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Ghost in the Wires Audiobook

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

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.
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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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    C. Spencer New Jersey 09-25-12
    C. Spencer New Jersey 09-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A great read!"

    Love this book (actually not quite finished). Fascinating account of Kevin Mitnick's remarkable career as a fugitive hacker. Reads like a thriller. Ray Porter does a great job as the reader, as well.

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    Daniel Vancouver, BC, Canada 09-25-12
    Daniel Vancouver, BC, Canada 09-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "These hackers blow my mind how they do things"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghost in the Wires to be better than the print version?

    I dont have time to read so I listen to all my books these days so I like the audible version


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Great


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

    The value of being a great social engineer.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. Fascinating.

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    Kindle Customer DUBLIN, OHIO, United States 09-25-12
    Kindle Customer DUBLIN, OHIO, United States 09-25-12
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    "Very interesting"
    Where does Ghost in the Wires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I remember the scandle, hearing what really happened verses what was being talked about in the news papers was very enlightening.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    well read!


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

    no


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    Willem Midrand, South Africa 09-25-12
    Willem Midrand, South Africa 09-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic book, really works as an audio book"

    Kevin Mitnick is a fascinating character and this book takes you on the wild journey of his life. The narration is excellent. One of the best audio books I've encountered

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sverre Bangkok, Thailand 09-25-12
    Sverre Bangkok, Thailand 09-25-12 Member Since 2014

    a can read person

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    "Fantastic story, much to learn"
    What made the experience of listening to Ghost in the Wires the most enjoyable?

    the fact that this is true life!


    What did you like best about this story?

    all the different things he actually did.. just like that.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    calling the guy in prison :)


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

    Social Engineering Marvels, a history


    Any additional comments?

    everyone should read this, if only to learn what others could be doing to you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Balwyn North, IL, United States 09-24-12
    Stephen Balwyn North, IL, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Incredible true story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghost in the Wires to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kevin Mitnick's amazing ability to manipulate people to provide his needs. It has made me aware of just how easy it is to obtain anything from anyone with a little research.


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

    He read the story with the passion and pace as if you were actually inside Mitnick's mind.


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

    It was a thriller, rollercoaster lifestyle.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Centennial, CO, United States 09-24-12
    Ron Centennial, CO, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fascinating story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghost in the Wires to be better than the print version?

    Don't know


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghost in the Wires?

    I really cannot pick one. There were so many memorable moments as Mitnick seemingly talked his way into anywhere and figured out every telephone and computer system on earth. If it was fiction, people would say it was too incredible.


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

    Don't recall


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

    I cannot do that. I tend to listen to 2-3 hours at a time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roxanne G Mesquite, TX, United States 09-19-12
    Roxanne G Mesquite, TX, United States 09-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "No techie knowledge required!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    LOVED this audio book. I have already recommended it to several people, including my husband who is an IT guy. It is so well read and easy to understand even all the technical stuff.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator did an excellent job conveying this story. I went on youtube and listened to Kevin Mitnick during an interview. He could very easily have read this book aloud himself and the narrator was a perfect choice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene toward the end at Kinko's when Kevin was almost caught. The emotion he felt about involving his grandmother comes through very well.


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    Kjartan Reykjavik, Iceland 09-17-12
    Kjartan Reykjavik, Iceland 09-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Very well written and well read."
    What did you love best about Ghost in the Wires?

    Hearing how incredibly easy it was for Kevin to get sensitive information from pretty much anyone by basically just asking.


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    Bonnie 09-16-12
    Bonnie 09-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Warning - Pick it up - can’t put it down"

    For the technical and non-technical it is a great read.

    It is not just about computer hacking it also covers “social engineering.” This is a term that I had never heard used. It is a nice way of saying “con man” or as Kevin Mitnick describes it in his book, “…the casual or calculated manipulation of people to influence them to do things they would not ordinarily do and convincing them without raising the least hint of suspicion."

    I am not a techy but I was hooked from the first chapter. It is an adventure as much as it is a true story about the exploits of a “black hacker”. Kevin Mitnick paints a vivid picture so that the reader comes to understand his addiction to hacking. I felt like I was right there with him and praying that he didn’t get caught.

    There are also some funny things like the claim of one law enforcement official who said that Mitnick could “launch ICBM's (inter-continental ballistic missiles) by whistling into the phone".

    Pick it up and you won’t put it down. Just a terrific book that I have recommended to others.

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