The writer did an excellent job of weaving the material from the FBI into a great story. Never boring.
Excellent insight into the whole Jim Jones Temple of the People and Jonestown mass suicide. Worth going onto Youtube to hear what some of the survivors have to say and also actually hear the "Death Tape" which after reading the book really hits home.
The book, yes. The audiobook, maybe. This is one of those books that has a lot of names, places, etc. that can be difficult to keep up with in audio format.
I think we all have a morbid curiosity when it comes to Jonestown and People's Temple. As others have said in reviews, there are scenes that are hard to listen to (child abuse, etc.)
Business owner , philanthropist.
Very even handed. Could happen again. Good to read if you are in any organization.
I would probably not listen to this book again, simply because I rarely re-read a book. However, I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
I can't say I had a 'favorite' character, but there were many interesting people and stories in this book.
"Favorite" to me implies something positive. The most memorable scene is the by now infamous koolaid scene, and the very narrow escape of the few survivors. I had to listen to the entire thing, even though it meant being late for work.
The book made me both angry and sad - angry that trusting people could be so easily betrayed and destroyed, and sadness for the people who saw their dreams destroyed.
Yes, if they are interested in Jim Jones this feels to be the definitive book.
The background on how progressive the Joneses were really surprised me. The author's continued repeating of the many camp meetings got old but were important to understand what was happening in Jonestown.
Her empathy for the characters shone as she read about their desperate situations. It actually made it harder to digest because her voice made the atrocities sound so much worse than if this were just words on a page.
Defender of fiction!
Nothing that I can think of. I just think the subject matter lends itself to reader anger and disgust.
The reader was ok.
I was disgusted with the people (sheeple). It just goes to show that religion can make you an idiot by encouraging people to follow on faith instead of question and think.
All in all it wasn't a bad documentary. I just couldn't read to the end because I couldn't take the stupidity of the people.
I live in San Francisco and I kind of have a thing for San Francisco and its history. My office is about 1/4 mile from the old location of Jim Jones' People's Temple on Geary Street. So, I was excited to listen to this book - and the book does not disappoint. It seems to be really well researched, and it is a fascinating story. It is so dark that I was ready for it to end when it did. But it was also so interesting that I was compelled to do more research on Jonestown after listening. I highly recommend this audiobook.
Worse than Hitler
The author telling the story from the point of view of the victims.
Poisoning and murdering of the babies and children.
I feel like the narrator could have read the high points of the story with a little more emotion or urgency in her tone of voice.
I was already pretty knowledgeable about Jim Jones and People's Temple, and the Jonestown tragedy, and still learned an incredible amount from this thorough and compassionate portrait of the people of Jonestown. I very much liked the technique of jumping around via the perspectives of different survivors and the use of diaries and letters to document what people were thinking as the Promised Land turned into Heart of Darkness. Heartbreaking and horrifying as it is to listen to the transcripts of the bitter end, it is so important for people to understand that ALL of the children and MANY of the adults did not commit suicide, they were murdered.
Another thing that comes across, which is absent from so many accounts of People's Temple, is how it could have been (and at times was) the groundbreaking social justice experiment that the congregants wanted it to be. How sad that the very thing (Jim Jones) that brought them all together is the same thing that tore the dream to shreds because all he really wanted was power.
This story held my interest from beginning to end. Perhaps because the story is true. The author tells it well. The narrator held my interest also. I highly recommend this audiobook if you like history. Excellent!