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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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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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    Margaret 11-01-13
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    "Wow! What a tale! Nicely nerve wracking!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghost in the Wires to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I found all of the social engineering scenes intriguing. Creepy, crazy, but cool in a "can't believe it" way.


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

    That people can be manipulated because of ego issues more easily than I'd have thought.


    Any additional comments?

    This audio books was a tad redundant in places but well worth purchasing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sean Carthage, NY, United States 11-01-13
    sean Carthage, NY, United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Filling in the details of a great story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghost in the Wires to be better than the print version?

    I think the print version may be better, with technical charts, and logs and numbers, being able to see the information may be better.


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

    Its similar to the other books Mitnick wrote, with perhaps more tech detail.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Kevin was the only character, its told in the first person. However, the exclamations became repetitive and slightly annoying. Any time the feds or police got close I knew exactly the next sound I would hear.


    Any additional comments?

    Great that I finally got through the story, but wish I'd had time to read it.

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    Macauley86 California, United States 10-18-13
    Macauley86 California, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2017
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    "This was such a great story"
    What made the experience of listening to Ghost in the Wires the most enjoyable?

    This is a must-listen. The story is more gripping than a novel, and the narrator does a truly great job.


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    Arielle 09-30-13
    Arielle 09-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "More Interesting Than It Sounds"
    If you could sum up Ghost in the Wires in three words, what would they be?

    intelligent, suspenseful, positive


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

    I have never read anything else like it. I'm not a huge fan of technology or hackers, but after seeing the author on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, I wanted to give this book a try.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How he gets caught is really interesting.


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

    "The story of the world's most infamous hacker, and how he overcame."


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the subject matter fool you. This is absolutely intriguing.

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    Yachtmaster 09-25-13
    Yachtmaster 09-25-13
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    "Very well done"

    A good read and provides insight into the world of hackers. A truly amazing story.

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    Marcus Abingdon, VA, United States 09-23-13
    Marcus Abingdon, VA, United States 09-23-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Awsome book Awsome narrator"
    Would you listen to Ghost in the Wires again? Why?

    Definitely, there is so many details that I would like to hear it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    To learn that hacking can be done through acting.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Besides the fact he is THE BEST narrator at Audible there is nothing else to say


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

    You will be tricked when you less expect


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    Mr. J. Guerrero San Diego, CA 09-05-13
    Mr. J. Guerrero San Diego, CA 09-05-13
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    "AMAZING BOOK! EASY TO LISTEN AND WILL KEEP YOU...."
    Where does Ghost in the Wires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, if not the best audio book ever!


    What did you like best about this story?

    How he explained everything step by step.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Very good voice!


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

    It was but not possible since it was 14 hours long. Was able to listen to it over the span of a week at work.


    Any additional comments?

    A must buy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ROBERT United States 08-20-13
    ROBERT United States 08-20-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Well done!"
    What did you love best about Ghost in the Wires?

    After 13 hrs and 59 mins I didn't feel like there was a lull in the book. So many monumental moments in the book that has shaped what are our communication guidelines today.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Ray did an excellent job! Thank you sir!


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    PenelopeJames Hampton, IL, United States 08-01-13
    PenelopeJames Hampton, IL, United States 08-01-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "So great to finally hear his perspective"
    Any additional comments?

    Having read Takedown back in middle school, I always found the story of Mitnick's exploits and time on the lamb to be fascinating. I'm glad to finally have his side of everything that happened available. I'd have to suggest listing to the interview that Kevin gave on Triangulation on twit.tv as well to anyone who enjoys this book.

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    David Tulsa, OK, United States 07-13-13
    David Tulsa, OK, United States 07-13-13
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    "Curiosity and arrogance nearly killed the cat."
    If you could sum up Ghost in the Wires in three words, what would they be?

    Rules? No way.


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

    I have never read anything quite like this. The film, 'Catch Me If You Can' comes close. Both are stories of real men who just wouldn't play by the rules.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Kevin Mitnik was made very sympathetic and understandable by the performance.


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

    The end, when he told about his successes after prison. When his supporters started the FREE KEVIN movement, that was awesome.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was an education as well as being wonderfully entertaining, and moving. The long lists of codes and sites was a bit tedious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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