The Crook Factory

  • by Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
  • 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At the height of World War II, the famous writer Ernest Hemingway sought permission from the U.S. government to operate a spy ring out of his house in the Cuban countryside. This much is true... It is the summer of ’42 and FBI agent Joe Lucas has come to Cuba at the behest of J. Edgar Hoover to keep an eye on Hemingway. The great writer has assembled a ragtag spy ring that he calls the “Crook Factory” to play a dangerous game of amateur espionage. But then Lucas and Hemingway, against all the odds, uncover a critical piece of intelligence - and the game turns deadly.
In The Crook Factory, award-winning author Dan Simmons expands a little-known fact into a tour de force of gripping historical suspense set in the sensual Cuban landscape of the early 1940s.


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Couldn't find a narrator who spoke Spanish?

Decent reader, does well with tone, expression, and pacing. However, there are numerous situations in the book where the narrator needs to voice either good Spanish or bad Spanish, and he only has bad Spanish. And I found his voices for the two Hemmingway boys to be irritating, and got in the way of the story.

So this is a good read, but the choice of narrator makes it a less-good listen.
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- Loren

Really well researched spy novel

This is just brilliant. So well researched, Hope they make it into a movie, well narrated.
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- Brian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio