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3.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 5 3.68 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Simmons Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781455810505
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Austin | 1/9/2014

    " Overall, I enjoyed the book. It would have been better if it was about 200 pages shorter. A good editor can make an okay book great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 12/29/2013

    " By the author of Hyperion, a historical thriller in which...Ernest Hemingway is a spy. No really. Not the transcendent experience that Hyperion is, but a fun read. LeCarre does this thing better though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brownjersey | 12/19/2013

    " Awesome book, great work of historical fiction. This was the first Dan Simmons novel I've ever read, I'm excited to read the series he is known for (Hyperion Cantos). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 12/17/2013

    " Not my favorite Simmons but a good read. He takes the incredible true story about how Ernest Hemingway, living in Cuba in 1942, put together a ragtag spy group for the war effort and extrapolates from there. In an afterword he tells us which elements of the story were factual, and it's a lot more than you might expect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 12/1/2013

    " probably my favorite Dan Simmons book. Its just unreal how this writer of SciFi, Horror, Period Adventure, and Suspense can reinvent himself in such differnet genres and styles and be better than most of his generation in any of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Carnes | 11/2/2013

    " Incredible story, even if a fraction of it is history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Spaeth | 10/29/2013

    " More of a straight forward thriller than a lot of Dan Simmons other books but a very enjoyable read. Estamo compados "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 10/18/2013

    " As is most of Dan Simmons work, this story is insightful, impeccably researched, entertaining, intelligent and intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/29/2013

    " This way-cool book becomes even cooler when you read the end notes and find out how much of the book was sourced through Freedom of Information Act requests. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 7/5/2013

    " Full of intrigue and twists. If you can devote a good chunk of time, and you like spy novels, read this book. Unfortunately for me, I had to read it in dribs and drabs and it was a little difficult to keep everything straight. Probably would have given it 5 stars if I had the time to read it faster. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darren Hendricks | 6/22/2013

    " Didn't finish. Not my favorite of Simmons work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 4/8/2013

    " I loved the way Simmons included history and recognizable figures as part of this novel. It had everything -- spies, submarines, sex, pool parties, and boxing matches with Hemmingway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Wright | 12/22/2012

    " Took a looooooong time to get going. If you're a big Hemmingway fan you'll probably like it more than I did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik | 10/26/2012

    " This is a book in desperate need of an editor. Just went on far too long, and with a more interesting plot, that would have been okay. But not with this plot, it just plodded along until eventually I just prayed for it to end. Not a good outing for Simmons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BK | 9/4/2012

    " Interesting premise. But melodramatic. I had higher hopes... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lukas Persson | 9/13/2011

    " This was a fun book; not my favorite from Dan Simmons, but one of the most interesting books I've read, due to the fact that it's 95% true, very interesting story, and shocking that a lot of this actually happened at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Howard Sundwall | 5/22/2011

    " I wish I could give this 10 stars instead of 5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 2/19/2011

    " Another book where you get some history with your fiction; something I enjoy. Had a hard time keeping up with all the acronyms for USA and German espionage agencies; kept flipping to the reference pages at the beginning of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bicefalus | 2/2/2011

    " heminwqy è a caccia di sottomarini tedeschi nelle acque di cuba un occhi diverso ad un grande scrittore delsecolo scorso "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BK | 1/1/2011

    " Interesting premise. But melodramatic. I had higher hopes... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 10/11/2010

    " I loved the way Simmons included history and recognizable figures as part of this novel. It had everything -- spies, submarines, sex, pool parties, and boxing matches with Hemmingway. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darren | 6/16/2010

    " Didn't finish. Not my favorite of Simmons work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 5/8/2010

    " By the author of Hyperion, a historical thriller in which...Ernest Hemingway is a spy. No really. Not the transcendent experience that Hyperion is, but a fun read. LeCarre does this thing better though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/3/2009

    " This way-cool book becomes even cooler when you read the end notes and find out how much of the book was sourced through Freedom of Information Act requests. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 11/25/2008

    " probably my favorite Dan Simmons book. Its just unreal how this writer of SciFi, Horror, Period Adventure, and Suspense can reinvent himself in such differnet genres and styles and be better than most of his generation in any of it. "

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About the Author
Author Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons is a New York Times bestselling author whose work spans many genres, including science fiction, horror, historical fiction, and crime fiction. His books have been published in twenty-seven different countries. He has worked as a teacher in Missouri, New York, and Colorado. Many of Simmons’ works have been optioned for film, including Song of Kali, Drood, and The Crook Factory. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Karen.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.