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The Dark Web

Narrated by: Geoff White
Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
4 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)
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Publisher's 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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worth a listen seeming its free

I liked it being someone who had never herd of the dark web I'm intrigued

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The Dark Web - exposed

Geoff White presents an excellent coverage of this intriguing topic with a superb balance of interviews. The technical detail and actual experience of people in the field give it credibility and my full attention! Well worth the time to hear this through, and inspiring to learn more. With appreciation for the effort to create this! Jennifer Elwin

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Amateur journalism

Just go listen too the “case-file” podcast on “Silk Road” it’s three parts and far more interesting than this 10 part “bit”on self indulgent ego driven trash....

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Rhotacism

Weally fwustwating. I did even make it past the first episode. He should have employed a diffewent nawwator.

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Surprising, insightful and enjoyable!

I highly recommended this series to everyone. I leaned a lot and it clarified many concepts relating to the dark web. I was very surprised at some of the things I learned. Geoff White is fantastic in his presentation and highly professional. I really enjoyed listening to the series. I'll be keeping an eye for more titles by Geoff White.

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If interested in the dark web an interesting introduction.

I thought this was a good intro as to what the dark web is about.

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Interesting history

Enjoyable Magazine-Style Series, even for a seasoned tech veteran. The pedophile episode was difficult to get through but worth persevering with to garner a greater understanding of the broader threat presented.

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Amateur hour

The dark web is a fascinating topic, but I learnt nothing new here. The production was clearly done extremely cheap, with poor audio recordings featuring background noise and static. The fact the author is a journalist explains the typical style of mainstream media over-dramatisation of the content including the annoying intro/outro of every episode. Speaking of which, the journalist really should not be narrating his own content with a lisp.

This is an amazing topic, but you should look elsewhere (American Kingpin) for less biased, higher quality content.

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Frustrating voice over

Some really good content however the presenters voice is incredibly frustrating, some sort of weird accent or speech impediment that makes him sound like a baby

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  • APS
  • 05-11-2018

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
  • 05-01-2019

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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  • Peter Y. Chapman
  • 05-10-2018

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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  • linda lewis
  • 16-01-2019

Did you enjoy

was the worst short stories I have ever heard. I guess I was expecting something else

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  • Barton
  • 07-01-2019

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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  • Apryl
  • 05-12-2018

Greay book

I love how in depth they went for each subject of each chapter. The narration was was done very well.

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  • testbadge
  • 10-04-2018

Keen listen

Such a wonderful hearing this audiobook. Never have listen this kind of book in my level past

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  • Moo
  • 22-02-2018

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
  • 14-02-2018

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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  • Eileen Ormsby
  • 14-02-2018

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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  • Andrew Roberts
  • 01-08-2018

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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  • S.O
  • 01-07-2018

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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  • Mairead
  • 20-03-2018

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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  • SJC94
  • 12-01-2019

Dreadfully simplistic tabloid journalism.

Complete waste of ones time. Very frustrating. Worst audible purchases I have made to date.

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  • Suzy Q
  • 05-01-2019

very informative and interesting.

I learned a lot about the capabilities and the requirements of the dark web. very interesting.

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  • G. Kilshaw
  • 03-01-2019

Entertaining and informative

Being tec savvy but knowing nothing of the dark web. This series of pod casts made for interesting listening. Well researched and explained.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-01-2019

Interesting, accessible to techies & non-techies

Geoff takes the listener through some aspects of the dark web in a way that's accessible to non-technical people, but still fascinating to those working in the tech industry. Some publications "dumb down" technical matters too far, and it was good to see that hadn't happened here.

There are interviews with people from various walks of life - law enforcement, "hackers", victims of abuse and key figures in the creation of "The Dark Web", etc. and these gave a really interesting insight into the topic. The panel session in the final episode was particularly interesting.

Some interviews "in the field" had poorer audio quality, but for me that's journalism. Geoff met people in spaces they felt comfortable, so hopefully their answers were more truthful and insightful.

Would recommend.