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.
I haven't read the book, but think I would have given up on the print version.
There was really only 1 character, Kevin, interesting, bright but also stupid.
I enjoyed the book, it was very informative, but at times a little too much technical details.
I'm a tech geek who love stories with a twist, especially fantasy and science fiction.
A captivating story about hacking techniques still applicable today.
Without getting too much into the technical aspects of hacking, we get a thorough, insightful thriller of a story of how Mitnick worked his way to the top of FBI's most wanted hacker list. The book is also a guide on how the legal system works, particularly how bad it works when it comes to computer technology.
Recommended for both tech savvy and "mere mortal" listeners alike.