I found this an interesting book and interesting to get the Hubbard background.
Under the banner of god, I think is the name of the book I would compare this to.
I did like his reading.
What are you getting into exactly?
I was unsure about this but I am glad to have listened.
You will ask yourself, "how is that even possible" roughly 1,000 times while listening. To me, this book is about a shocking tragedy, the sad story of how a group of militarized and highly strategic people preyed on ignorance and hope.
If you read this book, you will absolutely find what you expected...the story of a science fiction writer who invented his own religion and turned that into a cash cow with increadible audacity. There are three main parts to the book, namely, the life of L. Ron Hubbard, a collection of life-stories about individual Scientologists, and finally, the dictatorship of Hubbard's successor, David Miscavige.
The core beliefs are absurd. However, something will fascinate you about the effectiveness and level of organization this group employs. I couldn't help but wonder if Scientology was literally some front for the CIA or NSA...a great experiment to test the indocrination of human beings and the social rules that keep them in place.
I'll warn you that the book is a bit flat. The material is sensitive, so the author restricts her writing so much that her personality, individualism, and opinions have been eliminated. In many ways, perhaps, the author did fall victim to Scientology after all...
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.
Very informative listen. Narration is excellent throughout. Especially the narrator's statements of Tom Cruise. Glad I did not get involved.
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.
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.
HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(
Probably not, as none of my friends have any curiosity in scientology.
Prior to this I listened to Shattered Dreams: My Life As A Polygamist's Wife by Irene Spencer which gave one woman's firsthand account of another religion/cult that I know little about.
I expected a story but this read as a newspaper article. Given that context I could not submerge into the material as I would have if told from a firsthand account.
Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals. Its attacks on psychiatry and its requirement that believers pay as much as tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars for salvation have drawn scrutiny and skepticism. And ex-members use the Internet to share stories of harassment and abuse.
Now Janet Reitman offers the first full journalistic history of the Church of Scientology, in an even-handed account that at last establishes the astonishing truth about the controversial religion. She traces Scientology's development from the birth of Dianetics to today, following its metamorphosis from a pseudoscientific self-help group to a worldwide spiritual corporation with profound control over its followers and even ex-followers.
Based on five years of research, unprecedented access to church officials, confidential documents, and extensive interviews with current and former Scientologists, this is the defining book about a little-known world.
No, her other writing is outside of my area of interest.
It was fine - a narrator really has to hit it out of the park to get an above average rating from me.
This is 13+ hours of the history of scientology. It is very dry and detail oriented. There are no central characters to gravitate towards making it difficult for me to invest in.