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Catch and Kill

Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
Lu par : Ronan Farrow
Durée : 10 h et 43 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 notations)

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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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  • Mike Williamson
  • 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

Narrator

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30/04/2020

Engaging and trilling story

I listen to whole book in almost a day while waiting for my delayed flight in Mexico city. Couldn't stop, great book.

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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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  • gm
  • 22/10/2019

Is this really necessary?

The story itself is captivating and well written, unfortunately Farrow's performance as the speaker is deeply disturbing.

I don't see the need to imitate the victims and their dialects almost to a comedic degree. The women portrayed came forward to state their case and to tell their story, I don't know why their dialects and sometimes the language mistakes they've made are relevant.

I can definitely recommend the book based on its content, I cannot recommend the audiobook.

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  • DrSchulz
  • 08/11/2019

Great Book, slightly annoying read

It's a great book and Ronan reads it well. Wish he wouldn't do voices...

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  • Christoph Brunner Caffi
  • 10/01/2020

Cringeworthy

The book is great. It's really terrifying, how Farrow was roadblocked by NBC to report on the allegations against Weinstein.

But: Ronan Farrow should never be allowed to narrate a nonfiction audiobook ever again.

He somehow thought it'd be a good idea to impersonate every voice of the people he spoke to, mimicking their accents (Israeli, British, Russian, Italian, French etc) and speech patherns - and it sounds horrible. Especially the women - out of Farrows mouth, they all sound moronic. His impersonation of attorney Lisa Bloom sounds like a bad impersonation of Stephen Colbert's Donald Trump impersonation (and Farrows own Trump later in the book sounds even worse). Why didn't anybody stop him from doing this? It really pulls you out of the story every time, because it sounds like a joke when he does those voices. Terrible.

So: Great book - really bad narrator.

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  • LynnN
  • 17/02/2020

Binge-listened this incredible story in one weekend

If it were a print book, I’d say it was ‘unputdownable’. A stunning story well told with empathy and humour.

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  • Luisa-Elena Lopez
  • 09/01/2020

Riveting and Disturbing

Essential listening for the importance of persistent journalism. Such horrific abuses of power and cover ups. I couldn't stop listening to it.

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  • EdP
  • 17/12/2019

Please also read "She Said" by Kantor and Twohey

Farrow describes in a great deal of details his personal experience investigating the rape and sexual assault/harassment claims made against Harvey 🐷 Weinstein. The investigative journalism work itself received much deserved praise.

On top of this, I found the book to be a very entertaining real-life story with many details about the author's thoughts, the author's movements, the author's actions, and the author's personal life. I admire Farrow's sister Dylan a lot, and I listen to his hilarious boyfriend Lovett's Pod Save America podcast, so this fed the "gossip" hunger I might have felt about these people. But this is the crux of the matter : I ultimately found that the account of the investigation was too personal, and didn't serve the important story as much as it deserves to be served.
Farrow said it himself in interviews : a journalist doesn't want to become the story. Farrow, with his "Hollywood" status, finds it very hard to walk that fine line, especially in this "Hollywood" context.

I might be a little unfair, but I preferred the book "She Said" by investigative journalists Kantor and Twohey, on their parallel investigation into the same 🐷 Weinstein scandal. Their tone was much more neutral and detached, but perfectly described their personal struggles and interrogations nonetheless. In their book, the story of the women victimized by 🐷 Weinstein is front and center. I recommend this book 100%

On a side note: Farrow's voice is nice, and it makes sense that he's reading the book himself since he writes in the 1st person, but ... I just couldn't deal with the "voices" (why ? please, why ?!). It was just too distracting and unnecessary.