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Listening to Kevin Mitnick's in "Ghost in the Wires" was interesting, but if felt like too much of an anarchist cookbook on phone hacking. Mitnick was very good at social engineering to get the information that he needed to hack into phone systems, like Pacific Bell. The print version of his book was published just a few years ago and the information felt very dated. It felt like he should had told his story sooner to be relevant with the times.
I enjoy technology and always wanted to read his story in depth and Kevin Mitnick is an egoistic sociopath, but how many times do we need to hear him confess that he didn't hacked for monetary gains?
He is not really a hacker. He just used social engineering at its simplistic form by manipulating people at getting the information that he wanted.
Reading this book was like listening to a rock star or an athlete, telling their sexual escapades on how many groupies that they slept with and never been caught.
Kevin Mitnick just goes on and on how great he is and never admits his faults. We never know why he decided to hack, other than being challenged.
Steampunk/sci-fi/IT nerd with a penchant for humor and atheism. History texts get equal time with webcomics.
I think the print version may be better, with technical charts, and logs and numbers, being able to see the information may be better.
Its similar to the other books Mitnick wrote, with perhaps more tech detail.
Kevin was the only character, its told in the first person. However, the exclamations became repetitive and slightly annoying. Any time the feds or police got close I knew exactly the next sound I would hear.
Great that I finally got through the story, but wish I'd had time to read it.
This is a must-listen. The story is more gripping than a novel, and the narrator does a truly great job.
intelligent, suspenseful, positive
I have never read anything else like it. I'm not a huge fan of technology or hackers, but after seeing the author on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, I wanted to give this book a try.
How he gets caught is really interesting.
"The story of the world's most infamous hacker, and how he overcame."
Don't let the subject matter fool you. This is absolutely intriguing.
Definitely, there is so many details that I would like to hear it again.
To learn that hacking can be done through acting.
Besides the fact he is THE BEST narrator at Audible there is nothing else to say
You will be tricked when you less expect
One of the best, if not the best audio book ever!
How he explained everything step by step.
Very good voice!
It was but not possible since it was 14 hours long. Was able to listen to it over the span of a week at work.
A must buy!
After 13 hrs and 59 mins I didn't feel like there was a lull in the book. So many monumental moments in the book that has shaped what are our communication guidelines today.
Ray did an excellent job! Thank you sir!
Equal parts geeky and girly.
Having read Takedown back in middle school, I always found the story of Mitnick's exploits and time on the lamb to be fascinating. I'm glad to finally have his side of everything that happened available. I'd have to suggest listing to the interview that Kevin gave on Triangulation on twit.tv as well to anyone who enjoys this book.
Arts & Sciences is what I am about. I have no talent for business. I am an amateur photographer with contest wins and places. Work in a hospital lab. Married 41 years.
Rules? No way.
I have never read anything quite like this. The film, 'Catch Me If You Can' comes close. Both are stories of real men who just wouldn't play by the rules.
Kevin Mitnik was made very sympathetic and understandable by the performance.
The end, when he told about his successes after prison. When his supporters started the FREE KEVIN movement, that was awesome.
The book was an education as well as being wonderfully entertaining, and moving. The long lists of codes and sites was a bit tedious.