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  • Beyond Belief

  • My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
  • By: Jenna Miscavige Hill
  • Narrated by: Sandy Rustin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,708

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology

  • By Tim on 02-07-13

Great story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-18

To be so young and have endured so much. This is proof that humans can always thing for themselves.

  • Ruthless

  • Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me
  • By: Ronald Miscavige, Dan Koon
  • Narrated by: Harvey Betancourt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 590

The only book to examine the origins of Scientology's current leader, Ruthless tells the revealing story of David Miscavige's childhood and his path to the head seat of the Church of Scientology, told through the eyes of his father. Ron Miscavige's personal, heartfelt story is a riveting insider's look at life within the world of Scientology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ruthlessly Honest ~ An Engrossing Read!

  • By susan rios on 05-05-16

Revealing and interesting

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Reviewed: 11-23-18

This is written from a thoughtful sincere man. The accountability that he accepts and points out are the most revealing. This is a great story.

  • Troublemaker

  • Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
  • By: Leah Remini
  • Narrated by: Leah Remini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,542
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,372
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,322

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is fascinating and funny! Fantastic!

  • By Kim on 11-04-15

Eye Opening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-18

This story is so incredible. But my favorite part about the entire story is the end. Leah is in her forties and realizes she is just now developing an open mind about the world and the things it has to offer and teach us.

  • Honor and Polygamy

  • By: Omar Farhad
  • Narrated by: Tom McElroy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Heartbreaking and timely novel by Afghan-American author follows one man's journey from New York to the clutches of the Taliban and into an unintentional polygamist union. Honor and Polygamy is far from simply a captivating fiction story, but is also a brilliant commentary on the United States' situation with Afghanistan. Farhad expresses his views on both the political and the cultural sides of Afghanistan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent captive story

  • By Alethia on 10-31-18

excellent captive story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-18

Excellent story. A ton of truth. The character was ever evolving. The author was sensitive to cultural emotions.

  • Angela's Ashes

  • By: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,347

Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic book *and* a classic audiobook

  • By Karen on 01-30-03

Irish reality

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Reviewed: 10-31-18

The narration was wonderful. The story being told just like a boy would sea it was absolutely hilarious.

  • North of Normal

  • A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both
  • By: Cea Sunrise Person
  • Narrated by: Cea Sunrise Person
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

In the late 1960s, riding the crest of the counterculture movement, Cea's family left a comfortable existence in California to live off the land in the Canadian wilderness. But unlike most commune dwellers of the time, the Persons weren't trying to build a new society - they wanted to escape civilization altogether. Led by Cea's grandfather Dick, they lived a pot-smoking, free-loving, clothing-optional life under a canvas tipi without running water, electricity, or heat for the bitter winters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • what a life

  • By Dr. on 04-12-18

Great Memoir

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Such a descriptive and child like memory. The words are captivating. This is a favorite.

  • Church of Lies

  • By: Paul T. Brown, Flora Jessop
  • Narrated by: Eve Bianco
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

"My name is Flora Jessop. I've been called apostate, vigilante, and crazy bitch, and maybe I am. But some people call me a hero, and I'd like to think they're right too. If I am a hero, maybe it's because every time I can play a part in saving a child or a woman from a life of servitude and degradation, I'm saving a little piece of me, too. was one of twenty-eight children born to my dad and his three wives."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique & raw story, best FLDS memoir

  • By Alexandra on 08-24-16

Strong heart

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This book flew by for me. Narration was great. The story was gripping. Thank you for sharing this story of your life.

  • A Piece of Cake

  • By: Cupcake Brown
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941

There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness. Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she'd even turned 20.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing , Brutal, Inspiring

  • By Kim on 07-02-10

Brutally real

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-18

The details are brutal but completely real. This memoir takes you into a very intense place. I say YEA for stamina.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,588
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,942
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,813

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Thank you for journaling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Incredible story. The journal entries were intriguing. The honesty of detail was painful but so well shared.

  • Girl Unbroken

  • A Sister's Harrowing Story of Survival from the Streets of Long Island to the Farms of Idaho
  • By: Regina Calcaterra
  • Narrated by: Rosie Maloney, Regina Calcaterra
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 381

They are five kids with five different fathers and an alcoholic mother who leaves them to fend for themselves for weeks at a time. Yet through it all, they have each other. Rosie, the youngest, is fawned over and shielded by her older sister, Regina. Their mother, Cookie, blows in and out of their lives "like a hurricane, blind and uncaring to everything in her path". But when Regina emancipates herself as a minor and escapes, her siblings are separated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving memoir

  • By Kate Ortman on 02-22-17

So engrossing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-18

If you want to share the struggles and toughness of a young woman, then read it. I have read both sisters books. They are both amazing strong people.