It covers several different areas: L. Ron Hubbard's life, the development of Scientology under his watch, developments after his death, and celebrity interface. The author's tone remains professional and evenhanded covering a controversial topic such as religion.
I highly suggest downloading the enhanced version. The audio is significantly clearer and and more understandable.
Haven't read the print version, but I really liked the narration by Morton Sellers. It was very clinical, in that way Forensic Files or New Detectives was clinical.
Paul Haggis. He is this wonderfully, amazing yet screwed up guy. I loved the fact he didn't bow to anyone (including his church's leaders), but I felt terrible for his family struggles.
The narration is dry and clinical, and I love that. Like I mentioned earlier, it feels much more documentary than infomercial.
Mission Impossible IV: Revenge of the Psychiatry
Fun Topic, Good Narration, Lots of "Wow, that's crazy" moments.
I am a Clinical Medical Hypnotherapist with specialities in Auto Immune, PTSD, ADHD, Cancer, and Autism. I focus on very difficult cases.
This is one of the more interesting books I have listened to. The reason is the author in my opinion tried to be objective, neutral, and present both side of the story in a fair and balanced approach, and by the nature of the topic that is difficult to do.
too many characters to mention
no, but his voice is fantastic
The overall structure. Regardless, if it is a religion or not, it is a business, and apparently a well oiled machine.
This was a captivating and fast moving book. It is impossible to digest all the information in one listening.
Fine line between brilliance and insanity.
It's horrific how a group of bullies terrorize and profit from brainwashed members, all under the safe harbor of religion.
This was one of the best recent books I've "read". The detailed research is unimpeachable.
L. Ron Hubbard has to be my favorite character. His story is about as unbelievable as the pulp he wrote in the 1930s: science-fiction writer turned self-help guru turned messiah. You can't make this stuff up!
Sellers brings out and enhances the narrative. His tempo is perfect, allowing the listener to picture everything happening while never feeling like the story is dragging.
The book made me laugh at the absurdity of Scientology, especially given the objective stance Wright gives to the religion. Wright goes to great lengths to place scientology in historical perspective. His epilogue examines Scientology in comparison to other religions, and he does a great job at explaining how questions of faith, from the perspective of someone outside the religion, always appear illogical and silly. This goes for Scientology as for Christianity. (Think of the virgin birth, for instance). And yet even with this disclaimer the belief system is so irrational, so unscientific (some events that the religion chronicles occurred before the beginning of the universe) that one has to chuckle at times when it is systematically described.
Moreover, Hubbard himself, as his biography reveals, is a charlatan of charlatans - in the end, maybe, even fooling himself.
This is a very informative book. Assuming it is true, LRH is an incredible individual with the power to convince people to follow him despite his numerous faults which included bigamy, kidnapping, excessive lying, and a tendency to elevate himself above the "crowd". And that is only some of his faults!!
The detail to which the author described LRH
Yes, very much so in my opinion
LHR's continual lying about his WW2 service record.... and the absolute proof that he was not where he claimed to have been. He was no war hero, but instead a coward.
This is the second book I have read about Scientology. This is much better researched and informative. Great read!!
I would definately listen to this book again. It does jump around a little and I did rewind it to make sure I was following. I used to be a huge fan of Tom Cruise and always wondered what it was about Scientology that literally made him fall off his rocker. Well this book explains it all. A lot of what you'll read about Scientology on the internet is what they want you to read also, this book gets right into the truth from when this crazy religion was created from the very begining by Ron L. Hubbard. It also tells you how much of Hollywood is behind Scientology. It's very interesting to just find out what really went on, or goes on. Great listen!
Definitely, for those who love a story about a mysterious and evil cult.
The details uncovered were a great act of investigative journalism by the author. Well researched to give a fleshed-out picture of an insane and powerful cult. It portrayed our vulnerability as humans to belong and the exploitation of that weakness by sinister forces.
Absolutely, and I almost did.
I didn't want it to end!