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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.

    7 of 8 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.

    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

    Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do 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 05-06-03
    mark 05-06-03 Member Since 2017
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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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    Andy Santa Monica, CA USA 11-19-04
    Andy Santa Monica, CA USA 11-19-04 Listener Since 2003
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    "A Brilliant Drone"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • Anonymous
    7/19/17
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    "The best audiobook Iv listened to."

    Just brilliant! I love the film but it just doesn't do frank justice. He did so much more than the film. But I guess that's all they could fit in, to a 2 he long film ha. This is the best audiobook Iv listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
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    7/7/17
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    "Great story, but feels incomplete"

    Great story, but ends prematurely. I already know what happened after, which makes its omission all the more baffling.

    All in all very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    5/17/17
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    "great listen."

    Well read
    What a character Frank was.
    A real gentleman and rogue rolled into one.
    As good as any fictional book of this type I've read/listened to. Bonus points for being all true as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    3/2/17
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    "Fantastic"

    Fascinating story and wonderfully narrated. If you've seen the movie and liked it, then the audiobook is much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve K
    9/17/16
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    "Really Enjoyed Listening"

    I've seen the movies a couple of times but still enjoyed this book and would recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PAUL
    6/21/16
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    "Better than the film!"
    What made the experience of listening to Catch Me If You Can the most enjoyable?

    Engaging and interesting story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sheer audacity of the man in his actions


    What about Barrett Whitener’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to and he keeps you interested. the only issue I had wa shis terrible interpretation of a French accent! Not good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PJ
    United Kingdom
    6/15/16
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    "You couldn't make it up!"

    Even if you've seen the movie this is well worth a read. It has additional stories and is the definitive account, provided, that is, you're willing to believe the account of surely the greatest con man of the modern age!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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