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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
4.8 out of 5 stars (995 ratings)

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Summary

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 that could not be explained - 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 UK

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Expertly written, poorly voiced

This book was absolutely fantastic but the accents were awful. I love Ronan but couldn't cope with the different voices and accents throughout the book. Ronan expertly weaves together the women's accounts of what happened to them and for that alone it's worth a listen.

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Superb book, horrifically bad accents

This is a brilliant and important book but Ronan utterly butchers it with his borderline racist impressions of the characters. It detracts so much from key moments when he suddenly switches to his impressions. Some moments are improved by the audiobook medium such as the clips of Weinstein and the music at the beginning of certain chapters. But the voices should have been quashed by the sound recordist as soon as Ronan attempted his first “Italian” impression.

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Knock it off with the accents.

The story is compelling enough. Ronan doing his accents is mortifying. If you think the Russian and Australian ones are bad, wait u til your hear the English one. Ruins it. The story is amazing. The accents are an ordeal.

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Great book, laughable narration

An interesting and important book that races along at an entertaining pace. Somewhat distracted and perplexed by the author's use of terrible accents and his attempts at female voices in the narration.

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Buy the book instead

Superb work from a fantastically talented, thorough and empathetic journalist but his narration became unbearable! His accents for the individuals featured was just so bad I’ve had to give up listening. There is also so many people featured I struggled to keep up so I would really recommend buying the book.

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there are a lot of characters to keep up with

wow and he does all the accents and voices too more of a drama than a audio book and I loved it !

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Truly shocking story

Ronan Farrow is an excellent narrator of his brave and dogged investigation into the crimes of Harvey Weinstein and the extensive cover up by his friends in high places. Weinstein ruined many lives and Farrow spells out how it was possible in his spellbinding account. The book is an example of the power of dedicated, truth seeking investigative journalism.

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Fantastic

Ronan engages the listener from the very start - at the end of the last chapter I wanted to know more - always a sign of a good book

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Can't touch that.

Ronan Farrow performs his book. Showing signs that the genes inherited from his parents are strong. The story he chronicles is alarming, as is the length's that Weinstein went too to intimidate and squash the truth for coming out. The book is well researched even filling in the background as to the surveillance the writer was subject to. The only question I have is, is Ronan just a fiercely loyal employee, overlooking the pushbacks from his boss in naivety (which I dearly hope to be the case), or did he not want to see the fact that NBC was strangling the work of a reporter. Still a story that needs to be told.

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Heroes don’t always wear capes

I listened to this over 2 days & loved every minute that I spent in the company of Ronan as he told his story in his own charming & personable way. I even loved the various accents, which have caused some comment in other reviews. It honestly helped the flow of the narrative and was entirely in keeping with his easy style of delivery. There is nothing within this book that you cannot admire, from the courage of the victims in coming forward, to Ronan’s tenacity, to the glimpses of his personal life & his wonderful partner, Jonathan. Not all heroes wear capes & Ronan is the first person to recognise the sacrifice & bravery of the women who stepped forward to hold their abusers to account but it is also impossible to ignore all who contributed to bringing them light from the darkness. Thank you Ronan, in a world where conscience & compassion are sadly lacking, you are a North Star of common decency and sincere ethics.

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  • Mike Williamson
  • 25-10-19

Gripping

An enthralling story. Well written by a brave and articulate person. It frightens me to think how much is still to be uncovered and how much is still being suppressed. But who or what prompted you to think that your cockney and Aussie accents were going to add a reality feel to the story. The story stands alone. The faux accents are so bad they would be funny were it not for the subject matter. Even Dick Van Dyke was more realistic than this. That said, the story is gripping from start to finish and a great example of courage and persistence by some remarkably brave women and a dogged and determined journalist. I can’t wait for the film.

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  • Fritz Markus Schmid
  • 26-12-19

Narrator

Imitation of foreign dialects when referring to written documents and text messages appears pathetic and makes it difficult to follow through with the complete book.

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  • Bernadette
  • 19-12-19

Performance doesn’t match contents of the book

Unfortunately, the author makes different accents and voices depending who’s supposed to be quoted, and it sounds like he’s mocking them. Also way too much text about stuff that is totally periferal to the story. I expected it to be not so much about the author himself but about the mechanisms that have enabled men like HW to not be held accountable for their actions.

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  • merrileem
  • 13-01-20

Great writing, distracting delivery

I love Ronan’s writing. I found the accents distracting and unnecessary, particularly when the victims were talking. Otherwise it was great.

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  • Jackie McGhee
  • 12-11-19

What a superb undertaking - Catch and Kill

This book was exceptional in its research and presentation plus Ronan Farrow's deliverance of it

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  • Carissa
  • 06-11-19

Accents

It was riveting and disturbing, could not stop listening to it. My only criticism is the fake accents, I felt it made a slight mockery of the seriousness of the topic being covered.

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  • Colicia
  • 23-10-19

Incredible Read

I couldn't stop listening. The women were brave and it was difficult to hear some of their horror stories. The cloak and dagger aspect of the book at times felt like a spt novel. Crazy that all these things happened in real life.

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  • Cynthia
  • 30-04-20

Engaging and trilling story

I listen to whole book in almost a day while waiting for my delayed flight in Mexico city. Couldn't stop, great book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-20

too verbose

it feels like the author is trying to recount everything that happened to him in a two year period. It should be cut to what's actually interesting. also, there's like one new name/person introduced every 5 mins. very tiresome to keep up

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  • Amy
  • 02-03-20

Disturbing. Brilliant!

Even though we’ve seen it unfold in the news it is shocking to hear the story behind the story. Thrilling and wonderfully produced.