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  • Summary

  • Jon Hamm leads an all-star cast that includes Kate Mara, Ana de la Reguera, John Slattery, and Bradley Whitford in the riveting true story behind the making of the one American movie the FBI never wanted you to see. All seven episodes will be available on June 16.

    The Big Lie follows FBI special agent Jack Bergin (Jon Hamm), who is sent to investigate three blacklisted filmmakers—Academy Award-winning writer Michael Wilson, Academy Award-nominated producer Paul Jarrico, and director Herbert J. Biberman—who were inspired by a New Mexico labor strike to make a movie that dramatized their pro-labor, pro-feminist beliefs. Convinced the film is a recruitment tool for the Communist Party, Jack will do whatever is necessary to shut the production down. 

    Featuring a star-studded cast that also includes Giancarlo Esposito, David Strathairn, Lisa Edelstein, Raymond Cruz, Troy Evans, Kirk Baltz, John Getz, and Lela Loren, The Big Lie is an explosive story of conspiracy, betrayal, and temptation that resonates with today’s divided America and reminds us all that fear spreads faster than the truth.

    Created by John Mankiewicz, based on a story from Paul Jarrico.

    ©2022 Fresh Produce Media, LLC (P)2022 Audible Originals, LLC
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  • Jun 1 2022

    Jon Hamm leads an all-star cast that includes Kate Mara, Ana de la Reguera, John Slattery, and Bradley Whitford in the riveting true story behind the making of the one American movie the FBI never wanted you to see.

    The Big Lie follows FBI special agent Jack Bergin (Jon Hamm), who is sent to investigate three blacklisted filmmakers—Academy Award-winning writer Michael Wilson, Academy Award-nominated producer Paul Jarrico, and director Herbert J. Biberman—who were inspired by a New Mexico labor strike to make a movie that dramatized their pro-labor, pro-feminist beliefs. Convinced the film is a recruitment tool for the Communist Party, Jack will do whatever is necessary to shut the production down. 

    Featuring a star-studded cast that also includes Giancarlo Esposito, David Strathairn, Lisa Edelstein, Raymond Cruz, Troy Evans, Kirk Baltz, John Getz, and Lela Loren, The Big Lie is an explosive story of conspiracy, betrayal, and temptation that resonates with today’s divided America and reminds us all that fear spreads faster than the truth.

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  • Jun 16 2022
    From a John Wayne premiere to a late-night meeting at Griffith Observatory, the hunt for Hollywood Communists takes FBI special agent Jack Bergin on a whirlwind tour of Los Angeles. When a dangerous propaganda film secures a secret investor, Jack works around the clock to shut down the deal.
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    35 mins
  • Jun 16 2022
    Jack follows the production to New Mexico and works to find an ‘in’ with the Communist filmmakers. Conflicts at home threaten to derail Jack’s mission.
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    38 mins

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1950s communist witch hunt.

A play both enjoyable and important in it's content about the McCarthy era of political oppression with the House of Unamerican activities. The acting is excellent, the characters well developed. Looking forward to more episodes...

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Brilliant story.

Brilliant cast and excellent story. Jon Hamm is so easy to listen to. Based on real life incidents made into a brilliant work of fiction.

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Wow!

What a performance! Finished listening to this beauty in a couple of sittings as it was so good and enjoyable to listen too!
I’d love it if a sequel was to happen - not giving anything away though!

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  • 17-06-22

Cinematically Entertaining For The Imagination!

I loved all the actors' portrayal of their characters and the complexity of the characters too. The sound effects were spot on and really added to the impact of the actors' great work too! They did a great job of transporting the listener to the scenes, often making me forget I wasn't actually watching but rather listening. It was as if I were truly seeing the scenes play out before my eyes as I took in all the content. Great job on all fronts. I hope there is a sequel to the series! 😁

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  • Terry
  • 24-06-22

Outstanding story and cast

Interesting story, and a wonderful performance by a very talented cast. Such moving performances by Jon Hamm and Kate Mara; one could almost believe that this was a married couple. I also like the small touches when Jon Hamm‘s character wants to find out the score in a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game over the radio, Or when characters use the telephone, the listener can hear the sound of a electro mechanical rotary dial (To the younger listeners, there was a time when there were no cell phones, no Internet, Or even push buttons dialing). Give this audiobook a listen, you will not be disappointed.

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  • 19-06-22

Emotionally inspiring!!

As a USAF veteran I raised my right hand almost 20 yrs ago to fight for our country. When I say for our country I mean for ALL people from ALL countries who want to live free. People who have truth to tell of their stuggles and successes. NOT for the politicians (aka Republicans/democrats) & what they want others to believe. We ALL have the right to tell our truths!!

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  • Sandy
  • 18-06-22

Well done

Should be a movie. Very well done and well acted. More of this please Audible!!

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  • CuriousKitten
  • 17-06-22

Perfect title to fit our current Big Lie. So apt.

You got me at Jon Hamm. Ben Mankiewicz intro ditto. Very Well done. Gorgeous noirish Red Scare 1950’s.

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  • 16-06-22

Perfection

I loved it and Kate Mara is so perfect in everything that she does. Magnificent work.

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  • Gabriel P.
  • 19-06-22

Important and true

very important documentation of a very sad part of American history, well executed and with a very dignified adaptation

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  • Katherine
  • 19-06-22

One Of The Best Audible Originals

great story and phenomenal voice acting. John hamm, Kate Mara and the whole cast were incredible! I'm hoping for a sequel!

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  • 18-06-22

Entertaining

Would not mind seeing The Big Lie as a mini series or movie. it would only work by casting the same actors.

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  • KellReyn
  • 26-06-22

McCarthy, Hoover & Hollywood

Really great listen! The red scare & McCarthyism are somehow very timely right now. Well read by quality actors.

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