Having loved David's above-mentioned book, I eagerly bought and listened to this, but was quickly disappointed. I found that this book contained no substantially new ideas, and focused more of getting yourself in the right state of mind, than actually doing anything to get yourself out of dis-organization. I think I will get more out of re-reading the previous title as a refresher instead. Chalk this up as a preference over being "done" versus just being "ready."
Excellent story line and character development. Hoag really knows how to make her characters interesting - you connect with them and understand what makes them tick. The plot twists will keep you guessing, and the ending is NOT predicatable. Very enjoyable... my second book by Hoag. I would also recommend "Kill the Messenger"
I listened to the first 30 minutes in disbelief at the poorly written characters and plot. I almost stopped listening and even spent some time through the audible site to see if they had a return policy (they don't). I decided to give the book a second chance - big mistake and a huge waste of time. Another reviewer wrote that this is campy, and they were right. At times, I felt like that silly boardgame "clue" had been brought to life, and they cast McGuyver as the lead character. Beware! Cliches at every corner!
I haven't seen the movie, so I can't draw any comparisons there, but I will say that Mr. Abagnale weaves a very interesting story of his even more interesting life. This book is a fun listen, and you'll find your self rooting for him every step of the way. This is a good book for when you want something intriguing, but light-hearted (with the exception of the French prison part. I do agree with another reviewer there, but even that experience is a testament to his creativity in getting himself through and out of tough spots).
A good book should pique your curiosity and make you think, and this book does just that. Regardless of your beliefs, it is still an interesting work of *fiction*, based on some nuggets of truth. While I found the frequent use of flashbacks in the first half a bit repetitive, this information certainly rounds-out the story. This is not a book to be gulped in one sitting, but to be savored with time to think in-between (and to perhaps look at some of the references listed).
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