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Escape From Jonestown

Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (7 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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Poor narration

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

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  • Di Sim
  • NSW Australia
  • 17-12-2018

Tragic

It was good to hear the story directly from Tim from the survivors perspective and obviously not easy for someone who lost so many.
The narrator did not come across as very genuine and the story lacked depth in the history of Jones loyalty tests and punishment and control that drove so many to follow instructions whether it be from devotion or fear.

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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.