Cults: Inside the World’s Most Notorious Groups and Understanding the People Who Joined Them

S. & S. Audio. Jul. 2022. 15:09 hrs. ISBN 9781797142593. $24.99. CRIME
Humans are naturally inclined to search for life’s deeper meaning and hope to live each day with purpose. It’s the human condition; cults and their leaders know this, and prey on that natural inclination. Outsiders may wonder what kind of person begins a cult, and more importantly, who chooses to follow them. Murder, manipulation, and intrigue all come together to tell the story. Cutler, founder of Parcast Studios and creator of the podcast Cults, takes a deep dive into cults, examining well-known groups such as Charles Manson’s Family, Jim Jones, and the Branch Davidians, as well as smaller cults and their leaders. Cutler’s gripping book provides a window into this uncomfortable world, focusing on the beliefs of each group and revealing what ties their leaders together. A full cast of talented narrators, including Pete Simonelli, Raquel Beattie, Erin Walker, Danny Campbell, Daniel Henning, and several others, tell the stories of various cults, presenting each with unique voices. This engaging presentation will immediately captivate listeners, whether they are new or well versed in the subject.
VERDICT A welcome addition where well-researched books on cults, true crime, and religious outliers are popular.
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