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MBrown

Highlands Ranch, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 82 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3683)
    Performance
    (3283)
    Story
    (3294)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Great story of a person tuning his life around"
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    This book, and the narration, was REALLY well done. I had a hard time turning this thing off. I had been following Kevin since he first made the news about the whole Netcom incident as I was a member at that time. It was interesting hearing the differences reported from the main stream news as well as the online tech community and hearing so many discrepancies between the facts. Over the years we all found out how unfair they were towards Kevin in regards to the law. Of course he was no angel and he did deserve to pay for some things, which he admits to. But seeing how he did turn all of this into such a positive for himself was probably the best part of the story in my opinion. Of course it was extremely entertaining hearing some of these exploits and how he "maneuvered" the system.
    I highly recommend this book!

    25 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2424)
    Performance
    (1413)
    Story
    (1437)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "The real story from the perspective of the Woz!!!"
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    There have been so many different versions of what really took place in the beginning of Apple. This story shows how Steve got started and became interested in electronics, engineering, phreaking...etc. One of my favorite parts of this was that he actually went into detail about several of his inventions and hacks. While some of it was a little distracting from being narrated and probably better if reading it was still extremely enjoyable.
    Woz is, in my eye, one of the best innovators and engineers of our time. I mean he gave us the personal computer as we know it today.
    The Woz is the king of digital engineering and of course the father of the personal PC. If you are interested in finding out the details of how this whole industry got it's start this is THE book to get....Honestly, THE book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3988)
    Performance
    (2593)
    Story
    (2628)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "Excellent short story"
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    This is a great short story. I read this book several years ago and saw it on Audible so I had to grab it since I remembered I had liked it so much when I was younger. This is such a great story for younger people and kids as well since it teaches values and how to respect others along the way with finding your own path in life.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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