Couldn't stay with it. If it was real time I would have went with it.
Hard to listen about after the fact.
Good reader, wrong story.
None for me.
If it was real time I would have went with it.
Best Non-Fiction audiobook. Top ten percent overall. An amazing, true computer, telephone, and law enforcement system hacker.
Jurassaic Park, the first book I ever started reading over immediately. The premise was very original and the whole book fiction.
Kevin remotely listening in on the White Collar Crime Unit conference call discussing how they had no idea how he was doing what he did, penetrating various systems, with strong safeguards, and what they had to do to trap him.
Mitnick can find you if the Social Security Administration knows you exist.
Ray Porter's narration is perfect! He is Kevin Mitnick. Listening to Audible's "Ghost in the Wires" is like having Kevin Mitnick sitting down with you, telling you his story, one on one. Kevin started as a young kid with a thirst for computer and telephone system knowledge. He did it to learn and have fun, never for money. He was forced into self-defense because the FBI, Police, and Judges were convinced many stories printed in newspapers were true, when they were totally made up and planted. He figured out how to be the seventh caller and win the radio station $1,000 prize legally, and many times! Curious? Listen to the audiobook!
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What do you get when you mix A TON of guts with some brains, sprinkled with a little luck? This incredible story!!
Not sure who would like it. A lot of chapters on hacking telephone companies.
one of the best
From the Steve Wozniak introduction on, it is a great read
Catch Me If You Can on steroids
really enjoyed the whole book
I bought this on a whim, but I understand it's a biography. Now I'm no hacker, but I was around computers from the Apple II in the late 70s and some of the story didn't ring true to me. An example being at one point the author pulled the modem cable out of the computer he was using and then disconnected from the Internet - how exactly was it possible to stay connected to the Internet after the modem cable was pulled out, and wouldn't 'the most famous hacker in the world' know how things like that work?
There were also continuity errors. In a biography. What do these things tell you? They tell me it was, at least in part, made up.
There's nothing wrog with made up books per se of course, but it's slightly different when it's presented as true - or maybe it's dramatised and I missed that.
Regardless it's not a bad listen, the performance is great and it hums along at a fair pace. I was ready for it to end before it finished however. Bottom line is that it passed the drive to and from work for a week or so and got me through until my next monthly credit arrived, so for what I paid I'm happy enough.
have not read the print version
Integrity in the Fog of the grey zone
Social engineering exploits provide valuable insights into the state of being human within our antiquated social & political structures & the dynamics they drive us into.
Probably not unless I wanted to take up his 'craft'. The book was entertaining, but I rarely read non-fiction twice.
His mother and grandmother, with their willingness to love and protect him no matter what.
He sounded like he was telling a story, not trying to read a book. It wasn't a 'stage voice' performance.
Once again, every time his mother or grandmother can back into the picture, you could feel the strong bond between the three of them.
It's just amazing what a person can do if they're passionate about it, whether it's right or wrong!
Kevin's story come across as truthful. Its often unflattering but it really is a fascinating look at the story that made headlines.
This book chronicles the life and adventures of the most infamous hacker of the 1990s, Kevin Mitnick. Told from a first person perspective, the story begins with a young Mitnick who manages to take free bus rides by punching his own bus transfer tickets and progresses chronologically through his life and details adventures that get progressively more daring and grander in scope. By the time he becomes a man, he has completely compromised the entire PacBell network, giving him god like powers over the phone system, and allows him to stay one step ahead of the combined forces of the FBI, Secret Service and the US Marshalls for years on end, making law enforcement look like fools time and time again. James Bond could only hope to be so resourceful.
The book does a masterful job of balancing the human aspects of the story against the eye opening technical details behind Kevin's hacks. As you live through his exploits through his eyes, you can't help but to admire the man, and root for him to prevail over law enforcement. His character is incredibly sympathetic and human. His motivations become your motivations, and you feel as if you are there with him, pulling off these incredible conquests of some of the world's largest companies including PacBell, Nokia, Sun, DEC and Motorola.
The narrator was fantastic. He does a great job of conveying the emotions of the moment. There is joy and triumph when Kevin finally accomplishes a hack. There is excitement and incredulity when he narrates about the stupidity of some of the folks who get duped by Kevin's social engineering efforts. And there is real fear when Kevin is on the run from the feds. He really puts the listener right into the moment.