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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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    Linda 12-13-15
    Linda 12-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a good book, but I don't think they would read it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jenna. She showed a lot of guts, but not until the end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't have a favorite.


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

    Neither


    Any additional comments?

    Was going to stop reading and send it back, but got through it till the end. Seems she was happy where she was. To tell the truth she kept saying how shy she was about the interview and protesting after leaving, but if she did what she said to the auditors by smashing the cans and yelling at them doesn't seem shy to me. Glad she knows she is out.

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    Kelly Keathley 12-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A true page-turner!"

    This was a truly great Audible read. It was well-narrated, and the story is one that will stay with me for a long time. I simply couldn't turn it off. For anyone like me, left with a lingering curiosity about the Scientology cult after reading Leah Remini's book, this is the book for you. Jenna walks us through her life in the cult from a young age until she leaves, and her words will make you laugh, cry and cheer, all the way.

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    Cynthia Hardin 12-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well done!"

    Fantastic! I am so intrigued by Scientology and how people seem to be mistreated. This is an in depth inside look into the religion.

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    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 12-02-15
    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 12-02-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Hard hitting, well worth the time"

    I knew Scientology wasn't good, but I had no idea how bad it could be!!!

    Wow, thinking of parents abandoning their children at such a young age just twists my heart into knots!!! Finding out that Scientology views children as small adults lends credence to my view you have to be somewhat damaged to buy into all their doctrine.

    And imprisoning adults for not obeying the group rules? Yikes! Wouldn't us regular folks call that kidnapping?

    This is an important listen. This girl is telling us her experiences and they are horrendous.

    We need to look at the folks who have contributed millions of dollars to this cult as damaged goods. And I'm including all those famous folks like TC and GVS. Do you really want to continue to support this cult by supporting them in their careers? I don't.


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    Jennifer Nelson 11-30-15
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    "Fascinating view of this mysterious religion"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond Belief to be better than the print version?

    Not sure since the author did not read it. I thought maybe the narrators voice was a bit too childlike for authors words and views.


    What other book might you compare Beyond Belief to and why?

    Father, Mother, God - a memoir about Scientology from an outsider. Authors parents were Scientologists but she was not. The authors Mother died from cancer while being taken care of drug-free in a Scientology "home".


    Have you listened to any of Sandy Rustin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting, factual based but influenced by the authors emotions. You wonder why it keeps going on and on, I asked myself why she did not leave sooner when her parents did. It makes Scientology seem like a lot of high school drama.

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    Leena Devlin Phoenixville, PA USA 11-21-15
    Leena Devlin Phoenixville, PA USA 11-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating story."

    I found this to be a revealing and fascinating story of an inside story of Scientology.

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    chris 11-19-15
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    "Awesome story!!"

    Well worth the read! Read from the perspective of a child it's well written and worth a audible credit.

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    DeAndrea 11-17-15
    DeAndrea 11-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome InSight!"

    I'm very happy that Jenna Miscavige Hill was able to leave with her husband Dallas Hill. This is a wonderful story, captivating! Sometimes I forgot it was non-fiction!

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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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  • Nigel
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    4/13/13
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    "Fascinating"

    An engaging insight as to how someone, born into a belief system, struggled with what was dissonant between the faith and the realities she observed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "Enjoyable insight into the closest ranks"
    Would you listen to Beyond Belief again? Why?

    There's a lot of info to take in initially but it was a fascinating story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Get to see behind the curtain of the highest ranks and family of the leadership of the 'church' and how twisted and manipulative it is.


    Which character – as performed by Sandy Rustin – was your favourite?

    Lead character


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

    Impossible to listen to in 1 go ... too much to take in ... but i found it easy to pickup and put down again


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • S Leeves
    England
    4/10/15
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    "Repetitive.."

    I enjoyed the book at first, fascinating subject but I found it a bit too long.
    Jenna had a horrible childhood and
    so do many other children of scientology shockingly so.
    There was a lot of repetition about sessions ect.. had to skip a few of the last chapters because they were the same things over and over!
    The narration was superb though and it got me through the ironing nicely.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Countess_Dracul
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    4/2/15
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    "The most riveting book I've listened to in ages!"

    An absolutely riveting book, and mind boggled that this actually happened to someone. The idea that no one stepped in to help is as shocking as what the "church" actually did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    London, United Kingdom
    12/16/15
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    "The Emperors new clothes"
    What made the experience of listening to Beyond Belief the most enjoyable?

    The honesty.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond Belief?

    All of it!


    Any additional comments?

    It is a worry that the US government gives such an organisation religious status.

    Surely they are perpetuating the myth and causing more suffering. Religion is simply a way to numb the brain for the pain which follows.

    You can apply pretty much all of the principles of what happened to this young girl/lady to all religions, but obviously at different levels.

    Religion is abuse. This is just one lens into one of the most abusive.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    Newbridge, Ireland
    12/30/13
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    "Incredible insight into life as a young scientolog"
    Would you listen to Beyond Belief again? Why?

    No. I never listen to books a second time.


    What other book might you compare Beyond Belief to, and why?

    None and feel no need to explain myself


    Which character – as performed by Sandy Rustin – was your favourite?

    Ridiculous question - did you listen to the book ?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, as I was saying this book provides an excellent insight into the life of a young child growing up in the Church of Scientology. I was with the author all the way as the story is told in the first person right up to the last couple of chapters when her own credibility in her own words began to wane. Things like "I had to tell him the truth otherwise I would be deceiving him". This was given as the rationale for lying to someone else in the next breath. It all added up to the tagline "...and my harrowing escape.." being a large stretch when in actuality it would appear she stayed of her own volition (by her own words) because she was comfortable, everything was provided for her and the world out there was scary (even if her own parents were out there waiting for her). Several statements after that did not add up to a cohesive picture. "Had to sign a statement saying I would not publish" despite being out of the church with no apparent pressure on her, then published. Clearly she did not have to sign that statement as she stated at the time she had no intention of abiding by it. A few things like that went to the core of the author's credibility. Despite these this is a fascinating and interesting insight into the appalling practices of the so-called Church, the wrath that they visit on their own people, the sheer fairy stories they tell, the intimidation and car following and overall an excellent listen from Audible.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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