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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: June 2011 ISBN: 9781101483510
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

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

    New York Times

  • “Impossible to put down.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Fascinating.”

    People

  • “Impeccably reported.”

    Los Angeles Times

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

    Christian Science Monitor

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Ferrell | 2/5/2014

    " It was a fun read, but I was not surprised to find out this book started out its life as a story in Vanity Fair. The story ends up seeming light since the central figure is a void who takes on traits of his marks. The man is a German immigrant who aspires to be Someone. The problem is that he has no means of income other than his charm and social skills, and his incredible talent for telling such whopping huge lies with so much aplomb that he is believed. It is amazing that so many people were taken in by Christian/Christopher/Clark/Chip. Like so many Mulders, they wanted to believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Jeffcoat | 2/5/2014

    " This is a an astonishing true story. A German comes to the United States and immerses himself into it's culture and takes on several personas over the course of 30 years. His true identity is not discovered until he kidnaps his own child in a custody dispute. He is also linked to the disappearance of a California couple. He dupes hundreds of people into thinking he is a Rockefeller, just one of his his many "disguises." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/27/2014

    " This true story is so unbelievable that I read it in spite of the author's lack of writing skills. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/17/2014

    " When there are natural lulls I kept reminding myself this is based on a true story. Great airplane book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann Kubica | 1/4/2014

    " Took me a very long time to get through this booked but really did like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jermajesty Slosky | 12/11/2013

    " Utterly terrifying! Impossible to put down, or get out of my head. A good book about a great modern horror story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen White | 11/18/2013

    " From the first page, the author grabs your attention and imagination as he relates this truly improbable story of a brilliant con artist. And, at the time if its printing, law enforcement agencies were continuing to unravel the multitude of lies and personas he lived! Well done! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara | 8/22/2013

    " While this isn't a great book, I felt compelled to read it because I know the protagonist. ;) it is amazing that he got away with his con for such a long period of time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vennie | 5/5/2013

    " HIGHLY recommend it. Kept my interest from beginning to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shana Kennedy | 6/23/2012

    " A bizarre true story. Though the book didn't hold my attention at every moment, it was a mostly good investigation of a crazy life. Quite hard to believe that this man got away with everything he did, for as long as he did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 5/27/2012

    " A brilliant man and a trickster whose past finally caught up with him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 4/26/2012

    " From this moment forth, I will be known as Nicole Vanderbilt. That is all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daryoung | 3/6/2012

    " I think this would have been better as just a long article in a magazine. Still, it was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Murray | 1/19/2012

    " An incredible story. Told with some holes and a bit repetitive in spots, but fascinating nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon B | 12/7/2011

    " 3.75 stars. What a story!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 8/28/2011

    " Interesting and incredible story about how many people were conned by this man. Would have liked it better if the author would have inserted himself into telling the story. Could have been told all in the third person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 6/20/2011

    " It was astonishing how easily people were fooled by this man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hnmestel | 6/16/2011

    " Fabulous, a ride, very well researched and written! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 5/17/2011

    " While this was a quick, enjoyable read, I feel no more enlightened about the mystery of Clark Rockefeller than I did after reading Seal's Vanity Fair article two years ago. Doesn't really explain HOW this guy duped so many people. And where did all that artwork come from? "

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About the Author

Mark Seal is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where his piece on Gerhartsreiter was a finalist for a 2010 National Magazine Award. He is also the author of Wildflower. He lives in Aspen, Colorado.

About the Narrator

Erik Singer’s theatrical credits include the title role in The Hostage (off Broadway), A Life in the Theatre, Greetings!, and national tours of Othello and The Taming of the Shrew. He has also appeared on All My Children and As the World Turns, and was the voice of Vincent van Gogh in the A&E Biography about Van Gogh and Gauguin. His audiobook narration has twice won him the AudioFile Earphones Award.