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Ghost in the Wires Audiobook

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

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.
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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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    Amazon Customer Ponca City, OK 11-05-15
    Amazon Customer Ponca City, OK 11-05-15

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    This account demonstrates that every system has the seeds of its downfall in it due to the people involved. Recommended reading for anyone in the technology business.

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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.

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    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.

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    Mark 09-25-15
    Mark 09-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story,"

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

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    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.

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    Jordan Y. Ewert USA 09-09-15
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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.

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    Sal 09-02-15
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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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    "Awesome story"

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

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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.


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    "Awesome book, well read."
    What made the experience of listening to Ghost in the Wires the most enjoyable?

    This is an incredible story. I'd not heard of Kevin Mitnick before and just went for it on a Twitter recommendation. I work in a sysadmin type role so it was an eye-opener that our recent NSA privacy problems have been pre-dated by a whole team of independent kids who hacked as a hobby. It'll certainly make me more cautious when using the phone as well as email/internet.


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

    Ray's reading was fantastic. I felt like I was listening to the author tell the story.


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  • Ed
    Addlestone, United Kingdom
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    "BUY THIS NOW!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ghost in the Wires the most enjoyable?

    It was captivating from the start, even if you're only a little bit interested in technology or hacking in general. It's like a James Bond adventure in cyberspace and telephony systems and all based on the exploits of one remarkable nerdy guy!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sheer mastery he possessed of both technology and social engineering is fascinating to listen to, the way he outclasses the FBI and is ahead of them at almost every turn even leaving them doughnuts in his fridge when he knew they were about to raid him!


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    This was the first audio book I've listened to and it's certainly one of the best performances. It didn't even enter my head that this wasn't Kevin Mitnick himself reading this aloud.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's more of an adventure story rather than high drama so it's more action than emotion, however he comes across as a really nice guy and not the mastermind criminal he was made out to be at the time all this was happening.


    Any additional comments?

    I've recommended this audio book to absolutely all my friends and family and those who have listened to it have not been disappointed!

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  • Nitish
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom
    2/26/14
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    "Great first read (listen"
    If you could sum up Ghost in the Wires in three words, what would they be?

    'Page tuner', funny, great narrator


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kevin


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first audiobook and what a start. I loved this audiobook, great story and narrator. Kevin has the mind of a genius.

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  • Richard
    HINCKLEY, United Kingdom
    1/21/14
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    "I loved it."
    Where does Ghost in the Wires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a really fantastic book, the author has a really amazing memory and scatters a wonderful array of details throughout the book which really brings it to life. He gives lots of detailed descriptions about his techniques which is great!

    One of the best audio books I've listened to and I've been an audible member for many years now.


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  • John
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "A captivating tale that improves with each chapter"
    Would you listen to Ghost in the Wires again? Why?

    No. I never read a book twice.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    They get better as the book progresses. The detail given throughout the book will be interesting to both technical reader and non-technical reader alike - explanations are clear and well explained but not dumbed down.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    If you trust the ratings given to this book on Audible then you need to read this book. If you've read the book and still don't question the ratings then you didn't read the book properly.

    This book is well worth reading for the insight it gives into human nature.

    The author's character is a little irritating in the first few chapters as he seems to be getting into trouble needlessly but it very quickly grows into a likeable one. After the first half hour of listening I wasn't sure if I would make it all the way through but soon after that I couldn't put it down.

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  • A P Smith
    Bath, B&NES England
    11/6/13
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    "Fantastic, Inspiring stuff"

    Really enjoyed this. Facinating insight into the exploits and mind of one of the most famous 'hackers' ever. What was most interesting to me was that a large part of what Kevin did was 'Socially Engineering' not the stereo type of a spotty kid sitting in front of a computer in a dark room at all. Some of ways he would trick people into revealing highly confindential information to what was effectively a stranger on the phone left me open mouthed at the both the shear audacity and the genius of it.

    Sure the writing is not perfect and Kevin clearly relishes describing the technical detial of his hacks which I found facinating, but may put others off. Some other interesting details of his life are kind of glossed over to focus more on the actuall hacking. I would have like to hear a little more of how he coped with his time in prison, and a little more about why his close family seemed so acepting and tollerant of his exploits - even when he was on the run from the FBI and using a false identity!

    All in all though this is a facinating listen and should be required reading for any one working in computer/phone security.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Holmfirth, United Kingdom
    9/24/13
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    "Interesting at first..."
    What disappointed you about Ghost in the Wires?

    It began well but towards the end it all became a bit repetitive. Lost interest in the character and didn't really care what happened to him.


    What could Kevin Mitnick and William L. Simon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Could do with a ruthless edit.


    Any additional comments?

    Social engineering sections were interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alistair
    MARLBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    7/10/13
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    "Compelling stuff"

    This felt like a hacker's version of 'catch me if you can' (the Leonardo DiCaprio film) and I found myself listening at any opportunity I could, to find out what would happen next. A very interesting story and told well, though at times I found the narrator's voice a bit grate-y.
    On top of this it provided a real insight into how you might take steps to protecting yourself and your personal information from other hackers like him, particularly as more and more is done online.
    I'd thoroughly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • edward
    sallins, Ireland
    6/25/13
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    "A really enjoyable listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghost in the Wires to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book.

    But the audio book is one of the best I have heard. Ray Porter's performance is great.


    But I would say that reading out the text displayed on a terminal was a little tedious at times.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but Ray's performance is great.
    The best I have heard so far.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stewart Gibson
    South Africa
    5/28/13
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    "High hopes, battled thru a few hours and abandoned"

    this must be a fascinating story but I think the whole thing needs a another approach for a casual listener. One of the few books I abandoned half way thru.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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