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Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism
Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism | Amanda Montell
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mcctrish
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This is a totally captivating audio book that spans Scientology and Jones Town to Peloton and Multi Level Marketing and all the in between uses of Cult Speak. Humans are hard wired to want to belong to something and many a charismatic person has founded a company, ‘religion‘, organization to gather them into.
This is really a book that makes you go “hmmm”

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mcctrish
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“A cult is like porn, you know it when you hear it”

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mcctrish
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Still working on my Haunted Mansion

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TheDaysGoBy
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I listened to this on audio. Overall I enjoyed it. I‘ve always had an interest in cults so the discussion was often engaging. I was particularly interested in some of the MLM stuff as I‘d had exposure to that thanks to my sister trying several of them for a while

#nonfiction #NFNovember

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Larkken
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After the very fun, and very fast-paced (for me) #scarathlon, I need a little bit of a reset! I have a bunch of partly-started books to clear off my list, some challenges to clean up (so many #roll100! eep!)... and in general, I'd like to try slowing down and savoring my eyeball-reading a little more. Free spaces reserved for the audiobooks that I blast through during data entry ;)
#bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks

Larkken bahaha. searched for the bookspin/doublespin numbers, and realized I don't have a number nine! Retroactive nine assignment = A Prayer for the Crown Shy. It seems like a good palate cleanser, and was on my audiobook list! :D 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Enjoy!!! 4w
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Tkgbjenn1
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Interesting look at the use of language in cult like behavior. It not only discusses cults like Jim Jones, Heavens Gate, and the Branch Davidians. But also movements that you wouldn‘t consider to be cults like fitness crazes, social and political movements, conspiracy theories, diets, religious movements, charity groups. social clubs (even beneficial clubs like AA) which all use Cultish language. You‘ll learn to recognize such language.

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Emilymdxn
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Mehso-so

I liked this book tho I felt frustrated sometimes when I wanted it to go deeper on a topic and it felt quite surface level sometimes. I think I‘d have enjoyed a longer book with more academic language. Some chapters felt really well researched and thought provoking and others felt thinner - the stuff on online fandoms could have been fleshed out a lot more imho.

ETALTON I just finished this book and I completely agree. I‘m pretty into cults (I read the books, watch the documentaries, listen to the podcast) so I know a bit about many of them, and this book didn‘t give me anything I didn‘t already know. I was a little disappointed. 2mo
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BeeMagical
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Book 143🎧 4⭐️

Had a bit of a break due to wedding season😂 but I‘m back at it!

If you are interested in how‘s and why‘s of people and cults - definitely give this a listen!

From the extremely well known, to one‘s you may not have even considered “cultish”😉

Chelsea.Poole Love this one! 3mo
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5feet.of.fury
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Oddly enough, I follow this comedian on insta &was at ~75% in Cultish & commented that according to this book the rise of fitness cults is directly related to the decline of organized religion &people trying to find a modern sense of belonging. Also that our healthcare is trash. So 💯 accurate😂

I enjoyed the mix of linguistics, sociology &psychology research to analyze cult followings of religious cults, political figs, MLMs& New Age figures.

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5feet.of.fury
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This is due back soon, so I‘m trying to make some headway. It‘s very good, I just hadn‘t been prioritizing it.

What speed are you listening to audiobooks at? Anything higher than 1.5 sounds like chipmunks to me 🤣

jlhammar 1.5 is what I go for most often. Sometimes 1.75 if a slower reader. The Obamas and Susan Orlean read so slowly that I had to go 2.0 for them. 4mo
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Maria514626
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The tagged audiobook kept me company as I got this cinnamon babka ready for the oven. #audiobaking

The book and reader are so good! She emphasizes how groups use language to suck in and control followers. It goes way beyond groups like Jim Jones‘ Peoples‘ Temple and Heaven‘s Gate. (She doesn‘t try to scare you though.)

mabell Looks yummy! 4mo
Maria514626 @mabell It was! It didn‘t last long. 😆 4mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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🎧 I‘m trying to work audiobooks into my reading. I‘ve had success with nonfiction, and this was no exception. This is a look into the language that‘s used by companies and crazies to sway people into buying a product or “drinking the koolaid,” respectively. A good listen.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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While I agree with some criticism that this book is pseudoscience this is a very interesting book. I have to admit that I automatically feel like reviews who are giving this bad reviews are and because they are in an MLM and they don't like the reality that those groups have cult-like behavior. One review I saw was mad that the author focused on soul cycle which I found the author barely mentions!!
The book itself is interesting & readable.

