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  • Summary

  • Please note: this series contains adult themes, explicit language and references to child abuse and suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

    It started with an anonymous post in 2017. They called themselves 'Q' and left a trail of cryptic messages for an increasing number of followers to obsess over. Over the years, the conspiracy theory became a movement, crashing into mainstream politics and breaking countless families along the way. 

    Over this investigation, journalist Nicky Woolf dives into the online and offline world of QAnon in his search to find the shadowy figure behind it all and the legacy they've created.

    A Tortoise Studios Production for Audible Originals. 

    ©2021 Audible, Ltd (P)2021 Audible, Ltd
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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: Mockingbird

    Aug 4 2021

    What’s more important to you: QAnon or your family?

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    41 mins
  • Ep. 2: Only a Fool

    Aug 4 2021

    ‘I think we are playing a giant global game of Where's Waldo’. If you’re going to find Q, you can’t do it alone.

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    47 mins
  • Ep. 3: Alice and Wonderland

    Aug 4 2021

    Chan sites, anons and trolls. Navigating the world of QAnon means speaking to the people who live in it.

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    55 mins

Publisher's Summary

Please note: this series contains adult themes, explicit language and references to child abuse and suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

It started with an anonymous post in 2017. They called themselves 'Q' and left a trail of cryptic messages for an increasing number of followers to obsess over. Over the years, the conspiracy theory became a movement, crashing into mainstream politics and breaking countless families along the way. 

Over this investigation, journalist Nicky Woolf dives into the online and offline world of QAnon in his search to find the shadowy figure behind it all and the legacy they've created.

A Tortoise Studios Production for Audible Originals. 

©2021 Audible, Ltd (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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  • KLP
  • 2021-08-08

Interesting, well researched

Excellent podcast. Definitely kept my attention. If you want to know who q is or how qanon has affected regular people, worth a listen.

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  • Michelle Steiner
  • 2021-08-06

insightful

shows how simple it is to influence masses, yet how difficult it is to find out who started lie. excellent investigative reporting.

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  • Jesse
  • 2021-08-24

Good narrator, lame story.

Great story teller. Not impressive journalism wise. Lots of questionable leaps which eventually lead to a non conclusive ending. Would still recommend if you are bored .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-08-16

So good I can’t stop talking about it

I never leave reviews but this is just so, so good. The story is so engaging, whether you’re familiar with Q or not. The narrator is so good - funny, sharp, relatable. I’m probably going to listen to it again.

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  • opre
  • 2021-08-27

Preferred to HBO’s “Into the Storm”

Rather enjoyed this. Good pacing, good interviews, kept my attention. Narrator Nikki Woolf’s “warts and all” approach to this topic, which often includes some sardonic self-reflection, was pitch perfect for me. Worth a try if you are interested in the cultural phenom of the QAnon Cult.

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  • Nul
  • 2021-08-24

The person you're looking for is me.

The person you're looking for is me and you'll never find me because you have to believe in me first. But you got the letter wrong. It should look like a match-stick with its flame entering the middle, and the letter should look like the Red Emergency Zone in a Color-Coded Pressure Gauge to a nuclear reactor.

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  • Dawn
  • 2021-08-15

Outstanding work, thoroughly researched

This excellent work of journalism managed to answer all the questions I had swirling in my head mabout this cult. Nice companion piece to the HBO documentary. The dedication of this journalist to answer difficult questions is remarkable.

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  • Catherine Puma
  • 2021-09-04

So Who is Q and What is QAnon?

UK journalist Nicky Wolf investigates the QAnon phenomenon--its early development, establishment as an alt-right conspiracy theory, and most likely candidates for the man-behind-the-Q-drops--in his Audible Original podcast "Finding Q: My Journey into QAnon".

This topic is quite eerie because of how much influence it has on American politics these days. I admit I was quite shocked on January 6th when Trump supporters overran the Capitol Buildings, when in reality there had been warning signs on the Internet for months that the Stop the Steal protests were always going to manifest into violence regardless of by how many votes Biden won the election.

I learned a lot by listening to this podcast, and I recommend to all who wants to learn more about the whole QAnon thing. My husband knew more about it than I did, so he did not learn as much, so if you've been following this quite closely in the news for over the past year, then you might not pick up much new information. Wolf's investigation follows from ~March 2020 through end of January 2021. I believe the Netflix documentary about the same topic was able to interview key figures that Wolf wasn't able to talk to directly, though I believe both investigative pieces come to the same conclusion about who Q is.

I was pleasantly surprised that Wolf came to a conclusion; I was expecting this to go the route of true crime podcasts I've listened to which don't say much other than "well, this is a weird one, but I guess we'll never know the truth, folks". I was a bit put off by how giddy and, to be honest, impressed Wolf and his colleagues are by how these domestic terrorists operate online and how much influence they've had in real life. I really appreciated the episode about the Satanic Scare of 1980's America which had many of the same conspiracy elements as QAnon. So, this is not a new phenomenon, and it wasn't caused by the Internet, though the pandemic shutdown definitely added fuel to the fire already sizzling.

All in all, this wasn't a necessarily pleasant listen, but it was an informative one. For the most part it was interesting and did have some well done bits, so I recommend to those who need to learn more about this issue. Fuck Q and everyone who "believes" in QAnon.

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  • Jonathan
  • 2021-09-01

Really outstanding

Lots of original reporting and terrific investigation into the poisonous phenomenon of the QAnon conspiracy theory that has done so much damage to the US and spread to the rest of the world (thanks America). Very entertaining and with a stunning and highly convincing conclusion. One of the best - and most important - podcasts ever yet produced by anybody.

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  • Razvan P.
  • 2021-08-15

Gripping. Thrilling. Haunting

Excellent narrative construction on a down-to-base journalistic investigation. The theme is not novel anymore, but it still reverberate a lot as it might ignite again someday...

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