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.
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I haven't read the print version. Although I'm not sure that this book differs much from the written text.
The book is told in 1st person so you follow her experiences.
Milena Markovna Kunis
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.
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.
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.
Yes, but I'd urge them to wear a mouth-guard because teeth gnashing over the narration is inevitable.
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.
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.
No. I think she has told her story as best she can
Anyone who can read a sentance without having to sound out each syllable.
The reader is annoying to the point of major distraction. I am normally accepting of the occasional error, but this is too much to ignore. I have heard Scobee speak, and this reader does her work and her story a disservice. Words are frequently mispronounced. Additionally, the reader often makes emphases that skew the meaning of a passage or are in the tone of a sarcastic and immature narrator. I hold Audible responsible for making sure that the quality of the reading is high in the books it sells. After all, that is the reason for buying from Audible. Hire someone else to read the book. Scobee would likely be the best choice.
Absolutely not until she is carefully trained and supervised.
Scobee's story, like those of many other documented accounts, makes me disgusted that such an organization gets away with human rights abuses and is able to get the rest of us to subsidize their money-making schemes by allowing them tax-exempt status.
Say something about yourself!
I might read another Any Scobee book, but I most certainly would NOT listen to another narration from Danielle Plaso. Her narration makes it very hard to even follow the story. She butchers very syllable. I do not understand why she was chosen to read this, or any other book, to an audience. Her narration is cringe-worthy!
Literally anyone else.
I'm about two-thirds of the way through the book now. The book is much less detailed than others I've listened to written by former scientologists. The storytelling is more emotionally detached than others as well- but that may just be the nature of the author. It makes it a bit more difficult to become invested, though. It does offer informational sidenotes in a different tone from the narrator that I found more distracting than helpful.
No. The narrator's phrasing is strange and she's said "supposably" a few times now.
The narrator did a terrible disservice to the Author and her book. I can't believe that someone didn't catch how awful the narration was and get it under control. Scientology has so many groups CMO, WDC, etc. and for me personally it would have made much more sense if I could have had a book to physically look at and a list by me all the time of what all of those acronyms were short for. Buy the book or borrow from the library trust me!
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