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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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    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

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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.


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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 Listener Since 2010
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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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    LLarsen 09-16-12
    LLarsen 09-16-12

    LLarsen

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    This book downloaded in two parts and somehow got mixed up. I felt I started listening to the second part first, but couldn't be sure. Checked to see if that was the case. Couldn't find an answer. So for me, while the story was interesting, it jumped around and I couldn't follow the timeline. Too bad, it may have been a good story.

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    Gary 09-12-12
    Gary 09-12-12
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    "Wow - that is really interesting. Arrogant."

    OK - the story is fascinating. How easy it actually was.
    Social Engineering - I've done it a lot, but not anywhere near this guy's level!

    My problem is that he still thinks he's innocent.
    He really is disconnected from reality in that sense.
    What he did was wrong. Just flat out wrong.
    He needed therapy! Whacko!

    However, it is interesting to note that there wasn't mis-use of information, and that it
    an understood truth. But really, man?
    Law or not, the moral and ethical "sense" just wasn't there for this guy.

    I think that alone makes this an interesting book.

    History, insight, mixed with a typical maniac who couldn't control himself,
    was a bit out of touch with reality.
    This guy was one step away from serial killer, except he directed it into hacking.

    I like the story a LOT!

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    lucia permowicz SAINT LOUIS, MO, US 09-10-12
    lucia permowicz SAINT LOUIS, MO, US 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, good listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Ghost in the Wires the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the story and Ray Porter contributed to that.


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

    I think he made the character more personalble.


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

    Hacking, just becasue...


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    Valya Watson 09-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Mitnick's Best so Far"

    I really enjoyed this book, more than Kevin's previous. I have many Audible books but this is one of the few I literally haven't been able to stop listening to til it was completed. Even sat in the parking lot, 15 minutes late for work to finish the ending.

    The narrator had perfect timing and inflection. You really thought you were listening to Kevin narrating his own book.

    Some will think there is too much detail included on the computer aspects, but I enjoyed those details the most. I also had no idea how much 'social engineering' is used to 'hack' into computer systems-real eye opener there.

    Also interesting, was Kevin's view point on his jail time and his 'setting the record straight' on the movie 'Take Down' and out and out lies and myths which unfairly colored his case. The 'Free Kevin' movement and other aspects of his personal life, his family who stood behind him while he was on the run really personalized the story beyond merely computer lingo.

    I highly recommend this book and hope there is another one in the works soon. I'm sure I'll listen to it again.

    Glad Kevin was able to turn his life around, as stated in the ending.

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