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Raven Audiobook

Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People

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Publisher's Summary

The basis for the upcoming HBO miniseries and the "definitive account of the Jonestown massacre" (Rolling Stone).

Tim Reiterman's Raven provides the seminal history of the Rev. Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and the murderous ordeal at Jonestown in 1978.

This PEN Award-winning work explores the ideals gone wrong, the intrigue, and the grim realities behind the Peoples Temple and its implosion in the jungle of South America. Reiterman's reportage clarifies enduring misperceptions of the character and motives of Jim Jones, the reasons why people followed him, and the important truth that many of those who perished at Jonestown were victims of mass murder rather than suicide.

This widely sought work is restored to print after many years with a new preface by the author.

©2008 Tim Reiterman (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    Traci P. 04-22-17
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    "What a very thoroughly written book!"

    Obviously this was very well-researched. The reader leaves with a much better understanding of what happened, the people affected, and what went wrong. Many passages were jaw-dropping. It's one of those books you just can't set down.

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    COJoebro Aurora, CO 05-08-17
    COJoebro Aurora, CO 05-08-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Provides authoritative insight into an enduring American tragedy"

    There is no getting around it, the story of the People's Temple and Jonestown is haunting, perplexing, tragic and so disturbing. We want to distance ourselves from this event. We want to believe that we would never be taken in by an ego maniacal narcissist but there are many Americans who are part of cult groups. Having read extensively about Jim Jones and the people he murdered, I am humbled. This is the most authoritative work on the topic. The authors care in sourcing and researching of every detail is evident throughout and the amazing insight into the final chapter that one of the authors can bring to bear because of his first hand knowledge is powerful.

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    Cindy 05-06-17
    Cindy 05-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    AWESOME!!!! Amazingly researched and written. Narration is excellent. Truly mind boggling that Jim Jones was able to control so many for so long. He was a foul mouth meglomanic , an abuser, a sexual miscreant, but had the ability to control others.

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    night owl 05-05-17
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    "Oh My God!"

    And I'm not cussing when I say that. Raven is one of ,if not the most unbelievable horror stories I've read.I found it terribly upsetting. What makes it so shocking for me is these people are Americans of all ages and backgrounds. Jones controlled everything about their lives, abused them mentally and physically .They stood by while he abused other Temple members,even the children. Raven does a fantastic job of showing how Jones gained this power over his followers. The book is long but perhaps necessarily so.Tim Reiterman keeps the story flowing,as does the narrator.

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    Eugene B. 09-19-17
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    "Best book I've listened to!"

    This is a fantastic detailed story. Also has the author's firsthand experience too, which is absolutely riveting and fascinating. The reader's performance could not have been better. I couldn't wait to get in my car every day to listen. This is history that needs to be taught.

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    Jolie Hales 08-28-17
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    "Well Researched, Compelling"

    A well-done and thorough look into one messed up leader and those who followed him.

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    Nick 08-05-17
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    "Mind numbingly slow."

    after 3 hours I gave up. this book is insanely slow moving and brings up constantly, small trivial facts that even a jonestown historian would find unnecessary and tedious. the idea of listening to 26 more hours of this book made me want to drive my truck off an over pass.

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    Wish22 CHARLTON, MA, US 07-13-17
    Wish22 CHARLTON, MA, US 07-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story. Exceptional Insight"

    Story was fantastic. Well told and really dug into how Jim Jones became Jim Jones. We know why the the "drink the look aid" exist. Narration was great. Strongly recommend.

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    Thomas NAPERVILLE, IL, United States 06-17-17
    Thomas NAPERVILLE, IL, United States 06-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A Detailed Insight Into The World Of Jim Jones"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Raven?

    I picked this book because I was a child when the event happened- I only remember it as being one day - The event took years if not decades to come about- Be prepared for a long detailed march up to the final day of Jonestown and take your time - The details are important-


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    Megan 06-08-17
    Megan 06-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "riveting-- all 20+ hours!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this to many different people, it is a compelling story emotionally and an important one politically and socially


    What other book might you compare Raven to and why?

    It is hard to compare it to other books because of the subject matter but it reminds me of "Into Thin Air" or "Under the Banner of Heaven" by Jon Krakauer.


    What does Mitch Horowitz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mitch Horowitz was a little wooden at times but I love to listen to audiobooks when I'm working around the house.


    Any additional comments?

    Initially I was reluctant to try this book for fear of an overly grisly recounting of the last hours of the People's Temple in Guyana but the authors' account was respectful and informative. It's particularly impressive that Tim Reiterman was on the scene, he downplays his role almost to a fault.

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