For overall story I would give it a 3.5 stars. For narration I would give it more than 5 stars if I could. The narrator makes this one of my favorite, if not my Absolute favorite, audio books so far.
I would indeed recommend Ghost in theWires to my friends and family because of Ray Porter’s narration. It was awesome!
I felt like I was listening to the author, Kevin Mitnick, narrating his own book. He sounded as if he had lived this story personally and knew exactly where to put the emphasis in his words and phrasing. He reminded me of Martin Short narrating his own autobiography in that way. I would listen to more books that Ray Porter has narrated.
I can’t say that I really had an “extreme” reaction to this book. I did laugh in places, but it really wasn’t an emotional memoir. In a few places I thought to myself, “How stupid was that?” But the author himself admits he made some really boneheaded moves which is why he got caught and spent so much time in prison for hacking.
I can’t really give the story more than 3.5 stars. I am not a hacker, or a techie. I have never worked for the phone company and don’t know what all the jargon means. Same goes for all the programming stuff. I don’t know anything about computer programming languages. The author uses a lot of slang and terminology that just meant absolutely nothing to me and he used it often. It made it difficult for me to follow the story at times. When he wasn’t using all the technogeek language I had no trouble following the story and was captivated by it.
I did find myself wondering why he kept going back to hacking all these different companies after he went to jail for it the first time. He said himself that he didn’t want to go back to jail, especially solitary confinement, but then he kept right on doing what got him thrown in prison the first time. I guess that for him hacking was an addiction like alcohol and drugs and porn are to other people.