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.
I really enjoyed this story, but at times I felt frustrated at how the author tried to "social engineer" me the reader. He wants you on his side, but there were times that I had to stand back and think....but of course you are going to jail! Overall, fascinating read and I'm glad he's found a place to help.
The story of Kevin Mitnick's life is like reading a spy novel, with the benefit that it is real!
The tale of the penetration test at the start. It is amazing how easy he manages to make these feats sound.
A matter of fact tone, but still has moments of great comic timing.
Yes - a captivating audio-book that is hard to grasp all the detail on the first listen.
It's a true life drama coming out of the birth of the computer age. It involves an insecure kid, with a brilliant mind and a compulsion to see how far he could go in breaching some of the best security systems in the world. His activity was illegal and he ultimately paid dearly for his wrong-doing, but his intent was never malicious. In the end the computer world had much to thank him for.
My first Ray Porter experience. Perfect for the job and it felt like it was really Kevin Mitnick telling his own story.
Yes there were definitely a few emotional moments as you are drawn into the life of Kevin and identify with tragedies and ultimate triumph of his life.
At times for me there is a bit too much technical jargon and detail given, but the story is fast paced enough to carry you through these duller bits. Computer savvy types probably appreciate this extra detail.