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Catch and Kill

Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
Narrated by: Ronan Farrow
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
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In a dramatic account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost.  

In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood's most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family.   

All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance that could not be explained - until now. And a trail of clues revealed corruption and cover-ups from Hollywood, to Washington, and beyond.   

This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability and silence victims of abuse - and it's the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.  

Both a spy thriller and a meticulous work of investigative journalism, Catch and Kill breaks devastating new stories about the rampant abuse of power - and sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook the culture.

©2019 Ronan Farrow (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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Eye opening

Wow wow wow. Absolutely loved this audio book.
It’s been eye opening how these woman were silenced and so many large companies just turning a blind eye. Well done Ronan for staying with the story and writing this book. I hope this book spreads far and wide so this culture of sexual abuse and harassment stops.

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Modern gripping masterpiece

Expect lies and elite cover ups, get bonus romance. Ronan is a great narrator and author.

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Goosebumps, Tears, Thrilling and Riveting

This was extraordinary. I read/ listened t this is one day. I couldn’t stop. The accents. The story. The exquisite journalism. The outrage and anger. Brave and historic storytelling.

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Courageous and moving

This book outlines the incredible journey Ronan Farrow went on to get his story about Harvey Weinstein broadcast at NBC. He reveals a culture of sexism and harassment in multiple sectors including entertainment and the news media itself. Farrow risked a lot to get the story published (eventually in the New York Times) but stuck to his guns and ended up revealing how powerful men cover up their abominable and sometimes criminal behaviour through bullying and manipulation. The fact that Farrow had the guts to tell this story - when so many others had been complicit in keeping it a secret - is a testament to his integrity and courage. A brilliant book that I wont easily forget. (Minus one star for performance because the australian accent is really bad... but the other accents are pretty good - even the New Zealand one!)

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Daily deception

An important expose of the deceit we watch, read and listen to daily. Such a sad state of affairs when news becomes entertainment to be manipulate by puppet masters.
This is a story that needs to be told. The public need to question what they are being fed and why such fare is even on the menu.

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Riveting and distressing

Ronan Farrow guides us through his meticulous journalistic process of breaking through the decades of cover ups of Harvey Weinstein’s arrogant and shocking abuse of hundreds of women, and reveals the practices of media companies like NBC and The Enquirer of similar abuse (making women who are victims of sexual harassment sign non-disclosure agreements) and complicity.

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Reads like a riveting crime novel

just wanted to listen all the time till it was finished! Well written, well spoken, totally compelling! True stories are the best! Thank you

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What an exceptional book

Ronan Farrow has really shown the world how discussing the entertainment and journalism worlds really are towards women. It made me sick coming to grips with Matt Lauer and Harvey Weinstein to mention only two of the creeps involved. There are so many more abusing and blackmailing women for their own cheap thrills, especially with everyone covering up for their, dare I say, bad behaviour really doesn’t say it at all. What those poor women have had to live with, being slagged off, told they wanted it or this is the only way to survive, is just degrading.
Ronan has done a fabulous job researching, having great empathy/sympathy for these women showing great compassion and great distain for the bullies. Ronan is creditable, highly intelligent and above all has great moral fibre which he stands behind. Mia brought him up well.
The bonus is Ronan telling the story himself. Congratulations on a wonderful, factual tell all.

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Journalist with integrity

I could not stop listening and spent eleven consecutive hours with Farrow. His narrative on sexual predators is worth the time and effort. It is tough at times to listen to the descriptions, particularly for a woman who experience such abuse, but it is captivating with no dull moments. I congratulate Farrow on his integrity and inclination towards ethical journalism. His perseverance and deep investigative work brought a powerful man (and probably others to come) to justice. Let's hope his book becomes a culture changer. Our society needs more Farrows out there uncovering the truth. Highly recommend this audible.

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My first ever audiobook

Thanks Ronan for your courage and persistence.
And to the women, you are saving us!

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  • 25-10-2019

Gripping

An enthralling story. Well written by a brave and articulate person. It frightens me to think how much is still to be uncovered and how much is still being suppressed.
But who or what prompted you to think that your cockney and Aussie accents were going to add a reality feel to the story. The story stands alone. The faux accents are so bad they would be funny were it not for the subject matter. Even Dick Van Dyke was more realistic than this.
That said, the story is gripping from start to finish and a great example of courage and persistence by some remarkably brave women and a dogged and determined journalist.
I can’t wait for the film.

