value

    This book is long. Could have been 2 or 3. I appreciate the value. This book is intense and jammed packed with interesting situations. it was hard to follow in the beginning but characters were explored in depth. I learned much about digital currency on the side - painlessly lol. Get this book.

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    • Michael Flyger
    • 26/06/2020

    the narrator is amazing

    I've loved this book for years. Dufris actually Rut's dialect, no mean feat. Do buy.

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    • Oatie J R
    • 25/06/2020

    captivating and a wonderful listen

    captivating story and a fantastic narration. I would highly recommend this book. very interesting sci-fi / fantasy.

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    • Joey
    • 13/12/2015

    What is this, a man's rights propaganda pamphlet?

    What would have made Cryptonomicon better?

    less indefensible rhetoric. hes as lazy as Ayn Rand is at creating antagonists--i.e. shallow, poorly represented, emotional, irrational, and stupid characters. Its just unrealistic. At least present the other side of the argument instead of just your strawman.

    What was most disappointing about Neal Stephenson’s story?

    Author is more interested in his self esteem than creating a good story.

    Would you be willing to try another one of William Dufris’s performances?

    no, too melodramatic

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    • W. R. Jaeckle
    • 31/07/2011

    Importance of good narration

    The narrator almost entirely ruins listening to this book, which was a tremendously good read. Glaringly he mispronounces the frequent Philippine words and place names. He narrates sentence by sentence rather than appreciating the developing line of the story being expressed. I would not have used up two credits for this if I had payed enough attention to sample the quality of narration beforehand. My bad.........

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    • Lee Hoffman
    • 31/01/2021

    Just so great.

    It’s interesting to absolutely love a 40+ hour audiobook and then read reviews from folks who hated it. Different courses for different horses, I guess. All I can say is this book made everything I was doing while listening (bike riding, cleaning, driving, waiting in line outside Costco) a fantastically better experience than it would have been without having these characters to keep me company. This is a total, unadulterated rave!

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    • Nathan McKim
    • 10/02/2021

    amazing, what a fascinating depiction of brillianc

    loved it! amazing depiction of brilliant minds that ties to timelines together from world war II to modern technology and the evolution of computing technology with a captivating narrative of modern technology and brilliance past and present

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    • André
    • 16/09/2018

    ACHTUNG: Halbe Audioqualität zum vollen Preis...

    Diese Rezension bezieht sich nur auf die angebotene Audioqualität.

    Ich finde die halbierte Klangqualität die sehr an eine 70er Jahre Telefonverbindung erinnert sehr ärgerlich!
    Ein Blick in die technischen Daten offenbart:
    Audio: aac, 22050 Hz, stereo, 62 kb/s - Normal wäre: 44100 Hz, stereo, 125 kb/s

    Halbierter Frequenzbereich und halbierte Bitrate, was auch deutlich zu hören ist - und ja, ich habe beim Download "Beste Qualität" ausgewählt.

    Für den vollen Preis finde ich das ziemlich unverschämt, daher nur einen Stern in der Gesamtbewertung.

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    • Tilman Guenther
    • 16/03/2019

    Great!

    Dufris is an excellent voice actor and every character sounds distinctive and fantastic! The story is also very good and really builds on itself.

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    • BernieA
    • 14/09/2017

    complex, but great

    Stevenson is the master of complex story telling, and here he is at his best. Absolutely mindblowing: William Dufris congenial performance in bringing all these characters to life

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    • Markus Blaurock
    • 09/04/2016

    Delicous tangients

    It's hard to describe what happens in "Cryptonomicon" without the endless little stories within the large plot. A great book for those unafraid of the occasional aside.

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    • Torsten
    • 08/03/2015

    I've listened to better Stephenson Stories

    After having listened to books such as Reamde, Diamond Age, and Interface, I decided to finally download THE Stephenson book. The narrator does an excellent job, the author -- in my opinion -- too, but only to a certain extent. Multiple storylines are combined only extremely late, and the two main storylines seem to not work too well together. Without spoiling anything: I would have wished for either another title or another storyline for the ending, focusing more on zeros and ones rather than gold and silver.

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    • molosovsky
    • 24/05/2012

    Genialer Roman, gute Lesung

    Meine erste Audible-Erwerbung: Habe vor vielen Jahren die deutsche Übersetzung gelesen und mit viel Freude nun diese englische Hörbuchversion gehört. Es hat bei mir eine Weile, etwa ein bis zwei Stunden gedauert, bis ich mit dem Vortrag von William Dufris zurecht gekommen bin. Er bringt alle Facetten von Neal Stephensons Roman gut zur Geltung: die Welt der Mathematiker und Marines im zweiten Weltkrieg, die Programmierer und Geschäftsleute in der Gegenwartshandlung, die Kampfabenteuer, die Satire-Einlagen (am komischsten dann, wenn es um Liebe geht!), das Katz- und Mausspiel um Goldschätze, um Nachrichtenverschlüsselung und Gewinnaussichten dank eines Daten-Hafens.

    Den fünften Stern verweigere ich wegen der für meine Vorstellungen ungenügenden Datenaufbereitung. Die Klangqualität war gut, das schon; aber die Dateien haben kümmerliche Bezeichnungen z.B. »Part 1, Chapter 2« … wobei sich die Kapitel-Struktur keineswegs mit der Kapitel-Struktur des Buches deckt. — Aber ansonsten: keine Mängel.

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    • steingoetter
    • 21/03/2010

    Mit Geduld und Spucke ein lohendes Buch

    Anfänglich schwer den Überblick zu behalten und Zusammenhänge sind keine erkennbar und scheinbar auch nicht erwünscht. Nach etwa der Hälfte fügt sich alles langsam zu einem Bild zusammen und die Sache wird richtig spannend und schon fast genial. Bis dahin heisst es Geduld bewahren und aufmerksam bleiben. Das Amerikanisch des Sprechers (in der englischen Version) in Kombination mit den oft komplizierten Beschreibungen machen die Sache noch zusätzlich anstrengend. All in all - für mich hat sich die Geduld definitv gelohnt. Ein gut geschriebenes eindrückliches Buch, eher gerichtet an den männlichen Naturwissenschaftler und Computer Typ :-).

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    • knigsecker123
    • 19/03/2010

    Cryptonomicon

    nach 2 Stunden zuhören abgebrochen, bis dahin nur Halbweisheiten über Mathematik und Web etwas mit Bekannten Namen geschminkt. Sollte es später anders werden, war meine Geduld nicht ausreichend.

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    • k
    • 25/09/2010

    es nervt

    Ich liebe englischsprachige Hörbücher, aber dieses ist leider eine Zumutung. Das Langatmige daran ist nichtmal das Schlimmste. Die Stimme und der Akzent des Sprechers sind - wie ich finde - unangenehm und es fällt schwer, ihm zu folgen. Schade.

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