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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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    Christopher E. Stone Olathe, KS USA 10-30-15
    Christopher E. Stone Olathe, KS USA 10-30-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Such an interesting story"

    I still have a hard time believing this is not a spy novel, but a biography of a real person who really went through these events. Highly recommend this to anyone in IT or computer science/engineering.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John17K 10-09-15
    John17K 10-09-15
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    "Free Kevin"

    I always wanted to know the full story behind the Free Kevin movement. Now I do, this was very entertaining to listen to all the ways he social engineered so many people into giving him access to sensitive information. His description of how he hacked systems was more informative and revealing than I expected it would be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 09-25-15
    Mark 09-25-15
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    "Great story,"

    Nice job author and reader! Thanks for a great ride and a good story about a fugitive hacker

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dirk Farum, Denmark 09-10-15
    Dirk Farum, Denmark 09-10-15
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    "Fascinating and well read!"

    I really like the book. It's a fascinating story about a hacker I remember to have heard about when I was a teenager. A story about a trophy hunter of the digital age - overcoming challenges through creativity and mind-boggling paths. Hear his story of the hunt to bring him down. The narrator is doing a fabulous job to bring this book to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jordan Y. Ewert USA 09-09-15
    Jordan Y. Ewert USA 09-09-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing story, amazing narration"

    I first became interested in Kevin Mitnick after reading The Art of Deception. This book goes through Kevin's whole story, from growing up without a father figure all the way to where he is now. The narrator is one of the best I've ever heard, and as a result this audiobook reads more like Kevin himself telling his story. complete with all the vocal ups and downs to make things interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sal 09-02-15
    Sal 09-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Real World Hero/Villain Story"

    The story flowed smoothly and was very addicting to listen to. To be honest, I felt somewhat bad when the book ended.

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    Claus 08-12-15
    Claus 08-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome story"

    The life, rise, demise and rebirth of security expert Kevin Mitnick .
    Loved it all the way through.

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    Rick Chatham San Diego, CA 08-11-15
    Rick Chatham San Diego, CA 08-11-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Great reader"

    one of the best readers I've heard. his inflection and energy probably couldn't be matched by the actual author.

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    "Riveting Biography, Although A Little Self Serving"
    What did you love best about Ghost in the Wires?

    As an IT Professional, listening to the social engineering aspects of "hacking" was an amazing eye opener.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kevin Mitnick is the poster boy for computer hacking.


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

    Ray Porter's narration was so believable I almost thought HE was the one who had written the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jay-Dub Colorado, United States 04-18-15
    Jay-Dub Colorado, United States 04-18-15 Member Since 2016

    I love survival books.

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    "Baffled..."

    Just don't understand the author's lack of remorse, or any indication that his actions affect(ed) other people. The story kept me engaged... despite his repeating patterns of addiction. Just because his actions were motivated by "curiosity" not personal or financial gain... means he's innocent? And most of all- what he continually calls "social engineering" is what I call LIES and DECEPTION. This book exposes who he is- sadly lacking a moral compass.

    1 of 1 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-Clarke
    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
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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
  • David
    Kempston
    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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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