©1980 Frank Abagnale, Jr.; (P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Zingingly told...richly detailed and winning as the devil." (Kirkus Reviews)
No, I probably will not listen again to the book.
The "fruits" of his labors imprisoned in Europe brought the whole experience down to earth.
Through Abignale, I experienced the angst and longing of a teenager. His time in French prison was especially painful to listen to. The abrupt ending was very disappointing because it omits the redemptive part of Abignale's story.
One of the conditions of Abignale's parole was to present at high school assemblies and tell his story to students. My high school in Independence, Missouri was one of those. I remember listening to him and thinking that his story was too fantastic to believe. I had the same feeling listening to the book and kept wondering if everything he did could be corraborated. Nonetheless, if even a portion of it is true, it is amazing. Some of Abignale's success was dumb luck and much of it was the ability to think quickly on his feet. What a brilliant mind!
One of the most intriguing books I've every read or listened to. Book so, so much interesting and thorough than the movie....and I love the movie.
This is a book I'd listen to a second time and enjoy it just as much.
Business owner , philanthropist.
Really good all the way through. Has a fun edge to it. It kind of makes you want to become a felon.
There were times that this story had me stopped in my tracks, unable to move or complete the chores I was working on because it was THAT GOOD. The exploits that he got into and the things he got away with are so freaking unbelievable that you will shake your head in disbelief. His stories are so mind blowing that I had to tell as many people as would listen about the most exciting exploits. Just a really good read and a really good narrator.
This is a fantastic, truth is stranger than fiction story which translates beautifully into audible format. My only gripe with it is that the producers of the audiobook chose to omit the epilogue which details some of the most important information of the story (i.e. what happens to Frank after his antics come to an in the USA). It leaves the audiobook feeling unfinished and is rather unsatisfying after taking the journey with Frank so far.
I'd still recommend it though - but perhaps watch the movie immediately afterwards to enjoy drawing the comparisons and to get filled in on the end of the tale...
“As you know, madness is like gravity...all it takes is a little push.” The Joker
Frank W. Abagnale is for sure one of the sharpest minds I have heard of, if he had the right track he could have been an Einstein!!
The book is really engaging and amusing , and the narrator voice is the best possible choice. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED :)
Rock Star come Office Furniture Salesman.
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!!!! One of the best books Ive ever (not) read. Hillarious! Incredibly well written and the narration is superb!
It was great to listen to the full story of this incredible person who got away with so much. I didn't want to stop listening, it kept me interested from start to finish.
Have not seen the film, so not able to make a comparison. Ok, so the author is completely morally reprehensible - listeners need to put that aside to get though this audiobook! The longer this tale went on, the more I began shake my head and laugh as scheme after scheme seemed to fall into place for the author. Can it all possibly be 100% true? Apparently so....
The narrator does a reasonable job handling the various accents, and captures the "frank" - no pun intended - smugness of the author well.
The ending is very abrupt, and maybe audiobook format just doesn't suit the ending, for I can easily imagine the ending in a movie format.
I think at least an epilogue is due though - to tell the story of his eventual meeting with his pursuer.
Both the story and narrator are fascinating, watching the movie is nothing like listening to this book. And it really isn't. Despite stating that a movie is being made based on this book, this book stops at a point where you'd think there is part 2. Seems Mr. Frank didn't wanna go any deeper into the story... he thought this was a smart point to stop? But this is WAY ahead of the true ending.
I have to say I'm quite disappointed at how it ended, thus the 4 star
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