This is the story of how a dreamer can become a charismatic con man and then a religious leader with thousands of fanatic followers, and his very own pretend navy. It's a story of how those fanatics will swallow anything and will bully and harass anyone who opposes them, until even the mighty IRS is afraid to stand up to them. It shows that no matter how ridiculous the story, if you call it a religion and really sell it, someone will buy it. If anyone can read this book and not be inspired to go out and find their own army of fools, I will be not surprised. Because there are so many idiots in this world, and Hubbard has surely sucked them all in already.
An interesting listen. It's fascinating to hear how a religion can be founded by a pathological liar and loser and become such a huge success. Also fascinating what people are willing to believe in.
The writer interviewed a lot of scientologists to write this book, and there's a pretty broad perspective here with lots of insider stories. It can be dry at times but I found it interesting overall.
I am a bilingual high school teacher. I mostly read non-fiction, especially history, but I am also a sucker for science-fiction and fantasy novels.
This was a very educational look at the inner workings of Scientology, which most people think is just weird. In reality, it is actually much scarier and more dangerous to the people in it than you would think. This book gives a very detailed history and in-depth depiction of the cult and is seriously eye-opening. Truly engrossing and yet informative and detailed, after listening to this you will never see Scientologists as harmless weirdos ever again.
I enjoyed reading this more historical review of Scientology. I felt it provided some good insights to this 'so called religion' and revealed that it has little to do with true science. Very pleased I took time to listen to this. Good reader.
I really appreciate the author making every effort to write an objective book about a controversial subject. Reading this book makes you realize that even without nuance, the facts in this story are absolutely chilling. Anyone who has any interest in the Church of Scientology should absolutely read this book.
Just got my kindle, it is addictive! Be happy to help find the right book. I am not into romance, unless it has a twist (murder or mystery).
First book...not sure how to rate.
I cannot read a book due to my vision difficulties.
In the beginning, no it did not...but further on, it got my attention and it really had me on edge.
@natesrandomisms Believer (27yrs), Husband (15yrs), Dad (3yrs), Son (35yrs), Broken neck survivor.
This book does not sugar coat the reality. However, this book states the facts.
A deeper understanding as to the operations this organization.
I didn't know much about scientology. I admit I thought they were weird and had heard the OT3 beliefs that I thought were crazy.
I didn't know the half of it. I walked out actually fealing sorry for them in many ways.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
Ugh - I really should've just read a couple of articles on the internet instead of sitting through this for 7 hours. It wasn't bad but there was too much history and intricate detail - my curiosity was satisfied about 3 hours in. I have to say the author did a great job of giving a complete picture of the origin and current atmosphere of the "religion" if that's what you want to call it. No huge surprises in here.
Very informative listen. Narration is excellent throughout. Especially the narrator's statements of Tom Cruise. Glad I did not get involved.