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  • Scientology: Abuse at the Top

  • By: Amy Scobee
  • Narrated by: Danielle Plaso
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Writing....fair narration.

  • By Tony on 08-22-13

Cannot recommend

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I wanted to like this book, I really did especially after seeing her and her Mom's beautiful story on Leah's show.
I am sad to say this is going to be returned because it was excruciatingly painful to listen to and what was shared wasn't memorable to me.
I adore all the ex-scientologists but cannot recommend this book or audiobook.
This is a difficult review because these stories are compelling and need to be heard.

  • The Church of Fear

  • Inside the Weird World of Scientology
  • By: John Sweeney
  • Narrated by: John Sweeney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

Tom Cruise and John Travolta say the Church of Scientology is a force for good. Others disagree. Award-winning journalist John Sweeney investigated the Church for more than half a decade. During that time he was intimidated, spied on, and followed, and the results were spectacular: Sweeney lost his temper with the Church's spokesman on camera, and his infamous 'exploding tomato' clip was seen by millions around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Church of Intimidation, Deviousness and Evil

  • By Audio Gra Gra on 05-29-16

Not just an exploding tomato :)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I really enjoyed this audiobook.

Having stumbled upon Leah Remini's book I have a developed an insatiable interest and compassion for those affected by such groups.

As a person with a print disability I cannot express how much hearing the author's own voice means to me. No one knows the story better and it's a much more natural flow and enjoyable experience.

I am touched by John's compassionate yet very strong and straightforward interviewing, asking questions we are all wondering and yet, he delves deeper. I had no idea what journalism experience he had prior to this and seeing the BBC's video online. Fascinating!

This is a book I am keeping and have listened to at least four times now. I find his reporting heartfelt, hard-lined, honest and humorous. I have much more respect and admiration for what journalists go through as they follow the truth.

I cannot imagine going through what he did in writing this! He has a strong, no nonsense voice, and, from what I hear, a heart of gold.

  • Barking up the Wrong Tree

  • The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong
  • By: Eric Barker
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,397

By looking at what separates the extremely successful from the rest of us, we learn what we can do to be more like them - and find out, in some cases, why it's good that we aren't. Barking up the Wrong Tree draws on startling statistics and surprising anecdotes to help you understand what works and what doesn't, so you can stop guessing at success and start living the life you want.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poorly written

  • By Dan_H. on 03-07-18

Believed the 5-star reviews

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-18

Listening to this was exhausting! I kept hoping it would end.

It was a monotonous, disjointed stream of "research", stories and other people's material.

The use of a colonoscopy as an illustration regarding pain was the last straw. Patients are given pain meds, so they do not feel anything! (And patients are purposely given an amnesia-like drug so they do not remember the procedure. Source: Dr. Michael Greger). Why in the world would the author fabricate this? Like so many other points, this was a huge, inaccurate, weird stretch.

I also did not care for his saying we too feel locked in, comparing us to the disabled man who was paralyzed for years. That felt like an inappropriate example and extremely disrespectful to those who actually experience this medical condition.

The book felt shallow, the rah-rah type of self-help book that doesn't actually help anyone but the author's and publisher's bottom lines.

Maybe it was just me, I really did not like this book and I am grateful audible allows returns.

As of this writing, on Amazon there are 526 reviews, 363 verified. You can draw your own conclusion from that.

  • Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families

  • By: Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families
  • Narrated by: Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families
  • Length: 22 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

The ACA Fellowship Text was anonymously written by ACA members and provides guidance on working the 12 -step ACA program, leading to recovery from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family. ACA WSO has adapted AA's steps (with permission from AA) to address the effects of childhood trauma and neglect and offer hope to ACAs worldwide.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent content, horrible voice

  • By Keystime45 on 02-14-16

Great material; intolerable narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-18

Hard hitting insight, information and experience about growing up in an alcoholic/dysfunctional home & healing.

