Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism

By Amanda Montell
Narrated by Ann Marie Gideon



Motivation to Move: 5 Sneakers
Quality of Narration: 4 Sneakers
Overall Experience: 4.5 Sneakers
Total moving and listening time: 8 hours 21 minutes (7 hours at 1.4 speed)

What do QAnon, NXIVM, and Peloton Have in Common?

Amanda Montell’s “Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism” dives deep into the intriguing world of cults and fanatic communities, offering a fresh perspective beyond the usual suspects like QAnon and NXIVM.

Montell’s exploration isn’t just about sensationalism; it delves into the psychology and linguistic nuances that draw individuals into these often terrifying groups.

One of the audiobook’s strengths is its ability to uncover common elements in the language used by various cults and fanatic communities, shedding light on how and why people are drawn into these groups.

Montell’s analysis isn’t limited to notorious examples like Jim Jones and his tragic “Kool-Aid” incident but also extends to unexpected communities like Peloton and Lululemon, showcasing the diverse spectrum of fanaticism. Thus, The Walking Book Club® gives five Sneaker Ratings for Motivation to Move.

The listener can easily up the tempo without sacrificing content learning. Even at eight hours and 21 minutes, the audiobook can efficiently be completed in one week’s walking and activity time. The audiobook’s tempo can be increased without sacrificing content learning.

Its engaging narrative style sets “Cultish” apart from typical nonfiction audiobooks. Montell’s storytelling keeps listeners hooked, making it an excellent choice for those seeking a nonfiction audiobook that isn’t focused on self-help or biographical content.

“Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism” is a rewarding and manageable choice for anyone interested in understanding the allure and mechanics of fanaticism and cults.

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