Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
Well-researched, written and narrated. It kept me fascinated from start to finish. Highly recommended if you like this type of non-fiction book. Truth can be stranger than fiction--that's for sure!
This is a fascinating character study of Kevin Mitnick, whom I would describe as a "low level" sociopath. He clearly has exceptional knowledge of computers, telephone company infrastructure, and what he incessantly calls "social engineering". Yet he has spent much of his life using his unusual skills in illegal pursuits.
Equally fascinating is his sense of entitlement, lack of ethics, and lack of moral substance. He has lied through his teeth on a regular basis to get what he wanted and then dropped names of the people he finagled in this book, which is really one long "BOAST" and whining session about how unfairly he has been treated.
I rate the book as highly as I did, because I have always had a deep fascination with sociopathy, a mental disorder with a wide spectrum of lethality. Kevin prides himself in having ethics, but I see very little in the way of ethics in his behaviors. He is terrifically narcissistic, and he has given us here a clear picture of the deviousness of a narcissistic sociopath. How anyone could make him into a hero is beyond me. Listen for yourself and you decide!
While there reportedly may be some embellishment of Frank's true escapades, I still feel this was a terrifically fun listen. I would walk along the street, frequently chuckling out loud as I listened to it. Unlike a recent book I reviewed about another con artist, Frank Abagnale seemed like someone who just wanted to tell his story. He did not whine about being chased, caught, or imprisoned, his parents did not excuse his behaviors, and he seemed to know exactly what he was--a con man (with his own code of ethics.) His character was portrayed expertly by narrator, Barrett Whitener, which added to the enjoyment of the book.
My only complaint, a small one, was that the book stopped abruptly while I could have listened for many more hours. So glad I tried this book!