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AvidReaderandGeekGirl
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4.25 stars- excellent narrator! This book was very informative and also funny. I thought it was interesting that this subject interested her because of her father's childhood. I loved learning about the language of fanaticism! She made it very interesting!

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Readswithcoffee
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Very interesting. I‘m fascinated by cults. However, I wish the author had left out the politics or at least acknowledged that successful politicians, regardless of their particular bent, share certain personality characteristics. And if they are charismatic leaders, they also have similarities in how they speak to their audiences. Also makes me thankful to live where we still have freedom of speech and religion.

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ElizaMarie
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Loved this audio!!! Don‘t know what to say other than I loved it! I can see how when people use traditional cultish language my radar comes up (since I‘m terrified of cults)

Picture are just random flowers in our office

AmyG Beautiful flowers! 4mo
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ElizaMarie
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As my fascination with cults is so ingrained into my being… I decided to make this my next #AudioCommute #AudioCleaning book :)

ElizaMarie Oops I guess I already deemed this one a pick!!!! Ha! Well I‘m sure it will be 5mo
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HeyT
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I did a lot of #audiogaming in June so most of my completed reads this month are in audio. I also conquered a chunkster so all in all a pretty great reading month. Favorite book of the month goes to the tagged.
5 audio
2 physical
All my audio were library lends so not much progress on my #BuriedAliveChallenge but I'm hoping to change that in August.
#JuneWrapUp

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Sophronisba
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It would be irresponsible, I think, not to mention the oratorical similarities between Trump and Jim Jones, who shared the same love of coining zingy, incendiary nicknames for their opponents. (“Fake News“ and “Crooked Hillary“ were Trump's analogs to Jones's “Hidden Rules“ and “Sky God.“) Even when their statements didn't contain any rational substance, the catch phrases and zealous delivery were enough to win over an audience.

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katcalvin
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If you‘re interested in cults/religions/mlms/etc. and how they use language to invite, coerce, and control then this book is for you.

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HeyT
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#BookReport
Managed to finish two books this week in audio. My physical book is coming along nicely as well but it‘s a chonky boi so I‘ll probably be reading it for at least another week if not more.

#WeeklyForecast
My goal this week is to finish my audiobook before it‘s due back to the library and get around ten more chapters in the chunkster.

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DisneyFan
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Started my next book. So far, so good. I‘m intrigued…….

DebinHawaii I really enjoyed this one! 5mo
HeyT Oooh I just did this one in audio and loved it! 5mo
DisneyFan @DebinHawaii Yes, definitely food for thought! 5mo
DisneyFan @HeyT Yes, it‘s so fascinating. 5mo
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RamsFan1963
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80/150 This book totally hijacked my planned reading schedule. Endlessly fascinating, I've never been much of a joiner, but I can see the appeal of the cult, whether its religious, political, a marketing ploy or even an exercise regiment. I wonder if Litsy is my cult? I attend every day, I feel bad if I don't check in regularly. Hmmmmm🤔🤔🤔
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6th book for #BigJuneReadathon @Clwojick
2nd book for #JoysofJune @Andrew65

kspenmoll Go Litsy! Me too-I check in daily. I love our “ cult”,😂😂 5mo
Clwojick Lmfao. Agreed! I‘m also always trying to talking other people into joining! 🫣😏 5mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 Think it may be all of our cults! 5mo
DisneyFan Just got this on Libby after a lengthy wait. Looking forward to starting it. 5mo
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HeyT
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This was absolutely fascinating and I loved it! The author studies cults through the language they use and the way that language shapes the power dynamics of leader and follower. I found it to be well researched but not too academic and dry. The tone is very personable and conversational. I like the way that she goes over not just the traditional and stereotypical cults but also the way that the language has affected modern day culture.

DisneyFan Great review! Just got this on Libby and can‘t wait to get started! 5mo
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HeyT
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#BookReport
I read a lot more than I thought I did this week but mostly because I've been #AudioGaming. I finished my reread of Mistborn but am sad because to get the next one in audio is a 6 week wait at the library. I'm almost done with Cultish in audio though and made good progress on Wizard's First Rule.

#WeeklyForecast
My goal is to finish Cultish and more of Wizard's. I have a few audiobooks checked out but not sure which will be next.