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  • Colicia
  • 23-10-2019

Incredible Read

I couldn't stop listening. The women were brave and it was difficult to hear some of their horror stories. The cloak and dagger aspect of the book at times felt like a spt novel. Crazy that all these things happened in real life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-11-2019

Important book

It is a very important and interesting story. The level of deceit, misogyny and explicit and implicit threatening tactics used by these powerful men (and their associates) is mind-boggling. The book itself is very well researched and goes into quite a bit of detail. Very informative and engaging.

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  • Jackie McGhee
  • 12-11-2019

What a superb undertaking - Catch and Kill

This book was exceptional in its research and presentation plus Ronan Farrow's deliverance of it

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  • Carissa
  • 06-11-2019

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It was riveting and disturbing, could not stop listening to it. My only criticism is the fake accents, I felt it made a slight mockery of the seriousness of the topic being covered.

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  • Michalis Petrou
  • 25-10-2019

The story behind the story

Very interesting and detailed first person story from Ronan Farrow on his adventure to expose the monster that was Harvey Weinstein. Very troubling at points and disturbing as Harvey was not the only one doing this and the lengths he took to bury the stories about him and the victims (that were way too many) on how they were ashamed to come out and speak. Caution is needed for sexual abuse victims listening to this story as it may bring memories but this is an extraordinary true story and I would highly recommend to other listeners.

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  • Samuel Bruce-Smith
  • 24-10-2019

well done

Fantastically researched, written, produced and performed. The women who came forward are heroically couraged and Ronan does them justice with his writing.

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  • melbopp
  • 09-11-2019

there are a lot of characters to keep up with

wow and he does all the accents and voices too more of a drama than a audio book and I loved it !

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  • hazel
  • 07-11-2019

Truly shocking story

Ronan Farrow is an excellent narrator of his brave and dogged investigation into the crimes of Harvey Weinstein and the extensive cover up by his friends in high places. Weinstein ruined many lives and Farrow spells out how it was possible in his spellbinding account. The book is an example of the power of dedicated, truth seeking investigative journalism.

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  • C. O'Boyle
  • 06-11-2019

Fantastic

Ronan engages the listener from the very start - at the end of the last chapter I wanted to know more - always a sign of a good book

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  • spencear
  • 05-11-2019

Can't touch that.

Ronan Farrow performs his book. Showing signs that the genes inherited from his parents are strong. The story he chronicles is alarming, as is the length's that Weinstein went too to intimidate and squash the truth for coming out. The book is well researched even filling in the background as to the surveillance the writer was subject to. The only question I have is, is Ronan just a fiercely loyal employee, overlooking the pushbacks from his boss in naivety (which I dearly hope to be the case), or did he not want to see the fact that NBC was strangling the work of a reporter. Still a story that needs to be told.

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  • LCG
  • 05-11-2019

Gripping

Fascinating, troubling and brilliantly written. I have been recommending this book to anyone who'll listen.

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  • Carlie
  • 04-11-2019

I LOVE THIS BOOK

I love this book! One of the best nonfiction books I've listened to. Hugely entertaining. Fascinating. The subject of story that he covers is incredibly dark but it doesn't feel that way. Its Interesting, funny, thoughtful and important! When first listening i binged 5 hours straight.
It is a brilliant, well written and an extremely! well researched, insight into how hard it was to break a story that so many powerful people wanted hidden.

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  • Tomskers
  • 01-11-2019

Accents

This is fantastic - but the accents BEYOND bizarre. So distracting when such a serious subject is populated with Mary Poppins voices. The book is wonderful though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-10-2019

Terrible voice acting

Not sure why he feels the need to put on accents for every character. It’s distracting and sounds awful.

Excellent story otherwise

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  • Wrong
  • 13-11-2019

Amazing and so honest

One of best books I've listened to. So honest and real and impactful. Thank you for writing this.

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  • Saira
  • 11-11-2019

Great book...the voices!

This is quite a detailed delve into the journey that Ronan Farrow went on to get the stories of the Weinstein accusers out there, right from when he started at NBC News to publication in the New Yorker. The subject matter is quite serious so I was initially thrown by Ronan’s impressions of everyone he’s quoting, make or female, whatever the nationality. He even does it when quoting text messages! In the end, the voices really helped the story to come alive.