This was one book that once I began, I found it very difficult to stop listening. It is not a book bashing Scientology but rather a documentary of sorts that starts at the beginning of Scientology and brings you up to its current status. I disagree with the other reviewer as to the footnotes. I found those to be very interesting and necessary. Just more validation to support the book. So many things are covered regarding Scientology that just make you shake your head and are very sad and deplorable. Not to say that things like this do not happen in other "religions", but the focus of this book is on Scientology. Unfortunately the tragedy which unfolded at Waco really gave rise to Scientology's allowable existence in the eyes of the IRS. In this regard, Scientology was basically given the green light to proceed pretty much without sanction other than within their inner hierarchy. Truly a sad situation for those involved with Scientology who now desire the opportunity to leave of their own free will with no strings/debts attached.
Was really looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately I was very disappointed. The book was slow and very repetitive. Did not seem to offer anything new. Maybe it was a little heavy on the scholarly side and could've used a lighter hand.
The book started off interestingly enough. Continued rather well. And then when Katie and Jenny hooked up with other survivors it kind of went downhill. Suddenly these two women, who incidentally weren't really playing with a full deck emotionally, considering the circumstances they just endured, walk in like they're taking over. Should you decide to read the story, you will understand the reference to the sexual preference. One is heterosexual and the other appears to be bisexual, but everybody thinks she's a lesbian. She would prefer everyone to continue to think that for reasons you will discover. By the time I got to the end I felt like I had just listened to a chick flick.
Totally entertaining, easily done in one sitting and I expect to listen to this several more times. Rarely does a book actually make me smile, much less laugh out loud!
Must have been relevant for its time, which is sad in itself, but just too much bleakness to even finish. The language was a real turn off. I guess if there wasn't the N-word, there wouldn't have been any stories....
I have not listened to a Tom Lowe book before so I cannot compare it to any of his other works. But if this is typical, I will not be listening to anymore. The female characters were overly dramatic and pitiful. I do not blame that on the narrator. It was definitely the way the characters were written. I did however have to lower the stars on the narrator because the female voices were really bad. Way too wordy and just not a good story. No action and definitely not a thriller.
How people can compare this author to Stephen King or anyone of that caliber is truly amazing. The story just wasn't put together neatly and the narration ruined it. Thank goodness for returns!
Have no idea how anyone made it through the end of this book much less the series. The narration is nauseating!
Kudos to the screenwriter that was able to make this into a movie. Must have been one of their biggest challenges ever.
Half of the book seems to be repetitive biographies of the contributors to the book. The incidents themselves were lacking although I'm sure not so to the individuals involved.
Could not get past the narration. Gave up after two hours. Even the story line could not keep me interested.
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