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In 2006, Forbes magazine ranked Tom Cruise as the most powerful celebrity in the world. With three Golden Globe awards, three Academy Award nominations, and 27 films with an average box office gross of nearly $100 million, People magazine's choice for the "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1990 is unquestionably one of the biggest movie stars of our time.

He has also become one of the most controversial, for his outspoken championship of Scientology, for his criticism of Brooke Shields for turning to the "Nazi science" of psychiatry for help with postpartum depression, and for the time in 2005 when he jumped on Oprah Winfrey's couch proclaiming his love for Katie Holmes. But for all the headlines and the rumors swirling around him, the real Tom Cruise has remained surprisingly hidden: until now.

For two years, acclaimed investigative journalist Andrew Morton has been uncovering the true story of Tom Cruise: from his days as bullied "little Tommy Mapother", to his early stardom, to his romances, and his increasingly public involvement in the world of Scientology. With new sources and exclusive interviews, Morton brings us never-heard revelations about the private, sometimes shocking world of Tom Cruise.

©2008 Andrew Morton (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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An In-depth Analysis of Tom Cruise & Scientology!

Although I have idolized Tom Cruise for decades, and have even published numerous commentaries defending his antics over the years, I recommend that people take a look at this excellent biography.

Presuming that Andrew Morton, his publisher, and attorneys did their homework, I learned many disturbing things about Cruise and Scientology for the first time. I also enjoyed many of the tidbits that Morton provides from at least one Cruise family member, teachers, girlfriends, and others.

Although the book is very tough on both Cruise and Scientology, it is a must for any die-hard Cruise fan or anyone interested in getting the inside scoop about Scientology.

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Interesting

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in Cruise's involvement in Scientology. This is the reason I purchased it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Scientology

What about John Hinch’s performance did you like?

It was good

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I continued to be appalled at the abuses and teaching of Scientology. and the bizarre behavior of Cruise.

Any additional comments?

If you have read "Going Clear" and want to find out more of why Cruise thinks the way he does, and behaves in such an arrogant manner, this is a good read.

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extremely insightful!

Extremely insightful and accurate according to ex-scientologists that's read this. Definitely a must read! Easy-read!

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Interesting

Let me first say. I am it a Tom Cruise fan. I think he an amazing actor. But as a person ahhhhh I think we don't see things the same way in life. It was an interesting insight to whom he is as an actor, friend and husband. Good read

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Disapointing

I am a fan of Andrew Morton's and was looking forward to this book. The whole thing seems strangely uninteresting, and it never made me feel as though I learned anything about Tom Cruise. I thought the writing was disjointed. It doesn't even mention that Tom and Nicole were divorcing, and then all of the sudden mentions that they were divorced? Not worth the time.

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Pronunciation is key

If you are going to narrate a book or produce an audio book, learn how to pronounce the names you are speaking. David Miscavige's name is butchered through the entire book. When you butcher the name of someone so central to the story, it diminishes the credibility of the book. I am not a Scientologist but found the obvious error really distracting.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Anna
  • Plantation, FL, United States
  • 02-15-18

Are you sure the prononciation is correct?..

That’s not how you say “Miscavige”! Normally I feel like it’s fair to be all “tomatO, tomAto”, but I have heard enough people pronounce it to know this is waaaay off. The main thing is that it sounds humorous, and almost mocking. Otherwise, a pretty concise bio.

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Good but with mispronunciation

Good book overall. The mispronunciation of "Miscavige" is annoying. Gives an interesting perspective to the reason for cruise's commitment to Scientology

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  • Laura
  • MORRISTOWN, NJ, United States
  • 09-27-16

Unauthorized biography, Were was the gossip?

I won't ed some great gossip on Tom Cruises life something new that I mite not have heard before. Short novel that rehash all the old gossip that I already knew,Boring.

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  • EHB
  • Pearland, Texas USA
  • 07-22-16

Just OK!!

I did not read the reviews prior to buying the book, but I wish I did because I may have not bought it. I am not sure I have much more to add than what has been said already. I too HATED the way he jumped from Nicole to Penelope, no discussion about the divorce, why, what do people think was the reason, etc. The mis-pronunciation of David Miscavige's name is absolutely BRUTAL to listen to, just painful! I was so irritated by it and hoped he would just start calling him David, but no, first and last name every single time.
As for the Scientology part, I did not find it to be that inaccurate. I listened to Leah Remini's book (GREAT BOOK) and she goes into great detail about growing up in the cult. It seemed to line up and in fact she spoke of many of the same events covered in this book.
Now this is the abridged version so maybe that is why it feels like there was much left out.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful