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I've changed some key things I do because of this book. I bought a shredder. I don't carry my social security card. Those seem obvious, but if you want to know why you should never, EVER toss out your ATM receipts anywhere near your ATM, listen to this book. The financial frauds are astounding, not only on the corporate scale, but also on the personal scale. Sprinkled liberally with his own brand of humor and stories from his own colorful past, he makes a potentially dry subject not only interesting, but downright entertaining.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Again, Mr. Abagnale regales us with some of the best and relevent material I have heard on Audible. (See 'Catch Me If You Can') This book will open your eyes to how crooks go about their business and the not-common-enough sense ways you might discourage them. It covers such ordinary scams as the 'short change scam' (I had to listen to this several times before I got it) to identity theft and online crime. Should be required listening for anyone who engages in ecommerce.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Read it practically in one sitting. Narration is fantastic and the occasional mention of Franks past spices it up nicely.
I did read it at 1.45 speed comfortably though so the narrator maybe talks quite slow but well worth getting.
Would you try another book written by Frank W. Abagnale or narrated by Barrett Whitener?
Yes I would, even though a lot of the information is irrelevant to UK readers/listeners, he does tell a good story.
If you’ve listened to books by Frank W. Abagnale before, how does this one compare?
Not quite as entertaining. There was a very long section on the American 'checking' system (cheques to us in the UK) which bored me rigid. Quite a lot of it was out-of-date.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The section on various scams, which don't rely on technology and are relevant today. The one about the 'short change ' scam was mathematically challenging and I can see why it works (although I hasten to add, I shan't be trying it)!
Do you think The Art of the Steal needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Updated version for the 21st century? Should be made more relevant outside the US.
Any additional comments?
Good entertaining read.