I have been a member since around 1999 and took a break (don't ask me why because I haven't the faintest of clues why)...Audible is amazing.
that it was a real story about her life and not just her ranting about her escape.
Small children were forced to carry railroad ties...total abuse, that children don't stay with their parents, that they separate husband and wife (hello of course there will be affairs), that she learned about a higher level on south park
Escape from 1 cent a word religion...oh i suck at this.
Jenna, you are truly an amazing woman and so glad that you were able to get out without harming yourself.
Loved the audio version, easy listening and very informative. Gives a good insight to a Cult.
Really opened my eyes to the world of Scientology. NOT something I would EVER want to be a part of.
Not a Scientologist or know much about it. I think a lot of the true story was not told here, did lots of name dropping. Will not buy another book by her.
I am very glad I bought this, sure gives you an insight into Scientology which I think the general population has no idea of. It is very different for those that are "public" Scientologiests like the celebrities - although celebrities are treated VERY special, and then it is like a cult for those that live within in it.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
I think this story is compelling either way but I did really appreciate Sandy Rustin's narration. She has a very young childlike voice and it was perfect for hearing Jenna's story.
This book was so captivating. Jenna takes you inside the cult that is Scientology and shares so much more than I knew about the church. I've always been curious and have read a few other books on the topic but have never heard it from a child's perspective. It was truly heart breaking. There are so many bizarro rules and downright unethical moments that she and others like her had (and have) to endure that I was left speechless. What Scientology puts children and families through is no less than traumatic and abusive. This is a must listen - it is really disturbing and absolutely engrossing.
Based on some of the other reviews I decided to take a chance on this book. Unfortunately, I am not on the same wavelength as many who raved about this book and found it very bland and uninteresting. Don't recommend.
This book showed how the instinctive human desire for love and fulfillment can eventually overcome and triumph over the most pernicious and psychotic brainwashing ever conceived by sociopathic morons.
The level of detail that Jenna remembered about her experiences. It made it all the more vivid and painful.
After listening to the painful chapters of systematic child abuse and exploitation at the hands of demented cult bullies it was so cathartic to hear Jenna in a perfect gesture of supreme definance take the phoney e-meter soup cans from her voyeuristic auditor and crush them under her foot.
When she was willing to sacrifice her life by jumping out the window unless the cult bullies produced her boyfriend, Dallas, whom they had imprisoned to brainwash and turn against her.
Listen to the dispassionate but no less shocking account of Scientology, Going Clear, by Lawrence Wright in addition to this book. This helps clarify some of the background shennanigans that were going on with David Miscaivage during and after LRH and the other cast of looneys that make up this sci-fi horror story. As Jenna points out you can't tell someone they are in a cult. They have to grasp it on their own.
Stories like this one ususally fascinate me and I was very excited to listen to Beyond Belief. Unfortuately, I just could not make it more than a third of the way through. While details are essential in a memoir like this, I found myself bored by extraneaous information and repetition that, to me, got in the way of the narrative moving forward. I was also distracted by the narraror. Perhaps intentionally cast as someone who captures qualities of a "little girl voice" I found her difficult to listen to. I usually don't give up on a book, but I just can't devote several more hours to this one.
Very informative. Everyone should read this book! We, as humans, tend to not question when something is labeled as a "religion". In reality we need to remember to ALWAYS question when something just doesn't feel right.
I can't possibly find the words to express how important I feel this book is for people to read. Not only is it a mind blowing expose of a very secretive, cult-like and powerful "church"...but it is a gripping personal story that kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. Just when I thought I'd heard everything, the author's story would get even more unbelievable. Jenna is to be commended for the strength and courage she has shown in writing this book. I am recommending it to all of my friends.