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Catch Me If You Can Audiobook

Catch Me If You Can

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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

What the Critics Say

"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 2016
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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

    I am retired and I love having more time for audio books. I also enjoy hiking, birding, gardening, and genealogy.

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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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    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 Listener Since 2002

    Mark Averett

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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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    S Atherton Portland, OR USA 01-21-03
    S Atherton Portland, OR USA 01-21-03 Member Since 2004

    Prolific reader and listener of books of all kinds.

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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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    Rudi aurora, IL, USA 11-29-04
    Rudi aurora, IL, USA 11-29-04 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun but a little dated"

    I enjoyed the stories of Abagnale's exploits and learned much about the formerly lax security in the airline, banking and medical industries. My only difficulty was the dated language. It was clear the book was written primarily in the '70s, with its references to "chicks" and "swinging parties". If you can get past that, it's a terrific story.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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  • 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
  • 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

    1 of 2 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
  • 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
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    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!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    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.
    12/23/12
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hoskins
    Salles, France
    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
  • cyboard
    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

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