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  • Please note: this series contains adult themes, explicit language and references to child abuse and suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

    It started with an anonymous post in 2017. They called themselves 'Q' and left a trail of cryptic messages for an increasing number of followers to obsess over. Over the years, the conspiracy theory became a movement, crashing into mainstream politics and breaking countless families along the way. 

    Over this investigation, journalist Nicky Woolf dives into the online and offline world of QAnon in his search to find the shadowy figure behind it all and the legacy they've created.

    A Tortoise Media Production for Audible Originals. 

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 8 episodes to your Library now.

    This original podcast is 8 episodes in total, please begin with “Ep. 1: Mockingbird”.

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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: Mockingbird

    Aug 4 2021

    What’s more important to you: QAnon or your family?

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    41 mins
  • Ep. 2: Only a Fool

    Aug 4 2021

    ‘I think we are playing a giant global game of Where's Waldo’. If you’re going to find Q, you can’t do it alone.

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    47 mins
  • Ep. 3: Alice and Wonderland

    Aug 4 2021

    Chan sites, anons and trolls. Navigating the world of QAnon means speaking to the people who live in it.

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    55 mins

What listeners say about Finding Q: My Journey into QAnon

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Interesting, well researched

Excellent podcast. Definitely kept my attention. If you want to know who q is or how qanon has affected regular people, worth a listen.

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insightful

shows how simple it is to influence masses, yet how difficult it is to find out who started lie. excellent investigative reporting.

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Good narrator, lame story.

Great story teller. Not impressive journalism wise. Lots of questionable leaps which eventually lead to a non conclusive ending. Would still recommend if you are bored .

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So good I can’t stop talking about it

I never leave reviews but this is just so, so good. The story is so engaging, whether you’re familiar with Q or not. The narrator is so good - funny, sharp, relatable. I’m probably going to listen to it again.

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So Who is Q and What is QAnon?

UK journalist Nicky Wolf investigates the QAnon phenomenon--its early development, establishment as an alt-right conspiracy theory, and most likely candidates for the man-behind-the-Q-drops--in his Audible Original podcast "Finding Q: My Journey into QAnon".

This topic is quite eerie because of how much influence it has on American politics these days. I admit I was quite shocked on January 6th when Trump supporters overran the Capitol Buildings, when in reality there had been warning signs on the Internet for months that the Stop the Steal protests were always going to manifest into violence regardless of by how many votes Biden won the election.

I learned a lot by listening to this podcast, and I recommend to all who wants to learn more about the whole QAnon thing. My husband knew more about it than I did, so he did not learn as much, so if you've been following this quite closely in the news for over the past year, then you might not pick up much new information. Wolf's investigation follows from ~March 2020 through end of January 2021. I believe the Netflix documentary about the same topic was able to interview key figures that Wolf wasn't able to talk to directly, though I believe both investigative pieces come to the same conclusion about who Q is.

I was pleasantly surprised that Wolf came to a conclusion; I was expecting this to go the route of true crime podcasts I've listened to which don't say much other than "well, this is a weird one, but I guess we'll never know the truth, folks". I was a bit put off by how giddy and, to be honest, impressed Wolf and his colleagues are by how these domestic terrorists operate online and how much influence they've had in real life. I really appreciated the episode about the Satanic Scare of 1980's America which had many of the same conspiracy elements as QAnon. So, this is not a new phenomenon, and it wasn't caused by the Internet, though the pandemic shutdown definitely added fuel to the fire already sizzling.

All in all, this wasn't a necessarily pleasant listen, but it was an informative one. For the most part it was interesting and did have some well done bits, so I recommend to those who need to learn more about this issue. Fuck Q and everyone who "believes" in QAnon.

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Really outstanding

Lots of original reporting and terrific investigation into the poisonous phenomenon of the QAnon conspiracy theory that has done so much damage to the US and spread to the rest of the world (thanks America). Very entertaining and with a stunning and highly convincing conclusion. One of the best - and most important - podcasts ever yet produced by anybody.

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Preferred to HBO’s “Into the Storm”

Rather enjoyed this. Good pacing, good interviews, kept my attention. Narrator Nikki Woolf’s “warts and all” approach to this topic, which often includes some sardonic self-reflection, was pitch perfect for me. Worth a try if you are interested in the cultural phenom of the QAnon Cult.

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The person you're looking for is me.

The person you're looking for is me and you'll never find me because you have to believe in me first. But you got the letter wrong. It should look like a match-stick with its flame entering the middle, and the letter should look like the Red Emergency Zone in a Color-Coded Pressure Gauge to a nuclear reactor.

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Outstanding work, thoroughly researched

This excellent work of journalism managed to answer all the questions I had swirling in my head mabout this cult. Nice companion piece to the HBO documentary. The dedication of this journalist to answer difficult questions is remarkable.

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Gripping. Thrilling. Haunting

Excellent narrative construction on a down-to-base journalistic investigation. The theme is not novel anymore, but it still reverberate a lot as it might ignite again someday...

