If you ever put tin foil on the center contact on the back of a Motorola brick phone this is a must read for you. Oh how I miss my Motorola brick phone. P.S. I had the Free Kevin bumper sticker on my car.
Story flowed well, was suspenseful and entertaining.
The story presented the stress and excitement of what Kevin was doing, how he pulled off staying elusive for so long and the betrayals that led to his arrest. Worth the liaten
couldn't wait to hear what would happen around the next corner. I saw the FREE KEVIN bumper stickers but didn't get it until now.
The book really picks up in the second half when Kevin goes on the run from the FBI. His hacking exploits and ingenious methods for staying one step ahead of everyone were fascinating, and the narrator had a very engaging style (it really felt like Kevin himself was telling his life story).
I am not a hacker but that part of the story interested me as it might others.
Not be so whiny. I haven't finished this book and don't know if I'll return to it because, as per my headline, Kevin Mitnick is a jerk. He continues to break the law and then whines about how policing agencies are trying to charge him for things he didn't do...guess what, if you break the law that sometimes happens. He also lost jobs as a result of his criminal past and again, he whines about that. He also puts the reputation of those around him, including his mother and girlfriend, at risk by engaging in criminal behaviour, and in the case of his girlfriend, does it with her computer so she is being looked at by the police.
At first I really like the story line but as above, once he started to blame others for him getting caught or charged for stuff he didn't do, I lost interest. I can understand that some was just a teenage boy being a cocky kid trying to push boundaries but not blaming himself for being unemployed because of his criminal past bugged me. He also seemed like an arrogant individual. Some of this may be addressed in the parts of the book that I haven't got to yet but not sure I'm going to finish listening to it so you may not wish to take my word for it.
Say something about yourself!
Very interesting tromp through the adventures and addictions of a phone and computer hacker. By the end I was convinced that he was a danger to national security. Thank heavens he turned his talent to helping defend systems.
It was interesting to hear about Kevin's rise from phone freak to (in)famous hacker. It was well narrated - Porter makes you believe he really is Kevin - but it was also difficult to tolerate Mitnick's tremendous lack of self-insight. He apologizes over and over to his family for his persistent hacking, but can't explain why it was compulsive or even guess about it. Still, a nice piece of late twentieth century history.
Well, I suppose it was more useful than playing another round of 'Words with Friends'; but you just get this feeling that he is bragging - about stuff that is not so brag-worthy. I did find some of the technical exploits interesting, even though all of his moves are so hopelessly outdated now, at time of reading, that they just come off as a curiosity. But he annoyingly goes on with lines such as: 'You won;t believe what I did..', or 'For the first time in history...' and plenty of 'Oh, I am just somthing else!' Piss off, tubby.
Mitnick needs to stop writing, and/or spinning, his tales so that they come across as if he is this incredible, Wonder-Woman action figure, who is doing us little people a HUGE favor by regaling us with his outlandish tales of daring and bravery...please: pull your head out of your ass, dude.
If so, a convoluted, draggy-movie, starring 'Jack Black': a big, fat mess whom I do not like.
If it wasn't in the 'Clearance Bin' for $4.99, I would have been quite upset, possibly even stomping my foot in righteous indignation.
About the middle--the story itself was interesting, and at times gripping, but I found myself being annoyed by the author's attitude about what he did and how others reacted.
The details of what the author did and how he did it--and how easy it was.
My favorite character was the author's ex-wife, who left him (as she should) when she realized he was an addict and was not going to change. She was the only one who seemed to have any sense about him. His other family members were enablers.
I found myself being really frustrated by three things--the narcissism displayed by the author (typical of an addict), his frequent assurances that he "loved" his family and did not want to go to jail because he would not see them (but he frequently put them in harm's way), and just how stupid his victims were.
This book reminded me a lot of Artie Lange's last book "Crash and Burn" where he detailed his ongoing drug addiction. His narcissistic attitude reminded me Kevin Mitnick in this book. Also, in both authors' stories, family and friends were enablers and need Alanon.
This story is good to listen to. I got tuned into it and didn't skip any parts. I felt like some parts were too technical. Lots of computer and telephone jargon. The story itself is pretty entertaining, but the best part is the end. Everything turned out to be like a fairytale for this guy, despite the criminal record, which is pretty inspiring. Definitely would recommend it to others.