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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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    Mei 04-24-13
    Mei 04-24-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a book for everyone"
    Where does Ghost in the Wires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number 1 so far.


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

    I played the book in double speed and for some reason enhanced my experience, with Ray sounding more urgent.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I first came across Kevin when listening to a Paul dot Com security podcast when Kevin was on as a guest. I was "sucked in" into his experiences, and sounding absurd now, but how he was treated by the FBI. Later on he went onto an interview with Leo Larporte's Triangulation and heard a bit more there.I think he would be fit to be the "definition of hacker". Many readers may think he is arrogant, but I do not. I think he has a very different and I mean DIFFERENT set of morals than everyone else. He is ethical, despite what others think. He empasised time and again how he did not make a single cent out of his hacking activities, and I do not see any reason for him to lie. Unfortunately most hacks do hack for personal gain - which doesn't do any favor with his reputation.

    As I was listening to the book and when he went into great details of how he hacked various places, it can get slightly long. But as I had it sped up those part (a couple of them) flew past quite fast.

    As I was listening to the book, I realised that Kevin is an addict. Addicted to the adrenalin of the challenge of knowing and once known, he move on to another target - like he HAS to have the source code for sun. It almost seems that once he knows that it is out there, he cannot resist. One thing I got out of the book is that we human beings are trusting in nature - and he is indeed a master of, in some ways breaching that trust. As he mentioned, non of the FBI was smart enough to catch him, but in hind sight he won't be here to share your fantastic story today if he didn't get caught, didn't go to jail. Amazing rollercoaster story. I am blown away at how much Kevin had in eye of details, memory and social engineering skills. I am just glad that he is not a a black hat hacker.

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    HandsomePete Philadelphia, PA 04-08-13
    HandsomePete Philadelphia, PA 04-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyed."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Listened to the entire presentation in the two days after downloading, the most important metric (actually only) criteria I use to judge audiobooks. Found it interesting and enjoyable.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The most compelling aspect was the lack of non-compelling aspects.


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

    I tend to mistrust the voice of the mind when reading paperback books given as a gift.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    No additional comments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ursula 04-07-13
    Ursula 04-07-13 Member Since 2010

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    "What a fun book!"

    I was intrigued by the title but could never have imagined how much fun I would have listening to a story about phone companies, 1's and 0's, software, source code, and all the other computer techno-talk. Kevin Mitnick's story was so incredulous and conveyed in such an entertaining way that I enjoyed every minute, often laughing out loud and having to tell my colleague at work what crazy thing I'd read Kevin getting up to that day. Read this book, it will give you an unexpected appreciation for the working of technology, the vulnerabilities of systems (the hard wired and human components) and a worthwhile insight into the mind of a man driven and enslaved by his love to solve a puzzle - and satisfied with just that, solving it! Ray Porter did a fantastic job narrating, I don't think I would have had as much fun reading the book myself!

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    Chris New Zealand 03-27-13
    Chris New Zealand 03-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Insightful, funny and capturing"
    What did you love best about Ghost in the Wires?

    The momentum of the book is great, keeping you captivated.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The conversational style


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

    No, but I will look to in the future based on this effort.


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

    Intellect without remorse


    Any additional comments?

    Slightly abrupt ending, but a great listen!

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    Benjamin 03-19-13
    Benjamin 03-19-13
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    "It Gets Technical, Which Is A Great Thing"
    If you could sum up Ghost in the Wires in three words, what would they be?

    A step ahead


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail that is recalled in the book is remarkable. This story of one of the greatest "virtual" escape artists is very intriguing.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this audio book, especially to those who are technically inclined but also to those who enjoy to learn how things work. One of the best books I have listened to in a long time.

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    pnette 03-15-13
    pnette 03-15-13
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    "Outstanding true story"
    If you could sum up Ghost in the Wires in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, interesting, mindblowing


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Kevin never used any of the information he was able to uncover


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

    first time


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    facinating


    Any additional comments?

    Excellant true story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    V. Takach San Francisco, CA 03-14-13
    V. Takach San Francisco, CA 03-14-13
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    "Amazing narrator, interesting but repetitive book"
    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ray Porter is an incredible reader, and I will look for other works he has read. He made the story-telling come alive, and it felt very natural to have him be reading this book.


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

    A talented egomaniac tells of his exploits.


    Any additional comments?

    To a layman, a lot of his hacking and phone freaking starts running together after a while.

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    Ståle Oslo, Norway 03-11-13
    Ståle Oslo, Norway 03-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book!"
    Would you listen to Ghost in the Wires again? Why?

    Ghost in the wires is a really entertaining story of the worlds most famous hacker. Both the story and the narration is really good, and it is at true story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer ANAHEIM, CA, United States 03-11-13
    Amazon Customer ANAHEIM, CA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Facinating Read"

    I liked the book. It was really cool to hear how he pulled off what he did but it did start to feel more like a brag session.

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    Flight3040 03-04-13
    Flight3040 03-04-13

    Lisa Lamb

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    "Catch me if you can meets computers and phones"

    I really enjoyed this story, but at times I felt frustrated at how the author tried to "social engineer" me the reader. He wants you on his side, but there were times that I had to stand back and think....but of course you are going to jail! Overall, fascinating read and I'm glad he's found a place to help.

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