©1980 Frank Abagnale, Jr.; (P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Zingingly told...richly detailed and winning as the devil." (Kirkus Reviews)
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...
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein
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
Very interesting book. How he could pull off each ruse showed he was quite daring and that he had to be quite intelligent. Of course it could also mean people are gullible. Probably a little of each. How he could pass the bar without going through law school or know enough to fool pilots or other doctors was amazing. The only downside to the book was that in some spots it dragged a little and in others it was a little unbelievable. For example the conditions in the Swedish prison seem almost too glamorous. The French prison was so bad that you would understand that he would not ever go back to France and commit a crime. The ending was a little quick so you knew there was going to be a second book. Also, it probably didn't help that I had seen the movie first. I think it would have been better to read the book first. Still it was a very good book. Now onto the second book, "The Art of the Steal".
Frank Abagnale Jr. is my new hero. He is the ultimate con man and his experiences will keep you at the edge of your seat. I found myself grinning quite a bit as i imagined what it must have been like to live life 'dead heading' across the country and pulling off the most innovative counterfeiting schemes. Oh why did i finish school and not start up a life of crime?!? Oh wait, french prisons... that may be why. Great listen! Worth the credit.
"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.
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.
I listen to a lot of books whilst I'm travelling so haven't read the print version. I don't have time to sit down with a book so audible are absolutely ideal.
Obviously Frank Abignale is the main character. His intelligence is very well conveyed and you can almost put yourself in his place.
He is a good narrator and makes the character really come to life.
Absolutely! I didn't want to get out of my car mid book!
a terrific listen
frank because he was so amazing
all of it
under priced for the entertainment provided
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