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The Dark Web

Narrated by: Geoff White
Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (180 ratings)
Regular price: £19.99
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Summary

From sex trafficking and fraud to government secrets and anonymous hacking groups, this definitive exploration and exposé of the dark web goes where no documentary has gone before. 

The anonymous and lawless online environment of the Dark Web makes headlines on a daily basis. It touches all of our lives, without our knowledge, in many different ways. But where do the myths end and reality begin? 

Tech writer and broadcaster Geoff White (Channel 4 News) wants to find out. He casts an investigatory light on the dark underworld of the internet. We join him on a shocking tour of its secrets, revealing corporate hackers, paedophile rings, fraud on an international scale, conspiracy theories, drug dealers, gun runners, spies and specialist police investigators. 

Driven by undercover recordings, anonymous contributors and expert interviews, this in-depth, journalistically-rigorous current affairs investigation leaves no online stone unturned in its quest for the truth. 

As an Audio Show - free for members - when you add The Dark Web to your library, you'll get all 10 episodes, each with a runtime of about 25 minutes.

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Good for an introduction to the basic facets

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Audio quality was somewhat poor, especially in certain interviews. I'd describe it as mobile-phone grade recording. Overall, I felt it was a good first introduction to the issues hosted on the Dark Web. However, it is also highly sensationalised, which is somewhat ironic considering episode 9 features an interview about whistleblowing which details how people are less likely to approach journalists who simply write "DARK WEB BAD!", which is almost exactly what is happening in this series. I would recommend the series to those wanting an overview of the negative aspects of the Dark Web, but if you want more technical information and a balanced view of the non-insidious activities which take place, look elsewhere.

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  • Nigel
  • Berkshire, UK
  • 14-02-18

An insightful 10-part documentary 5*


An insightful 10-part documentary by Technology journalist, Geoff White (Channel 4 News).

I learnt a lot.


1. The birth of the dark web
2. The untold story of the dark web
3. Bitcoin’s days are numbered
4. How not to buy a gun on the dark web
5. Hackers for hire
6. The virus kingpin
7. Cyber crime Inc.
8. The child porn paradox
9. A dark force for good
10. Anonymity on trial

Found everything brilliant except part 10 (34 minutes); a group of knowledgeable people discuss anonymity and the dark web. Compared to what preceded it, this episode was rather dull.

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Comprehensive and accurate

A comprehensive, accurate and informative delve into the dark web.Well researched with a range of voices from insiders. Recommended

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Definitely worth a listen

A good, balanced discussion around a complex and polarising subject that informs and turns the spotlight onto.

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Rivetting piece of journalism, very professional.

Loved this exposé of the dark web, why bitcoin was successful , explains silk road and why law enforcement is spending big time on this area.

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Fascinating history

I have a computer science background and whilst I had a passing understanding of technologies like Tor and bitcoin, the history of the technology was new to me and very well presented. The Silk Road saga typically takes all the headlines so was grateful to get a broader picture of what's really going on across the so called "dark web". Unsurprisingly there's plenty of murky goings-on if you know where to look, but it manages not to get too think-of-the-children overly dramatic despite lengthy focus on the shadier topics typically associated with the dark web.

Episodes rattle along at a nice pace. Being a geek I wouldn't have minded a little more detail of the underlying tech, but I expect I'm the minority!

A fascinating show and leant far more than I expected.

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A great introductory series into the dark web

This show takes you right to the start of how the dark web was born, and how it's changed and where it is today. The show features interviews that provide lots of information without feeling academic. It is well produced and goes at a pace that leaves you both entertained and informed. A great background listen. I highly recommend this.

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Great Audio Show

What did you like most about The Dark Web?

I realised how much I didn't know about The Dark Web. I really enjoyed learning about how it came to be.

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Absolutely fascinating, informative & surprising

Fabulous journalism. The story is very well put together which makes it totally riveting. One of the best things I have listened to in ages and basically audible and everyone involved in this production should be proud of themselves.

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Fascinating

Strongly recommend this series to anyone; this is an eye-opening account of a world many know so little about. More than just technology, this is a look into the human condition and how people use anonymity online.

This doesn’t use a great deal of technical jargon; you don’t need to be an IT guru to follow it.

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  • APS
  • 05-11-18

BEST BEGINER GUIDE

I was always curious about the term dark web. This audio book is surely one of the best method to get to know about the origin and all the myths and facts about dark web.
It's free so must read for an enthusiast

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  • OUSOB
  • 05-01-19

Far better than anticipated

I was already somewhat familiar with the dark web but this well balanced and informative read really showed me how little I knew.

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  • Barton
  • 07-01-19

Dangerous Information

This is not the kind of information allowed in a police state. Amazon will not be allowed to keep this up long. Download it now, and copy it to a secure location. Insiders at Audible say this series is scheduled for deletion.

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  • BetaBum
  • 10-03-19

informative and eye opening

great series, I had a buddy bout 16 yrs ago was a hacker and I've known a little bit about tor browsers and yea it's been around since than. this is a very informative and eye opening series giving a l look into certain enties all exactly how a lot of these hot topic issues get past a lot of ppl. only on chapter 3 but so far so good. need more series of information such as this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-19

Lacks the depth expected

skims the surface of the dark web. some interviews are difficult to hear. sound as if they were recorded in a noisy cafe.

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  • Peter Y. Chapman
  • 05-10-18

Everyone, online or offline, should listen to this

Highly, highly recommended listen!

See my reviews on the first and the last in the series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-03-19

Eye Opening.

If you want to know about terms that you've heard from time to time and what the different internet technologies are used for or can be used for, both good and bad. Then listen to this.

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  • Bernadette Kat
  • 09-03-19

Really excellent!

Never imagined this is how deep the web went. Well researched and produced. Presentation, however, left a lot to be desired... it was quite Difficult to get adjusted to Geoff White's inability to say the letter "r". So what he would say was: "...the weestwictive wegulations aw weally weally weediculous"

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  • Jim
  • 06-03-19

Worth listening!

While incomplete in some places, and even superficial in some analyses, this series is worth the time because there is so little on this subject that is as accessible. We need to hear about this! The final episode, a panel discussion, is the best in my opinion. It gets down to the basic ethical issue at the root of whether anonymity is good or bad. The panelists are wonderfully articulate! They do not oversimplify. I love the fact that in a day of cultural relativism, there was evidence that the idea of RIGHT and wrong, lawful and unlawful, still are valued. The closing statement says it all: it comes down to whether we are at root good or bad!

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  • Anthony
  • 01-03-19

good read

simple and to the point, gives you a decent understanding of TOR and how the seediest of people use it for very bad things