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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

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.

37 of 38 people found this review helpful

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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.

30 of 31 people found this review helpful

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Great Story - Who Stole The Ending?

<U><B>Catch Me If You Can</B></U>, 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.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Selma
  • Costa Mesa, CA, United States
  • 02-10-03

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Douglas
  • Redmond, WA, USA
  • 01-17-03

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

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Gale
  • LaPorte, CO, USA
  • 12-28-02

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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  • TH
  • USA
  • 02-18-04

Much better than the movie!

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Craig
  • Beaufort, SC, USA
  • 05-18-03

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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  • Leya
  • 10-19-13

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

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  • Kendall
  • 02-07-11

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

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  • Tom
  • 07-20-10

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-17

Fantastic - love the film but this is better

I really love the film, but hearing the real story, with all the additional detail, makes the film seem tame in comparison - providing so much additional detail.
Well narrated and the story flows naturally. Definitely worth a listen, even if you've seen the movie.

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  • SJB1975
  • 10-18-17

Doesn’t tell the whole story of Franks redemption

A great book, factually different to the movie in many ways but no less entertaining. Only criticism is that it seems incomplete and ends without telling us how Frank Abignale redeemed himself and went from criminal to being a benefit to society and there is no sequel to carry the story on. We need a follow on book.

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  • jonathan e.
  • 07-19-17

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.

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  • James
  • 07-07-17

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-17

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.

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  • James
  • 03-02-17

Fantastic

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

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  • Steve K
  • 09-17-16

Really Enjoyed Listening

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

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  • Macular
  • 05-17-15

Amazing true story.

It is always difficult to know exactly how much of a published autobiography is true when written in this style. However, Abagnale has given an entertaining rendition of his amazing life experiences. The film gave a summary of the story, in the way that films do. Reading (or listening to) this book gives a much better idea of the events.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Michelle
  • 10-19-15

INCOMPLETE

Story incomplete, dont waste your money what's the point really there is not one point at ll really

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Andy Crawford
  • 11-29-17

Great book. Enjoyable read.

Quite different from the movie adaptation. A great read but it does end a bit abruptly. Thats very the only negative thing I'd say though.

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  • tom
  • 08-23-17

salt

take it with a grain. entertaining and hilarious although I'm not sure how much Frank has embellished his own cleverness, it's astonishing some of the things he accomplished.

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  • Leah W
  • 12-02-15

one of my favorite audio books ever

Loved it.
Better than the movie.
Such a wonderful adventure based on a real man's talent for confidently conning.