I really enjoyed this book, but I have to say that I didn't find Jenna to be a likable person which makes it even more real. There were times where her descriptions made her sound flat out crazy to me. I guess living in a different reality then everyone else can do that to you. I'm very glad she wrote the book and that I could learn from her experience.
The book feels like it's being written for children because of the tone it sets. I think it might have something to do with Jenna's limited education. That being said it was still entertaining and well performed.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with ears.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
People often find faith when a) Their parents bring them up in itB) when a crisis occurThe author had no real choice as a child, her uncle being the new leader in Scientology, while her parents eagerly worked for the org.I hate the word cult and feel people use it wrongly. With Sciontology I must ask, if you can save us, why charge fees few can pay?You see, I think their is something good in the famous book "Dianetics" but it is NOT a church. Each member is isolated to avoid doubt and unlike Christian Churches which people may leave and then comeback, I have yet to hear an ex-sciontologist wish to return.People state that most cults remain because people want to come back. Scientology however becomes smaller as time goes on. This story is a tragedy, because too many can say it did not just happen to this author. Ex-sciontologists worldwide can give the same account. They can because the system is the same. For Sciontologies official version of their faith go to scientology you owe them to see their side too. After all, faith is a human right.
This is a story of faith turned into a fanatic money marchine. Their is nothing to like, yet facts to learn.
She read it nice and clear
"My life inside Dianetics"
If you are an active scientologist and enjoy it, good for you! It is your right to practice what you desire as long as your kid gets the ame choice. A one-time listen I am very glad I bought. Well written and most importantly:She has proof which is a must.
It isn't often that you get the perfect meeting of a great performance and a gripping story: this is one of those times. The title "Beyond Belief" is apt; it is hard to understand how seemingly mild-mannered people (Scientologists) can allow their children to be treated so poorly. Jenna Miscavige Hill describes her extremely unusual childhood in Scientology and her gradual desire to leave the only life that she ever knew. Because she is the niece of the current leader of Scientology, there is even more credibility to her story. Before this book, I thought of Scientologists as being a bit odd, but basically harmless. This author's story underlines the need for more careful scrutiny of this organization, particular in the way that they utilize small children for forced labor and break apart families. Suddenly they don't seem harmless any more. Kudos to the author for what must have been a painful journey in writing this memoir.
The narration deserves special recognition...it is one of the most superb readings I have encountered on Audible. The book is a journey from the author's experience as a young girl to a grown woman, and the narrator is able to make the transition easy and smooth and believable without being over the top. I don't often buy the book after purchasing the Audible version, but I bought the book in this case because the story is so riveting. As I read the book, I hear the narrator's voice in my head, which is not a bad thing! It makes the story that much more real.
If you enjoy true life stories, you cannot go wrong with Beyond Belief.
Not sure I could listen to this book again. It was a great book but realizing how Jenna was robbed of a childhood along with the other children is heartbreaking. I didn't know much about Scientology before and wow...I know more than I want to now. No wonder Katie Holmes took off like she did!
This was a great book and a must read.
The narration was great.
Beyond Belief would be a good title.
If Scientology comes calling, run the other way
This is a revealing insight into the "Sea Org", the shock-troops/Gestapo of the so-called Church of Scientology. Jenna Miscavige, the niece of current potentate David Miscavige (successor to L. Ron Hubbard), recounts her mostly parentless upbringing in the Sea Org, including signing up for a billion-year term of service at age 8. It's a harrowing tale of forced servitude, child abuse, lack of schooling, mind-control and coercion, culminating in her escape from the cult in her early 20's. I learned much I didn't know from this book.
I found the story dragged with details that werent consistent. Felt like the author was manipulating the listener to see one side of story. I am NOT a sympathizer to that 'religion/cult'. But the several years as a youngster seem to be written with youngster emotion. Whiny at times. Too much about early years, would like to have read more about older years.
I knew the claims to scientology being a cult, but hearing it from someone who grew up in its most inner parts was astonishing. It's a good listen to understanding the truth behind it.
At times I had to remind myself that these events actually happened and were not the invention of a writer, except of course, for the cause of it all.
Disturbing, difficult, real.
Jenna and her brother
No, it was too hard to do so.
Well-written and insightful. Shows that free thought can win and it is a testament to how intelligent Jenna is.
I know this is critical. I admit that. But I was left infuriated and wondering what her parents were thinking. They abandoned their children. They didn't seem interested in raising them. I understand they thought, on one hand, it was "for the greater good," but these were their children. I know this probably reveals a great deal about me (and my thoughts on my own childhood), but wow. Just wow. I had to stop listening several times out of flat-out rage.
What is David Miscavige (and his anti-child antics) thinking? As this story shows, a basic "truth" about religion is having and raising children in the church is easier to sustain membership than recruitment and fear. Strange, strange, strange "religion."
I could not stop listening and ended up listening to other bioks about those who have "escaped".