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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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    Darlene 01-08-13
    Darlene 01-08-13
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    "Decently entertaining with a good narrator"
    What did you love best about Ghost in the Wires?

    Ray Porter - his inflections and reading are spot on. He makes it seem as though this is his memoir. He's been good in others and so-so in some but this was perfect material for him. Enjoyable listen. Parts of this could have been insanely boring but the authors and narrator did a good job conveying the technical details with out putting you to sleep.


    What other book might you compare Ghost in the Wires to and why?

    Not really a book but as others have noted, this is the geek version of Catch Me If You Can.


    Any additional comments?

    The author (Mitnick) is arrogant, yes. That's his personality and what enabled him to pull off most of what he did so there's no way to take that out of the book. And a bit whiny. But looking past that, it's quite fascinating what he was able to talk people into and what info he could talk them out of.

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    Abe Lincoln Maryland, USA 01-07-13
    Abe Lincoln Maryland, USA 01-07-13

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    "Kept my interest for 80% of the story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very interesting story of telephone and computer hacking. Enough technical details to keep it interesting without overload. Plenty of his personal life and problems.


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

    No.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    On the human side, it is the story of smart but spoiled immature kid who becomes a spoiled immature adult.

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    Katherine Temecula, CA, United States 01-02-13
    Katherine Temecula, CA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Best book of 2012"

    This was the best book that I heard in 2013. It had the excitement of any thriller and it was the story of a real person told by the one who lived it. The Narrator Ray porter did an excelent job of brining it to life. I felt like I was there with him on the run as he tried to out think all the agents that came after him.

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    M. Pack 12-24-12
    M. Pack 12-24-12 Member Since 2009

    constant reader

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    "Repetitive but entertaining"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book was painfully unabridged! Every number, letter, acronym, and phone number were included. It got pretty tedious!


    Would you recommend Ghost in the Wires to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would. It was still interesting to learn about social engineering.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, but the way the narrator drew out the profanity was tiresome and off putting.


    Could you see Ghost in the Wires being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Possibly. Someone narcissistic should play Kevin. Narcissistic and fat, anyway.


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    Geoffrey JESMOND, Australia 12-18-12
    Geoffrey JESMOND, Australia 12-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing Insight"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghost in the Wires to be better than the print version?

    Have not read but could't imagine it being much different


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The honest and open frankness of the author


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

    One of the easiest of the US presenters I have listened to as a listener from outside the US (Australia)


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    As a non hacker I just found it of great general interest but with an inherent message that computer security is very suspect.


    Any additional comments?

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    R. Jones Chicago, IL 12-11-12
    R. Jones Chicago, IL 12-11-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't stop listening!!!"
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    Amazing story - well told and well read! You don't have to agree to or like it, but the adventure is sure as hell fun!

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    Guns4all 12-05-12
    Guns4all 12-05-12 Member Since 2017
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    "hacker's version of "catch me if you can"."

    Well written, well read, entertaining, not too technical, not too long. Author pulls few punches with those who deserve it, being hit. I have never before been remotely interested in the hacker culture, but this was totally engrossing.

    Honestly, I didn't even know who Kevin Micklick was.

    Lots of adventure here.

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    B.D.R. 12-04-12
    B.D.R. 12-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One truly amazing story"
    If you could sum up Ghost in the Wires in three words, what would they be?

    exciting unbelievable insane


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    One man who was able to stay ahead of the entire FBI


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Kevin goes on the run


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

    How he was able to stay one step ahead of everyone.


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    Adrian KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 11-22-12
    Adrian KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2017

    Years ago, I took up audiobooks to make a long commute more tolerable. Now, I love how a good performance can enhance an already great book.

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    "Essential hacking history for any hacker or geek"

    The bad: Mitnick's ego and lingering resentments sometimes get in the way and the story also gets dry and repetitive at points.

    The good: Mitnick's story is legendary, and while I get the feeling he isn't always 100% honest, this is probably the closest we'll ever get to the true story without embellishments and ridiculous rumors. As Mitnick points out several times in his own story, his escapades are remarkable enough without the crazy rumors that grew around his legend over the years.

    As a hacker and penetration tester myself, it is refreshing to read a story where second or third-hand accounts of hacking don't result in eye-rolling ridiculousness during the technical parts. I had known bits and pieces of Mitnick's story, but it was interesting to find out that most of his greatest successes were due, at least in part, to his natural skill as a social engineer. The result is a book that is not only entertaining and historic, but highly instructional also. As he states, the approaches he uses to get access to systems works nearly as well today as it did in the day of his exploits.

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    Tom Mareeba, Australia 11-22-12
    Tom Mareeba, Australia 11-22-12
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    "Really enjoyable!"
    Would you listen to Ghost in the Wires again? Why?

    I don't watch or read anything twice. Doing so may tarnish the great memories I have of books such as this one. I would recommend it to others though, no doubt.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are some really clever ploys Kevin Mitnick used at various times in his life. Most of my favourite scenes involved him coming up with clever plans or even better, the times when he had to come up with some genius on a moments notice to get out of what looked to be a situation possible to escape from.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I had no idea social engineering is so critical to hacking, nor was I aware how easy it was as long as you're willing to be deceitful.


    Any additional comments?

    It can be hard to tear myself away from my computer and go to bed of a night time, but while I was listening to this book, I would go to be up to 2 hours early just to listen to it. The narration is excellent, even funny at times when the narrator does accents and puts his own spin on little spin on things.

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