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Summary

Frank W. Abagnale, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, was one of the most daring con men, 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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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.

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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.

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This book is his biggest con

A journalist has disproven most of his story in a book released this year. It turns out that the biggest con is his life story!

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Great story

Really enjoyed listening to this, not least for the narrator’s attempt at accents. His French/Transylvanian always made me smile.

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Fascinating!

This is the most enthralling story I have heard in a long time. As usual the book is better than the movie. The genius of Frank Abagnale is incredible and you will find yourself continually astounded by the ways in which he scams, tricks and alludes everyone he wishes to. You will not be disappointed.

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Hard to stop listening.

Well written and read. Engaging story. Having heard the entire book I cannot but feel that I know how his victims felt.

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what a story

what an amazing story!! what a life frank lead and at such a young age.
loved it.

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Amazing but there should be more.

Would have prefered to hear about his capture and life after the chase but overall a fantastic listen.

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Fascinating tale

A brilliant cat and mouse tale, although predominantly focused on Frank. A life that is hard to believe.

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Much better than the film!

This is a fantastic book,you will really feel like your going down the rabbit hole.

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  • 07-04-16

This audio book is NOT COMPLETE, epilogue missing!

What would have made Catch Me If You Can better?

I'm trying to get Audible's attention.
This audio book ends abruptly missing the end of the last chapter and the epilog.

DO NOT BUY THIS AUDIBLE BOOK!

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  • 14-12-02

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.

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  • Steve
  • 29-03-17

uhm where is the ending?

i finished it. it was playing nonstop at work for the past two days. ive read the book before and saw the movie. this audio book just cut off before the ending. the way it ended makes no sense whatsoever. hope i dont run into more books of this type. glad i didnt actually buy it, but used a credit otherwise i would have been even more upset.

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  • Matthew
  • 11-05-04

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!

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  • 24-07-17

Good, but ends suddenly

I liked it, but the sudden ending and lack of any epilogue was a bit jarring.

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  • Steve
  • 17-12-02

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.

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  • TH
  • 18-02-04

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.

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  • Michael
  • 07-12-04

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.

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  • Selma
  • 10-02-03

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.

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  • Andy
  • 10-01-03

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.

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