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 hate to admit this, but when Jenna talks about the celebrities in Scientology and what their existence is like. Even though it's a brief part of the book, it's still fascinating. Sort of like seeing a car wreck.
Maybe Helter Skelter, since it's involves a cult that brain washes it's members.
Sandy Rustin's performance takes a little getting used to because she has a very girlish voice. It makes sense, since she is the voice of Jenna who grew up in the Church of Scientology, so of course she would have a young sounding voice. While she did a great job narrating as a young girl, it's still a little difficult to get used to.
I didn't feel the desire to listen to this in one sitting, it still was captivating. Especially the second half.
If you watched "Going Clear" or read it, here's another insight into the cult life of Scientology.
I haven't read the print version
I think it compares well with books on the Hitler youth movement.
She does great character voices.
Suffer the children
I couldn't believe that something like this is going on in a western culture. How can celebrities and others espouse how great Scientology is when they do this kind of things to children and the vulnerable.
...but still infuriating! This sad bunch of gangsters qualifies for tax-free status? IRS...you're crazier than Miscavidge!
I like memoirs and zombies; funny and scary stories... I smell a book!
I have listened to Leah Remini's book, Going Clear and now Beyond Belief. I am a sucker for the Scientology story and how interesting it is that people "fall" for it. So if you like Scientology then definitely listen to this. It's a different side since she is a relative. A lot of details on Scientology levels and policies, etc etc so some of it may sound confusing but the story as a whole and what Jenna Hill does now is so interesting.
Interesting story from a lifelong Scientologist. The brainwashing techniques used by the "church" are finally becoming general knowledge. I enjoyed the book, however, I felt it was a little too long.
The narrator did a great job.
It was kind of sluggish getting through until you got half way through or more. The story seemed to repeat over & over but once you got towards the end, the story unfolded even more. overall, I liked it and it brings awareness to the craziness and cultish Scientology.
I could not stop listening. It is beyond belief that this cult hides behind the first amendment to abuse children & their followers. Using brain washing to degrade & abuse their followers, all in the pursuit of money & power. I cannot recommend this book enough, it shocked me but enlightened me as to what this 'religion' is really up to. They disgust me, but am so glad I got the book, I am still in shock this group is allowed to operate in any country.
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