Reviews
I love listening to Sarah, she is a brilliant story teller. Each episode is meticulously researched and presented. Highly recommend.
Beth Niroomand-Rad via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/31/20
Well-researched, interestingly-told stories.
Highland Kiwi via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 05/28/20
Finding this podcast has opened my eyes to the danger of Cults. The definitions that Sarah gives really show the similarities between cult leaders.
sharky852 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/08/20
Incredible depth of research and excellent production values for a serious podcast about cults (the others I listen to are all comedy-based). I always come away with details missed elsewhere.
Venus Valentine via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/20
A wonderfully well-researched podcast presenting clear, informative cases!
CaitFaz:) via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/29/20
The host makes a wonderful job of the research and story telling. It’s such a pleasure to hear a balanced, fair but uncompromising account of what goes on within sects. I really enjoy the voice and accent of the host by the way!
DeeeeeDooooo via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 04/26/20
Lots of research obviously goes into each episode. Sarah perfectly balances facts and ex-member’s experiences, and encourages empathy and compassion for those involved in cults. Also, her voice is very soothing!
runner1399 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/15/20
In a cluttered world of podcasts, this is one to which I always return. There’s always an amazing cautionary tale to interest and inform. Sarah’s commitment to factual, anti-sensational reporting treats every subject with partisanship and respect ... and her voice is never less than dulcet !
cooly mc cool via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/03/20
I was recommended this podcast recently and after 2 episodes I subscribed and started listening from the beginning! I find the subject of cults to be very interested but the big ones have all been told many times. I appreciate the angle the host tales of focusing on smaller, less known, cult...Read full review »
Jackson23456 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/30/20
I revisited this episode in the context of the ABC TV series currently screening on Sunday nights, Stateless, which Sarah mentions in passing was under development while she was doing her own investigations of Kenja. I also revisited the article Robert Manne wrote for The Monthly nearly 15 years...Read full review »
Aussiegregoire via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 03/27/20
This podcast is well researched, well written, and Sarah shows a deep concern for the victims affected by the groups she discusses. She details the histories of these groups and their leaders without being sensational or exaggerating anything to generate drama. The sound quality is great and the...Read full review »
OMGILTS via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/09/20
This series is superbly researched (with citations), often features interviews w people who have first-hand knowledge, comes complete w clear content warnings and is reported, without exception, in a very responsible, careful and informative way. However, the element that makes this podcast...Read full review »
Dawnparade via Apple Podcasts · Belgium · 03/06/20
Sarah’s podcasts are fascinating. - with a common thread of people walking naively into exploitative cults. And power - how manipulative and greedy pretty much every cult leader exposed in this series is! They’re not in it to provide a benefit, healing, enlightenment, whatever to any of...Read full review »
LizAnne S via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/25/20
This is a really interesting podcast and Sarah is such a thoughtful and empathetic presenter. The content warnings are done really well with clear outlines of when to check in and out to avoid triggering content. Highly recommend!
Carly_💃🏻 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/25/20
Such an engaging and curious podcast, you’re an amazing story teller Sarah. I wonder how many one-star reviews are from sect members...
Tuna poo via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/18/20
Have only just discovered this podcast and am now powering through each impressive episode. As someone who spent 20 years associated with one of the cults covered, I can vouch for the accuracy of the reporting. Very well researched and very well understood. Professional and non sensational. Top...Read full review »
Soozoo11 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/17/20
Interesting case studies, especially with an Australian angle that doesn’t get heard on other cult-themed podcasts
aharlowturner via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/12/20
I listen to this podcast because I want research into cults, not because I want to hear the host pontificate about how the tolerant should have the right to suppress those they deem intolerant. If I wanted an essay on that, I’d browse the Political tag on Tumblr. (You’ll note I do not do this,...Read full review »
TwilyghtSansSparkles via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/11/20
Yeah froth this podcast
frothdogmillionaire via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/08/20
The material is interesting, but it sounds like she is reading a script the entire time. It’s a weird dynamic. Podcast are normally a platform were you listen to others having a conversation. This sounds like the news is being read to me.
Darcie H via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/04/20
I’ve so enjoyed listening to this interesting and informative podcast.
MarvinDwayne via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/02/20
I love these! Really engrossing, detailed and respectful of what is a very sensitive topic. I feel like I’ve learnt a lot about how people get taken in by cults, which I never really “got” before. I find the delivery excellent, it matches the tone of the content really well.
