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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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    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 01-13-03
    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 01-13-03 Member Since 2015
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    "Addictively Easy to Listen To This Story"

    Light, entertaining, amazing. Frank Abagnale, Jr.'s short life of crime pulls you in almost immediately and you keep listening to discover just what he has up his sleeve next. I was surprised to hear myself secretly cheering on his masterminds and cons. What an enlightening book to listen to over the holidays.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ken WILLS POINT, TX, USA 01-02-03
    Ken WILLS POINT, TX, USA 01-02-03 Member Since 2013
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    This book captivated my attention from beginning to end. I found myself taking longer routes home in order to hear more.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James T. Christopher Ortonville, Michigan United States 12-05-12
    James T. Christopher Ortonville, Michigan United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Simply an average read -- not bad, just not great."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, the content was interesting but the ending simply left one hanging in space.


    What other book might you compare Catch Me If You Can to and why?

    I have nothing to compare the book with....


    What about Barrett Whitener’s performance did you like?

    The performance was solid; not dull or boring.


    Did Catch Me If You Can inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 02-06-12
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "An extremely fun listen!"

    While there reportedly may be some embellishment of Frank's true escapades, I still feel this was a terrifically fun listen. I would walk along the street, frequently chuckling out loud as I listened to it. Unlike a recent book I reviewed about another con artist, Frank Abagnale seemed like someone who just wanted to tell his story. He did not whine about being chased, caught, or imprisoned, his parents did not excuse his behaviors, and he seemed to know exactly what he was--a con man (with his own code of ethics.) His character was portrayed expertly by narrator, Barrett Whitener, which added to the enjoyment of the book.
    My only complaint, a small one, was that the book stopped abruptly while I could have listened for many more hours. So glad I tried this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    VERB 11-12-11
    VERB 11-12-11

    Homemaker, married to Dave Bargar, mother of 8, Christian, Seventh-day Adventist, love to read!

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    "Loved this Book!"

    Amazing true account. Well written. Enjoyed how clever this young man was. Nice narration. I wish the book could have shared how this young man went from a life of crime to his present state. Great read...........loved this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George Point Roberts, WA, USA 07-09-03
    George Point Roberts, WA, USA 07-09-03
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    "Fills in the gaps"

    This audiobook does a wonderful job of telling the true story of Frank Abignail Jr., with great narration and delightful honesty by the author. As a result, it fills in many of the gaps and false impressions left by the movie version, such as the truth of his time in a French prison. Unfortunately, the ending is abruptly cut off.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Averett Southern, California USA 05-15-03
    Mark Averett Southern, California USA 05-15-03 Member Since 2007

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    "Ended too soon"

    I was on the edge of my seat through the whole book. But when it ended I thought there must be a part two. There seems to be a big gap between his last escape and where he is now... Loved it though.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    mark 05-06-03
    mark 05-06-03 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Listen"

    I am not a big fan of non-fiction. I think A&E and the History channel do a better job. However this was a great listen. Most criminals you want to go to jail and be punished. Not the protaganist here. It was absolutely hilarious and one of the best purchases I have ever made at aubible.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    michelann Walnut Grove, MO 02-27-03
    michelann Walnut Grove, MO 02-27-03 Listener Since 2000

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    "I'm wearing it out!"

    Absolutely loved this book! I've read... well listened to "Catch Me If You Can" three times since I downloaded it! It amazes me that this is a true story. Now I don't know if I want to go see the movie as I'm afraid they will "mess up" the story too much as so often happens with movies. I'd highly recommend this audible version!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John S. Atherton Portland, OR USA 01-21-03
    John S. Atherton Portland, OR USA 01-21-03 Member Since 2004

    G'Pa

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    "A Guilty Pleasure"

    Thoroughly entertained while rooting for the bad guy. The author is a bit full of himself, but that's what made him who he is. It's interesting to hear how luck, timing and knowledge combined with pure chutzpah to allow him to perpetuate his masquerade.
    Mr. Abagnale was at the right place, with the right knowledge, at the right time. Makes me want to check incoming resumes a lot more closely.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • garry
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    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
  • Andy
    Uxbridge, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Excellent"

    If I hadn't seen the film I would have never have believed even half these stories were true. What made this book even even more enjoyable was that is was very different that the film and gave context and understanding to a plethora of additional scams that Frank undertook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
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    12/24/12
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    "Witty and gripping"

    Keeps you listening from beginning to end, although a rogue and a crook couldn't help but envy his lifestyle and hard to believe only 21.....a great insight into greed and other peoples stupidity!!!

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  • Paul
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    12/23/12
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    "A superb tale, whether true or not!"

    It is a special book that keeps you riveted and you genuinely cannot put down (figuratively speaking), this is definitely one of those for me!

