It's a great look inside the real world of Anonymous & lulzsec, it will really educate the uniformed.
I have not listened to anything else Abby Craden has done but I would have no problem listening to her read another book. My only issue with her is that she mispronounces some very simple words, the main one that stood out for me was Linux, she pronounces it (line-ex) when it is pronounced (Lin-ex). That and the other mispronunciations of some very simple every day computing words drove me a little nuts But other than that she was a joy to listen to.
This book is very thoughtful and well researched. It is really quite facinating. I felt like I got to know the Anons, their world(s) and a variety of dangers that I never even knew existed. I thought the characterization of the key "players" in LOLs raids were particularly strong and allowed me to connect with the people behind the screen names. In the end, I even felt sympathy for the characters and the "crimes" they had committed.
While the middle section of the book seemed to drag I throughly enjoyed most of the book. I was left feeling very sympathetic for some of the people who were naively sucked into commiting felonies that at the time they thought were harmless pranks. It was stricking and un-nereving to see how easy these people can disrupt internet commerce or hack into private information.
If you think you understand Anonymous because you watched 20/20 or Fox News, you should listen to this book. Parmy Olson does a great job introducing us to the mindset behind Anonymous and explaining how the press, law enforcement and the government don't understand the concept. You will be taken on a tour of the individuals who made governments shake their heads and corporations foam at the mouth. You'll find yourself wondering "why" at times and at others you'll be shaking your head in agreement.
I would highly recommend this audio book. Abby Craden does a wonderful job with the narration although I found it amusing at times as most of the quotes she reads require her to imitate mail voices. All and all, I found the narration smooth and enjoyable.
Yes, probably. The narration was just excellent.
Ghost in the Wires
No, I have not, But will after this.
Really funny in some part.
This book starts out as an interesting, intriguing book about a group of computer hackers and their exploits. Later, however, it gets bogged down in a great deal of biographical info that could have been abbreviated or summarized. Yes, it is interesting to know the background of the hackers and why/how they got into the business of hacking. After a while I just couldn't listen to the narrator describe one more stupid trick on an unsuspecting target such as a restaurant or fast food purveyor. Didn't go further. If it got more serious or more interesting later in the book, I will never know.
Don't know if I would try another book. I have come to trust Audible listener ratings overall, not just the good reviews highlighted in the email newsletters
Yes, I think it is a good look into Anonymous and cyber attacks.
Used a different narrator. I caught myself cringing at some Abby Craden's accents.
Yes, I definitely will listen to it again once I have caught up on other books. This is must read/listen stuff for the modern Internet/computer user. Very helpful in not only learning what vulnerabilities exist, but it also provides a keen insight into the mentality of the people doing it. If nothing else it should teach us once and for all the importance of properly password use.
The narrator used various voices with a wide range of accents when speaking what a character would say. It was distracting and frustrating, taking away from being absorbed into the story.
Just narrate the book, do not turn it into a play.