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Escape From Jonestown

Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (9 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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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 multiply 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • Rose
  • 20-01-2019

Good introductory overview, but little new insight

This podcast is probably best for people who aren't familiar with the Jonestown Massacre; I've listened to quite a few podcasts and documentaries on it, so personally I felt that this skipped over a lot of the most interesting aspects of the story: the psychology of Jones and his followers, the day to day workings of Jonestown. That said, it was fascinating to hear survivor testimony. Slickly produced. speakers are reintroduced each episode which gets particularly irritating if you're listening to episodes back to back (episodes are short so this is likely).

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  • Kevin
  • 16-01-2019

Not bad but lots of wasted content

This is an interesting story but could have been so much more. Each episode duplicates and reintroduces all of the key people which wastes time on episodes that are quite short in themselves. It fills time but not much more.

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  • Finknottle
  • 14-01-2019

Really good

Found this gripping. I was really fascinated to hear the personal stories of people involved. Sometimes the structure did get a little bit confusing, with jumping around a bit and repeating things, but in the main I would recommend.

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  • 10-01-2019

Thwarts your senses with cruel disbelief

Told incredibly well, very articulate. Could do with more of the latest discoveries and conspiracies.