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  • Richard Marshall
  • 08-05-21

Gripping

This is a beautifully made podcast, that really highlights the human cost of conspiracy theories. The hunt for Q itself is totally gripping and Enthralling (I finished the whole series in 2 days). Finding Q finds the perfect balance of humour and depth. It’s one of the best podcasts I’ve listened to in years, and I really hope it receives the attention it deserves.

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  • Mr. D. J. Sitkin
  • 08-05-21

Brilliant

Gripping, tense, enlightening. Brilliantly produced. Other podcasts have dabbled with the subject matter (e.g. Reply All, This American Life), but this dives deep into the crazy world of the Qanon Conspiracy. Worth every second of your time

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  • C. Doyle
  • 08-11-21

Who is Q?

An interesting and thoughtful podcast that sheds some light on this most perplexing of phenomena ... the propagation of a cult in plain sight, facilitated and ably assisted by the social media platforms we all subscribe to.
I would steer people in the direction of 'The Storm is Upon Us' by Mike Rothschild to fill in some of the gaps that are here but, overall, this is a really well produced and entertaining overview of the QAnon conspiracy umbrella (simply because it involves rolling EVERY conspiracy theory into one!) ... highly recommended if only for the testimony of a former disciple of Q ...

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  • Luke Savva ESQ
  • 08-08-21

Q-rious and Q-riouser

What a riveting investigation. Nicky and the team have done a wonderful job in bringing to light a shadowy part of the web where mere normies fear to tread. The series had the potential to be heavy-going but is leavened by Nicky's passion, humour, and refreshing honesty about what he has learned along the way. A particularly touching moment comes when he catches sight of the real, human cost of conspiracy theories, where individuals connected to Q followers have been unwittingly drawn into a live-action roleplay against their will. Their stories are respectfully acknowledged, with snippets of interviews with various family members of Q casualties.

The series is narrated with care and clarity, with some terrific descriptions of characters met along the way. Complemented by a positively Matrixesque soundtrack, the effect is vivid and visceral. The pulse quickens as towards the end Nicky finally catches up with the near-mythic personages at the head of the Q movement - my heart was in my mouth for much of the recordings on the ground. Scintillating stuff.

A word on the production: breathtaking. The story is easy to follow - big gobs of Blu Tack and bright red string - an incredible weave of soundbites and voice acting (an especially nice touch in modifying the "voice" of Q to give it shades of operatic, demonic grandiosity, perfectly capturing the affected lure for online followers), and the kind of intuitive side-kick swiftness that allows Nicky by turns to give chase to inspiration and to take stock in the aftermath - the series is beautifully paced.

An important piece of journalism that will not fail to enthral and entertain.

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  • Lukas
  • 08-06-21

Really liked it

My wife and I have been listening to this as we were driving around on holiday and it's been great! It's a very interesting story, it sometimes goes a bit off piste - but it's always a good listen - recommend it

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  • illumin8
  • 08-10-21

Had me gripped

Really interesting and well paced. Didn't know much about Q Anon going into this, but this had me hooked the entire way through, like a good thriller.

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  • readerwriter
  • 08-07-21

Establishment claptrap

Q-Anon might have merit or not.

The problem with this nonsense is that the author doesn't care either way.

His only goal is to achieve validation from like-minded people that he's smarter than everyone else: A typical virtue-signaling goldfish.

I won't be continuing my free trial subscription.

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  • Mr GC
  • 08-09-21

This is how it should be done👌🏼

From the off the production, content and thread Nicky and team weave through this great piece of investigative journalism...just first class. An enjoyable, unputdownable podcast series, it should be on your listen now list.

More from you Nicky, please👍🏼

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-14-21

Gripping

Haven't got as much out of a podcast since the first series of Serial. I think the only thing that could have been explored more is the relationship with wider support for Trump.

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  • CarDiaC
  • 08-08-21

Grabs hold of you from start to finish

I could not stop listening gripping throughout a very well piece of journalism and a story that must be told
It needs to be the next podcast you listen to

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  • Ken
  • 09-10-21

Very polished, quite interesting, but flawed

It's well worth listening to, I think Nicky Woolf has done a good job in explaining part of the Q Anon appeal, and influence, but I lost confidence in his journalistic skills when he dismissed the 'Gamer Gate' incident, as just young misogynistic, racist, and undesirable white kids having a tantrum. It's a very typical left wing narrative that only rings true if you believe what your told. Yes there were some jerks in the gamer gate issue, but not all of them, and to dismiss the movement so quickly and so decisively as purely bad shows a lack of journalistic integrity.
We are going to continue to struggle with people of the right wing of politics while ever we continue to demonise and ostracise them by presenting a partly true version of events that panders to and worse, pacifies the left. We need to value truth, we need to see that there are good people on both sides, and that there are just as many insidious, utterly fantastic ideologies, and cult like movements on the left side of politics. Until we do that, Nicky Woolf will have plenty more to complain about in years to come.

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