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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
5 out of 5 stars (406 ratings)

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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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Fantastic reporting RUINED by narration.

Ronan Farrow has few equals in the field of investigative journalism. His courage and tenacity in exposing Harvey Weinstein as the predator he is should be applauded.
Farrow’s ability to put together a compelling story is brilliant.
However, all this is undone by the utterly ridiculous narration he delivers.
I am only a third of the way through and cannot even finish it, despite wanting to know more about the case.
This is not an Australian bias - although Farrow’s attempt at an Australian accent is cringeworthy at best - as all Of his accents are laughable. The performance borders on pantomime, and honestly I found that it made a mockery of such a serious subject.
I cannot believe the publishers allowed it to happen.

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A must read

This book was fabulous and horrifying in equal parts and I highly recommend it to pretty much everyone. My only quibble is the author’s use of accents, which made my brain bleed and caused a 1 star deduction.

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Great text, awful narration

The narrator's accents and voice imitations were awful, distracting and unnecessary. I cringed every time Ronan put on a silly voice.

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Story was great. Narration was terrible

The story and investigative journalism were great. My only problem with this audio version was the narration. What the hell was up with those corny accents? They weren't good, accurate, or helpful in the narration. If anything, they took away from the storytelling and made me wonder if the author was competing in ridiculous accent stereotype contest. He could have done the whole thing as Boris and Natasha and it wouldn't have been any worse. Nice try, didn't work.

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Fascinating & Terrifying

Great story, so well written. Much respect for Ronan and what he went through to expose the truth.

My only criticism is Ronan's cheesy attempts at doing accents/imitating voices of the people he speaks with. His Australian accent, at one point, morphed into a New Zealand accent! LOL.

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Rivetting

I cannot even begin to imagine the amount of courage it took to put together this story and eventually release it. I'm glad Ronan persevered. the story had to be told. For all women who have been abused and silenced. Thank you Ronan Farrow.

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Held my breath, couldn’t put it down.

This book is fantastic. Ronan’s reporting is incredible and the exposure of the corruption of power in journalism was amazing. Couldn’t put it down. Constant gasps.

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  • 28-03-2020

Incredible story, questionable accents!

Such an incredible story of a horrific system of abuse and power. I’m absolutely in awe of Ronan Farrow’s work and his tenacity, and of course of all the women who stood up courageously to tell the story of these awful men.

To those who covered it up, I hope you realise exactly what part you have played.

So well told. Those accents though ... at least being good at accents has no bearing on the tremendous reporting and storytelling accomplished here.

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A must read

This is a must read/listen book for all man and women. The stories told need to be heard and acknowledged.

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Eye opening

We all know these horrible events happen, but listening to the extent that institutions go to in the efforts to protect these predators is completely jaw dropping. This book is a good mix of dramatics and facts. Ronan and his allies did a wonderful bit of investigative journalism, so grateful he didn't let this story get squashed, it's helping to change the landscape of abuse.

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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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  • Fritz Markus Schmid
  • 26-12-2019

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Imitation of foreign dialects when referring to written documents and text messages appears pathetic and makes it difficult to follow through with the complete book.

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  • Bernadette
  • 19-12-2019

Performance doesn’t match contents of the book

Unfortunately, the author makes different accents and voices depending who’s supposed to be quoted, and it sounds like he’s mocking them.
Also way too much text about stuff that is totally periferal to the story.
I expected it to be not so much about the author himself but about the mechanisms that have enabled men like HW to not be held accountable for their actions.

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  • merrileem
  • 13-01-2020

Great writing, distracting delivery

I love Ronan’s writing. I found the accents distracting and unnecessary, particularly when the victims were talking.
Otherwise it was great.

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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

Accents

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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  • 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
  • 09-03-2020

too verbose

it feels like the author is trying to recount everything that happened to him in a two year period. It should be cut to what's actually interesting. also, there's like one new name/person introduced every 5 mins. very tiresome to keep up

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  • Amy
  • 02-03-2020

Disturbing. Brilliant!

Even though we’ve seen it unfold in the news it is shocking to hear the story behind the story.

Thrilling and wonderfully produced.

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  • Mrs R J Norwood
  • 15-02-2020

Gripping, unstoppable

A compelling story told with heart, sensitivity and humor. Ronan’s voice as a writer is warm and clear, his voice acting amusing and endearing.

Beware! I could not bear to stop listening once I’d begun and I already knew many of the twists and turns of this tale. I hope you will find it just as compelling.

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  • Hana
  • 02-01-2020

Expertly written, poorly voiced

This book was absolutely fantastic but the accents were awful. I love Ronan but couldn't cope with the different voices and accents throughout the book. Ronan expertly weaves together the women's accounts of what happened to them and for that alone it's worth a listen.

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  • David smith
  • 22-12-2019

Superb book, horrifically bad accents

This is a brilliant and important book but Ronan utterly butchers it with his borderline racist impressions of the characters. It detracts so much from key moments when he suddenly switches to his impressions.
Some moments are improved by the audiobook medium such as the clips of Weinstein and the music at the beginning of certain chapters. But the voices should have been quashed by the sound recordist as soon as Ronan attempted his first “Italian” impression.

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  • Caroline Hirons
  • 30-12-2019

Knock it off with the accents.

The story is compelling enough. Ronan doing his accents is mortifying. If you think the Russian and Australian ones are bad, wait u til your hear the English one.
Ruins it. The story is amazing. The accents are an ordeal.

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  • Mr J Kelly
  • 25-12-2019

Great book, laughable narration

An interesting and important book that races along at an entertaining pace. Somewhat distracted and perplexed by the author's use of terrible accents and his attempts at female voices in the narration.

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  • Mr S J Blackie
  • 17-12-2019

Buy the book instead

Superb work from a fantastically talented, thorough and empathetic journalist but his narration became unbearable! His accents for the individuals featured was just so bad I’ve had to give up listening. There is also so many people featured I struggled to keep up so I would really recommend buying the book.

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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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  • pema
  • 14-02-2020

Fabulous!

You may think you already know this story from newspaper articles, but this is much more detailed and frightening. Also Ronan does all of the voices, so extremely entertaining.

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