In 1971 Paulette Cooper wrote a scathing book about the Church of Scientology. Desperate to shut the book down, Scientology unleashed on her one of the most sinister personal campaigns the free world has ever known.
The onslaught, which lasted years, ruined her life and drove her to the brink of suicide. The story of Paulette's terrifying ordeal is told in full for the first time in The Unbreakable Miss Lovely. It reveals the shocking details of the darkest chapter in Scientology's checkered history, which ended with senior members in prison and the organization's reputation permanently damaged.
©2015 Tony Ortega (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
An incredible book, it's a page-turning thriller. It shows how paranoid, suspicious and utterly vindictive the "Church" of Scientology really is. They literally tried to make her take her own life.
What is amazing is it's true. It's the story of how the "church" of Scientology set out to destroy Paulette Cooper, you will be utterly shocked what this cult did to try & destroy this lady. One example being the ‘church’ even went as far as to get her fingerprints on a piece of paper. They then sent forged bomb threats on the paper with her fingerprints to themselves, leading her to be arrested, facing 15 years in prison. The only reason she was not sent to jail was at around the same time, the FBI raided the Church of Scientology's offices in Washington DC and Los Angeles, finding evidence of what is to this day the largest infiltration of government offices in US history. They also found evidence of the campaign to destroy Paulette Cooper.
The author, Tony Ortega, is an investigative journalist & the premier journalist in uncovering the evil cult that is Scientology. He is meticulous in his research, and delved deeply into original documents and spoke with people who were involved in this horrendous campaign to destroy Paulette. The "church's" own documents, seized by the FBI, detailed their campaign to either have her committed to an asylum, put in jail, or commit suicide!
The book is stunning and you'll be amazed and horrified by what a "church" did to one young woman who dared to write something critical about them. Once you pick up this book, you won't be able to do anything else until you finish reading. This is a masterpiece of non-fiction storytelling. If you enjoy this then you must read Leah Remini’s book Troublemaker, it will also show how twisted & basically evil Scientology is.
It's toward the mid range. The narration wasn't great as I typically don't like authors to read their own work but Paulette's story was intriguing.
Paulette was my favorite because she is so very human and stay so naive for so long.
Mono-toned, untrained, and unemotional.
No. It was good for long commute times (as are most books).
Thank you, Tony Ortega, for giving us this book in audio form. Even though I've heard you tell this story in interviews, it was still captivating. Paulette Cooper is a brave lady. Unbelievable how vindictive Scientology was and still is. Glad I'm just a wog. :-)
I was hoping for more details about the cult and less about lawyers. Also kind of weird that it seemed like every other sentence contained a word that Ortega would leave the last letter off of????
If you want to know this story- read the hard copy.
I'm glad to read the other reviews and know it's not just me. Ortega leaves off the end of his words/sentences CONSTANTLY throughout the book- it's making me absolutely bonkers. "chu(rch)""nineteen-seventy-si(x)""li(fe)""reaso(ns)""looki(ng)"I almost quit the book after the first 30 minutes or so because I thought I wasn't going to be able to ignore it- which I haven't been- but the story is interesting so here I am, almost finished. I'm sad, though, because I enjoy listening to books a second+ time...but that's just not going to happen on this one.
Complete drop-off of sentences and words.
I normally don't do reviews, but I couldn't pass on this one. The book itself is good with a lot of content. The narration is deplorable. Like others have said, there is no emotion, but I could deal with that. The problem I have is Tony Ortega does not finish words. I don't know if he was rushed narrating his book or if that is how he speaks, but it is very infuriating. I would say the last word of about every 3rd sentence is never finished. The word sentence, for example, sounds like "sente". This may be one of those books that is better off being read instead.
Loved it. An engaging tale of strength and fortitude. Cooper is at once charming and formidable and it is clear the author/narrator has respect for both the subject and her story.... And what a story it is. If ever there were any question that scientology is a cult this book will allay your doubts. More than cult, it is a menace.
This incident clearly involved many people and sides. More details or viewpoints would have been great. This is all from the viewpoint of Paulette Cooper and her friend who wrote it. Other voices in the book would have balanced it out a bit more.
Sure. To understand at least one person's side in this incident. It was several decades ago so I would assume Ms. Cooper is one of the only ones left to talk about what happened. Most of them have probably passed away by now. She may be the only one alive with anything to say about it.
Anyone with a little emotion in their voice. The read sounds like witness testimony being read in a courtroom and is very rushed. I even looked for a way to slow the speed on my ipod.
Curiosity. There had to be 50 to 100 people involved in this entire incident. I would have enjoyed hearing the story from other people's views. Even one of Hubbard's children that was involved. Or anyone else that was involved. Even one of the attorneys.
The author's attitudes about others enforced on the reader are a little taxing. He uses a lot of adjectives to degrade other people in the book, that are from his own viewpoint. Which is fair, since it seems to be a bit of a memoir about him too. Maybe not everyone would share in his attitudes about who is "arcane" or whatever. These are not facts relevant to the story but a lot of his opinions. Which carry the book into somewhat fiction category.
The story was well composed but an issue I noticed while listening is the majority of the s's were removed. Causing abrupt ends or manipulation a to words. This very well could have been an issue with the download, I'm not sure. Though nonetheless, still enjoyable and informative.
"Great book told by the authority on the subject"
Having followed Tony Ortega's work for a few years now, I bought this book with a sense of anticipation. Ortega doesn't disappoint as he manages to blend the story of Paulette Cooper with the history and context for scientology - highly recommended!
"frightening. well read."
Excellent. Mr Ortega narrates a tale of a battle for sanity against those who will do anything to make one believe otherwise.
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