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Catch and Kill

Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
Narrated by: Ronan Farrow
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: History, 21st Century
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In a dramatic account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth. At any cost.

In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow 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.

All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance they could not explain - until now. And a trail of clues revealed corruption and cover-ups from Hollywood to Washington and beyond.

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.

Both a spy thriller and a meticulous work of investigative journalism, Catch and Kill breaks devastating new stories about the rampant abuse of power and sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook the culture.

©2019 Ronan Farrow (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Listening to this has been my reward the last 2 days

Could not stop listening...it was like a great spy novel. So I had listening sessions as a reward for work/chores completed. Great writer...and surprisingly fun voice artist (who knew?) made me feel horrific by what people of power and privilege can do but also hopeful re: the power of the press and individuals, and women taking such psychological and practical risks! Thank you every woman who told their story...and love and support to all the victims of these predators. You are all brave by just surviving however you can. It reminds me of a line from the character Caitlin Costello Price “The Verdict” “Who are these men? I wanted to be a nurse!”

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Excellent insight into abuse of power and collective coverups

This book brilliantly addresses how serial predators (i.e. alleged rapists like Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer) get away with their crimes for decades, and often with impunity.

The people around them provide cover: protect the abusers and denigrate the victims. In the same way Larry Nassar had a circle around him enabling his serial pedophilia and rape for decades, so too NBC seems to have protected Lauer, and Hollywood Weinstein.

Those affiliated with an abuser can either report the abuser, or protect him. Too often people chose to spin a web of lies and enable the criminal in order to save face: namely, to avoid being shamed publicly for having been friends with, or an employer of, the criminal.

Larry Nassar was protected for decades by the US Olympics, Michigan State University, all of his professional colleagues, etc. That protection enabled Nassar to sexually assault more than 100 girls.

NBC and Lauer's colleagues protected him by feigning ignorance of his predatory behavior. That cover allowed Lauer to continue sexually assaulting women, ruining their lives.

Hollywood allowed Weinstein to do the same: sexually assault, rape, vulnerable women with impunity for decades.

This book addresses specific abuses of power within the entertainment industries. It shows considerable efforts made to protect predators while intimidating and undermining survivors. The much larger story however is that these abusive, predatory practices are sadly all too common elsewhere. In families where children are abused with impunity. In law firms, corporations, etc.

The silver lining is that one brave voice can start a powerful positive movement, like MeToo.

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Eye opener

It's amazing to see how far someone can go to show the truth and the other side trying to bury it.
good vs evil

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Standing Ovation! BRAVO!

Wow! Just Wow! Incredible documentation and telling of inconvenient truths. Fabulous narration. Is Ronan Farrow the only journalist aware of the journalist's code of ethics? In a time where propaganda saturates the "news" as "reporting" and half-truths, partial truths are laid out in lazy and biased reporting, and special interests are paying for articles biased for one-sided self-interested, Ronan Farrow brings the integrity and passion of a true reporter with the purpose of raising awareness and turning over the rocks to make you aware of reality and truth. Incredible courage and determination and persistence on a given course against so much counter intention. The story is absolutely fascinating and this is real. If you are interested in true crime, conspiracies, and David and Goliath true stories, you will love this book. I pray as a follow up he watches "I am Jane Doe" documentary and reaches out to Mary Mazzio for his next story. His patience as a writer to bring you along into "the know" is remarkable. I was riveted and binge listened. This is not a book you will forget you read.

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