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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (125 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clifford Irving Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Novelist Clifford Irving’s “autobiography” of Howard Hughes was the literary hoax of our time. This no-holds-barred confession by the author was first published in Great Britain in 1977, where it became a bestseller. But no American hardcover house would touch it until now. Why? The answer is implicit in this ultimate caper story of daring, treachery, and corruption.

As fast-paced and exciting as any spy novel, The Hoax involves the reader at every devilish turn. Irving describes how the hoax developed, like a Chinese puzzle, from its madcap beginning to the final startling confession—a witty and nail-biting story of international intrigue and beautiful women, of powerful corporate executives and jet-set rogues, of cover-ups and headlines.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Deserves to sell a million, because the fact is more weird than any fiction and the story is carried like a time bomb through the pages. Nothing can detract from Irving’s superb skill as a writer.”

    London Express

  • “Narrator Joe Barrett is remarkably convincing as the determined author…as hair-raising, breathlessly paced, and suspenseful as any spy novel.”


  • “Barrett’s voice, tinged with cynicism, world-weariness, and a complete lack of guilt about the lying and deceit he is describing, captures Irving perfectly.”


  • “A story which reads like the best thriller fiction and which contains the seeds of a dozen movie scripts. Mysterious meetings, false passports, a beautiful Danish baroness, Swiss bank accounts…Alfred Hitchcock would handle the whole thing perfectly.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anna | 12/28/2013

    " Everything about this book and author is totally shameless. But fascinatingly so. If you're looking to learn anything about Howard Hughes though, don't read this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lively | 11/26/2013

    " Irving's story was a fun, falling-into-fame sort of tale. His personality as narrator is companionable at best, and he sounds like he fancies himself a little cleverer than he actually is. I liked this book, but have no motivation to read anything else by Irving, especially fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Travis | 11/2/2013

    " A really good book about the guys who faked the Howard Hughes autobiography. Written by the main guy who did it. A fascinating read , and it is unusual to have a criminal write about his own crime, and even more unusual when he is a professional writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anne | 9/20/2013

    " The story was interesting but I found myself wishing that Irving would just get to the point so I could find out what happened when everyone realized the whole thing was a hoax. It dragged on too much for me. "

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