informative, thought provoking, disturbing
Understanding what goes on in scientology
I liked when Jenna finally gets the strength to leave.
I couldn't stop listening. I wanted to know how or even if Jenna, her family and friends would get out of scientology and when they would realise they had been brainwashed for years.
Informative, honest, shocking
The honesty and straight forward attitude. Also very informative and well explained, easy to understand for a non-scientologist. The world of scientology is explained well, including lingo, positions, history and rules. It takes a lot of courage to expose yourself like this to the world and I commend Jenna MH for her courage and thank her for sharing her story with us.
The voice, which is quite young, suited the book very well. I felt like I was listening to Jenna read the book. She was also very articulate and involved in the text. It felt more like somebody telling me the story (Jenna) then somebody reading for me.
In a world of complete conviction, control and manipulation one girl dared to stand up for herself. This is her story.
If you are a non-scientologist and you want to know what the world is like on the inside of ST then look no further. I hope a lot of people read this book and become educated on scientology and the terrible practices that go on behind closed doors. The more people are educated the less tolerance ST will have and the fewer members ST will get. So read and become educated.
Karen of Northern Michigan
I had listened to the book "Inside Scientology" a year ago and was fascinated by their believes.. When I say fascinated, I mean kind of shocked at their believes and practices, and how they seem to take control of a persons life..
This book will give you an even closer look at the religion and what it's like to have your life controlled by them..
Jenna's account of her life, from birth to escape, is very interesting. She starts by talking about happy memories she has.. Listening to her story, one can understand the allure that pulls people into the cult .. But once in it, and once the control of one's life takes over, it's easy to see why she wanted to leave.....
If you are curious about Scientology and what it really is, you'll enjoy this book.. Very secretive religion. After listening to these two books, it sounds more like a cult to me.
In in depth look from an insider who desperately worked to become an outsider. A well funded "church" using children as slave labor and treating devotees as servants is a cult.
Forced to be outsiders in their own towns, and strangers to their own families, yet Scientology thrives. Every parent should read this book and make sure their children read it too.
Yes! If you have every know anyone who has been in this awful cult it helps understand what it is all about and helps you understand how someone could get sucked in to the belief. Thankfully Jenna and many others have escaped and are now revealing the truth.
yes. It gave some good insight as to what the Religion was about and why the movie stars get caught up in it. They are treated a lot different than the average person.
I liked the ending, because she does get out.
I didn't have any
Although the story dragged a little it was informative and it kept my interest.
Moving further from work extended my daily commute... thank God for Audible.
What a completely engaging, heart-breaking, horrific and compelling insight into the Miscavige family. I think most people (by now) realize that Scientologists believes some pretty whack stuff, but – let’s be honest – most religions do. The completely shocking revelations come when Jenna describes the thought-control and power the leaders yield. This takes Scientology out of the “religion” category and smack-bang the very definition of “cult”.
The book quite rightly focuses only on Jenna’s direct experiences in the church. I found her very restrained in speculating on anything that she wasn’t directly involved in, or didn’t directly experience. This makes the book very much a personal story vs. a sweeping expose on the religion.
To be clear, this is no masterpiece. You can tell that this book was assembled by a non-professional writer. But who cares. Jenna has an unbelievable and essential story to tell, and this book does exactly that.
Scientology is so often a topic of celebrity gossip that I paused before buying this book wondering whether it would be voyeuristic. I'm pleased that I went ahead with my inclination to buy it. The story - initially at least - provides some insight as to why scientology is attractive to followers. As the story unfolds one comes to understand that there is quite a divide between 'public' scientologists and those in the administration. As the author describes it, the inner circle of scientology is marked by a culture of conduct which is far from the advertised philosophy. It is marked by behaviour of obedience, control, oppression and disruption of family relationships which is difficult for many to understand why people would accept it. The strength of the book is that it helps those of us who believe that we would always reject attempts to undermine the values that we hold dear to understand that the potential to get hooked is there. Although the story is a little loose in places, it is a worthwhile listen.
I could simply not stop listening. I finished this in 4 days, mostly to and from work. So unbelievable the way this organization is run to this day.
Jenna got out
No, but she did very well!
Absolutely I would
I'm hooked. I can't stop researching this cult
I loved the truthfulness of the story, the sadness of it and the eye opening glance into a world of dangerous religion.
For me, the thing that I will remember most about this is the brainwashed way the "auditors" operate, and even tho Jenna has spoken the truth, they will not let her be until she gives them the lie they want to hear.
Unfortunately, I haven't.
I always listen to my books whilst on the go, as I do not have time to listen to it otherwise.