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.
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.