Catch and Kill

Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
Narrated by: Ronan Farrow
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (16,077 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One of the Best Books of the Year

Time * NPR * Washington Post * Bloomberg News * Chicago Tribune * Chicago Public Library * Fortune * Los Angeles Times * E! News * The Telegraph * Apple * Library Journal

In this newly updated edition of the “meticulous and devastating” (Associated Press) account of violence and espionage that spent months on the New York Times Best Sellers list, Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost - from Hollywood to Washington and beyond.

In 2017, a routine network television investigation led to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood’s most power­ful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move, and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family. This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. And it’s the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography
Indie Bound Number One Best Seller
USA Today Best Seller
Wall Street Journal Best Seller

©2019 Ronan Farrow (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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Narration full of bad imitations, like he's on SNL

Outstanding content, but Ronan Farrow imitating his sources (and their accents) is incredibly distracting & annoying.

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Amazing

The content of the book is extremely gripping. I listened to it in a single day. Apparently there's some divide on whether the narration, and Ronan's use of different accents and voices, is good or not. For me, I didn't mind the accents and they didn't distract from my listening experience. It helped differentiate between people, make clear who was speaking in back-and-forths, and act as a reminder of who a certain person was if they hadn't been present for a while.

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Read the Book rather than listen to Audio

This is a well written investigative journalism story on one of the most grimly fascinating stories in recent memory. Ronan Farrow does a great job of laying out the characters, subplots, and motivations very clearly and is able to let the reader connect the dots efficiently to tell his story. His choice to narrate this book is great as well since he can read it in his own voice with his own intent. Unfortunately, this turns to folly fast when he reads aloud dialogue from other people in his story. Ronan Farrow admits early on that he enjoyed writing dramas early in his career, but unfortunately he overdramatizes every single person’s voice. His choice to add terrible accents, cliche airiness, and frankly insulting tones to some of the dialogue really damages some of the excellent material he has written here. It almost feels like he is parodying the people he interviewed. For instance, one Italian actress he interviewed is voiced as a complete caricature of an Italian, and her dialogue is interpreted in a confusing way since the subject matter is so serious. An audio recording included within of actual events from the investigation prove that she sounds nothing like his attempt at imitating her accent. I wish I read the book rather than listened to Audio. A captivating piece of journalism is undermined by a fairly cheap and insulting dramatization of his sources’ voices by the author himself.

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Powerful and Important

Wow. Could not stop listening. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the brave women who told their stories against the greatest of obstacles, and to Ronan Farrow for not giving up on them in the face of the powerful threats to stop him. My heart ached for so much of this telling of the pain endured by these woman. But I also felt so much anger at what they had to silently endure for so long. But in the end I felt gratitude that there are brave reporters out there willing to never stop looking for the truth. Everyone should read/listen to this book.

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Excellent book

Started listening at midnight when the book was released. I disagree with the criticisms of Farrow's narration. I think he did an excellent job. My only criticism would be I found the background music that sometimes comes in at the end of chapters or other points to be very distracting and took me out of the story whenever it began to play. Overall I would highly recommend this as a listen. I am now going to buy the book to read through next.

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Ronan Farrow: A Modern Day Super Hero

This is an amazing account of painstaking persistence, courage and bravery in the face of pure power and corruption. The courage of the women in this story cannot be overstated. These women have lived the worst fears shared by so many silent women. They faced those fears and the consequences of speaking out. Through the eloquent voice of Ronan and others, one villain was thwarted in mid stride, while others began to topple like dominoes. Ronan is a true modern day super hero. He shares the experiences of the victims with a commitment and integrity that is frequently absent from our society today. All too often we are forced to witness the pure victory of bullies, rapists, and all manner of abusive characters that are elected, appointed, confirmed, and buy their way to success on the backs of the lives they harm and destroy. This book breaks through the darkness and sheds a shining light on the way evil can be defeated with good. He also does this in a way that exposes his own humanity in the process. He is describing one of the biggest takedowns of our era while at the same time opening himself for the world to see that he is just a guy; a guy who takes on the most powerful forces in our society and at the same time, he also whines and blubbers in the backseat of a taxi. I love this super hero and I am so grateful for the light. Thank you Ronan and thank you to all of the brave women.

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#meetoo

This book should be required reading for all business majors. Not only does it reveal an entire culture of sexual abuses in the workplace , it also reveals how the men and women in our personal lives perpetuate the behavior of predatory men by marginalizing and not providing the support for more women to speak out. #metoo

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Could not stop listening

I'm sure many readers will find as I did that they know the general outline of what Farrow writes here, but, like me, they probably won't realize how much they *don't* know. It's stomach turning and unsurprising at once--and is one of the best arguments for a free press (which unfortunately should probably be put in quotes) that there is. My only stand-out criticism of this audio version are the voices, accents, and bad imitations of the female players, of which there are many. If I blocked out the book's purpose and point, I could swear that the renderings were efforts at belittlement. The women are made to sounds flighty, whiny, small, even silly at times. I'll assume this is nothing more than bad acting (or my own bias) and/or a poor choice on the part of the directing. Every time a female voice came in, I cringed at the reenactment, the condescension it seemed to relay. The male "characters" were more comedic, funny, robust (even when pathetic). Given the context, the choice to try and capture the accents and tenors of the female voices is disappointing--at least in the way it was done. I very much appreciated, however, how Farrow is transparent--at least to some degree (who can tell what was left out)--about his personal and professional shortcomings during the time period he writes about. And sharing bits of his personal life helped endear me to him, and perhaps forgive, a little, the distasteful representations of the women he was helping. It kept me listening all the way to the end.

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I LIKED FARROW’S NARRATION!!

This is an astounding story involving many people. Farrow’s narration and accents helped distinguish the various people involved.

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Riveting

I’m not the biggest fan of these types of books but I’m a huge Ronan Farrow fan (and a friend of The Pod) so I had to read this one. I found the writing remarkably engaging, poignant and occasionally funny. A must read to really understand how our world works these days. Favorite bit was Jonathan telling Ronan to tip the taxi driver really well since he had just had an emotional breakdown in the back seat.

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