I bought this on a whim, but I understand it's a biography. Now I'm no hacker, but I was around computers from the Apple II in the late 70s and some of the story didn't ring true to me. An example being at one point the author pulled the modem cable out of the computer he was using and then disconnected from the Internet - how exactly was it possible to stay connected to the Internet after the modem cable was pulled out, and wouldn't 'the most famous hacker in the world' know how things like that work?
There were also continuity errors. In a biography. What do these things tell you? They tell me it was, at least in part, made up.
There's nothing wrog with made up books per se of course, but it's slightly different when it's presented as true - or maybe it's dramatised and I missed that.
Regardless it's not a bad listen, the performance is great and it hums along at a fair pace. I was ready for it to end before it finished however. Bottom line is that it passed the drive to and from work for a week or so and got me through until my next monthly credit arrived, so for what I paid I'm happy enough.
Which was least bad? Probably Mikael. Most of the characters were dodgy as, and there were several passages of 2 person conversation where I lost track of who was saying what.
It has been, hasn't it? I won't be making any effort to see it
I am completely at a loss as to why this book has been so successful. Parts of the story are quite reasonable, but most of it is tedious - the section of email conversation where we are read out 'encrypted email from Mikael.email@example.com to Erika.Berger@millennium.se' giving the full email address of both parties Every one of what must have been a dozen times back to back was almost enough to stop me listening before I got to the end.Even as a bit of a geek I really don't care what CPU Lisbeth's new MacBook has - OTT detail throughout makes me wonder if Steig Larsson was slightly Asbergers.The dialogue was frequently ropey, unless Swedish people universally say
I listen while commuting so the time was already wasted. This book was an OK way to pass that lost time
Glad it was over. It seemed to take longer to get to the punch line than it needed to
I have not
No! It already had an epilogue it didn't need to close it out
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