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Schaumburg, IL | Member Since 2009

  • 2 reviews
  • 2 ratings
  • 155 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014

  • Serial Killers True Crime Anthology 2014: Annual Anthology (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By RJ Parker, Peter Vronsky, Michael Newton, and others
    • Narrated By Don Kline
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Serial killers: They cross the bounds of evil. They murder at random without logic or reason other than the one twisting in their sick and evil minds. They are diabolical, vile creatures devoid of morality or pity. You will meet a chosen few of them in this audiobook. We will see that serial killers are roaming among us all, from small towns to big cities. They are not limited to a particular place, gene pool, culture, social class, or religion. They are not restricted to any particular demographic or political propensity and they can be of any gender.

    Brenda says: "Oh...... My...... Gosh. He reads.... Like this"
    "The Most Horrible Narration Ever"
    What made the experience of listening to Serial Killers True Crime Anthology 2014 the most enjoyable?

    I cannot answer this question accurately because I could not finish listening. See my comments below on Don Kline's performance.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I believe the information in the book was interesting, and would have more of an impact if the narration was better.

    What didn’t you like about Don Kline’s performance?

    Don Kline consistently made basic mistakes in grammar/pronunciation, restarted sentences mid read, stutter/stopped while reading which made the experience unbearable.

    Don Kline clearly does not understand proper sentence structure, which makes listening nearly impossible. Don completely and repeatedly missed where the emphasis of a sentence lies, did not read punctuation properly (e.g. the comma), and could not move from one sentence to the next.

    Honestly...reading should be the top most skill when interviewing someone to narrate a book. Audible staff should have previewed this book and then rejected its submission for such poor quality in narration.

    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I am unable to answer this question honestly due to not being able to finish.

    Any additional comments?

    Never let Don Kline narrate again...I simply will not buy another book with him listed at narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

    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"
    "Fantastic Journey Through Hacker History"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For those interested in computer security history, "Ghost in the Wires" is a nostalgia trip to the quaint old days before hacking (and hackers) turned so malicious and financially motivated. Unlike computer criminals today, Mitnick ignored the credit card numbers he stumbled across in his pursuit of code.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Kevin writes: "Anyone who loves to play chess knows that it's enough to defeat your opponent. You don't have to loot his kingdom or seize his assets to make it worthwhile." He summed up his personal motive to the former Wall Street trader Ivan Boesky when they were both in prison: "I didn't do it for the money; I did it for the entertainment."

    What about Ray Porter???s performance did you like?

    Overall, Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker is a truly gripping read and even better in audio. During some parts of the book, I found myself seeing the story before my eyes, like I was actually there. While the book does goes into technical details of how Mitnick carried out his attacks, editor William Simon provides the editorial assistance needed and makes the book extremely easy to understand and truly enjoy.

    Any additional comments?

    The book ends with Mitnick's release from prison and provides the reader with a fascinating story of one of the most recognized information security personalities. Ghost in the Wires is an interesting account of one of the most well-known information security personalities.

    I am definitely looking forward to listening to this book again.

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