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.
One drawback to listening to (instead of reading) this book is that every time David Miscavige (the current head of Scientology) is mentioned by his last name only (hundreds of times!), my split-second reaction was "now WHO is Miss Caviage?" before snapping back with an "oh yeah, that guy". I spent too much time dwelling on other ways the name could have been pronounced (or misprounounced) to prevent that. I wish the author had just referred to him as "David"! But that's just me!
What a fascinating book!
My son, a ceaseless searcher and student of philosophies, told me a few years ago that he had looked into Scientology, but they didn't welcome him into the fold because he didn't have any money. I'm sure glad they turned him down! After reading this book, I had to wonder if they also recognized that he was too intelligent to swallow what they offered and could end up being another whistle-blower.
Some of the stories in the book are so disturbing, I wonder how Scientology is still "in business" today! People have died, others have been imprisoned, and others driven to insanity by this "religion", yet people still join and drain their resources for what is on offer. By the way, the current head of this tax-exempt "church", David Miscavige, has a net worth of $50 million!
If you wonder about Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and other celebrity Scientologists, they're all in here! (And I still love them just as much - especially Tom!) Trivia Challenge: What celebrity visited a Scientolotgy center and loudly scoffed at the philosophy and saw it as a money pit that could make you insane. Hint: He attended with his Scientologist girlfriend, Peggy Lipton (of the Mod Squad). Give up? Elvis Presley! Long live the King!
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.
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.
Wow! I was very impressed with this book. It gives you a real look inside one of the most mysterious religions movements. I always thought Scientology was a weird religion but never knew exactly what it was about. This book really lays out the movement foundations and its current state.
The narrator was great. Never a dull moment.
I have come across numerous criticisms of this book as not being hard enough on the church but I think Janet does a great job of in-depth reporting of its history and its crimes
I really enjoyed this audio book. The performance was great and the content was great. I did feel that it dragged on on certain topics longer than it needed to and repeated the same things a LOT. Enough that if I were to be reading instead of listening, I probably would have put it down. It's definitely worth a listen and it's very entertaining.