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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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    Steve Charlotte, NC, United States 12-17-02
    Steve Charlotte, NC, United States 12-17-02 Member Since 2001

    An Audible veteran with more than a decade of commutes listening to audiobooks.

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    "Really entertaining!"

    This is very entertaining title and Barry Whitener does an incredible job narrating. Barry does the voices and acting so well you forget there's only one person performing.

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Indianapolis, IN, USA 12-14-02
    Chris Indianapolis, IN, USA 12-14-02
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    "Veryy entertaining but Cut Short"

    I enjoyed this book immensly. Mr. Abignale Weaves a wonderful story that traces his life as a brilliant "paper hanger." I learned some things I never knew. His ability to create relationships and trust is truly amazing. He has a very keen mind and it was a pleasure to watch it work. The only problem I had with the book was a premature ending. I was left hanging.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer RIDLEY PARK, PA, United States 12-07-04
    Amazon Customer RIDLEY PARK, PA, United States 12-07-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Great Story - Who Stole The Ending?"

    Catch Me If You Can, made into a movie a few years ago with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, was my first introduction to the story of Frank Abagnale, Jr. This is "truth is stranger than fiction" at its finest and one of my most enjoyable listens from audible. My only problem with it is the ending. Spoilled by the movie, which details his time with the FBI and then, in the ending credits, talks about his subsequent consulting work helping combat check fraud for banks and businesses, the audio book doesn't get into any of that, but ends very abruptly - like many of Abagnale's alter-ego lives. Still very enjoyable and highly recommended with very good narration.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Redmond, WA, USA 01-17-03
    Douglas Redmond, WA, USA 01-17-03
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    "Way to go, Kid?"

    Breezy, fascinating story of an amoral teenager duping the adult world and enjoying *almost* every moment of it. (The French prison portion is harrowing.) No surprise: better than the movie. Reader is excellent. Well worth it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 01-10-03
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 01-10-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Catch Me If You Can"

    This book does a great job telling the story of how this young con man swindled millions of dollars from hotels and banks during a multi-year escapade through the US and Europe. After reading about Abagnale's prison life in France, that's one country where you should not break the law.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Elizabethtown, PA, USA 05-11-04
    Matthew Elizabethtown, PA, USA 05-11-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Read the book AND watch the movie"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Beaufort, SC, USA 05-18-03
    Craig Beaufort, SC, USA 05-18-03
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    "Great complement to the Film"

    Of course, the successful film brought this book (20+ years old) back into print and its a good complement to the film as it is far different, with more detail into exactly HOW Frank got away with matters and far less on the FBI "Javert" who pursued him. Still, we all paid for what Frank did, in terms of higher prices, Frank relied on the willingness to be kind of total strangers so his 6 months of cruel treatment in France didn't concern me too much. Still excellent and highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Selma Costa Mesa, CA, United States 02-10-03
    Selma Costa Mesa, CA, United States 02-10-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Amazing true story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the telling of this sport span of white collar crime in a person so young. It is truly unbelievable that a mere teenager could have pulled off so much and fooled so many. The narrator kept my attention throughout. Although I had already viewed the film, I found the book so much more entertaining. If you saw the movie and liked it, I recommend that you follow up your experience with this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gale LaPorte, CO, USA 12-28-02
    Gale LaPorte, CO, USA 12-28-02
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    "Absolutely Fascinating"

    What a brilliant con artist, and to be so young....one with a (sort of) conscience. Held my attention all the way thru. Good reader Barrett Whitener. Has a pleasing voice, easy to listen too. Recommend to anyone interested in the workings of the con artist's mind.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 01-13-03
    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 01-13-03 Member Since 2002
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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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  • Kendall
    Herne Bay, Kent, United Kingdom
    2/7/11
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    "Definitely recommended!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    7/20/10
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jill middlemas
    8/17/14
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    "Must read un put downable"
    What did you like most about Catch Me If You Can?

    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 !


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sheer cheek of his plans


    Have you listened to any of Barrett Whitener’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to this narrator before. I found him easy to listen to


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh quite a lot but not cry


    Any additional comments?

    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 !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • F Gibb
    Dumfries
    6/3/14
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    "Unabashed Entertainment!"

    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.

    Get it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • Leya
    London, United Kingdom
    10/19/13
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    "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.

    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

    0 of 0 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
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