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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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What the critics say

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

What listeners say about Escape From Jonestown

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Damn good

Don’t listen to the other reviewer. This is a damn good series on Jonestown. Not super in depth but great as an intro or as another source.

Also for audible members it’s free, so ignore the comment about wasting your credit in other review.

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Interesting but repetitive

The story is good, but it seems like every time you turn around they are giving an introduction to the same players like it was the first time.

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So repetitive

Great story and I want to know more but this podcast is so repetitive. Bingeing this at work and I’m hearing the same info over and over. But it just scratches the surface in the story about the cult.

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A lot left untold.

Enjoyed learning about the events leading up to the mass suicide at Jonestown. I found that informative and interesting, as this is my first introduction into the events at Jonestown, but I felt like there was a lot of story left untold. I wish the story was more in-depth. Also found certain parts very repetitive.

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Pretty abysmal

I’ve read and watched extensively about Jonestown and this podcast barely scratches the surface. I find the production potentially insulting to the survivors and victims. What’s with the cheesy song half way through?
The producers neglected to include that there were many guns on Jonestown and the victims were held at gunpoint while drinking poison.
The professor who lost her sisters in the massacre sounds snooty.
A rather sensationalized production.
You are better off using credits on “Seductive Poison” and “The Road to Jonestown” if you want to know more details.

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Heartbreaking and Human

Jonestown was a horrifying event. It's easy to lose track of the fact that it happened to real people--as with many events of this magnitude. This series did a good job of emphasizing the humanity of those who lived and died there, and the forces that contributed to the event.

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A good start

A well-done introduction to this terrible tragedy. I appreciated the first hand point of view cordings source but by the time I was finished I felt like there was a lot more information I needed to know.

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Emotional and intense

An emotional recollection of Jonestown with a morbidly fascinating collection of info from the archives

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Death sermon Jim Jones

This last Jones Town sermon by a man who professed to be God was captivating. At the beginning when he said ( on tape) “ I don’t think I can do this” I felt his fear, empathy, and love for his people. Yes, of course it was all wrong but in his mind he was serving All that was holy. There was nothing that I didn’t like. Would listen to all 100 tapes. Valerie Stewart

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Excellent Insight

The subject matter is tragic, but it was definitely fascinating to hear the awful unfolding of the Jonestown events from someone in the inner circle. This series helped to humanise and break down how this cult of personality could have evolved into something so dark, especially in light of the very real, sincere idealism the people involved held. Fascinating and eye opening insight into an event that's proven so difficult for us to wrap our collective heads around. Good stuff.