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We Are Anonymous Audiobook
We Are Anonymous
Written by: 
Parmy Olson
Narrated by: 
Abby Craden
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We Are Anonymous Audiobook

We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency

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Publisher's Summary

We Are Anonymous is a thrilling, exclusive expose of the hacker collectives Anonymous and LulzSec.

In late 2010, thousands of hacktivists joined a mass digital assault by Anonymous on the websites of VISA, MasterCard, and PayPal to protest their treatment of WikiLeaks. Splinter groups then infiltrated the networks of totalitarian governments in Libya and Tunisia, and an elite team of six people calling themselves LulzSec attacked the FBI, CIA, and Sony. They were flippant and taunting, grabbed headlines, and amassed more than a quarter of a million Twitter followers. The computer security world - and world at large - realized quickly that Anonymous and its splinter groups are something to treat with dead seriousness.

Through the stories of three key members, We Are Anonymous offers a gripping, adrenaline-fueled narrative in the style of The Accidental Billionaires, drawing upon hundreds of conversations with the members themselves, including exclusive interviews. By coming to know them - their childhoods, families, and personal demons - we come to know the human side of their virtual exploits, and why they're so passionate about disrupting the Internet's frontiers.

©2012 Parmy Olson (P)2012 Hacette Audio

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    David S. Hawkins Newport Beach, CA 03-12-14
    David S. Hawkins Newport Beach, CA 03-12-14 Listener Since 2001
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    "Not so Anonymous Review"

    Just finished listening to this audio book. I found it a well written, fast paced and exciting read. While I haven't been involved in this specific area in my career, this book helped me connect the dots about much that has happened in the news over the past few years.

    Those of you here in this group that are deeply entrenched in this space may be well informed. If you are new to this area, this book is an excellent and gripping primer on what is relevant about hacking and the many breaches published over the past few years.

    I very much recommend this as an excellent listen!

    If you are no hacker, but would like to feel a bit of the excitement and speed of how this whole world works, I suggest listening to it at 3X speed...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Invisibled California 06-21-13
    Invisibled California 06-21-13
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    "Great book, so-so narrator"
    If you could sum up We Are Anonymous in three words, what would they be?

    So. Freaking. Awesome.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kayla. I identify with he/she/its paranoia


    What didn’t you like about Abby Craden’s performance?

    Her voice was so subdued that I wonder if she narrated this book out of some sort of contract necessity. She has a habit of ending every sentence by dropping her vocal tone which causes vocal fry (growling). Which would be fine ... if it weren't Every. Freaking. Sentence.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, worth looking past my gripes with the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Redwood City, cA 02-03-13
    Amazon Customer Redwood City, cA 02-03-13 Member Since 2016

    I am currently a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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    "Admirable attempt to tackle difficult subject"

    I believe the content of this book should be graded on a curve: how does one adequately capture the development of an organization that defines itself by its lack of organization? How does one make sense of a so-called "hacktavist" group that does not have a specific political agenda? Lastly, how does one try to capture the meaning of a cyber movement that is still in its infancy?

    Despite these issues, author Parmy Olson does an adequate job of giving a coherent account Anonymous, LulzSec and related cyber groups. She focuses on a few central key figures like "Sebu", "Topiary" and "Kayla" and tries to show how these figures reflect different sides of Anonymous. For example, Sebu represents the political-minded hacktavist side, Topiary represents the "lulz" side and Kayla the hard-core hacker side. I think this strategy was effective since it gives the reader the sense that while Anonymous, LulzSec, etc are frequently talked about as a single entity within the media the motivations of the people who identify with these group vary wildly.

    I have two criticisms of this audiobook. The first regards the content. I thought the author at times went off into unnecessary tangents, introducing periphery figures that didn't add much to the book, or quoted chat logs for longer than was needed. My second criticism regards the narration. I don't know who's idea it was to have the narrator use different accents for each speaker because they were annoying and even distracting at certain points (Barret Brown's Texas accent immediately comes to mind). If I had to it over again, I would have bought a paper or e-book version rather than get the audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kapunahele Wong VA 03-31-15
    Kapunahele Wong VA 03-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book, distracting performance"

    At first, the book was too much like a novel for me - talking about people's inner feelings and such - which is by my preferred kind of book. It seemed to fiction-like. Even though, I think most people enjoy that. I got used to it and found that the author did a good job of conveying the IRC goings-on in an engaging way.

    Now, the performance by the narrator....eh. I don't like to give negative reviews but man, she did not-so-great accents and read things in a way that seemed kind of cliché. I did consider returning the book but listened through because the book itself was good. I won't listen to this reader again though.

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    Bernardo 07-27-16
    Bernardo 07-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great book"

    reads like fiction but is certainly not. narrator does make some odd accents for the characters but it doesn't ruin the experience. would recommend.

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    S. Yates 06-23-16
    S. Yates 06-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Able introduction to Anonymous"
    Which character – as performed by Abby Craden – was your favorite?

    She does excellent accents overall, but especially like her Topiary.


    Any additional comments?

    Engaging overview of Anonymous and the related spin-off, LulzSec. The author does a good job explaining the nature of the collective, its origins, and how the media and law enforcement often misunderstood its organization (or lack thereof), its aims (various), and its members' motivations for involvement (again, various). I think it would have been a fuller and more complete book if it had taken more time to explore how online activity impacts psychology (including eschewing societal norms and mob mentality). However, even without this, the author does an excellent job explaining technical aspects of DDOS attacks, hacking, and the masking of identity on the internet, as well as biographical discussions of some major players, such that the book still stands well on its own.

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    Maxwell Parnell 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    Olson does an excellent job at humanizing the early tales of the internet lulz, from anonymous to lulzsec to antisec it's a hard book to put down.

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    Pablo. G. Coste Boston, MA, US 04-30-16
    Pablo. G. Coste Boston, MA, US 04-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterfull performace by Abby"
    Would you listen to We Are Anonymous again? Why?

    it was very informative, detailed, perfectly performance. it made me sad to finish it.


    What other book might you compare We Are Anonymous to and why?

    Ghost in the Wires, another one rich in relevant information and masterfully performed.


    Which character – as performed by Abby Craden – was your favorite?

    Sabu, K and Topiary


    If you could give We Are Anonymous a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The ways of the new activists


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    David Hayes 04-26-16
    David Hayes 04-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Extremely informative and entertaining!"

    Great listen the reader easily keeps your attention. Book covers everything about the early days of Anonymous and gives great insight into its members!

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    Anthony Heidzig 04-15-16
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    "excellent work of historical story telling."

    not too often does a story that's based in real world history grab your attention and keep it the entire time. Not to mention one based in information technology. definitely inspires you to want to learn more

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