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Scientology: Abuse at the Top | [Amy Scobee]

Scientology: Abuse at the Top

A former top insider reveals the nightmare world of violence and abuse at the highest levels of the Church of Scientology. One review states: "At home alone, a 14 year old girl takes a phone call from Scientology. This starts a quarter of a century journey of manipulation, betrayal and sexual, physical and mental abuse. This journey leads to the highest management echelon and one woman's courage to break free. A real page-turner." Mark P. Another writes: "Amy Scobee has written a book unlike any other expose of Scientology.
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A former top insider reveals the nightmare world of violence and abuse at the highest levels of the Church of Scientology. One review states: "At home alone, a 14 year old girl takes a phone call from Scientology. This starts a quarter of a century journey of manipulation, betrayal and sexual, physical and mental abuse. This journey leads to the highest management echelon and one woman's courage to break free. A real page-turner." - Mark P. Another writes: "Amy Scobee has written a book unlike any other expose of Scientology. She actually was at the top of International Management for 20 years, and oversaw the recruitment of Hollywood stars into the Church of Scientology. She witnessed the abuse of top managers by their senior, David Miscavige. She writes convincingly of the human rights violations she endured while on the Rehabilitation Project Force, a thinly disguised slave labor camp. Her book is enjoyable to insiders and laymen alike, with a glossary of terms provided, and plentiful footnotes. This is an important contribution to understanding the controversy surrounding the Church of Scientology. The glaring spotlight eventually points to Abuse at the Top." - Michael H.

©2010, 2011,2012, 2013 Amy Scobee (P)2013 Amy Scobee

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    Christina North Arlington, NJ, United States 09-05-13
    Christina North Arlington, NJ, United States 09-05-13
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    "OMG the Narration!"

    Although I appreciate the inside information and the details of the struggles Amy Scobee went through and I really did want to enjoy this book, I could not get past the narrator. She actually mispronounced 'corps' as 'corpse'! She butchered the English language repeatedly and her phrasing was off by a mile. She also made everything sarcastic - I mean everything. It became very hard to listen to since I started to listen for mistakes instead of getting lost in the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sigrun Seydisfjordur, Iceland 11-14-13
    Sigrun Seydisfjordur, Iceland 11-14-13
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    "Very poor audio"
    Would you try another book from Amy Scobee and/or Danielle Plaso?

    Amy Scobee yes. Danielle Plaso, not so sure.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Amy Scobee? Why or why not?

    Yes. If it is about scientology.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Danielle Plaso?

    An older voice. This voice sounds very young. It doesn't suit the subject matter. It is read like a teen novel, which is very surreal. Emphases are very strange. I had to go back and listen to some sentences again to understand.


    Any additional comments?

    Audio quality is very poor and the quality changes a lot. Later recordings are edited in..quite sloppy. "Notes" are recorded with a different microphone...sounds like an old fashioned phone microphone...quite annoying and I don't get the point...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maija 11-06-13
    Maija 11-06-13
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    "Fascinating story - idiotic reader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but I'd urge them to wear a mouth-guard because teeth gnashing over the narration is inevitable.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Amy Scobee? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Danielle Plaso?

    Anyone who knows the word is SUPPOSEDLY, with a D, not "supposaBly." What is humorous is that the first time she says "supposably" is just after someone accuses the protagonist of being illiterate. It's the narrator's literacy skills I question. I can't believe no one else caught this and the audio book went on sale like this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 08-22-13
    Amanda 08-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Horrible Narration-decent story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book was a fine "inside story". The writing however was hard to read- not because it was difficult but because it was so simple, full of sarcastic comments and name-calling. It was frustrating because the antics took away from the compelling story of the abuse at the hands of Scientology.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Amy Scobee? Why or why not?

    No. I think she has told her story as best she can


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Danielle Plaso?

    Anyone who can read a sentance without having to sound out each syllable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Elgin, il, United States 08-22-13
    Tony Elgin, il, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Writing....fair narration."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Scientology: Abuse at the Top to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. Although I'm not sure that this book differs much from the written text.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book is told in 1st person so you follow her experiences.


    What three words best describe Danielle Plaso’s voice?

    Milena Markovna Kunis


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

    I follow the LRH legend like some people follow "Dexter" (and I follow him for the same reasons). This, like the Jenna Miscavige book follows a specific slice of time describing experiences of the author. If you want a fantastic overview look for Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. But if, like me, you want to drill down into experiences in the SO check out this one and Jenna's book.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader seems to have some difficulty with reading the text...maybe it's just under rehearsed. But lots of amateur emphasis, rhythm and pronunciation inconsistency.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 06-25-13
    Mary 06-25-13
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    "Insider view of how Scientology divides families"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to anyone funding Scientology


    How could the performance have been better?

    I found overemphasis of many words to be unnatural and somewhat annoying.


    Do you think Scientology: Abuse at the Top needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    A follow-up book would be helpful if a solution is found for the organization's separation of families.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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