"A repetitive, arrogant and unrepentant story"
Kevin Mitnick is clearly a very talented social engineer, not necessarily a hacker. The story goes in a familiar loop: hacks company, claims to just obtain source code, gets caught, either goes to prison or runs. There is no evidence of remorse from Mitnick for the crimes he's clearly commited and lots of unanswered questions - where did the Israeli hacker dissaper to? Overall I would not recommend, bland, frustrating and repetitive.
This was an amazing book - thoroughly enjoyed it and its narrated in such a way that you would think you are actually hearing Mitnick himself reading to you. The guy is obviously a genius but his writing style is very laid back and humble. If you are into technology or even if you're not I would highly recommend this book.
"Not great for non-tech people"
Some of this story was fascinating, ie, the human aspects. But so much of this was technical jargon that it interrupted the story and I lost interest. I do know how to use a computer but this was constant detail about processes.
The narrator was good, and I did get to the end but it wasn't my thing. I imagine that if you have done some hacking in the past, or even some higher spec computer stuff, then you might love it.
"Riveting! Captivating! Amazing! Insightful!"
Didn't wanna put this down & loved the hair raising pace. An awe inspiring insight into the electronic world of computer, phone systems & social engineering; complexed systems most of us take for granted.
Kevin Mitnick is a genius.
Kevin's motivation & ethics for hacking are admirably intriguing. In my books he's a 'top man'.
If you've the slightest interest in computer systems, security or social engineering this book is a Must Read.
Have to say this is a damn good listen. The narrater really does bring the story to life. Its quite an unbelievable story, and one really you would believe to be the work of fiction had you not heard of Kevin Mitnick before. Its one of those books that you keep shouting "don't do it" as Kevin constantly gets himself deeper and deeper. Without giving too much away, it has to be a must listen for anyone in computing, just to know how these guys hack into systems. Its not just down to their technical skills, as the book explains. Very good read, and really enlightening as to how these guys can get into systems as easily as they do.
"Top ten audio book"
Up there with the best. Amazing story - with a couple of jaw dropping moments. Whilst you don't have to be technical to appreciate the book, it helps. Ray Porter nails the narration. He really lives the story.
"Amazing story for the IT nerd"
If this was simply an adventure story set in the world of IT & Telephony it would have been good, but as its real the story has so much more depth. The fastest book I've listened to, I've shunned friends, TV and listened almost non stop between work and family commitments.
The narration fits the story as though Leven is talking to me.
i couldn't turn it off I was a roller coaster ride from beginning to end.
you could learn a lot from Kevin.
"I enjoyed it, very informational"
You could tell that this was written by somebody with a passion for the topic. The level of detail that the book goes into when explaining the exploits for me was a only slight negative. I didn't feel the need to know what all of the numbers were for the different dial up modems or exchange, this information would be good starting but it continued all the way through.
It was interesting to find out about his life and adventures, I just wish that more content after his final release as it felt like the ending was rushed.
Overall amazing book, I would highly recommend it to all readers/listeners and I will be looking into some of his others (The art of deception).
"A must for all nerds"
I am a Technology Consultant, so the finer points of the book made a lot of sense to me, and this realism made me want to actually get stuck into the book. He discusses his activities, makes no beans about it being illegal, and no excuses for what he did.
When the FBI are about to arrest him (I can tell you this without spoiling the book, as it is common knowledge he got arrested), keeps you on a knife edge.
Ray reads the book well, I've heard a number of audiobooks he has narrated, and he is without doubt one of Audibles best ones. Good inflection, emotion and fluency.
It made me laugh, got me interested in the detail.