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Escape From Jonestown

Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Please note: This title contains graphic audio which some listeners might find upsetting.

Forty years ago, on Nov. 18, 1978, 914 members of a ‘utopian’ society deep in the Guyana jungle, known as Jonestown, drank a lethal elixir of Flavor-Aid and cyanide. Tim Carter was in the inner circle of its charismatic leader, Jim Jones. He escaped into the jungle. This is his story.

As an Audio Show - free for members - when you add Escape From Jonestown to your library, you'll get all 6 episodes, with runtimes varying from 15 to 32 minutes.

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Critic Reviews

"A tragic story... drawing on recordings made in the final, chaotic hours." (The Times)

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Poor narration

Narration was almost robotic, but the content and interviews were fascinating. Overall worth the listen.

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Very Interesting

This was sad but interesting to hear. The narrator's voice is not very pleasant, but doesn't speak much.

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Pretty good

It started a bit slow but was really fascinating to hear a first hand account in some depth. The narration reiterating the beginning of every episode as if they were independent was annoying though.

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i wanted more

i enjoyed it but wanted more indepth info about this "cult" and the things that went on.

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Horrific but fascinating

Despite being a bit repetitive if you're listening to it back-to-back, this is a fascinating and tragic story from one of the survivors.

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  • Sam Jones
  • 15-11-2018

Interesting but disjointed and confusing

I’ve listened to several of these audible shows but found this one significantly weaker than others such as West Cork and Making a Massacre.
Whilst undoubtably a tale that should be told, I found the structure very disjointed. Some contributors were introduced in full multiple times, whilst other voices pitched in with no context or background given. I felt as though the show needed a more human guide rather than the almost robot sounding American women. Someone who could pitch in to clear up any confusion in the first hand accounts given and provide a little more shape and arc to the events. What happened was tragic and whilst I was left with a little more understanding about what happened at Jonestown I felt that the show did not do justice to the poor survivors and relatives that told their stories.

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  • Ross
  • 17-12-2018

Interesting story, poorly presented

Trying not to be too negative, as these audio shows are a really great addition to Audible. However, this was a really interesting story held back by an unusual narrative structure and poor presentation. It seems in need of a good sharp edit.

So much of the show was taken up by retelling the same information over and over. The narrator repeatedly introduces the same 'expert' with her name, title, where she works and so on, often multiple times in the same episode, which seems wholly unnecessary given the format.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-12-2018

Interesting story, bad story-telling

Tim's story and account of the events at Jonestown are fascinating and certainly make for a good listen. The problem is the way the story is told. Why must the narrator recount the exact same information at the start of each chapter? Especially when each chapter is only roughly 20 minutes long.

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  • M. E-S
  • 30-11-2018

Tim Carter's story.

Tim Carter's tale is tragic and moving and worth listening to. He tells it well, and the way he does so feels like it's taken him forty years to find the right words. It's supported by experts in cult psychology and the life of Jim Jones which add context to the events, but ultimately this is a portion of Mr Carter's biography and I'm glad he shared it.

The only real criticism I have is that as an audible production, it didn't need all the intro every episode.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-2019

Annoying repetition

An interesting and terribly tragic story, with good input from concwrned/involved parties.
However, this is an American production, and they have continued the annoying process of giving a resume of the previous chapter, and entire story at the start of every chapter. I sort of get this process for a crime TV show, as people might channel flick and catch an episode mid-way. It doesn't happen in books, and shouldn't happen in audiobooks. It's not like someone is going to download the series and start at episode 4.!? Highly annoying, please treat the narrative as you would a book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-2019

Terrible Narration

Stunted narration, sounds like a teacher reading to a 5 year old. There is minimal fact checking or cross reference but the main interview is interesting.

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  • peter
  • 17-02-2019

intressant

not a lot of information about the aftermath. from an coronal inquest point if view

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  • Nicky Ramone
  • 13-02-2019

Religious madness

The story was especially emotional and harrowing at the end, even though I knew the ending before I even downloaded this. Jim Jones’ religious career seemed to start off so purely, I suppose it illustrates how dangerous cults are and how easily power corrupts. I learnt a lot more than I knew before. It is a really tragic story, but told clearly. I am glad I listened to it, but it I cannot say ‘I enjoyed’ the last episode, it was too emotional for that.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-2019

fascinating and educative

Excellent storytelling and research done. Being told through an historical, social, socio-political lens allows this account of the massacre to be better understood.

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  • A. J. Watkins
  • 11-02-2019

Needs a bit of polish

The Jonestown Massacre is a fascinating, horrifying and heartbreaking event and this series had the potential to get that across even more than it does. The survivors stories are compelling but one can't help thinking their testimony deserved a more sophisticated touch. I agree with the other reviewers that the small group of contributors get introduced in full way more frequently than is required, and the narrator could sound less two dimensional, however , this is an interesting series and for those who want to hear personal stories and find out more about Jim Jones more it's worth listening to.