©1980 Frank Abagnale, Jr.; (P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Zingingly told...richly detailed and winning as the devil." (Kirkus Reviews)
This book captivated my attention from beginning to end. I found myself taking longer routes home in order to hear more.
What a great story. Truely it must be read to be believed. The only thing that I didn't like was the long time spent on his time in the French jail. That was brutal. The rest of the story was very light and whimsical. That part was disturbing. Also, I think the ending leaves a very different impression than the ending of the movie, so for closure see the movie, for the details, enjoy this wonderful story - truth is stranger than fiction!
The movie is very loosely based on this book - and this book is far better. I enjoyed listening to this book more than any others I've listened to in a while. The only criticism I have is that the ending seems rather sudden. Interestingly, Mr. Abagnale never reveals the name of the university he taught at in the book. In the bonus material for the movie, though, he does - Brigham Young University. As a former BYU student myself, and one that still lives in the area, I found that part of the book especially interesting.
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!
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.
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.
VERY VERY entertaining. However the ending leaves you a bit hanging. The pace and rhythm of the story is excellent. You may have to suspend your realistic beliefs a bit but the outlandish scenarios are what keep the book so interesting. It is one of the few books that enticed me to sit in my car to listen even after I arrived at work.
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.
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.
this was the most enjoyable book i have ever listened to
"catch me if you can"
a delight . i loved this book . entertaining from start to finish
Fascinating story, well told. Better than the movie, which was also very enjoyable.
"A REALLY ENJOYABLE BOOK."
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.
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.
I'M AFRAID I CAN NOT COMPARE THIS BOOK TO OTHERS,AS ITS THE FIRST ONE I HAVE LISTENED TO OF THIS GENRE.
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.
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.
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.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content