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Ghost in the Wires Audiobook
Ghost in the Wires
Written by: 
Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
Narrated by: 
Ray Porter
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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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    Zachary Fairborn, OH, United States 09-05-12
    Zachary Fairborn, OH, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible"
    What did you love best about Ghost in the Wires?

    Never uninteresting.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How cinema-esque the whole story is - it could be made into a movie and I believe still be compelling.


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

    I listened whenever I was in the car, and sometimes I would sit in my car after arriving at my destination because I didn't want to stop.


    Any additional comments?

    An amazing story, better for IT professionals. Even better if you're an IT professional at a phone company.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David BELFAST, ME, United States 09-04-12
    David BELFAST, ME, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Who knew hacking was so easy?"

    Anyone using the internet for buying, banking, business, etc, should listen to this fascinating book. You'll learn how to protect yourself from seemingly innocuous requests.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jonefuroy Leira, Norway 09-03-12
    jonefuroy Leira, Norway 09-03-12 Member Since 2010

    Librarian, father, fantasy fool and tech enthusiasts.

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    "Social engineering for dummies."

    A great story but I'm glad I knew a bit about phone hacking before I started it. It was a bit technical, but in a good way. The story is also extremely fascinating and Mitnick and the people he credits in this book has shaped computer science and security and the world we know to day!

    READ IT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Jacksonville, FL, United States 09-03-12
    Frank Jacksonville, FL, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Time Well Spent"

    I wasn't sure what to expect but it held my attention throughout. It makes you think about how much this must occur that we never know about. It made me want to learn more about this subject. Well worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David KEENE, NH, United States 09-02-12
    David KEENE, NH, United States 09-02-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Reads like a spy novel."
    What made the experience of listening to Ghost in the Wires the most enjoyable?

    This book is excellent. It is very captivating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kevin Mitnick's story of how he hacked into computers and socially engineered people to get the information he needed is truly fascinating. I was enthralled and couldn't stop listening.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The best "scenes" of the book is when Keven Mitnick is scamming the FBI and monitoring their surveillance of him.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stanley FAYETTEVILLE, AR, United States 08-31-12
    Stanley FAYETTEVILLE, AR, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Much better than expected"

    I wasn't sure that this book was going to have a very good story to it, but I was very wrong. Yes, there was a decent amount of technical-hacker lingo, which I love, but the story was really well written. I was on the edge of my seat at times when the Feds were closing in. I had so much fun listening to this book and I was very sad when it was over. This was such a "Catch Me if You Can" kind of story, loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 08-27-12
    Linda 08-27-12
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    "self-indulgent, narcissitic whine"
    What disappointed you about Ghost in the Wires?

    What should have been an interesting look at the world of hacking turned out to be a self-serving, self-indulgent, narcissitic whine. After nine chapters I couln't stomach listening to another word. The performance added to my perception of the author being self consumed. Yuk.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 08-27-12
    James KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Solid information and fun - highly recomend"
    Where does Ghost in the Wires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Data, on point, great for a business owner, great for corporate executive.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    5 star plus


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

    Protecting data ranks with protecting the cash


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recomend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Juarez Austin, Texas, United States 08-27-12
    Juarez Austin, Texas, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I couldn't stop listening"
    What made the experience of listening to Ghost in the Wires the most enjoyable?

    Great read for those who are not from the IT area, even better if you are. The history is so incredible that you feel you're listening one great spy thriller and not a biography.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mitnick resembles the character of the White Collar TV series, Neil Cafrey. You will like him and cheer for him even when he is comiting wrong doings


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Carrier Mills, IL, United States 08-27-12
    Julie Carrier Mills, IL, United States 08-27-12

    Ima Bee

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    "Egotistical idiot he is."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less me me me me me me me me and i i i i i i i i i i i i


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something better than this, I hope !


    What didn’t you like about Ray Porter’s performance?

    Annoying


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ghost in the Wires?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Kevin Mitncik you are no Steve Jobs. Also, If I hear the term "social engineering" one more time I'm going to scream !

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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