  • The Three Commitments

  • Walking the Path of Liberation
  • By: Pema Chodron
  • Narrated by: Pema Chodron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

Tibetan Buddhism describes three gates that everyone must pass through on the road to spiritual liberation. With the Three Commitments, Pema Chodron brings her unique blend of insight and gentle instruction to guide practitioners through each of these thresholds as they seek the source of true happiness. As Pema explains, suffering arises when we resist the laws of impermenance-the fact that everything we know, including ourselves, will one day die.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent but incomplete

  • By Jo on 05-02-12

Returning due to poor sound quality

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-17

I adore Ani Pema and was really looking forward to this but am unable to finish it due to poor sound quality and not being able to make out what she's saying. I'm really surprised because both Pema and Sounds True are usually spectacular.

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,459

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

This book reads like a fake Amazon review

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-17

Clearly written by a Muskateer. The entire book is so *hugely* slanted I wondered about incentive; a free Tesla, money, stock?

It's unconscionable Musk isn't held accountable nor shows ANY remorse for being 'f-ing' verbally and psychologically abusive yet is lauded as though super human.

Change the world, Musk? Really? Change yourself, stop perpetuating cruelty and abuse while posing as the helpless victim. Amazing and pathetic one man can cause so much suffering; employees are not captive prey!

I am sorely disappointed as I LOVE biographies, but not this one. I bought the Audible version and will not make myself finish listening to it! I am grateful Amazon has returns/refunds on Audible!!!

  • Ask Him Why

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden, Nick Podehl, Scott Merriman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456

Ruth and her little brother, Aubrey, are just teenagers when their older brother ships off to Iraq. When Joseph returns, uninjured, only three and a half months later, Ruth is happy he is safe but also deeply worried. How can it be that her courageous big brother has been dishonorably discharged for refusing to go out on duty? Aubrey can't believe that his hero doesn't have very good reasons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ask him why?

  • By auntduke on 05-14-16

Ask her why....the distracting, irrelevant details

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-17

Didn't get past chapter five due to the irritating, irrelevant details. Based on glowing reviews I was sure I would love this story but found myself too distracted from overuse of details that didn't pertain to the story.

I kept wondering why certain details were included and who in the heck edited this thing! It harkens me back to junior high where our English teacher would have made dozens of red letter comments and strike throughs for such a long-winded attempt at story telling.

I will be returning this one. I'm glad it has meant something to others I felt, like someone once said, "Inside every fat book is a skinny one crying to come out."

Thanks for reading my less-than-glowing review.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Old Path White Clouds

  • Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha
  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 331

Old Path White Clouds presents the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha. Drawn directly from 24 Pali, Sanskrit, and Chinese sources, and retold by Thich Nhat Hanh in his inimitably beautiful style, this book traces the Buddha's life slowly and gently over the course of 80 years, partly through the eyes of Svasti, the buffalo boy, and partly through the eyes of the Buddha himself. Old Path White Clouds is destined to become a classic of religious literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breathtaking accomplishment!

  • By Karamelfun on 05-14-16

Captivating and beautiful book & narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-17

Beautiful and heartfelt which Thich Nhat Hanh is known for, I could not wait to hear the rest of it. This book was one that Amazon had on sale and I am grateful I purchased it, it is a beautiful gem that I will listen to over and over again. I thought the narration was a perfect match. Well done!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mood Cure

  • The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions - Today
  • By: Julia Ross
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

We're in a bad mood epidemic, but Julia Ross shows you how to rediscover your emotional well-being naturally.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative, no pdf's

  • By Amanda on 01-10-12

Painful to listen to, do your research!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-17

I was eager to listen to this book as someone online shared about it allegedly helping them with a health condition we both share.

I couldn't bear listening to the poorly researched nutritional facts...among other outrageous advice besides the supplements where no side effects are addressed, the author suggests to cook vegetables "glistening in butter or extra virgin olive oil" and I wanted to gag!

I stopped there and could not listen any longer.

The author isn't licensed as a physician nor even has a degree in nutrition!

I prefer Dr. Greger who, along with his team, read every article published articles from around the world that are written in English. His is a labor of love he doesn't even get paid for, offers free videos of his research as well as free monthly online Q & A.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful