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    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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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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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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Emotional and intense

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

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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.

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Scary yet Intriguing

I’d never heard about Jonestown until this series. It’s hard to limit listening to just 1 or 2 episodes at a time. You’ll want to finish it all in 1 day (I know I did).
The power of relentless group influencing + a selfish “religious leader” with evil intentions proves to be a horrific combination.
Mostly narrated by 2 individuals (a woman whose devoted her career to the Jonestown Massacre after her 2 sisters and nephew died there, and a man who was one of the few people who escaped the island) adds different viewpoints to this riveting yet heartbreaking podcast.

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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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Remembering that day

I can't imagine how hard it was to have to recount what happened in Jonestown, but I thank Tim for sharing it with us.

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Very well made

Loved it easy to listen not too long and so very devastating and heart breaking... Gonna be 41 years ago later this week...

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compelling

I thought I knew about Jonestown but I found this a very compelling perspective on the story. very chilling.

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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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  • 2020-08-29

Tragedy and then the three of us

This is a story of one man who got away. He was in Jim Jones's inner circle. This is his experience told from his point of view . Very gripping and horribly tragic. Highly recommend. This is a warning to beware of evil in Shepherd's clothes as the Bible warns us. A true story. Not too graphic.

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  • 2020-08-28

I want more!

I listen to a lot of podcasts. I have really enjoyed true story ones, such as Murder in Hollywoodland and Bear Brook. This listen is very similar in style and presentation to those.

I have always been interested in Jonestown. I was four years old when it happened, but I can remember seeing news reports of it when it occurred.

I did not have any expectations for this work, but I really enjoyed it. Very well done.

My only problem with it is it left me wanting more!

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  • Luisa
  • 2020-09-25

A story about Tim’s life

Not much about Jonestown, or about escaping from Jonestown. It’s short enough that the lack of true content doesn’t bother much. It goes about the story well enough, it’s just more about the survivor’s life than about the event he survived.

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  • 2020-09-23

True evil.

I’m obsessed with the Jonestown tragedy, so anytime I see something new about it I’m all over it. The horror of it keeps me riveted, and no matter how many times I hear the story I am shocked at what happened. I have not heard Tim Carters version of this. Thanks, Audible for the podcast.

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  • 2020-09-16

Compelling story

It was very interesting hearing about this story from a survivor of the incident. I liked the context he gave, humbly stating his positionality in the group. The narration in between interview material sounded too robotic to me, but everything else was good and compelling, and I learned a lot.

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  • Jennesa Datema
  • 2020-11-14

Interesting story, narrator is a robot

I’ve listened to many podcasts throughout the years, and this story title grabbed my attention. After watching the documentary about Jonestown, I was intrigued by the story.

The storyteller’s recollection is engaging and authentic. The narrator doesn’t do the podcast justice; her voice is robotic and distracting from the story line.

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  • tamy2de
  • 2020-09-16

Very gripping

I am glad, I listened to it - but it will haunt me for days to come due to the nature of it. I think it is a documentary that is important to hear, yet I most definitely would not let my kids listen to it ‘till they are mature enough to decide for themselves.

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  • Ashley J
  • 2020-09-15

AMAZING STORY

This was a great podcast. The story is heart breaking but it was told with so much details about what was really happening within Jonestown.

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  • Admiralu
  • 2020-10-23

Somber & Touching Account of the Tragedy

This was the story of one of the few survivors of the Jonestown massacre. Not exploitative, but touching and somber. Very well done. Difficult sections were handled tastefully and it really gave you a sense of why people joined, and how good intensions went bad with the paranoia of Jim Jones.

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  • Mmfinelli
  • 2020-09-19

I remember this.

I can’t believe how sheeple follow. The sheep’s that followed such a charlatan should be guilty of killing their own children.

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