This was the best book that I heard in 2013. It had the excitement of any thriller and it was the story of a real person told by the one who lived it. The Narrator Ray porter did an excelent job of brining it to life. I felt like I was there with him on the run as he tried to out think all the agents that came after him.
The book was painfully unabridged! Every number, letter, acronym, and phone number were included. It got pretty tedious!
I would. It was still interesting to learn about social engineering.
Yes, but the way the narrator drew out the profanity was tiresome and off putting.
Possibly. Someone narcissistic should play Kevin. Narcissistic and fat, anyway.
Have not read but could't imagine it being much different
The honest and open frankness of the author
One of the easiest of the US presenters I have listened to as a listener from outside the US (Australia)
As a non hacker I just found it of great general interest but with an inherent message that computer security is very suspect.
Amazing story - well told and well read! You don't have to agree to or like it, but the adventure is sure as hell fun!
Well written, well read, entertaining, not too technical, not too long. Author pulls few punches with those who deserve it, being hit. I have never before been remotely interested in the hacker culture, but this was totally engrossing.
Honestly, I didn't even know who Kevin Micklick was.
Lots of adventure here.
exciting unbelievable insane
One man who was able to stay ahead of the entire FBI
When Kevin goes on the run
How he was able to stay one step ahead of everyone.
The bad: Mitnick's ego and lingering resentments sometimes get in the way and the story also gets dry and repetitive at points.
The good: Mitnick's story is legendary, and while I get the feeling he isn't always 100% honest, this is probably the closest we'll ever get to the true story without embellishments and ridiculous rumors. As Mitnick points out several times in his own story, his escapades are remarkable enough without the crazy rumors that grew around his legend over the years.
As a hacker and penetration tester myself, it is refreshing to read a story where second or third-hand accounts of hacking don't result in eye-rolling ridiculousness during the technical parts. I had known bits and pieces of Mitnick's story, but it was interesting to find out that most of his greatest successes were due, at least in part, to his natural skill as a social engineer. The result is a book that is not only entertaining and historic, but highly instructional also. As he states, the approaches he uses to get access to systems works nearly as well today as it did in the day of his exploits.
I don't watch or read anything twice. Doing so may tarnish the great memories I have of books such as this one. I would recommend it to others though, no doubt.
There are some really clever ploys Kevin Mitnick used at various times in his life. Most of my favourite scenes involved him coming up with clever plans or even better, the times when he had to come up with some genius on a moments notice to get out of what looked to be a situation possible to escape from.
I had no idea social engineering is so critical to hacking, nor was I aware how easy it was as long as you're willing to be deceitful.
It can be hard to tear myself away from my computer and go to bed of a night time, but while I was listening to this book, I would go to be up to 2 hours early just to listen to it. The narration is excellent, even funny at times when the narrator does accents and puts his own spin on little spin on things.
That the story stirred such deep emotions in me. I was introduced to the world of hacking.
I hated this book! But I could not stop listening as I learned about the hacking world. My son works for a huge company, when I asked him about Social Engineering he responded "Mom, EVERYONE knows about that." Well, I do now and I am disgusted.
1. I hate liars and Mr. Mitnick never seems ashamed during the book. His attitude was that he did not deserve punishment for his actions. He was in the possession of thousands of credit card numbers and SS#s and that was ok because he never used them. His thrill was in the challenge. That was NOT ok! It is terrifying.
2. He is now making mega bucks traveling the world as a consultant. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
I did give this 4 stars because the story is not fiction, I learned a lot, and I could not stop listening to the book even though my blood pressure was through the roof. Would I refer this book to others? Absolutely.
If this was fiction it would not be half as compelling. It was a good storyline which you wanted to continue listening to.