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After 30 plus years playing with computers, I was familiar with Kevin. The story and details had me addicted from the start. The audio book is one that you want to listen to all teh way through to the end. I lost alot of good sleep but it was worth it! Highly recommend it and its worth every penny!
Reader / writer. @timosolo
I loved the way this book was read, the subtle accents, and the conversational style made it feel like Mitnick was talking to you over the phone :P oh and the occasional *relevant* swearing is just hilarious. The storyline is captivating (By the end I could hardly put it down). One of my fav audible books of all time.
I love to read sci-fi, fantasy, and an occasional murder mystery. If one day I can be a successful author I will consider myself one of the few and fortunate.
I have already recommended this book to many of my college IT classmates. The book is very well written and paced. I have never even heard of Kevin Mitnick before this book, but boy is he an interesting guy! Sometimes by skill, sometimes by blind luck, Kevin evades authorities and becomes an infamous man of legend! This book will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what new ploy or trick Kevin did in his spare time, just for fun. hacking companies, phones and even the FBI! I loved this book and would highly recommend it to a friend.
There is other Kevin Mitnick books called T"he art of deception" and "The art of intrusion" which expand deeper into his life and lessons (tricks) he has learned.
Ray Porter gives life and exasperation to the characters in the book, especially Kevin. Ray did a great job narrating this book.
I listened to this book for hours in my first sitting. I had no idea who Kevin Mitnick was or what made people like/hate him so much. My IT college teacher absolutely hates Kevin Mitnick and I really wanted to know why. This made me want to listen to this book in one sitting, but obviously I had to eat, drink, work, and sleep so it wasn't possible.
Being an IT student I understood many of the thing Kevin did and talked about more than the average reader. That being said you don't have to have any prior technology learning to enjoy this book. He rarely goes into great detail on exactly what or how something was done, but still manages to explain the events very well. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book and I think you will be too.
Getting to know the main character, we all have at least one friend that reminds us of Mr. Mitnik.
Kevin Mitnik Why: see above comment.
My only wish is that Mr. Mitnik would have went into detail concerning the fate of the guy (his name I forgotten) that first wore a wire for the FBI. I wonder if he was burned by the whole affiar.
Ok story but nothing really special about the book ... Mitnick is somewhat delusional and has a bit of a persecution complex so it is hard to get behind the Mitnick as a victim theme.... It is also difficult to believe that someone supposedly as smart and clever as he portrays himself could make as many boneheaded mistakes as he did
Number 1 so far.
I played the book in double speed and for some reason enhanced my experience, with Ray sounding more urgent.
I first came across Kevin when listening to a Paul dot Com security podcast when Kevin was on as a guest. I was "sucked in" into his experiences, and sounding absurd now, but how he was treated by the FBI. Later on he went onto an interview with Leo Larporte's Triangulation and heard a bit more there.I think he would be fit to be the "definition of hacker". Many readers may think he is arrogant, but I do not. I think he has a very different and I mean DIFFERENT set of morals than everyone else. He is ethical, despite what others think. He empasised time and again how he did not make a single cent out of his hacking activities, and I do not see any reason for him to lie. Unfortunately most hacks do hack for personal gain - which doesn't do any favor with his reputation.
As I was listening to the book and when he went into great details of how he hacked various places, it can get slightly long. But as I had it sped up those part (a couple of them) flew past quite fast.
As I was listening to the book, I realised that Kevin is an addict. Addicted to the adrenalin of the challenge of knowing and once known, he move on to another target - like he HAS to have the source code for sun. It almost seems that once he knows that it is out there, he cannot resist. One thing I got out of the book is that we human beings are trusting in nature - and he is indeed a master of, in some ways breaching that trust. As he mentioned, non of the FBI was smart enough to catch him, but in hind sight he won't be here to share your fantastic story today if he didn't get caught, didn't go to jail. Amazing rollercoaster story. I am blown away at how much Kevin had in eye of details, memory and social engineering skills. I am just glad that he is not a a black hat hacker.
Listened to the entire presentation in the two days after downloading, the most important metric (actually only) criteria I use to judge audiobooks. Found it interesting and enjoyable.
The most compelling aspect was the lack of non-compelling aspects.
I tend to mistrust the voice of the mind when reading paperback books given as a gift.
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Cape Town, South Africa
I was intrigued by the title but could never have imagined how much fun I would have listening to a story about phone companies, 1's and 0's, software, source code, and all the other computer techno-talk. Kevin Mitnick's story was so incredulous and conveyed in such an entertaining way that I enjoyed every minute, often laughing out loud and having to tell my colleague at work what crazy thing I'd read Kevin getting up to that day. Read this book, it will give you an unexpected appreciation for the working of technology, the vulnerabilities of systems (the hard wired and human components) and a worthwhile insight into the mind of a man driven and enslaved by his love to solve a puzzle - and satisfied with just that, solving it! Ray Porter did a fantastic job narrating, I don't think I would have had as much fun reading the book myself!
The momentum of the book is great, keeping you captivated.
The conversational style
No, but I will look to in the future based on this effort.
Intellect without remorse
Slightly abrupt ending, but a great listen!
A step ahead
The detail that is recalled in the book is remarkable. This story of one of the greatest "virtual" escape artists is very intriguing.
I would highly recommend this audio book, especially to those who are technically inclined but also to those who enjoy to learn how things work. One of the best books I have listened to in a long time.