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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,883 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Seal Narrator: Erik Singer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A real-life Talented Mr. Ripley, the unbelievable thirty-year run of a shape-shifting con man. 

The story of Clark Rockefeller is a stranger-than-fiction twist on the classic American success story of the self-made man—because Clark Rockefeller was totally made up. The career con man who convincingly passed himself off as Rockefeller was born in a small village in Germany. At seventeen, obsessed with getting to America, he flew into the country on dubious student visa documents and his journey of deception began.

Over the next thirty years, boldly assuming a series of false identities, he moved up the social ladder through exclusive enclaves on both coasts—culminating in a stunning twelve-year marriage to a rising star businesswoman with a Harvard MBA who believed she’d wed a Rockefeller.

The imposter charmed his way into exclusive clubs and financial institutions—working on Wall Street, showing off an extraordinary art collection—until his marriage ended and he was arrested for kidnapping his daughter, which exposed his past of astounding deceptions as well as a connection to the bizarre disappearance of a California couple in the mid-1980s.

The story of The Man in the Rockefeller Suit is a probing and cinematic exploration of an audacious imposer—and a man determined to live the American dream by any means necessary.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fascinating.”


  • “Impeccably reported.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “No mystery writer would script this—it’s too unbelievable.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Has all the pace and drive of a suspense novel.”

    New York Times

  • “Impossible to put down.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Nonfiction 2011
  • A 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Fact Crime

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kay | 2/19/2014

    " What a story. I ended up not liking Christian Gerhartsreiter, or whatever his name his, throughout this book due to what he did -- everything about him. Mark Seal tells a very interesting story. Understand there is a new book out which I'll have to read where a woman recounts the 9/11 events and what she did -- none of it is true. Have to find out the author or the name of the book -- should be an interesting read as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa Rueter | 2/19/2014

    " The story is compelling and very thoroughly covered. What kept my rating down was the convoluted structure, which oscillates between standard third-person narration and first-person memoir, sometimes in the same paragraph. To do as in-depth research as this author has and not become personally involved would be extraordinarily difficult, but nevertheless, it makes for some awkward reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pete Williamson | 2/7/2014

    " An unbelievable account of a con man who over time constructed numerous identities for himself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenna | 2/6/2014

    " While I liked the subject matter, I found the writing shoddy. Too many "and what will happen next to the man who conned everyone?" for me to give this book more than three stars. "

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