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Escape From Jonestown

Written by: Laurence Bouvard
Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (2 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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"A tragic story... drawing on recordings made in the final, chaotic hours." (The Times)

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Does injustice to such a powerful event...

As most of the other reviewers have written, rather poor production. Except Tim Carter's audio footage that brings authenticity to the production, rest of it is rather average.

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  • Sam Jones
  • 15-11-18

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 multiple 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
  • 17-12-18

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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  • Shane
  • 19-12-18

Interesting story, bad story-telling

Tim's story and account of the events at Jonestown are fascinating and certainly make for a good listen. The problem is the way the story is told. Why must the narrator recount the exact same information at the start of each chapter? Especially when each chapter is only roughly 20 minutes long.

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  • Tim Reisner
  • 04-11-19

Sloppy production with annoying repetition

No complaints about the story. There could have been more detail but since this is a personal account, emotion was more important. The narrator was fine. However, the constant repetition of background information on each person speaking was painful and completely unnecessary. There were only 6 episodes of roughly 20 minutes each. We don't need to be told, again and again, in each episode, who people are and why their story is important. Your listeners are used to entire novels where nothing is repeated. The repetition is either an indication Audible thinks the listener is barely concentrating at all or just pure padding. Either way it's incredibly tedious and frustrating.

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  • M. E-S
  • 30-11-18

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.

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  • Allan MacDonald
  • 02-09-19

More padded than a rugby player’s torso

Interesting, harrowing...and padded to high heaven. Would have worked better over 3 episodes. By episode 6 you’ll be able to recite why the professor has both a professional and personal interest in Jonestown.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-19

Annoying repetition

An interesting and terribly tragic story, with good input from concwrned/involved parties.
However, this is an American production, and they have continued the annoying process of giving a resume of the previous chapter, and entire story at the start of every chapter. I sort of get this process for a crime TV show, as people might channel flick and catch an episode mid-way. It doesn't happen in books, and shouldn't happen in audiobooks. It's not like someone is going to download the series and start at episode 4.!? Highly annoying, please treat the narrative as you would a book.

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  • thomas stenhouse
  • 08-12-19

great lissen

moving and from a view point of the victims. more like this please. 5 star

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  • Lisa
  • 04-12-19

Harrowing

Such a harrowing programme. Makes you think about what people went through. Haunting
and heartbreaking all in one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-11-19

Better know the story already!

This is interesting, but only if you're someone already quite familiar with the Jonestown story. If you're not already familiar, I think you're likely to be quite lost.

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  • Joeline
  • 14-05-19

A detailed and very personal account.

A detailed and very personal account of the tragic Jonestown story. the final chapter can be hard to hear as a parent.

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  • Razz Berry Muffin
  • 27-10-19

Pieces missing...

I found this story fascinating but felt the production left me frustrated & wanting to know more & for what happened to be explained more clearly.

It felt a bit rushed or slapdash. It was unsatisfying in terms of explaining the final day & how the mass murder/‘suicide’ really eventuated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-19

emotionally driven

I didn't want to stop listening.
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truth, pain and raw emotion
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this is amazing and I will be listening again and again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-19

heart breaking story

story told with Grace and Reverence but heartbreaking and tears at the very Soul of humanity

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-03-19

Pretty good

It started a bit slow but was really fascinating to hear a first hand account in some depth. The narration reiterating the beginning of every episode as if they were independent was annoying though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-12-18

Horrific but fascinating

Despite being a bit repetitive if you're listening to it back-to-back, this is a fascinating and tragic story from one of the survivors.

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  • lee
  • 06-04-20

Informative and interesting

Good insight with real life tape recordings. It was a tragic event that should never have happened.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-03-20

Fascinating insight to a legendary event

I love a great true crime or documentary podcast. This was not something I would have chosen having read books and viewed documentaries on Jones Town. This however gave a different bent and one I enjoyed right up to hearing about where the survivors are now and what they are doing. An easy listening and engaging podcast.

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  • Scott Buxton
  • 20-03-20

unimaginable! very respectfully produced,

loved but very sad how one man can manipulate so many people to a point they would end there lives,

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-03-20

Ruined by the narrative style

I found the narrative style too sensationalist, the story itself has so much impact and didn’t need inputs from the narrator designed to build tension.