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.
Insightful, interesting, mindblowing
Kevin never used any of the information he was able to uncover
Excellant true story
Ray Porter is an incredible reader, and I will look for other works he has read. He made the story-telling come alive, and it felt very natural to have him be reading this book.
A talented egomaniac tells of his exploits.
To a layman, a lot of his hacking and phone freaking starts running together after a while.
Ghost in the wires is a really entertaining story of the worlds most famous hacker. Both the story and the narration is really good, and it is at true story.
I liked the book. It was really cool to hear how he pulled off what he did but it did start to feel more like a brag session.