    Having seen the film, thought this might prove to cast a more realistic, more grown up and less glamorous version of events - certainly it probably achieved all three, however, provided a deeper insight and no less fantastical storyline than the film. Had me constantly questioning whether I was reading a book supposedly based on fact or total fiction, regardless of its truth or otherwise, an amazing story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PILLEY M.
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    "excellent listen"

    This story is well written and well read, with the narrator keeping the interest in the story going very well.

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  • Hoskins
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    4/22/12
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    "Interesting"

    I was so pleased to be able to hear this story which has fascinated me since I watched the film. Hard to believe it is true because he managed so many scams over a relatively short period. It is told in a very entertaining way and a pleasure to the ears.
    I guess it was easier to be a criminal such as he was before computers and modern technology, but when someone is obviously as intelligent as he was in thinking up his scams and determind and greedy for the life he wanted to live, there was no stopping him until he was caught.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    sutton in ashfield, notts, United Kingdom
    5/17/09
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    "awesome"

    this was the most enjoyable book i have ever listened to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    liverpool, United Kingdom
    9/22/06
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    "catch me if you can"

    a delight . i loved this book . entertaining from start to finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clarke
    Linlithgow BridgeUnited Kingdom
    6/17/06
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    "Clarke Ching"

    Fascinating story, well told. Better than the movie, which was also very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    10/17/13
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    "A REALLY ENJOYABLE BOOK."
    Would you listen to Catch Me If You Can again? Why?

    YES!! I FOUND THIS BOOK IN PARTS VERY FUNNY,EVEN THOUGH WHAT HE DID WAS WRONG.
    IT WAS AMAZING HOW HE GOT AWAY WITH EVERYTHING, AND AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE. IT MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD SO MANY TIMES.
    THERE WERE ALSO SOME VERY GRIM PARTS AS WHEN HE WAS IN A FRENCH PRISON,AND THE BARBARIC CONDITIONS,AND TREATMENT UNDER WHICH HE WAS KEPT.
    WHEN HE WAS THEN HANDED OVER TO THE DUTCH AUTHORITIES WHERE HE WAS ALSO WANTED,HIS TREATMENT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER. HE COULD NOT BELIEVE HOW DIFFERENT, AND SO MUCH BETTER THINGS WERE. AS HE WAS WANTED BY SO MANY OTHER PLACES WHERE HE HAD FORGED CHEQUES ETC, IT MEANT THAT AS HE WAS RELEASED FROM ONE PRISON,OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD WERE WAITING TO ARREST HIM.
    I AM NOT A VERY GOOD REVIEWER, AS I FIND WRITING DIFFICULT DUE TO SIGHT PROBLEMS.
    I DON'T WANT TO SAY MUCH MORE AS I FEEL IT MAY SPOIL YOUR ENJOYMENT OF THIS BOOK. IT IS WELL WORTH A LISTEN, AND I WOULD CERTAINLY LIKE TO SEE THE FILM OF THIS STORY.
    THE NARRATOR BARRETT WHITENER, WAS IN MY HUMBLE OPINION EXCELLENT.
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    THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE BOOK,WHICH I THINK IS REALLY WORTH A LISTEN.
    I SHALL LOOK OUT FOR MORE OF THIS TYPE OF BOOK. I WILL ALSO LISTEN TO IT AGAIN AFTER A BREAK OF A COUPLE OF MONTHS.


    What other book might you compare Catch Me If You Can to, and why?

    I'M AFRAID I CAN NOT COMPARE THIS BOOK TO OTHERS,AS ITS THE FIRST ONE I HAVE LISTENED TO OF THIS GENRE.


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

    I HAVE ONLY HAD THIS AS AN AUDIO BOOK, AS I'M UNABLE TO READ ANYMORE.
    AS I HAVE SAID ABOVE BARRETT WHITENER WAS AN EXCELLENT NARRATOR.
    HIS DIFFERENT ACCENTS,MADE YOU FEEL THAT YOU WERE ACTUALLY THERE WITH FRANK ABAGNALE WHEREVER,OR WHATEVER HE WAS DOING.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    NOT SURE WHAT I COULD SAY, I UNDERSTAND THAT A FILM HAS BEEN MADE. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT ITS CALLED, BUT I WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT.


    Any additional comments?

    I WOULD JUST SAY IF YOU ENJOY THIS TYPE OF GENRE,WHICH IS BASED ON A TRUE STORY IT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH IN MANY PARTS. ITS ALSO A LITTLE GRIM THAT SUCH A YOUNG MAN GOT AWAY WITH ALL HE DID FOR SO LONG. I THINK THIS IS DUE TO JUST HOW OBSERVANT, AND CLEVER HE WAS AT FOOLING SO MANY WHO SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER.
    A MUST READ BOOK.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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