Skingrr via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/29/20
Awesome thorough addictive
Jazzadef via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/23/20
Thanks for another great podcast to add to my list. Wonderful research and great presentation. Thanks for your efforts
Bsb10 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/20/20
I love the way you come at these somewhat horrendous cults in a calm and factual manner! Despite some of the feedback, I think you have a beautiful voice!
F. Johnston via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/17/20
Well researched, and I love Sarah’s voice
Lydemuilv via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/15/20
Really enjoy this series. Such great detail, if not a little disturbing, but it is a show about cults so wouldn’t expect any less. Look forward to many more episodes to come.
woofa159 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/15/20
This is a great listen! I powered through the back catalogue in less then a week. Well researched, informative and with a genuine passion for the subject matter. I highly recommend this podcast. Also, the name is a brilliant pun
DrVonAwesome via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/15/20
Very interesting (and disturbing). Host has such a lovely calming voice!
Fashionstuck via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/11/20
This is certainly one of the best podcasts available on the topic of cults, and is absolutely worth a listen for anyone interested in the topic! Sarah Steele is thorough, factual, and compassionate in her presentation of difficult topics, and lacks the highly sensationalized and speculative...Read full review »
ThomsSchuhe via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/10/20
It’s a well put together podcasts that. Is enlightening. Also, her voice is soothing while talking about tough topics.
BJR_72 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/08/20
So well done- great info - great narrative- so easy to listen to and really interesting!! This has become my new podcast obsession. Thanks for creating this series!!
Rosyposytrees via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/08/20
I also listen to Casefile but I prefer your delivery - it’s gently neutral & professional, your a journalist after all & I think it’s appropriate. I want to listen to more because of that THANK YOU
4nna5ol via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/07/20
Love this podcast and listen to each new one as soon as it is released-sometimes even when I am in the middle of something else. Sarah researches everything so thoroughly and delivers each podcast is such a calm, informative way that it makes it very easy to listen to. I have learned so much from...Read full review »
faulkneR2702 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/05/20
As says the title. Very well done series
Gual55 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/05/20
Sarah delivers the pod in such an informative, authoritative and compelling style. So good!
scb3654 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/03/20
I’ve really enjoyed listening to this podcast and have learned a great deal about the nature and psychology of cults. Well done Sarah and keep up the good work!
KJ Michael via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/01/20
One of the very best podcasts on the subject. Very well-researched and presented. The host also has a delightful accent and voice. Thank you for your great work.
mourabarbara via Apple Podcasts · Brazil · 12/30/19
👍narration👍
tps01 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 12/27/19
Hey Sarah! Thanks for all your hard work making this podcast. I recommend it to people constantly. I’ve learnt so much and you handle difficult topics in a mature and sensitive manner.
The_Occupier via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 12/26/19
Glad for the content detail and the hard work.put in- but slower narration would improve this as it’s it’s a bit wooden. Iit sounds rushed . One example is the podcaster in ‘true crime podcast casefile where slow narration really works to draw you in. Keep it up though !
budgielove via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 12/26/19
Love this podcast - exceptionally researched and delivered in an unbiased manner. Always excited when a new episode is released.
HelenBellette via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 12/23/19
I love the podcast and each episode my only regret is that they couldn’t be ten timed as long. It is well researched and I find myself asking the same questions as the author does which is very satisfying. I have recommended this to all my friends
Me txt via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 12/23/19
Great podcast that I look forward to seeing pop up on my feed. Really well researched.
FionaB123 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 12/22/19
This is a fascinating, and thoroughly researched podcast. I didn’t realise how many cults existed in Australia let alone world wide.
MsBrisbane via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 12/22/19
I was in a Mormon cult for 30 years. I listen to as many cult-casts as I can find. This one’s my favorite. Thank you, Sarah.
pa190 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/20/19
Well researched podcast on cults, well told with an empathetic host
Christina Butcher via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 12/20/19
The research that goes into every episode is incredible. Sarah’s presentation is wonderful - the perfect ratio of documentary and conversational. I look forward to each new episode!
Jessica.Extra.Good via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 12/19/19
The research behind this podcast is extremely in-depth and insightful. I really love Sarah’s calm delivery. If you enjoy “Casefile” this will be right up your alley!
sarahbarked via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 12/19/19
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