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Escape From Jonestown

Written by: Laurence Bouvard
Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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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)

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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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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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Great listen

the only thing I found annoying about this or negative in any way, was the fact that it was broken into far too many chapters. It would have been nice to have a good straight flow going. However it was extremely educational and also grabbed you right by the gut. heartbreaking absolutely heartbreaking what happened.

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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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An amazing story.

I loved listening to this. it was chilling and eye opening. I feel for these poor people who just wanted to belong. heartbreaking but an absolute must read/listen.

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important story, want more analysis

want more psych analysis and historical context analysis of other cults and how this happens

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Great telling of a tragic story

This was a very well done series, although I listened to it all one go. I particularly liked the approach taken to tell the story: through the story (eyes/heart/words) of one of the (very few) survivors, supplemented with words from the others. These perspectives were balanced with those of a woman who lost two sisters in the tragedy. There is much that is so very disturbing in this story, but it is told in a way that was listenable, calmly and without hysterics. If you don't know the Jonestown story, it's worth a listen.

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alot of repeated storyline ! meh:/

This story seem to be based on two peoples inside of what happened and They repeatedly repeated themselves . and Miss out on really diving into the whole story.

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