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The story itself is quite interesting especially if you have read other similar books on the topic such as Ghost in the Wires. However, the narrator has poor performance for this type of book. He is very monotone with a slip dip in tone at the end of a sentence as if he were reading the news in a very rigid way. The dullness is distracting.
For those criticizing the book for telling the same "old" stories, perhaps next time look at the copyright date of the book in the description which clearly says 1991.
As for the book I got this after reading Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick since I knew this wasn't written by Mitnick, and boy do they have a different version of events. I hate to be super cliched, but I think the truth of the story is somewhere in between. If you're interested in the story of Kevin Mitnick I highly suggest you read both books. The interesting part of this book is that it goes much more into the early hacking history of Mitnick than he did in Ghost in the Wires - which actually gives you a much more full picture of him. Also the time capsule look at events, since the original story is from 1991, makes it an interesting look at what people thought at the time. This book does, at the end, have a nice recap of what happened after this book was originally written which is a huge deal since without it, the story is very incomplete. Anyways for the Mitnick parts of the book it's completely worth getting along with Ghost in Wires, they are both very entertaining and goodreads.
However this book covers other subjects too and frankly I just wasn't very much into them. The hackers from Europe, I ended up skipping through that entire part because I just couldn't make myself care - not sure why it didn't click, but I just didn't care.
The final subject in the book is a bit of an interesting subject but there just wasn't a lot to the story and it seemingly mainly covered the trial. It didn't drag or anything, it was just OK.
So in closing get this if you want to read more on Mitnick and balance out his extremely one-sided story of everyone being against him, turning on him, etc etc etc.
The reader does a fine professional job.
I was a bit disappointed in my expectations of this audiobook. Having finished Ghost In The Wire, which was gripping and read like a Jason Bourne novel, I was hungry for more. What I got here though was a much more pedestrian retelling of three famous cases, much of which was focussed on the trials and legal aspects of the cases rather than the technical or cultural.
The audiobook reading has mistakes in, which I find unforgivable in a professional production. Not only does the reader mispronounce many words, but a couple of times he says the wrong word or stumbles over a word, and they don't even rerecord it!
For what it is, however, it's a competent and interesting book, if a little dull in places.
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Provides complex insight into a number of key figures and events throughout computer history, specific to hacking. Highly recommended for anyone interested in learning where hacking began, and what motivated those at the forefront