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Catch Me If You Can | [Frank W. Abagnale]

Catch Me If You Can

Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring conmen, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.
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Publisher's Summary

Frank W. Abagnale, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, was one of the most daring conmen, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. Known by the police of 26 foreign countries and all 50 states as "The Skywayman," Abagnale lived a sumptuous life on the lam - until the law caught up with him. Now recognized as the nation's leading authority on financial foul play, Abagnale is a charming rogue whose hilarious, stranger-than-fiction international escapades and ingenious escapes - including one from an airplane - make Catch Me If You Can an irresistible tale of deceit. It's also a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

©1980 Frank Abagnale, Jr.; (P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"Zingingly told...richly detailed and winning as the devil." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Stacy Nunya, IN, USA 10-22-09
    Stacy Nunya, IN, USA 10-22-09
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    "Pompous self image, but intertaining book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Lecanto, FL, USA 08-13-09
    Ron Lecanto, FL, USA 08-13-09
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    "fascinating but incomplete"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pavel Czech Republic 07-21-09
    Pavel Czech Republic 07-21-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Funny, but not so funny"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    llr Wimberley, Tx United States 07-12-08
    llr Wimberley, Tx United States 07-12-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Quickly turned off"

    If you enjoy hearing someone brag about himself for hours will you like this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ben New Rochelle, NY, USA 12-29-07
    Ben New Rochelle, NY, USA 12-29-07
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    "Catch me if you can"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leif KLEPPESTONorway 12-28-07
    Leif KLEPPESTONorway 12-28-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Fascinating but..."

    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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    Lizabeth Marshall 03-03-06
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    "Outstanding Entertainment"

    This was a great listen! The reader had the perfect pitch the story is increadibly entertaining. I've listened to 50+ books and this rates in the top of the top five.

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    Don McGowan 01-03-06
    Don McGowan 01-03-06 Member Since 2014
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    "This book doesn't get dull"

    Interesting. I had stopped downloading fiction through Audible because there's no way to skip through the boring parts, and I would have assumed biographies would suffer from the same issue. Maybe other ones do. But this one doesn't get boring. Could be that's because of the subject matter, could be I'm a bit too interested in scammers than is totally healthy. But this is a great book. Recommended

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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 05-26-04
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 05-26-04 Member Since 2005
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    "Pretty good"

    Well, I won't see the movie, but the book was pretty interesting. Quite a few moments of laughter and raised eyebrows. Some of the story was pretty unbelieveable, but it's funny how easy it seems to be to fool people.

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    Leon Auckland, N/A, New Zealand 03-03-04
    Leon Auckland, N/A, New Zealand 03-03-04
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    "Great voice performer"

    Barret can perform different voices/accents of an american man's, female's, swedish female's, french's and any other foreigner's. Great performer I say. Good fun listening to it during traffic jam.

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  • Kendall
    Herne Bay, Kent, United Kingdom
    2/7/11
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    "Definitely recommended!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    7/20/10
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • K. Harvey
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    3/6/15
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Catch Me If You Can the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was very good and the story of Frank absolutely gripping.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catch Me If You Can?

    The close calls that Frank had with the law.


    Have you listened to any of Barrett Whitener’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't listened to any others.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is towards the end but I won't give the story away.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    8/26/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jill middlemas
    8/17/14
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    "Must read un put downable"
    What did you like most about Catch Me If You Can?

    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 !


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sheer cheek of his plans


    Have you listened to any of Barrett Whitener’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to this narrator before. I found him easy to listen to


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh quite a lot but not cry


    Any additional comments?

    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 !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • F Gibb
    Dumfries
    6/3/14
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    "Unabashed Entertainment!"

    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.

    Get it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tabitha
    Cradley Heath, United Kingdom
    12/6/13
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    "Absolutely gripping"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Catch Me If You Can to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously Frank Abignale is the main character. His intelligence is very well conveyed and you can almost put yourself in his place.


    What does Barrett Whitener bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He is a good narrator and makes the character really come to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely! I didn't want to get out of my car mid book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leya
    London, United Kingdom
    10/19/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • paul
    ENNISKILLEN, United Kingdom
    7/9/13
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    "fantastic"
    If you could sum up Catch Me If You Can in three words, what would they be?

    a terrific listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    frank because he was so amazing


    What about Barrett Whitener’s performance did you like?

    all of it


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    under priced for the entertainment provided

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • garry
    nottingham, United Kingdom
    6/28/13
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    "Cool Book"

    I have just finished listening to the true story, Catch me if you can by Frank W. Abagnale and loved every minute of it. This game of cat and mouse will keep you entertained from beginning to end.

    If you like the film, you will love the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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