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  • Catch and Kill

  • Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
  • By: Ronan Farrow
  • Narrated by: Ronan Farrow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (649 ratings)

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By: Ronan Farrow
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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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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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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 book, pity about the accents

Was a great book, such an eye opener. The one thing I hated was the accents that the author put on, they weren’t needed and cheapened the importance of the story.

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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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Great story!....but

Great, gripped by the storyline from the start but whoever okayed Ronan doing the voices should be fired! Awful, cringey accents, terrible, borderline offensive, particularly his Australian accent, lol!!

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Important

This book is an intense, thoughtful, and deeply important piece of investigative journalism. Farrow’s approach to this topic was thoughtful, urgent and driven by a sense of justice and accountability. Also, I disagree with the other reviews here. I found Farrow's narration to be very engaging, and the audio over all was very well produced.

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Compelling

This is a compelling report of what it took to break open the Weinstein case.
The only negative was Ronan’s narration. Unfortunately, the different voices and accents were very distracting. Thankfully, the book itself was engaging enough to make up for it.

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Fantastic.Ignore the accents.

Fantastic book. Yes the accents Ronan puts on are a bit weird, but they’re not really the point and once you realise that, you forget about them. He’s a writer and journalist, not a narrator - he deserves to be the one to read it to us, after dedicating so much of himself to it, for the benefit of women (and us all) everywhere.

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