©1980 Frank Abagnale, Jr.; (P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Zingingly told...richly detailed and winning as the devil." (Kirkus Reviews)
An Audible veteran with more than a decade of commutes listening to audiobooks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
"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.
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!
"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.
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.
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