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...
I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...
Really. Nothing not already beaten to death everywhere. Just reformatted old news. Which I suppose just goes to show you what you get when a topic is popular on the web.
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.
There was great history mentioned regarding the scientology group. This is the second book I have read on Scientology, and won't be my last. I have so much sympathy for those who were (and are) dedicated to this Cult. I would NEVER call this a religion!
Because the book was so long, I got bored with the male narrator. Maybe someone with more personality would have made it easier to get through.
Absolutely. I am so intrigued....I want to know more. Don't get me wrong, Im not interested in converting! I want to kick DM in the shins! Its maddening the guilt the leaders create and the freedom they have taken from some. And why are only a few chosen ones treated so badly?
How on earth were these bullies able to convince the government that they were not required to pay taxes? I hope Scientology is never off the radar and some day soon - our government will grow some balls and stop letting the Scientologists get away with the way they treat their followers. They are bullies - and have gotten away with murder, tax evasion and God knows what else goes on behind their closed doors.
The narration was lively and engaged. I came into reading this with a deep understanding of the nuts and bolts of the "religion," but what this book revealed to me was an understanding of humanity of the thing: who Scientology adherents are and why and how they can be made to believe in something so ludicrous - which has implications reaching beyond the scope of this buzzard belief system...
By the end of the day, may you have learned something, laughed, and gotten laid.
Boatload of non-judgemental information about Scientology. A few times, it seemed a little more like a personal essay than an informative one, but I'd definitely recommend to anyone wanting to learn about L. Ron Hubbard's religion from a source that neither proselytizes or bashes.
This book was very detailed and surprisingly long. The author was descriptive enough to keep my attention without being boring. What an amazing "religion".
I have read all I can about this cult, both books & internet, so was very surprised to learn so much more. It is brilliantly written & really does give on a full insight as to how insane it was when it al started & how shocking it is to this day. I would recommend though for a deeper look into the inner working as to how horrific Scientology is Leah Remini's book & also Jenna Miscarriage Hills, they will blow your socks off. They both got a full five stars from me & when started, could not stop listening.