"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.
more social hacking than technical, compelling story of a young boy who got the knowledge bug
"MIxed reaction to this"
Started by quite enjoying this, the middle section became a bit tedious with repeated phone stories, then got back into it at the end. I have worked in IT for 20 years.The guy is, quite frankly, a bit of a d!ck. I felt no sympathy for him whatsoever. Some of the text has a few toe curling cliches and the way he treats his family, who quite honestly are complicit in harbouring him, bailing him out multiple times is dreadful. He expresses no remorse on the basis that he wasn't doing any harm, despite breaking numerous laws. He's deluded.
Only to people in IT probably.
I actually laughed out loud at a few points at his dead pan delivery of some of the more emotional moments regarding relationships and so forth.
On balance, just about, particularly if you are interested in the subject area.
This story is gripping throughout and the narration is fantastic! Brilliantly detailed; you can really feel the panic as the FBI come knocking...
A fantastic tale of hacking, phreaking and social engineering that had me hooked from start to finish. Great performance from the reader too.
"A great read"
Great book based on a true story.
The voice of the hacker coming through clearly. Clear, concise and factually written.
First I've heard but good.
Took me back to the years in question and some of the technology.
Highly recommended read.