• Zealot

  • A Book About Cults
  • By: Jo Thornely
  • Narrated by: Jo Thornely
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (194 ratings)

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Zealot

By: Jo Thornely
Narrated by: Jo Thornely
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Publisher's summary

Why would anyone join a cult?

Maybe they're unhappy with their current religion, or they want to change the world, or they're disappointed with their lives and want to find something bigger or holier that makes sense of this confusing, chaotic and dangerous world. Or maybe they just want to give themselves the best possible chance of having sex with aliens.

Whatever the reason, once people are in, it's usually very difficult for them to leave. Cults have ways of making their followers do loopy, dangerous stuff to prove their loyalty, and in return they get a chance to feel secure within the cult's embrace, with an added bonus of being utterly terrified of the outside world.

From the tragic Jonestown Kool-Aid drinkers to the Australian cult The Family to the fiery Waco climax of The Branch Davidians, this is a wide-sweeping look at cults around the world, from the host of the popular podcast Zealot.

©2019 Jo Thornely (P)2019 Hachette Australia Audio

Editor's Pick

Just in case you need a reminder not to join a cult
"While I’ve listened to my fair share of cult stories, I can honestly say this was the first one that also had me chuckling. Despite the dark and oftentimes disturbing subject matter (this is a book about cults, after all) Jo Thornley manages to infuse just the right amount of wry humor and snark to keep it from getting too dark."
Michael C., Audible Editor

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