I have always been curious about "what the heck is Scientology?" This book revealed a great many secrets and very disturbing stories about this group. How it got to be called a Religion or a church is still beyond me as there is no mention of God, Buddha, Jesus, Zoroaster, Moses, Mohammed, Krishna, Baha'u'llah, not even Confucius! What I gather is the label of "Church" is for collecting money for classes and calling it tax deductible. Well written and researched. A story that needs to be told. You will be amazed that this is going on and legal in America. Whew
I was born in Clearwater and raised in the general area so it was interesting to read more about all the people I used to see walking around in the same suits all the time growing up. I really have nothing against Scientology, it's a free country (well used to be anyways) so do whatever you want.
With that said it's pretty amazing anyone would take this "religion" seriously. Most religions are pretty silly however or just flat out dangerous, for example Muhammad's parents were rock farmers (look it up) and he married a 6 year old and consummated the marriage at 9 -- he's a pretty awful person and the story of that religion is truly disturbing. However since it's old enough people believe in it --Scientology is newer so it gets mocked more. However if I had to live in Clearwater or Mecca, well I think everyone knows which I'd choose.
Anyways the book is quite entertaining and provides a good background on Scientology, there is so much covered and I don't want to give anything away so I'll just leave it at that.
The reader does a great job hitting in setting the proper tone for the book.
I had no real interest in Scientology itself, just about it's background and this book did a great job of fulfilling those requirements.
Non-fiction audiobooks can be challenging because the material can be a bit dry, but it was still an interesting listen.
I would recommend this book for those interested in the subject matter (and who isn't?). It isn't the "unbiased" book it states it intended to be, but still worthwhile
I do think this would have been as interesting a read as it was a listen.....listening to the audiobook was a convenience, but not an improvement on the material, I think.
Interesting subject matter and competently read, for those interested in the subject.
Detailed investigative look at Scientology, and exciting from start to finish. It was like a train wreck that I could not turn away from. Just when you thought it could not possibly get any wackier--well...buy the book...
I never read the print version.
Alice in Wonderland. Things get weirder the further in you get.
He brings a nice cadence to the story.
Janet Reitman says at the beginning that she is trying to present a fair and objective history of Scientology.
In spite of her best efforts, she can't dispel the notion that you can't spell "crazy" without "Scientology."
I was absolutely shocked at what actually goes on inside Scientology. The various ex-members and insiders perspectives were eye opening and literally jaw dropping. I thought I had a pretty good idea of what L. Ron Hubbard was, Dianetics, etc. This is NOTHING like what I thought, NOW I understand why the secrecy. Absolutely appalling, I can't figure out whether it's more of a business scam or more of an emotionally and physically abusive cult. But one thing it's NOT is religion. I also liked that it walks the listener through the years from beginning to current day, so you can really get an idea of how things changed over the years and after Hubbard died.
I had never heard the horrific story of Lisa McPherson. This was probably the most memorable and saddest part of the entire book. I don't want to spoil the story, but it's appalling what this devoted member went through. I plan to read more about her on the internet, but the book gives a very good summary. Also, the outright abuse and neglect of members was shocking. Members literally trapped from escaping, being fed only beans and rice, emotionally tortured, forced abortions, forced divorces, forced to sleep under tables and give every penny they had to the "church". The only thing missing from this story was the Kool-Aid.
The narration was perfect. No complaints. Clear, serious tone due to the serious nature, and good tones of sarcasm when appropriate. So good I kept forgetting he was not the actual author, but only the narrator.
Again, the story of Lisa McPherson was tragic and shocking. I still can't believe they got away with what they did. Several other former member stories were moving and sad. People going bankrupt by the pressure to give every penny they had, and many of them just treated like slaves.
This book was incredibly eye opening. Of course the "church" denies many of the claims, but when you hear the repeated accounts, along with actual proven records, I have no reason to believe it isn't true. I also previously knew nothing about David Miscavige, who led the "church" after Hubbards' death. An ego maniacal abusive, manipulative narcissist who clearly viewed this as a cash scam and ran it like a spoiled brat tyrant. I HIGHLY recommend this audiobook to anyone concerned about, interested in, or wanting to know more about what goes on behind the "secret doors". When you hear what goes on, it's no wonder they're so secretive.
As unbiased as was possible, considering the subject. Way too involved for the casually interested, like myself. I confess I skipped many chapters.
He did a fine job but I would have preferred a woman in this instance, since it was authored by a woman.
I thought this would be more about Ms. Reitman's personal experience with Scientology and how it may have helped or not been helpful in her experience. The preview indicated this.
I would buy this again only if I had a very deep and passionate interest in Scientology, either for or against.
Probably not. Not because I didn't enjoy it. Since it is an informative, non fiction book I would be unlikely to retread it. I might refer to sections though.
How throughly it was researched.
It was all over well done.
Yes I would! It's such an unbelievable journey into something I knew little about and I was appalled by the methods they use to brainwash people.
The brainwashing methodology. Breaking people down and preying on their vulnerabilities!
A voice that I found easy to listen to.
The death of the young girl Lisa.
I feel grateful that books like this are written so that people like me can be made aware of traps like this that are out there.
"Inside Scientology" is a solid, well-balanced and thoroughly researched investigative report on Scientology. In addition to covering the history and background of the organization and the man who created it, it delves into the lives of people who were (and in some cases, still are) victims of this organization's manipulative tactics.
Parents of susceptible teens would be wise to get this book for their children. In fact, society as a whole would benefit from using this book in schools to caution children/teens of the predatory nature and techniques of cults.
In general, this book is an extremely interesting listen and I highly recommend it. It was reminiscent of Barbara Demick's "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea", which I also recommend.