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3.00036714089032 out of 53.00036714089032 out of 53.00036714089032 out of 53.00036714089032 out of 53.00036714089032 out of 5 3.00 (10,895 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank W. Abagnale Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Catch Me If You Can is the true story of Frank W. Abagnale—alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo—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 sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks—all before he was twenty-one. 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 make Catch Me If You Can an irresistible tale of deceit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] racy and rollicking read.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Frank Abagnale [is] a maestro of the flim-flam trade…The book’s ultimate rush is how complicit Abagnale makes you in his sin. You’re rooting for a man who would no sooner look at you than see your face as a giant lollipop with the word ‘sucker’ printed on it. And why not? After all, these days, a criminal this good is hard to find.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “If there were a forgery hall of fame, Frank Abagnale would have his own wing.”


  • “Although Abagnale is egotistical and unrepentant, he actually comes across as likeable. He’s abetted in this by Whitener, who has a pleasing guy-next-door kind of voice and delivery.” 

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “A book that captivates from the first page to the last.”

    West Coast Review of Books

  • “Barrett Whitener’s flawless reading uses all the right emotions and inflections to bring this international criminal to life. Most impressive is how Whitener leaves listeners rooting for Abagnale, whether he is avoiding arrest or escaping from an airplane or prison.”


  • “Whitener superbly captures the self-serving con artist who never shows contrition for his acts.”


  • “Zingingly told…Richly detailed and winning as the devil.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • ANew York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Polly | 2/10/2014

    " Love this book! It's such a fine line between a brilliant inventor and a brilliant criminal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom Germain | 2/6/2014

    " This is the true crime book that inspired the fun movie starring DiCaprio and Hanks. Truly amazing what Abagnale, a guy who never finished high school, got away with, such as impersonating an airline pilot, a lawyer and a teacher...and all at a very young age. Sometimes the veracity of his claims may be in doubt, as after all, he was a con man, but even if half of it happened as he describes it, it serves as a lesson in human relations, namely that you should never trust what your eyes or ears tell you! Also, it's amazing what a man will do just to bed women, which is what Abagnale says motivated him to lie, cheat and steal. I finished this book in two days, but I had never read anything that had so many expressions I wasn't familiar with or words that were used in an unexpected context (for example, he writes "abroad", but doesn't mean "in a foreign land"), as well as some curious inaccuracies (for ex, a "glide scope" isn't a light, as he claims), but that's the refreshing aspect of this book, as it feels authentic, as if Abagnale himself was speaking, sort of like Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by BrawnyBen | 2/2/2014

    " Good book. Fast, easy, highly entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gavin | 1/22/2014

    " A con man's autobiography. Is it true? Not that it really matters - the man can write almost as well as he can con and his descriptive passages, particularly of his time in a French jail, will stay with you. Need I say too that it's a great deal better than the film made from it, which I enjoyed nevertheless. "

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