In a concise 10-and-a-half hours, this fascinating history of secret writing advances step-by-step from ancient hieroglyphics to the vastness of computerized encryption. Narrator Patty Nieman hasn't quite the ease and naturalness of an experienced performer. But she has an appealing voice, and she is especially effective here, where so much is information driven, with little drama or character interaction. The narrative covers all the landmarks in the history of code breaking, the downfall of Mary, Queen of Scots and the capture of the Enigma machine most prominent among them. But even the most devoted thriller fan will learn something new from each chapter. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2023]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2022
DD ISBN 9780593554272 $22.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2022
DD ISBN 9780593554289 $95.00
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