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.
It's frightening how easy it is to take advantage of a populous that has not been taught proper critical thinking skills and skepticism. The rise of Scientology is just the most recent example of this.
After reading/listening to this book, you may have a bleak and judgmental (dare I say discriminatory?) attitude towards Scientologists. Please don't.
While the author delves into the darkest aspects of the founders and leaders of Scientology, in the end she reveals the human and relatable nature of its practitioners. She does a good job showing that they really are just like every other person you meet.
One critique on the performance. The narrator was too .. Simpering? ... Like those touchy-feely teachers that talk softly and condescendingly to children.
Still, he deserves 4 stars for sexy smoothness.
I couldn't put this book down. Really well written - threads of specific characters carry you through the history of Scientology to the present. Scary stuff.
very detailed account about the "religion" almost too much. The history part on how it started was fascinating but it quickly droned into the same thing minute after minute.
Incredibly extensive history of Scientology, exposes the dark history of the "religion". learned a lot about this group that I had only vague notions of before.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Janet Reitman’s "Inside Scientology" suggests Scientology is a movement gone mad. Scientology began with L. Ron Hubbard, a charismatic leader whose self-examination led to a humanist’ interpretation of mind. (Mind is defined as an element of belief and thought about the world and one’s experience in it.)
Hubbard recognized there was money to be made from ideas revealed in his self-examination; particularly, if “Dianetics” (Hubbard’s book about those ideas) could be classified as a guide to a belief system he christened as Scientology in 1953.
Hubbard, like Vladimir Lenin, initiated an ideological organization that grew into something bigger than its ideas could hold. Reitman offers many titillating stories of famous Scientologists like Hubbard, Miscavige, John Travolta, and Tom Cruise. But, the most troubling aspect of Reitman’s reveal is that even if Scientology is not a legitimate religion, it is not humanly equipped to exclusively manage the human psyche. Scientology needs help from the outside world. After listening to "Inside Scientology", one doubts any religion or organization is capable of exclusive responsibility for the human psyche. Evidence mounts for the opinion that Scientology, under the leadership of Miscavige, is a movement going mad.