Very good book. Very informative. However, a little too much detail caused me to get distracted.
This was an interesting book for me. I had only heard snippets of Scientology, but didn't really know what it was about. The book begins with the background of L. Ron Hubbard, and then talks about how he became the founder of Scientology. The science fiction connection was interesting and something I had not been aware of before. The fact that he based his ideas on successful franchises was another interesting tidbit that I had not known. The book also talks about some of the members, those who stayed and those who left. The portion of the book about celebrities was extremely interesting to me. There were parts that were slow moving, but overall, I enjoyed it. I saw where the male narrator bothered some reviewers because it was written by a female, but I thought the narrator was excellent. That did not detract from the narration from me at all.
This is the first time I have bothered to write a review...so bear with me. This topic is fascinating and left me feeling nauseous, frightened and completely amazed by what people will buy into! Everyone should read this book if they are at all interested in looking into how small interest groups with big money can influence the judicial system, local, federal and international governments. I disagree with other reviewers that the subject matter is dull - not at all - it is fascinating (granted I also like to listen to NPR) it is the narrator that is doing this book a HUGE disservice. HE IS BORING. Also - why is it read by a man when it was written by a woman and she occasionally writes in the first person? just wondering. If you don't mind slogging through the boring narration I say give it a go - otherwise read the book - BUT avoid looking up photos of those involved in wrongful death lawsuit on internet - some of them are very macabre.
I really enjoyed the historical background provided on LRH and the early members.
The idea of holding members against their will. Also, members that pretty much went broke trying to achieve all the levels.
He was kind of monotone but the subject matter was very interesting,.
Just the stories of the people who left and how they were speaking out.
Its amazing how many of us are so vulnerable to compelling but fraudulant cults.
What grabs the thinking reader is the similarity, in many ways, of Scientology to all other religions; believe only what your leader tells you, read only our literature, fear of leaving.
The story of Lisa McPherson was heart-rending.
Unlike another reviewer, I wasn't bothered by the completely one-sided treatment of scientology. I expected that. I also learned many new things about the subject. I'm not sure that the book translates well to audio format, purely based on the bizarre nature of the text; lots of players, lots of moving parts, a timeline to keep in focus. I came away going, wow, that's weirder than I thought but retained little because ofthe density of facts.
I think the narrator did a good job, despite the text.
Not sure about this... Not really a plot-driven tale!
1. So what?2. People are dumb.3. I wouldn't insult sheep by saying, people are sheep.4. At least it's over.5. I already knew they were nuts, now I know just HOW nuts.
I love Hoye's voice, but he, and certainly the producers of this audiobook, should check the pronunciations of expressions of foreign origins. The BEST part of this otherwise pretty boring book is Hoye's pronunciation of "ne plus ultra." Knee plus ultra = a good laugh.
This book is interesting but the subject matter is not worthy of the detail it is given and, consequently, it's kinda' boring. The book also repeats the same facts or ideas frequently. It needs editing. Hoye has got a great voice.
Maybe, I thought the story was really compelling but the reading/reader was hard to listen to
[unsert sarcastic response] - what a silly question
The Lisa McPherson story of course, but actually the story of the young woman raised in Scientology who is preparing to enter law school. Its a small bit and really not detailed much until the epilogue. But I would like to hear more about her.
Loved the CEO forcing his staff to play musical chairs to see who would lose their jobs.
Someone else thinks psychiatry and big pharma are dangerous.
What I did not get from the book was the essence of what attracts a cohort of generally intelligent group of people into such an insane and dysfunctional world. I liked this book because it confirmed my suspicions that LRHubbard was brilliant but schizophrenic. It also demonstrated the degree to which people will tolerate intolerable conditions to meet some undefined inner need. I want to know more about the actual religious doctirne. Who is Chthluthu? Can we channel Xenu at our next dinner party?I want ot know what hooks them, though. What keeps people there once they've walked through the door the first time. I want to know more about the educational theories that LRH was espousing. MAny of the children educated under the system seem well educated, though indoctrinated. I'd go visit an org but I doubt that I'd be welcome. I'm a psychiatrist.
Not a mainstream reader.
I consider myself to be open minded and being a liberal when it comes to all types of religions. All Religion has a little brainwashing and most religions are fee-based, but spirituality is only free.
Scientology is something that I wanted to know about ever since I could remembered watching tv and seeing ads for L. Ron Hubbard and Dianetics. So, it's been in the back of my mind to look into as I got older. Since the recent news of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes break up and her reasoning on why she doesn't want their daughter to be in the church, it made me wanted to pickup this book even more.
Unlike other religions, that condone free will, Scientology is a bully religion, where one looses all rights after joining the organization. After listening to the tortures, deaths, and giving up your rights, I have no doubt that this is a cult for people who are not grounded into themselves.
I understand that there are commandments and rules for all to follow in order to reach the pinnacle peak to reach a supernatural being, but from what I read, this church doesn't have a God. It just seems like they use their followers in a form of slavery or bankrupt them financially and ex communicate them when they can't give anymore.
Chilling read. There are many parts in the book where I got the heebeegeebees because I couldn't believe the story, such as Lisa McPherson's death, and getting their members to sign a billion year contract to join Sea Org and Int Base, a camp, where they are being captive against their will.
Tanya Neujahr's escape from the Int Base to be with her husband, sounded something from World World's concentration camps for the Jews.
Being tax exempt is a form of a loop hole for the corporation to have a ponzi scheme, but unlike funding a bogus retirement fund, you can pay your way into their utopia.
It's very interesting, but unless I want to experience my actual birth from my mother's Cervix.... Some thoughts are meant to be in the past and never relived.