Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Frank W. Abagnale
Narrator: Barrett Whitener
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: April 2001
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 47 minutes
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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, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was twenty-one.

Known by the police of twenty-six foreign countries and all fifty 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 was 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.

Reviews (22)

Written by Casey M. on May 14th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Grate the best book

Written by Alexey Volovik on October 8th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this book and it's hero. He is the most interesting man you would ever hear about. He was definitely lucky on many occasions but his intelligence and confidence made him the most successful con man. The captured the story well but simplified it for the audience when in reality the Mr. Abagnale mischievous plans were much more elaborate. The only flaw this book has is that it doesn't tell how Frank started working for the government and what happened to all the money he stole ;).

Kept my interest

Written by Anonymous from Baltimore, MD on November 28th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Fascinating story & well read. The ending, however, seemed abrupt.


Written by Peggy Stortz on November 15th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Spellbinding story! Well written and captivating!

Not much of a hero

Written by Christine B. from Monroeville, PA on October 27th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

While the story itself was engaging and well written, the "hero" was not very likeable and the constant seemingly implausible (in this era) captures and escapes became tiresome towards the end. Hearing all the money he stole and all the problems he caused, knowing the ending was deeply unsatisfying. He's a "hero" you love to hate.

Can't believe this is true!

Written by Anonymous on September 12th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Really interesting to hear this guy's life story. The book has some great scenes that were left out of the movie so it was definitely worth it.

Catch Me If You Can

Written by Shellee Martin from Carson City, NV on April 23rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

WOW!! I talked about this book for months after I heard it. I didn't see the movie, but the book was engaging, interesting and unbelievable (but I believe he did all those things, and more!). I would highly recommend this book for long road trips - it'll keep you awake and involved, waiting to find out what happens next. My only complaint is they didn't have a bit at the end to tell how he finally got caught. Expect a feeling of "and then?!" when you're through.

Catch Me If You Can

Written by Anonymous on March 15th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fascinating and fully entertaining. Unbelievable to hear what this guy pulled off, and all while a teenager. I would read again and again. It made me watch the movie again, and pay much more close attention.

Good movie , great book.

Written by Rick White on August 30th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The movie was good the book has more details and is a better entertainment, well performed, funny, a joy to listen to and share with friends , I look forward to more works by Mr.Abagnale.

catch je if you can

Written by Elizabeth Manuge from South Ohio RR 1, NS on June 28th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

i really liked this book. its a wonderful true story, hard to believe a person like this young man could actually fool so many people for so long. he must have been quite charming. and after all his adventures, including the truly horrible time he spent in the french jail (how anyone could live in that state is awful to contemplate) to understand he is living today and working for the police force as a respectable and valuable employee. the movie was not exactly the same as the book but it made the story even better. i could listen to that one again and be just as fascinated.

Author Details

Author Details

Abagnale, Frank W.

A former professional impostor and the author of the bestselling memoir, Catch Me If You Can, Frank W. Abagnale is one of the world?s most respected authorities on the subjects of forgery and secure documents. A world-renowned consultant for more than twenty-five years, he lectures at the FBI?s Financial Crimes Unit and is a secure-document expert for the Standard Register Company and other high-security printers around the world.