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Beyond Belief Audiobook

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Non-Fiction, 2014

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.

In this tell-all memoir, Jenna Miscavige Hill, a prominent critic of Scientology who now helps others leave the organization, offers an insider's profile of the beliefs, rituals, and secrets of the religion that has captured the fascination of millions, including some of Hollywood's brightest stars such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

©2013 Jenna Miscavige Hill (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    War Eagle Mary Alabama 05-31-16
    War Eagle Mary Alabama 05-31-16

    Interested in True Crime mostly, however, I have been known to vary with other true stories (i.e. Hellhound) & an occasional fiction piece

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    "Informative"
    Where does Beyond Belief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was interesting and informative. It is not my usual choice but it definitely kept me interested. I hope to find more books written with this style.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The realism.


    Have you listened to any of Sandy Rustin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I had no listened to any others but I will certainly consider more of her work.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone that would like more information into Scientology. I had no interest but now I feel more informed.

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    Rev. David B. Smith Dulwich Hill, New South Wales Australia 05-31-16
    Rev. David B. Smith Dulwich Hill, New South Wales Australia 05-31-16 Listener Since 2009
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    "A must read for anyone who wants to know the truth about Scientology"

    The story is a little over-drawn at times but it certainly leaves the reader with a detailed understanding of the inner workings of this organisation- its corruption and cruelty

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    Kim M. San Antonio, Texas 05-27-16
    Kim M. San Antonio, Texas 05-27-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Worth the listen!"

    Not knowing anything about scientology or of the story of Jenna Miscaviage, I had no idea the depth this book would have. I'm glad I gave this well rated book a chance and am no longer ignorant about the people who believe in this so called religion. I have such a respect now for the people who manage to pull themselves out of the churches grip!

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    kimberly 05-23-16
    kimberly 05-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating"

    Purely captivating! She explains this in a way that non scientoligists can understand. Sad that she spent much of her life held captive but at least she got out

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    Kristina C. Arnold Fresno, Ca 05-11-16
    Kristina C. Arnold Fresno, Ca 05-11-16

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    "Very interesting"

    This is by far the most in depth look at the church of Scientology. It's just truly beyond belief. The best thing we can do as the public is arm ourselves with knowledge against predatory organizations.

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    Teresa Villagrana 05-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Scientology story"

    I have read quite a few stories of people's life in Scientology and but never so young and tied to the corrupt leader directly. Thank goodness this story ended with escape but how many people are trapped in this cult. Hollywood rich should be ashamed to support child labor and abuse. Thank you for being strong Jenna and telling your story. Great book

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    M. Ward Texas 05-10-16
    M. Ward Texas 05-10-16 Member Since 2015

    Costume drama queen

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    "Enlightening"

    While this wasn't *quite* as entertaining as Leah Remini's book, I found it just as enlightening and disturbing. It's beyond my comprehension that people actually believe this is somehow a church, much less a religion. After listening to both books, it's obvious now what Cruise meant when he made the statement regarding his split with Nicole Kidman-that it was due to "reasons which are well known to her". Thank God she and Katie got the Hell out. David Miscavige suffers from Little Man Syndrome, much like Tom Cruise, making them twin sons of different mothers.
    The narration took me by surprise-she sounded like a 12 year old girl-but I eventually got used to the sweet voice.

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    Faith 05-08-16
    Faith 05-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fascinating inside look of Scientology"

    It's hard to believe that one could be brainwashed to this degree. Such an abuse of authority!

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    tweety09 05-05-16
    tweety09 05-05-16

    Follow different genres in my selection of books. Like mysteries of all kinds. Absolutely love audio books.

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    "Inspiring!"

    I am glad Jenna had the courage to write this book. I have often wondered how scientology really worked behind closed doors.
    Sandy Rustin is a great narrator. Very clear and easy to follow along with.
    I highly recommend that everyone read this account of scientology. It is an eye opener into their world.

