The narrator was excellent but a little slow, i recommend 2x speed. The information of Scientology is surprising, sometimes unbelievably ridiculous but above all, it is kind of sad.
I loved this book. It's's so amazing to see what people will put up with just to be a part of a community, even when they find out that there are damaging lies, with his religion they stay. I see it in Mormonism all the time. I'm so glad to hear that some got out, but sad to hear that marriages broke up, and families were divided. Heres to hoping Tom Cruise John Travolta, and others like them will see the light one day to be able to move forward.
Terrifically well written, engaging, and nicely paced. Narration was a bit slow, but it was kind of fitting for the story, which includes many unknown terms for non-Scientologists.
Loved this book. Reminded me a lot of the books Double Down and Game Change. Lots of unflattering details and anecdotes that are both corroborated and disputed by several sources that are all appropriately cited and footnoted within the book. Most memorable throughline was reading about Paul Haggis joining and ultimately loudly leaving the church. Some of the greatest passages in the book came during some of the final paragraphs that describe the growing pains of any new religion, and the way that several others - Islam, Mormonism, the Amish, to name just a few - have survived and evolved long enough to be seen as more than inventions or forgeries or hotbeds for violence and instead are often rightly appreciated for the insights they have to offer, the values they espouse, and the traditions they try to pass on.
Highly recommend it! Great flow, very informative and a good inside view of Scientology and its history. Good springboard to the HBO documentary too.
most the stuff in this I already knew but it did shed some light on LRH and who he was. if you want to learn about Scientology, this is the best book to read
Outstanding and very even-handed account of an extremely dangerous group of narcissists preying on people who truly want to better the world. Highly recommend!!!!
You know all those stories you've heard or maybe only half heard about Scientology? This book puts it all into context with a single, clear chronology. Worth going through more than once just to get all the people straight.