Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I strongly recommend this book to anyone considering joining Scientology or knows someone who is. Fortunately, I learned what a scam they are after feeling worse from their treatments and loosing only $15,000.
Who was your favorite character and why?
At the height of my high-tech career, which was going great, I was suddenly stricken with a suicidal depression, one which lasted 7 years. I went to a psychiatrist, but got only sporadic relief. I foolishly turned to Scientology, and after scoring a “minus 90%” on the optimism-depression scale of their Oxford personality test, I was told that they had a cure and I would really be able to “go places” once they had repaired me. Further, that I had been a victim of psycho-quackery which would never help me (and they were right on this point), but now I had found the source of all healing. I signed up.
After a year of treatments, at $130 an hour, I took their test again and scored a “minus 95%”.
By their own measure, I was even more depressed. I asked,
What does Stephen Hoye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He keeps the listener interested, even when some details seem tedious.
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
It is simply amazing what can be achieved just with BS and PR.
Any additional comments?
Scientology's assertions, methods and planned responses to perceived threats make Bernie Madoff's scam appear downscale, friendly, and amateurish.
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