The story itself was interesting, and I was sucked in pretty quickly at the beginning. After the first half though, it just plodded along, growing more tedious. I wanted to know how it all got resolved, so I hung in there, but it was hard to listen, as opposed to other books that I can't stop listening to.
I also lost all favor for the writer/main character as the story went on. At first he was interesting, but I got to the point where I could no longer abide his flagrant disregard for the law. I was rooting for the time where he actually got caught and held accountable.
There was also a lot of technical writing that lost me, but I am admittedly not THAT computer savvy, so maybe I'm not the target audience.
Overall it was interesting, but I couldn't get on board with cheering on such an egotistical criminal.
Sidenote: The narrator did a great job with what he had to work with, but could have had more variety when speaking in voices other than the main character.
Exciting, unbelievable, true
That one person could social engineer so many people and get his hands on so much source code is just unbelievable. Some of the things he did defy belief. And yet, at the same time, he seemed somewhat narcissistic and callous.
I never knew what "phone freakers" were until I read this book.
I think someone who is more interested in hacking will enjoy it better.
Have a different voice narrate
Have a different narrator.
Mitnick deserves much respect for what he can accomplish and can be reviled for his brazen break ins. He claims no damages for the chaos he would wreak upon his marks. He does get what he deserved.
Great book. Great narration.
This book started of strong with an interesting glimpse into a lifestyle I knew nothing about. Very interesting guy with an exciting tale but got repetitive for me about halfway through. If you read half the book you'll be happy you did...the whole thing then no guarantees.
The story and the way if was told kept me listening. It was quite an adventure and made me often laugh, This book reflects a bygone culture. I think if any egghead young person gets restless enough to be driven to crack codes nowadays, they'll likely turn to a computer game. The pondering and curiosity that drove innovative computer freaks back in the day has been muted quite a bit.
No, but he's an excellent reader and I will look for more books performed by him in the future.
Great book, great reading.
Remember the days when you could trust your neighbor, leave your doors unlocked, and let your kids play outside? Well, Mitnick is apparently one of the guys that ruined it for everybody else. HIs skill at defrauding people (he calls it "social engineering") left a trail of collateral damage that increased the cost and complexity of life for each of us. Ray Porter does a brilliant job of reading the book, but the story itself is as disturbing as it is tedious.
I prefer "The Cuckoo's Egg" by Clifford Stoll.
His intonation conjured up a Mitnick-type character very vividly.
Would have been better in an abridged version about 1/3 as long.
One of the best books I've listened to on Audible. The story and was fascinating and Ray Porter was excellent. This would have to be must listen for anyone with any sort of tech interest.
Life is a journey, enjoy it......because one day it will all end.
No, the author starts out well but about midway through the book he transitions to a victim mentality. If he would have kept it more of a cloak and dagger style of writing and directly stateded the facts it would have been a lot better. As readers we get the fact that Mitnick was not guilty of EVERYTHING he was charged with but stop trying to plead your case. This is a book, not a parole hearing.
No....not with this style of writing. I would not buy sequel.