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.
This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.
Anyone, and I certainly was, would be expecting a book that is for the person interested in the intricate details of computer hacking. Not quite, not quite at all in fact: Ghost in the Wires is a book about an obsessive genius who just likes the game of being con-man even if he does not want to profit from it in any way.
The book is so well narrated that it could easily pass as a fiction novel written in the style of realism. The life of Kevin Mitnick is a fascinating one, with intrigue, deception and more than a few thrills. In fact, I did not know anything about the man so it kept me on my toes from the beginning to end. At the end of the day, what we have here is a man who managed to beat the system for years and did so through some dose of computer expertise but, mostly, by what he calls being "ballsy." Very very entertaining.
Great story on social engineering techniques and the sort of folks behind the action. Fun tale -- particularly as to how Kevin M. sussed out the FBI and turn the tables.
Great story, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys autobiographies. This book was a great surprise. I wasn't planning on listening to this when I did but I'm certainly glad I did.
Yes! The narrator is brilliant, making you think he lived Kevin's life.
It was never boring.
Kevin Mitnick, of course!
Laugh. It also made my jaw drop at times that the gov wasn't catching on or understanding the hacker mentality.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
all they talked about was how they got into this system or got over on the phone company. there was no story unless you want to hear someone brag about themself (and i would not brag if i did the things these guys did.
it is not exciting. only boring.
i did not fininsh the books. after a while s skipped from chapter to chapter to see if the book was going to be any different. i gave up.
i will ask for my money back on this one and i am going tto delete it from my itunes.
not every caper needs to be mentioned. how about a little about their life? if it is only about hacking, if that is all their life is about they need to get new lives.
i live a boring life but at least i have some real substance, people who are real and play a part in my life.
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK UNLESS YOU WANT TO HEAR SOMEONE TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY STEAL THIS AND THAT.
I'm a computer geek and I grew up about the same time as Mitnick - dreaming of the things Mitnick was doing. Great suspense and quality narration. If you aren't a geek/nerd, you may not enjoy it, but if you are, you will find yourself dreaming of the life of a cutting edge hacker, steps ahead of the authorities, you'll like it.