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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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    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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Willem Midrand, South Africa 09-25-12
    Willem Midrand, South Africa 09-25-12 Member Since 2016
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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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  • Olivier
    thouare sur loire, France
    2/29/12
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    "Excellent Text and Excellent Reader"

    This book was fascinating in that it showed that at least 50% of the "hacking" prowesses of Kevin Mitnick were what he calls "social engineering" and what most of us would call using psychology to trick people. No major technical prowess; just understanding how people think. Very enlightening for anyone concerned about IT security.

    In addition the reader of this book is excellent. One feels that it is Kevin Mitnick who is telling us his story directly. The only other time I kept on feeling that it was the author telling me his story rather than someone reading a book was for the Churchill WW2 Memoirs.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. G. Bridgeman
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom
    8/30/12
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    "A treat to read and better then a James Bond novel"

    I read Kevin Mitnick's first book about hacking and I was hooked. its a great read, as is this book and it tells you so much about social engineering and how hackers do it. I naively though that they sat at the computer guessing passwords. If you think that then read this book. Its far easier to hack and break into a company's server then you could realise and though I assume that if this guy wasn't guilty he would not have been sent to jail, he tells a really goos storey about manipulating people to get people to give you access to company secrets.

    This is a tale about breaking in, and having to be on the run. There was a film of his encounters which was a flop but to be rank you need to read this to get to the real adventure. Its all here, secrets, FBI, mistrust, betrayal and finding new identities. Great.

    Loved it and hope there are other similar books out there for me to delve into.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ross
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    1/13/13
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    "The absolute obsession and love of the challenge.."

    The absolute obsession and love of the challenge rather than any financial gain is richly described in this deeply detailed account of Kevin Mitnick's life as one the original hackers and expert social engineers of the 80's. I'm sure others may dispute Kevin's version of events but it is both scary and scandalous how he is portrayed in both the courts and the media. He is no angel but some accusations levelled at him are not only rubbished by Mitnick but also shown to be completely implausible and utterly untrue! His skills as one of the original hackers are amazing and his audacity to social engineer people is breath taking. The sheer joy he gets from taking on a hacking challenge and succeeding is described in rich detail and it makes for an exhilarating, roller coaster listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bill
    London, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Next time you credit card company phones..."

    Listen to it. Learn about social engineering. Understand why you should be sceptical with phone calls claiming to be from your bank, your credit card company and/or your mobile phone company. All they want is your date of birth, the first line of your address and your post code. Hello Kevin! This book is cool.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • g.l.ward
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    7/9/14
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    "Close but no cigar"
    Would you listen to Ghost in the Wires again? Why?

    Sadly no, even though this book was well written and amazingly actually based on real life events that kept me listening to just one more chapter finished leaving me with no real closure.
    Obviously very clever Kevin Mitnicks crimes eventually come to grow a pointless and as a reader I ended up hoping for him to get caught just for some variety. A very clever man with one hell of a story to tell but I personally only want to hear it once.


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

    Without giving too much away the most memorable moment in Ghost in the wire, was the fugitive tacking the FBI, the way he went around it was genius.


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

    Kevin Mitnick, this is the only choice really as it is only Mitnicks side of the story that is retold.


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

    Firstly sheer disbelief, with what he had the guts to do. As most of the crimes are repetitive a ended the book in frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    Kevin Mitnick gets information from people by basically lying to them. It is called social engineering in the book, social engineering to get information out of people to use to your own advantage. I just wonder if you replaced every reference of social engineering with the word lying if Kevin Mitnick would come across as such a likable person? A good listen but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone without a technical background.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Loughton, United Kingdom
    12/31/12
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    "Staggering"

    The life of Kevi Mitnik unfolds like a Jason Bourne story but without people getting killed. Whether or not you approve of hacking you cannot help holding this man in awe in terms of his high intelligence and his incredible audacity. Also, the narration by Ray Porter is superb. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charles
    Chippenham, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Not just for Geeks and Nerds!"

    Ghost in the wires is a fast paced story of how Kevin Mintnick evades and escapes the police and FBI after being a caught numerous time hacking into various different organisations computer networks.



    I really enjoyed listening to this book. You genuinely feel an attached towards Kevin, and you don't want him to et caught. He is honest with the reader and doesn't embellish being on the run, he tells it how it was, make helps you appreciate the loneliness and isolation that he felt.



    Ghost in the wires is not a book that I would normally choose to read, but I enjoyed every page. For this reason I gave it 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D
    ST NEOTS, United Kingdom
    12/8/12
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    "A brilliant Audio Book"

    Once I started listening to this Audio Book I couldn't stop and until I got to the end I thought it was actually Kevin Mitnick reading it! This is a brilliant audio book from start to finish and I would highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Aldershot, United Kingdom
    6/15/12
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    "Gripping"

    I wasn't sure i would like this, But after the first hour i was hooked. I actually listened to it in about 2-3 days as i could not STOP listening, its such an interesting story and very exciting, I could also tell there is an effort to explain it to people who are not tech smart, which is nice (not that i needed it). Its actually one of the best books i've had the pleasure of listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L. H. De Laune
    UK
    10/21/14
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    "unremorseful criminal..."
    Any additional comments?

    I started off enjoying this story, - Kevin's cleverness and undoubted skills make for interesting reading. However he has made a fortune out of lying to people and taking great delight in tricking other people- who trust him. He really enjoys making people look stupid. it is very telling that some of his closest friends also betray him...He never sees this as a personal character flaw - in fact every time his behaviour is challenged he reverts to 'poor old me'. The two most salient factors that absolutely turned me OFF were when he stole the identities of dead babies, without a thought to how this would impact any families involved in those tragic events. Secondly, several time he mentions the tole his life choices have taken on his Mother & Grandmother- he calls on them every time he gets into trouble, but he never thinks to alter his behaviour, change his choices, in fact every time he gets a steady job, he 'just can't help' & 'just to see if I can' and ends up getting fired again. I couldn't wait to see him locked up, but he seems to fall on his feet right to the end. This book made my blood boil, I ended up intensely disliking the author.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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