Entertaining, well written, impeccably researched, this book reports both sides of the story, which makes it extremely clear who is telling the truth, and who is lying. The "Church" of Scientology is a massive fundraising operation skilled in deception, fraud and intimidation. It is amazing to read a book that really gets to the heart of the "religion" from its earliest roots to its present incarnation.
The real biography of L. Ron Hubbard is a fascinating story of a deeply disturbed, but yet enigmatically brilliant mind. It provides a picture of his life you just don't get from reading about him on wikipedia, and while it only forms a part of this in depth story, its an amazingly interesting part.
People who really love the 1980's and 1980's references, including detailed descriptions of re-enactments of movies from the 1980's, repeated references to other pop culture of the 1980's, repeated lists of things that happened in the 1980's, repeated lists of things that a character obsessed with the 1980's has done or did, and people who like lists. Because there are a lot of lists of things in this book.
Not science fiction in general certainly not. It's just a terrible example.
Wil Wheaton's performance is great. His reading feels very natural and he does a good job differentiating between characters through tone and inflection.
The book contains a bunch of people who's only defining characteristic is an obsession with the 1980's. Since the characters are anonymous, at least through the first half of the book, that's literally all we know about them aside from their names.
Don't read this book.
It would not be possible to make this a 4 or 5 star listening experience. For that, you would have to scrap the whole book and re-write it using characters that are more than cartoon effigies of the real people they are meant to represent. This new book would ideally have plots that while using real historical events as backdrops also engage with the moral implications of those events and the background and lead up to those events. Additionally, in order to interest female readers, the author of this new book should consider including female characters that are more than paper thin plot-point motivators.
Absolutely, the story is moving and entertaining and terrifying and amazing. Even if you have no particular interest in history, colonialism, human rights or the ethics of empire the story told here is fascinating and draws you into the narrative, involving as it does so many people, famous, infamous and unknown.
His diction and elocution is spot on, and he brings an elegant, measured tone to the narration.
The language is especially wonderful and the author seamlessly integrates source material into and out of the text.
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