"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.
"an amazing book"
I'm so glad I read/listened to this book.. for years I assumed the move Track Down was written about Kevin with him supporting it. this book shows me it wasn't and provides a much better and amazing story.
"amazing book, gripping funny n seriously"
Enjoyed it from start to finish, listened to it 2or3 times now, looking forward to more similar books now
"interesting insight into the passive hacking world"
shows the establishments struggled to understand the skills that were available. they should have embraced Kevin Mitniks skills not chased him
As experienced myself it is very easy to get what is needed due to people trusting too easily. Was unable to leave this book alone and thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.
"A really interesting read"
I really enjoyed this book which was superbly read. It's truly an amazing story that can be described as thrilling.
"Gripping and tense read"
The pace in the book was unrelenting - I never felt starved for more tales of Kevin's exploits, and each story was just as thrilling and unbelievable as the last!
Kevin's descriptions of the social engineering hacks he used to gain entry to the companies he phoned absolutely amazed me - the audacity he showed, and the gullibility of his victims, were quite astounding.
There are several tense moments towards the end of the book where Kevin is forced to flee around America, only to be found again by the FBI, no matter where he takes refuge. These scenes are nail-bitingly intense, as Kevin struggles to make more false documents in time to move again, sometimes with the FBI hot on his trail as he manufactures them!
Ghost in the Wires is quite a long book, so I wasn't tempted to listen to it all at once; however, the chapters are relatively short so it was always easy to find a place to stop listening, and to find my place once I wanted to start again.
Although I didn't understand the technical bits (and there are lots of those). I got the gist. What I found most interesting was the role that gullible humans play in Kevin's story - not least kevin himself some times. Reassuring too.
A real unexpected find. Well written and a fascinating read that had me hooked from the start, my techie side embraced the story from start to finish and left me wanting more.
I've never written an audio book review before but felt compelled after listening to this one. 'Ghost in the Wires' captures perfectly a life of excitement, ups and downs expertly narrated in a very entertaining way. As a bit of a techy myself, I found the details fascinating. This is probably one of my favourite non-fiction books ever.