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.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
This was a pretty good book. I enjoyed listening to it, but at times the author got a bit technical and i could feel my eyes glassing over. The narration was decent, the story line was good. I was surprised by how many things the author was able to do in his life, and how little trouble he actually got in to, all things considered.
Great topic, very interesting subject matter.
Great flow, narrative was excellent.
Very good reader, ive only listened to about a dozen or so audio books so i dont have alot of experience with alot of readers.
How to Tick Off the Phone Company
Very cool story, one of the most compelling and exciting biographies I have ever read or heard! I've read biographies of Harry Houdini and Julius Caesar to Charles Barkley and Larry Bird and this one ranks right at the top.
Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?
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.