I've never read the print version.
Obviously, the main character Jenna.
No i haven't.
Regardless of this book being about Scientology or anything else, it's very interesting and sad to see how different other peoples lives can be. Especially when they are children and their parents do not know about their childrens daily lives.
Avid general reader with a fondness for British and Irish Writers and world history.
As with some of the insider descriptions of Scientology, this gives a perspective from a child's and young adult's view. It is quite revealing and, if the routines are still the same, reveals an organization which should be removed from tax relief granted 'religious' exemption and charged with child abuse (good luck with that). I continue to be amazed that people are still 'gulled' into paying many thousands of dollars to be misled and abused - the money going into into the coffers of what has the appearance of being more of a criminal investment and real estate scheme with the inducement of some kind of immortality.
The narration was a bit disappointing. It would have been much more interesting from a 'mature' voice with a less 'cheerful' tone. I can understand the decision to use a young voice in this but think it was the wrong one.
Having lived in Clearwater, Florida for many years, this book gives an insight into what is going on in Scientology.
I liked the detail in which the author went with the terminology that Scientologist's use as well as the detail of the structure of the organization.
Sandy made me feel like it was the author reading the book herself.
Every part of it was good and moving.
Thank you for this great book. I am glad that I picked this one for my first read into Scientology.
Scientology has always been such a secretive church so it was difficult to learn much. It was great to hear the story from the perspective of someone who grew up in it and then grew out of it. It's really tragic that these types of human rights issues can occur in the U.S. and nobody does anything about it.
The story was nearly hard to believe as the truth inside the organisation is so shocking. The story is told with generous detail , but not in a manner that is trying to illicit pity. The author is mighty in her strength and continual resilience.
Any suggestion that this organisation is a "church" is far from the truth. There is only one word ... Cult. How do seemingly intelligent successful people get caught up in these things?
Harrowing. Fascinating. Trying.
Well, spoken, read with interest and understanding of the subject matter.
Nope, too long. It did hold my attention for the duration though. I am personally very interested in the subject matter (cults, weird religions, brain-washing etc.)
Worth checking out by anyone who is curious about the "non-glamorous" (i.e. no celebrities involved) side of Scientology, the author gives a detailed first person account of being born into the ludicrous 'religion' of Scientology - basically a new-age cult formed by a science fiction writer - and becoming one of it's foot soldiers.... the oppressive, fascistic 'Sea Org' - a militaresque order of the most dogmatic members of the religion. The levels of psychological torture, brain-washing and child abuse boggle the mind. No wonder this cult is so secretive, defensive....and litigious!
51 year old electrical engineer who's always got going, one book to inspire, another to learn and one just to escape - ok 2 just to escape
This is beautifully written and beautifully told which is fortuitous because everyone should read it. It's not just about Scientology but about how the vast majority of young minds are filled with nonsense and then closed. The methods employed by Scientology are less subtle than other religions, perhaps this is due to it's relative youth. Still, the parallels to all religions are unmistable although they'll predicably not be seen by those still in a state of self delusion.
One of the best I've read.
It's a riveting account of an amazing woman who had the strength to still believe in herself and to go for what seems right.
My harrowing live in scientology and my courageous escape
I wish her all the best for the rest of her life and hope that she finds the happiness that she deserves.
The story was very interesting and I think it imparted a lot of information about the day-do-day life of those who are wrapped up in this thing. However, I agree with other reviewers in that we never really get the basic premise of the religion explained....so there are some questions. This was still an interesting listen.
No. but she had a slight lisp which was kind of distracting.