I was blown away by how exciting the author made this story. It's a fascinating look into the underground hacker culture and a wake up call to anyone who hasn't paid much attention to computer security in the past. You'll learn about the basic methods hackers use, including technical hacks and social engineering.
The story was very approachable, Parmy Olson does a good job explaining everything tech related in a fair amount of detail without making the embarrassing mistakes that many journalists make when reporting on technology. (I'm hardly all-knowing in this area, but I'm a programmer and pretty tech savvy, so I probably would have caught any obvious flaws)
The narrator does a wonderful job adding life to the dialogue and uses different voices for each character when reading chat logs and interview quotes. I almost felt like I was listening to a Stieg Larsson book. If you're at all interested in hackers or how a couple kids from different sides of the planet can take down the websites of massive corporations, get this book!
The narration of this book was brilliant. I loved the soothing voices of the two narrators, it helped me relax and enjoy the book even when I was stressed out at work.
The book itself was well written, delightfully descriptive, and had a classic 'boy meets mentor and learns to use his powers' plot with a unique fictional Japanese twist. Even though the series continues with more books, this one wrapped up nicely by the end with no annoying cliff hangers like some other long series I've read.
The title: "Thinking BIG" kind of implies that he's going to talk about taking your ideas to the next level, improving yourself to recognize undreamed of potential, etc. I was pretty disappointed. I'm only 23, but I consider myself a pretty successful and driven guy. I landed a great job (dream job actually) right out of university and I'm thinking about starting up my own company in a couple years. I already have a pretty decent level of confidence and I try not to make many excuses in any aspect of life.
This book is more for someone who has a low self esteem and feels hopeless in his/her current job. It's for someone who doesn't take chances and always gives up on dreams. Unless you're one of these people, this book will not change your life.
I'm a foodie, I love to cook, watch the Food Network and I've even entertained the idea of becoming a chef someday if I got bored of developing software. I also love Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations show on Travel Channel, so a when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it.
Bourdain's writing and narration is fantastic. If you love his show, this book will not disappoint. He takes you through his life from childhood to rock bottom, and then back to great success. He's a lot of fun to listen to and gives the most in-depth, dirty, honest look into the restaurant industry you could imagine. I've since changed my mind about wanting to be a chef. :)
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