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Beyond Belief Audiobook
Beyond Belief
Written by: 
Jenna Miscavige Hill
Narrated by: 
Sandy Rustin
Beyond Belief Audiobook

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    DAC 11-17-15
    DAC 11-17-15
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    "Powerful!"

    Compelling. A valuable story of the importance of thinking for yourself and standing up for what is right. Heartbreaking in places.

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    Jamie 11-14-15
    Jamie 11-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    I was memorized during the entire thing!! brave and courageous is this young girl/ now woman.

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    susan rios La Crescenta, Ca 11-13-15
    susan rios La Crescenta, Ca 11-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating and Horrifying Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Beyond Belief the most enjoyable?

    This true account of life inside scientology is fascinating to listen to, and hard at times to listen to. As an ex-scientologist myself, (I purposely don't capitalize the word), I know it is hard to believe, but I know it's true. It's so in depth and personal, and I'm so glad Jenna had the courage to follow what was true for her, and that she got out!


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked about the story was how true it is, and that people who read it will know the truth about this group that calls itself a "church".


    What about Sandy Rustin’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was good, although I always prefer it when the author reads the book. She did a good job though.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's horrifying to know what Jenna went through, and that, as a child, she had such a horrible life inside this organization. I loved the part when she finally left.


    Any additional comments?

    Good for you Jenna, for writing your story and sharing it! Thank you for speaking up.

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    Cindy L. Sheppard Pennsylvania 11-01-15
    Cindy L. Sheppard Pennsylvania 11-01-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Amazing story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book, especially if you are interested in learning more details about Scientology


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was educational


    What about Sandy Rustin’s performance did you like?

    She kept my attention throughout the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    While it kept my attention, I wouldn't call it a "can't put down" type of book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book gave me a very good insight and better understanding of Scientology. The author goes to great lengths to explain the inner workings of Scientology. At first I thought it was too much detail, but realized the detail was critical later in the book to comprehend the depth of structure within the organization.

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    Elaine 10-31-15
    Elaine 10-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Eye opening"

    This book was well told and a thorough introduction to the Church of Scientology. I had no idea.

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    earley bird 10-30-15
    earley bird 10-30-15
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    "Amazing, just amazing"

    Beautifully written and passionately performed this was all around the best audio book experience for me to date!

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    V 10-29-15
    V 10-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting, but not "harrowing""
    What did you like best about Beyond Belief? What did you like least?

    The story is interesting, and I think, an important one - uncovering the truth behind Scientology.


    Could you see Beyond Belief being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, it would work as a movie, or a TV series.


    Any additional comments?

    The story kept me intrigued, however; the author's use of transition words is overdone to the point of annoying. A reader can skim over these terms, but a listener cannot.

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    Teresa 10-27-15
    Teresa 10-27-15
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    "Uncomfortably Honest"

    Chronological account of her experience. I liked it, but listened to it at 1.25x speed. I wanted the info, but the narrator was a bit slow.

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    dno_bot 10-26-15
    dno_bot 10-26-15
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    "Interesting, but the writing is awful"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Interesting subject, but the writing is awful, probably because she didn't receive much of an education growing up within Scientology. Really could have benefitted from some editing.


    What about Sandy Rustin’s performance did you like?

    Great performance. She captured the feeling of the book well.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Jenna Miscavige Hill’s life?

    I would have like to learn more about what happened after she left the church and what it took to adjust and the church's reaction. The book kinda just ends.

    She spent way too much time on the monotony of her day and ends up reading like a daily diary.


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    Amber 10-25-15
    Amber 10-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Encouraging!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes!


    What did you like best about this story?


    Despite the differences between the church of Scientology and the church I grew up in and left earlier this year there are startling similarities. It was a carthartic read and helped me not feel so alone. It helped me see that despite the focus of the cult (even if it portrays itself as Christian) it is still in fact a cult and therefore dangerous. It has given me hope and excitement to continue speaking out, not necessarily to help others get out as that is something they have to see themselves before being able to make the needed steps but more so to help others avoid this organization altogether. Big thanks to the author for having the courage to escape and then speak out


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