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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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    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
    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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Greenville, SC USA 09-26-12
    Jenny Greenville, SC USA 09-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    What made the experience of listening to Ghost in the Wires the most enjoyable?

    Kevin Mitnick's story is incredible, and an exciting non-fiction tale.


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

    Kevin Mitnick outwitting the FBI in their helicopters!


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    2gnthry 09-25-12
    2gnthry 09-25-12

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    "Good modern day Adventure"
    What made the experience of listening to Ghost in the Wires the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was so in-tuned with the story it did not seem he was reading it but telling it to you as if it was his own story. alot of emotion and intonation of the words,


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    the way it sounded more like a story than just something being read to you


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

    the dramatic way it was told.


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

    social engineering in the 80's


    Any additional comments?

    enjoyed the story but one there was a computer read out or technical line it got a bit dry at times. don't need to hear a 1 page bank statement read out verbatim

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nykolas 09-25-12
    Nykolas 09-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A necessary book for the 21st century"

    This book not only explains the history of Kevin Mitnick, but goes in-depth about the social engineering element and the future of ethical hacking. Very entertaining!

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    C. Spencer New Jersey 09-25-12
    C. Spencer New Jersey 09-25-12 Member Since 2016
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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
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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

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