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.
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.
Comprehensive and well-balanced. Good history from many different perspectives. Also read "Going Clear" - both are similar and good. Done.
I was hoping to learn about the religion and its peculiar belief system. Instead, the book wasn't so much about the religion, but the accusations, allegations and court cases against Scientology. I wish the book had a little bit more depth.
I wouldn't recommend this audio book to anyone; the narration made a boring text even worse.
Perhaps. I would very carefully read reviews before I would purchase a similar book. I would especially avaoid this narrator.
I was disappointed, as I was looking forward to learning more about Scientology. However, I could not maintain my interest in this selection.
After watching s documentary on scientology I was curious to know more. I found this book very informative and a guide on what else to research in the field.