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Ghost in the Wires Audiobook

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Ghost in the Wires is a thrilling story of hair's-breadth escapes, brazen sociopathy, and ultimately redemption. What's more, it's all true. Ray Porter expertly narrates the stranger than fiction autobiography of Kevin Mitnick as he recounts how he went from gaming the LA bus system for free rides to gaining unauthorized access to the most secure corporate computer systems in the world, all the while playing cat and mouse with the FBI. —Michael

Publisher's Summary

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. But for Kevin, hacking wasn’t just about technological feats—it was an old fashioned confidence game that required guile and deception to trick the unwitting out of valuable information.

Driven by a powerful urge to accomplish the impossible, Mitnick bypassed security systems and blazed into major organizations including Motorola, Sun Microsystems, and Pacific Bell. But as the FBI’s net began to tighten, Kevin went on the run, engaging in an increasingly sophisticated cat-and-mouse game that led through false identities, a host of cities, plenty of close shaves, and to an ultimate showdown with the feds, who would stop at nothing to bring him down.

Ghost in the Wires is a thrilling true story of intrigue, suspense, and unbelievable escape and a portrait of a visionary whose creativity, skills, and persistence forced the authorities to rethink the way they pursued him, inspiring ripples that brought permanent changes in the way people and companies protect their most sensitive information.

©2011 Kevin Mitnick. Foreword 2011 by Steve Wozniak (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Intriguing, insightful, and extremely educational into the mind of one who truly mastered the art of social engineering with the use of a computer and modern-day technologies. I strongly believe that one can learn a great deal about protecting themselves once they understand how another one perpetrates the crime.” (Frank W. Abagnale, author of Catch Me If You Can)

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    "Loved it - warts & all!"

    Hacking isn't a perfect life but the book gave me an understanding of hackers and their ways of thinking. Why do they go there? - It is a science, a challenge and the discovery that drives them and makes us uncomfortable. From the beginning of time, hackers have delved into our lives, figuring out every quirk from the left brain/right brain concept to why my hair is curly.

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    Photo and Music Guy Colorado USA 10-17-12
    Photo and Music Guy Colorado USA 10-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Best audiobook I've ever listened to."
    What made the experience of listening to Ghost in the Wires the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's tone are so similar to what you envision Kevin to sound like. He does such a great job of expressing shock, that audacity of youth, etc.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The narrative moves really fast.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Kevin running from the law.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It changed how I do business with relation to security. That wasn't why I got this, but it ended up being the by-product.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!

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    Josue 10-08-12
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    "Awesome book."

    This is an awesome book. As a programmer, I was hooked from the very start. As an avid reader I loved the detail and background information. As a technologist, I appreciated the detail. I recommend it highly.

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    Douglas PEARLAND, TEXAS, United States 10-08-12
    Douglas PEARLAND, TEXAS, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Exciting"

    I am a computer geek and have been since well before Kevin started his hacking. I also worked for a couple telephone companies and can honestly say that the terminology used brought back memories.

    What makes this so exciting to me is the the thrill of the chase. I couldn't stop listening. Not too many writers can write a book in such a way as to make you want to keep listening.

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    Peter 10-08-12
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    "Told by Kevin Mitnick (official)"
    Where does Ghost in the Wires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fantrastic listen. Great to hear the story direct from the source. Brilliantly written and read.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    So good to hear how it was pulled off. Kevin did not hold back on telling the truth.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well read


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant to listen to and recommended to all retired priates / hacker from the day, telecomminication experts, security personel, lovers of social engineering and nerds.

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    Debbie 10-06-12
    Debbie 10-06-12

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    "Great book: details the ways and whys of a hacker!"

    I had read the reports of Kevin Mitnick at the time of his arrest and had always wondered why hackers do what they do. This was an eye-opener, not just as to why he did what he did, but also the stunning and clever details of how he did these things. Clearly he has aided all of us in making electronic communications more secure. I would never have thought I could be sympathetic to a hacker but I definitely became so while listening to this book. He didn't hack into systems out of a desire to do harm or to benefit financially, but out of the need of a brilliant mind to accomplish the impossible.

    What a brilliant man and what a contribution to the security of all of us as we become more and more dependent on how we carry on business and life in this very computerized world. I'm grateful that Kevin Mitnick decided to work from the prevention side of hacking.

    This will be one of the books in my library that I will listen to more than once. One of my favorite audible books.

    As for Ray Porter's narration, I felt like I was listening to the person who had lived the events. Excellent job. The best narrator becomes part of the story. The worst ones make listening to a good story unbearable. Thanks for an excellent job!

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    Paal Skjetne Trondheim Norway 10-03-12
    Paal Skjetne Trondheim Norway 10-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Reads like a detective story - wait it is one!"
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    I don't know why I liked this book exactly, maybe it was the suspence, the thrill of "will he make it", "can he get away with it", or maybe it was to hear how a perfectly "normal" kids facination can grow into a major problem for himself and society. But it also shows how society's fears can infringe on the individuals rights. I guess this story is slightly one-sided but what the hack - ehh - heck its a very good story. Having knowledge of some of the systems mentioned in the book I feel it gets an important message accross; technology is only as "fail proof" as the humans put in charge of it.

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    customer_advocate NASHUA, NH, United States 10-02-12
    customer_advocate NASHUA, NH, United States 10-02-12
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    "Fantastic read (listen)"
    If you could sum up Ghost in the Wires in three words, what would they be?

    Amazingly thoroughly captivating


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Ray Porter's enthusiasm as if he were Kevin. I felt as though I was in the room with Kevin.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Kevin


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Deja Vu.


    Any additional comments?

    Kevin's insatiable desire to learn and undaunting quest for knowledge is inspiring. Ray Porter's reading is fantastic. I listened to this book at 1.5X speed. Ray's clarity and enthusiasm as well as the style of writing made every moment amazingly coherent and exciting.

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    John 10-01-12
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    "Excellent book!"

    I think it was a very exciting book! Since it is based on actual events even more so. It was also intriguing to get to know the person behind the "World's most wanted hacker"-moniker.
    This is of course seen from one side of the story so unbiased he is not! But an entertaining book with many stories of his feats.
    You do not have to be a geek to enjoy this book, but once in a while it helps.

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    Marcel Knonau, Switzerland 09-29-12
    Marcel Knonau, Switzerland 09-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "What an adventure!"
    Would you listen to Ghost in the Wires again? Why?

    Yes, absolutely! This story is simply amazing!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    As if you are listening to the author himself.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I know of.


    If you could give Ghost in the Wires a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The World’s Most Wanted Hacker - playing with the Feds.


    Any additional comments?

    Easy listening, an unbelievable story. I listened while commuting, but did not want to stop when I arrived...

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