©1980 Frank Abagnale, Jr.; (P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Zingingly told...richly detailed and winning as the devil." (Kirkus Reviews)
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.
This book captivated my attention from beginning to end. I found myself taking longer routes home in order to hear more.
Yes, the content was interesting but the ending simply left one hanging in space.
I have nothing to compare the book with....
The performance was solid; not dull or boring.
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Prolific reader and listener of books of all kinds.
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.
When a book is so good that even a TERRIBLE reader can make it exciting, you know it's a must. This is that book. I would further suggest that having seen the movie, it is still a great listen. The movie goes farther down the timeline while the audiobook goes more in depth. Really, pick this up. It's worth it.
"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 !
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.
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.
Obviously Frank Abignale is the main character. His intelligence is very well conveyed and you can almost put yourself in his place.
He is a good narrator and makes the character really come to life.
Absolutely! I didn't want to get out of my car mid book!
a terrific listen
frank because he was so amazing
all of it
under priced for the entertainment provided
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!
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.
"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!!!
"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.
This story is well written and well read, with the narrator keeping the interest in the story going very well.
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.
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