©1980 Frank Abagnale, Jr.; (P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Zingingly told...richly detailed and winning as the devil." (Kirkus Reviews)
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.
Very interesting in hearing how his thought processes worked. It's a good thing the typical human doesn't think the way he does or we'd be an even more corrupt society. Definitely worth reading for entertainment purposes, as well as to understand how a fraudster thinks.
A fascinating tale of a young con man from a more trusting time. However the book ends abrubtly and you never find out the true ending to his adventures.
You can't avoid laughing, when you hear the story, however, when you think about it more, it's not so funny. I listen to that on my oversee flight - it went like a charm.
When you start to feel it's repetitive, the twist comes and you're in a complete different environment. The narrator is fantastic, the 'ICH' form makes the book+audio entertaining.
Excellent and excellent. I first watched the movie and then went to listen to the book and got 360 degrees of the story. I enjoyed every line of the book. It is well written and the reader is crystal clear. I did not rewind a single time due to the clarity of the audio. Anyway, I will watch the movie again. All this tell it all how I enjoyed the story.
A fascinating book indeed, more and more incredible as one goes along. But the end of the book really puzzles me, when the author describes his transport from Paris to Malmo in Sweden with a stopover in Copenhagen, and with the final leg from Copenhagen on to Malmo taking 30 minutes. Copenhagen (Denmark) and Malmo (Sweden) are twin cities of sorts, only 21 miles apart, so I do not understand how such a short route ever has been operated by SAS.
Also, the dramatic exit from the plane via a hole in the floor in the plane's toilet room directly onto the tarmac, blew the whole credibility of the story into pieces for me.
Likewise, the action of the helpful Swedish judge seems questionable indeed, where the judge allegedly asks the US representative to revoke the author's passport in order to avoid extraditing him to another European country. Swedish judges are probably both lenient and nice people, but this is difficult to believe.
True Crime? Or is the book a final attempt to con thousands of readers?
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