Audie Award Finalist, Non-Fiction, 2014
Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.
In this tell-all memoir, Jenna Miscavige Hill, a prominent critic of Scientology who now helps others leave the organization, offers an insider's profile of the beliefs, rituals, and secrets of the religion that has captured the fascination of millions, including some of Hollywood's brightest stars such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
©2013 Jenna Miscavige Hill (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
I enjoyed the overall story, and the narration was clear and precise. However, this story is one that is billed as "harrowing", and I think this is a bit misleading. The story is about two hours too long, and was not that fast paced or riveting. It read a bit slowly, and I felt like the title and cover are a bit misleading.
Super curious about this world, some of my questions were answered. But more interesting was realized had I meet someone who would answer any question I had, I would have never asked the right questions. The author shares so much, how she can recall events from 2,3,4,5,6,7 years of age is beyond me. But it's a good listen and kept me wanting to listen.
Oh yes, I found it equally fascinating and disturbing... I had no idea Scientology was this... insane!
Leah Remini's Troublemaker, I read that book first and then purchased this one.
Mom of 2 boys ... originally from Brooklyn, NY now living in beautiful Nevada!
yes actually and i dont usually listen to books twice but there is just soooo much she talks about that is just mind blowing!
Leah Remini's book which also touched on the cult like religion!
when she visited her mom in florida and realized how different she'd been living
A great story told by a girl who was raised (brainwashed) by Scientology. It had you feeling very sorry for the little girl and disgusted in what others will do for the sake of a so called religion!
Jenna and Martino
She sounded the appropriate age and I imagined her to be Jenna
The stories from her childhood were particularly difficult to listen to
If you can get over the narrators voice, then it's worth listening to.
I read Leah Remini's book on her experience with Scientology and thought it was much more entertaining, informative, and her narration was great.
The narrators "little girl" voice throughout the book was extremely distracting and annoying, but since I had already paid for the book I figured I should just go ahead and give it a go.
This book does not need a follow-up. She covered her early youth through her escape as an adult. As far as I'm concerned, the story ended at an appropriate point.
Very good book. Well written but horrific life of a Scientology member. I have rethought my admiration of some actors/actresses of Hollywood.
riveting and eerie view of life inside scientology. couldn't stop listening! now I want to read everyone's accounts of this cult! great narration
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