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Escape From Jonestown

Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (41 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.

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Critic Reviews

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

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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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heart breaking story

story told with Grace and Reverence but heartbreaking and tears at the very Soul of humanity

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A detailed and very personal account.

A detailed and very personal account of the tragic Jonestown story. the final chapter can be hard to hear as a parent.

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Solid story but left with many questions unanswered

Very good sorry from Tim however felt the last episode was edited weirdly and didn’t quite understand the end, there was no reporting on what happened afterwards, analysis of Jim Jones, who he was and why he ultimately wanted everyone to die. Lots of questions left unanswered at the end.

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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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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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  • 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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  • Miss
  • 19-06-2019

Important Story poorly presented

Such a shame that this story was not better presented. It seemed to need a big edit. There was so much more I felt I wanted to know about the background to this tragic story but each episode kept repeating previous content. Just felt as if it only skimmed the surface.

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  • John
  • 13-06-2019

My god I never even knew this happened until I stumbled on this series

I feel sorry for everyone involved, even the leader. He had real aspirations to essentially be a saint but through mental illness and substance abuse he lost his way.
The real recordings of the meetings, the eye witness (that poor man, PTSD from every part of his life) and the accuracy of facts makes this impossible not to listen to.

Be very warned this will mess with you emotionally, some very graphic parts that include a lot of children. This deserves to be spread so people know what happened.

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  • BlueIBee
  • 07-06-2019

Interesting

Compelling story about an unbelievable event in history. I really enjoyed it. I recommend this book.

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  • Ryan Gaterell
  • 04-06-2019

Insightful and interesting

It's a morbid subject matter but it is very interesting to listen to I recommend this but would also suggest maybe looking into the whole Jonestown massacre afterwards as there is so much to this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-05-2019

harrowing listen ..

unbelievable the depths of the human mind shocking and engrossing hard to fathom the power one insane man can wield over so called rational people .