©1980 Frank Abagnale, Jr.; (P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Zingingly told...richly detailed and winning as the devil." (Kirkus Reviews)
Even if you have seen the movie, this is a must listen. Abagnale narrates the book himself and does a great job adding emphasis where only the author knows best. The book ends rather abruptly and nothing like the movie. It includes amazing details of his cons that the movie left out.
I just loved this book for perhaps the first four hours... even laughing outloud. The reader was excellent, although when I first heard his voice, I thought he would be just horrible to listen to. His voice, his reading however, perfectly fit this book. That wasn't the problem. If you want to pay this much money for a great 4 hours, then it is worth it. I got this book on the 4.95 sale, so yes, the first four hours were worthwhile, but then i was so tired of the author's " same old same old" cheque fraud stories. His going on and on about how he just LOVED women, and all the women he "had" got old pretty fast.
Great story and unlike some I didnt mind that it was set back in the day. It only added to the comfort that this couldn't happen again. I mean, I can't even remember the last time I used my cheque book, Thank God!!
His retelling of his time in French custody is shocking and absolutely eye opening.
A great read.
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 :)
"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.
"Really Enjoyed Listening"
I've seen the movies a couple of times but still enjoyed this book and would recommend
"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 !
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