I am old enough to remember the stories that followed the mass murder/suicide but, of course, my recollections are only on a superficial level. Listening to the book, I couldn't help but see Powers Boothe in the 1980 made-for-TV movie "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones" and, while I thought the movie left me pale, this audiobook blew me away. I appreciate that survivors had the graciousness to tell their stories beyond the written and taped documentation that remained in Jonestown. Robin Miles reading was excellent.
I've often wondered about Jonestown over the years, and before listening to this audiobook, I was nowhere near as forgiving of the events that occurred there. I used to ponder how anyone could be duped repeatedly into first joining the temple, then going to Guyana, and then committing suicide. I dare say now that the phrase "drinking the Kool-aid" is a misnomer. Listen for yourself, and if this audiobook produces no emotion in you, then you'd better check to make sure you have a pulse.
Not sure. If there were photos in the print version, I would probably have preferred it to the audible version.
Hyacinth's survival. She was a real hero, surviving because she quietly and unwaveringly kept her own counsel.
This was an enlightening and compelling listen whose lessons should stay with all of us permanently. It raised uncomfortable, but essential, questions about the inherent nature of humanity and what it takes to survive adversity. I strongly recommend it. The narration was very clear and effective.
The author offered a review of the Jonestown Horror of which the reader was very familiar with. Younger people that are not as familiar with the story may enjoy this factual based account more than I did.I was hopeful that the author would offer some new insights that would make the participants come alive so that readers may better understand why this horrible tragedy happened and how it can be prevented from occurring again.
Perhaps. I am a bit of a history buff. I do enjoy a book that makes life long ago come alive.
The narrator didn't seem to feel the story. Perhaps it was difficult to identify with the characters.
The subject matter is sad though fascinating .The author missed an opportunity to make the setting and the characters come alive this many years later.I suppose I enjoy historical non-fiction that reads more like a novel than a textbook.This reader wants to feel like an eyewitness to historical events.
A fascinating and tragic book that is very well written and researched. A Thousand Lives tells the haunting story of the rise and fall of The People's Temple, offering insight into how so many people could come to such an horrific end. This tale will stay with you long after it's ended. The narration is superb and the story unforgettable. You will not regret this listen!
Only knowing what you have heard in the media to date it is too easy to write off the victims of Jonestown as somehow complicit in the atrocity. This book took a faceless group, and made them individuals I cared about deeply. It illustrates how even when they knew the horror to come, they were powerless to stop it.
The book is great. The narration spot on. I loved it even as it broke my heart to listen.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
PROBABLY NOT. IT WOULD ONLY APPEAL TO A FEW.
IT WAS FINE. IT WAS THE TRUTH. YOU CAN'T CHANGE THE TRUTH.
AS PREFORMED BY? NO CHARACTER WAS "PREFORED" THE BOOK WAS READ WELL THO. THE VOICE DID NOT CHANGE FOR DIFFERENT CHARACTERS. IT WAS FINE THO THE WAY IT WAS. IT WAS JUST A TRUE STORY BEING TOLD. IT WAS TOLD WELL.
FOR ME IT WAS. I WAS INTERESTED IN THIS STORY.
THE THING I REMEMBER ABOUT JONES WAS THAT TERRILE LAUGH HE HAD. IT WAS JUST MENTIONED IN THE BOOK. I THINK IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN TALKED ABOUT MORE. HE HAD SUCH AN EVIL LAUGH. HE WAS SCARY.
true crime fan
I was a teenager when the Jonestown mass suicide incident happened and ever since I have tried to get my head around that many people following a madman and willingly killing their children then themselves. I was rather depressed after listening to this book but I am a little closer to understanding. It was fascinating to get to know some of these individuals as the book went on and devastating when it came to the inevitable end. Great book but I am now listening to a comedy as it really takes you to a dark place.
Julia Scheeres brings back the experience at Jonestown, Guyana in gut wrenching detail. This is the sad story of Jim Jones who reportedly entered Christian faith through a Church of the Nazarene, gravitated to the Assembly of God, came under the influence of Father Devine, declined into drugs and related mental problems. His life as we know led to the murder/suicide of 918 persons. How circumstances led to the point is what Scheeres reveals in A Thousand Lives. Readers and historians can quibble about the details, but this book is a heart stopper. There are lessons galore for everyone daring to read it. The narration of Robin Miles is very good.