I've been following Kevin Mitnick's story since the late 90s. This book was a great behind the scenes look at how he got his start in phone phreaking, social engineering and hacking as a kid. It's as exciting as any spy novel out there and it's so detailed that I wonder if Kevin has a photographic memory or if some parts have been creatively "filled in" to supply missing details. I listened to the entire book in 2 days. The narrator does a good job reading the book. Now to go back and re-watch "Operation Takedown"! :)
The story line of the book, a true story, is very interesting. The writing is about as boring as you can get. It is basically an instruction book for hackers written in geekese. I couldn't believe it when I found myself actually listing to line after line of computer code...yes...computer code!
In my opinion this is the best tech book out there. It is riveting, and once started it's difficult to turn off. This is quite accurately, a book about Kevin Mitnick's adventures as the worlds most wanted hacker. The story itself is amazing, what's even better is the amount of detail Mitnick reveals. He often remembers the exact way he hacked into various systems and talks about that in detail. The narrator wasn't bad, but I would've enjoyed it more if his voice was more like Mitnick's. Many people have claimed that he comes off as very arrogant in this book but I didn't feel the same. He definitely doesn't come across as a saint, and sometimes plays down his actions, but he also seems very human and probably a little too trustworthy of friends. Like I said, this is the best tech book out there, if you're into technology... read it. If you're not, listen to the sample and decide for yourself; This book is interesting enough to appeal to the general public though you'll need some understanding of technology to understand all the details.
At first I was interested in this book from a security point of view, but quickly it turned out this book is actually a thriller and a good one at that. As a security specialist myself I enjoyed it, but it seems to be amed at people without that background.
I hadn't checked the name of the narrator, but I was surprised to see afterwards that it wasn't the author himself. Usually the author himself does a better job than any narrator can do to convey the emotions of the text, but Ray Porter does a very good job.
All 5 stars I gave here are well deserved.
The story of this guy is amazing. There are some technical terms but not too much (I'm an IT guy and recognized most of what he was talking about). He makes it sound simple, but it's not. Some of the things he went through are unbelievable.
One big point of this book is the reader's performance. I think it's the best so far that I've listened. Always appropriate to the situation, without overdoing it.
This was the kind of book that I could not wait to listen to once I started. I was not always sympathetic with Kevin as he made excuses about his behavior but this was seldom a problem. The book is very well-written and very interesting. You do not have to be a computer wizard to understand or enjoy it.
Ray Porter was the perfect choice as the narrator of this book. He doesn't just read the book, he "acts" the book and it's a great performance. Ghost in the Wires is a great ride...sorry to see it end.
I will definitely listen to this book again. As an IT person myself I found the content simply captivating, and realised that Kevin Mitnick was doing what many of us IT folks do - becoming consumed in it. It just happens.
When the helicopter was hovering overhead and Kevin was really on the run, it was like you were living every moment with him.
Ray Porter was a superb narrator and did the book justice. My favorite character would probably be Kevin himself - portraying his obvious frustrations and moments of elation.
This has to be one of THE best audio books I have listened to. I could not
A chance to peer into the mind of a hacker. Details on his daily struggles to overcome a legal system that was so fearful that he was kept in solitary for years, friends that betrayed him and a family that was so loving and supportive that it kept him going.
Yet Mitnick has a real lively sense of humor, really worth reading. I am also listening to the
Art of Deception.
I remember the early days of hacking well and I identified with a lot of the things that were mentioned in this book. But even if I wasn't an 80's computer geek I would have enjoyed this book. It is not only a thriller and intriguing story, but there is enough detail to give it validitiy and even make it educational. The narrator did a good job and it was hard to stop listening to this very interesting adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed it!