©1980 Frank Abagnale, Jr.; (P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Zingingly told...richly detailed and winning as the devil." (Kirkus Reviews)
An Audible veteran with more than a decade of commutes listening to audiobooks.
This is very entertaining title and Barry Whitener does an incredible job narrating. Barry does the voices and acting so well you forget there's only one person performing.
I enjoyed this book immensly. Mr. Abignale Weaves a wonderful story that traces his life as a brilliant "paper hanger." I learned some things I never knew. His ability to create relationships and trust is truly amazing. He has a very keen mind and it was a pleasure to watch it work. The only problem I had with the book was a premature ending. I was left hanging.
<U><B>Catch Me If You Can</B></U>, made into a movie a few years ago with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, was my first introduction to the story of Frank Abagnale, Jr. This is "truth is stranger than fiction" at its finest and one of my most enjoyable listens from audible. My only problem with it is the ending. Spoilled by the movie, which details his time with the FBI and then, in the ending credits, talks about his subsequent consulting work helping combat check fraud for banks and businesses, the audio book doesn't get into any of that, but ends very abruptly - like many of Abagnale's alter-ego lives. Still very enjoyable and highly recommended with very good narration.
Breezy, fascinating story of an amoral teenager duping the adult world and enjoying *almost* every moment of it. (The French prison portion is harrowing.) No surprise: better than the movie. Reader is excellent. Well worth it.
This book does a great job telling the story of how this young con man swindled millions of dollars from hotels and banks during a multi-year escapade through the US and Europe. After reading about Abagnale's prison life in France, that's one country where you should not break the law.
I thoroughly enjoyed the telling of this sport span of white collar crime in a person so young. It is truly unbelievable that a mere teenager could have pulled off so much and fooled so many. The narrator kept my attention throughout. Although I had already viewed the film, I found the book so much more entertaining. If you saw the movie and liked it, I recommend that you follow up your experience with this book.
What a brilliant con artist, and to be so young....one with a (sort of) conscience. Held my attention all the way thru. Good reader Barrett Whitener. Has a pleasing voice, easy to listen too. Recommend to anyone interested in the workings of the con artist's mind.
What a great story. Truely it must be read to be believed. The only thing that I didn't like was the long time spent on his time in the French jail. That was brutal. The rest of the story was very light and whimsical. That part was disturbing. Also, I think the ending leaves a very different impression than the ending of the movie, so for closure see the movie, for the details, enjoy this wonderful story - truth is stranger than fiction!
The movie is very loosely based on this book - and this book is far better. I enjoyed listening to this book more than any others I've listened to in a while. The only criticism I have is that the ending seems rather sudden. Interestingly, Mr. Abagnale never reveals the name of the university he taught at in the book. In the bonus material for the movie, though, he does - Brigham Young University. As a former BYU student myself, and one that still lives in the area, I found that part of the book especially interesting.
Of course, the successful film brought this book (20+ years old) back into print and its a good complement to the film as it is far different, with more detail into exactly HOW Frank got away with matters and far less on the FBI "Javert" who pursued him. Still, we all paid for what Frank did, in terms of higher prices, Frank relied on the willingness to be kind of total strangers so his 6 months of cruel treatment in France didn't concern me too much. Still excellent and highly recommended.
"Captivating - his audacity is astounding"
Abagnale glibly tells a story of an ingenious criminal lifestyle. He expresses guilt a few times over something that he did, but it's always some off-the-wall little thing that pales in comparison to the jobs and lives of the people that his behavior likely wrecked.
It's a grabber. From the start, I was so engrossed. How much of it is Abagnale's own words and how much is Redding's work I have no clue. Whoever is responsible for the bulk of the writing did a top notch job.
It's not often I read a book that holds my attention like this one does. The sheer imagination and audacity it took to pull off Abagnale's capers is something to marvel at, however unacceptable his activities might have been.
He gets his. You'll know what I mean when you reach that point in the story.
Get this, its well worth your time.
loved it! So interesting and captured my interest right from the start. I saw the film 'Catch Me If You Can' and downloaded the audiobook to hear a more accurate account of Frank Abagnale's life. I was so surprised to learn that he was as bold and intelligent, if not more so, than he was depicted in the movie! I enjoyed the audiobook no end. I've listened to it a few times and I'm still amazed by the ingenuity and inventiveness of Frank and his brazen frauds. Wish I could give it more than 5 stars!
"Funny and engaging"
I did enjoy this book. It is written in such an engaging way, very light hearted and humorous for the most part, and it is difficult not to side with Frank villain and conman though he is. How true to life it really is.. your guess is as good as mine but it makes for a terrific story. A tad repetitive at times, but the book doesn't drag. Narration is top class and adds a lot to the book.
Worth a listen if you're looking for something different from a run of the mill thriller, for example.
"Better than the film!"
Engaging and interesting story
The sheer audacity of the man in his actions
Easy to listen to and he keeps you interested. the only issue I had wa shis terrible interpretation of a French accent! Not good.
"You couldn't make it up!"
Even if you've seen the movie this is well worth a read. It has additional stories and is the definitive account, provided, that is, you're willing to believe the account of surely the greatest con man of the modern age!
Superb even if you've seen the film. Well recited and lots of entertaining humour. Thoroughly enjoyable piece of work done.
The narrator was very good and the story of Frank absolutely gripping.
The close calls that Frank had with the law.
No I haven't listened to any others.
There is towards the end but I won't give the story away.
I really enjoyed this book. It was well read and a great story. It makes you realise how lax things were 'back the ' and how much security and technology has advanced.If you have seen the film I would highly recommend this, it is different (especially the latter part) and a real eye opener. It concentrates more on Frank and his escapades than the police.
"Hard to handle"
Dreadful curiosity rather than enjoyment kept me listening to this book. I had to switch off and listen to something else at times as I became uncomfortable at the risks Abagnale was taking. I found it interesting how lax security was back in the day and was amazed at how much he got away with. Every time I thought he'd give it up, Abagnale ploughed on with yet another audacious scheme. I understand this might have been ghost written, so may say more about someone else's style of writing, but I found the lack of remorse and smug self satisfaction a little hard to take at times. The narrator was excellent.
"Must read un put downable"
This listen catches you from the start. The pace is just fast enough as to not loose interest you find yourself giggling and often in the thought of how does he get away with it !
The sheer cheek of his plans
I have not listened to this narrator before. I found him easy to listen to
It made me laugh quite a lot but not cry
I will for sure listen to this again it was an avid listen. I wish I hadn't seen the movie first as I compared the book to it. I will be listening to it again very soon !
A glorious tale of a man, who knew he was doing wrong, but didn't feel the need to justify his actions.
The bare-facedness is so refreshing! It is very funny and completely avoids any form of moralisation. It just tells you what happened, and you, my dear reader (listener), can make up your own mind about Mr Abagnale.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.