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    Luly 05-05-16
    Luly 05-05-16 Member Since 2017
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    the story told by Jenna Miscavige is intence and it kept me reading no stop

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  • Nigel
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    4/13/13
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    "Fascinating"

    An engaging insight as to how someone, born into a belief system, struggled with what was dissonant between the faith and the realities she observed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "Enjoyable insight into the closest ranks"
    Would you listen to Beyond Belief again? Why?

    There's a lot of info to take in initially but it was a fascinating story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Get to see behind the curtain of the highest ranks and family of the leadership of the 'church' and how twisted and manipulative it is.


    Which character – as performed by Sandy Rustin – was your favourite?

    Lead character


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Impossible to listen to in 1 go ... too much to take in ... but i found it easy to pickup and put down again


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah lane
    England
    4/10/15
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    "Repetitive.."

    I enjoyed the book at first, fascinating subject but I found it a bit too long.
    Jenna had a horrible childhood and
    so do many other children of scientology shockingly so.
    There was a lot of repetition about sessions ect.. had to skip a few of the last chapters because they were the same things over and over!
    The narration was superb though and it got me through the ironing nicely.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Countess_Dracul
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    4/2/15
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    "The most riveting book I've listened to in ages!"

    An absolutely riveting book, and mind boggled that this actually happened to someone. The idea that no one stepped in to help is as shocking as what the "church" actually did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Minna
    10/15/16
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    "Worth the listen"

    The narrator does a fair job narrating the book, but can at times come of sounding a bit childish.
    The story is mostly compelling, but still left me a bit disappointed, i dont know what i expected (probably more of an exposé) but the story is perhaps so centret around the "me" that the bigger picture gets neglected.
    Despite this complaint, its worth a listen for everyone interested, perplexed, intrigued by the harrowing scientology.

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  • Emma Jones
    Brighton
    10/3/16
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    "Interesting but annoying"

    Jenna Miscavige is uniquely placed to give an insight into the controversial and poorly understood world of Scientology and from reading this book my understanding increased hugely. I listened to the whole thing and did enjoy it overall.

    However, I am not sure how much was related to the narration and how much was from the underlying writing but the tone could become quite annoying. I felt like parts of it were her saying 'well I was just too pretty and too kind and everyone was so mean to me.' Of course this is an exaggeration and no doubt what she went through was far from a normal childhood but I do think the book could have benefitted from a bit of a wider perspective and less of a focus on little incidents that happened to her that are read in a tone of shock at how anyone could treat her like that. I think it actually detracts from the unusualness of what happens as she often comes across as any child would taking about the 'terrible' things their teachers or brothers and sisters did to them.

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Scientology but just be aware that it is, as I'm sure it was intended to be, very much a personal tale of what she went through rather than a well researched and written work on Scientology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    London, United Kingdom
    12/16/15
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    "The Emperors new clothes"
    What made the experience of listening to Beyond Belief the most enjoyable?

    The honesty.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond Belief?

    All of it!


    Any additional comments?

    It is a worry that the US government gives such an organisation religious status.<br/><br/>Surely they are perpetuating the myth and causing more suffering. Religion is simply a way to numb the brain for the pain which follows.<br/><br/>You can apply pretty much all of the principles of what happened to this young girl/lady to all religions, but obviously at different levels. <br/><br/>Religion is abuse. This is just one lens into one of the most abusive.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    Newbridge, Ireland
    12/30/13
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    "Incredible insight into life as a young scientolog"
    Would you listen to Beyond Belief again? Why?

    No. I never listen to books a second time.


    What other book might you compare Beyond Belief to, and why?

    None and feel no need to explain myself


    Which character – as performed by Sandy Rustin – was your favourite?

    Ridiculous question - did you listen to the book ?


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

    Many


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, as I was saying this book provides an excellent insight into the life of a young child growing up in the Church of Scientology. I was with the author all the way as the story is told in the first person right up to the last couple of chapters when her own credibility in her own words began to wane. Things like "I had to tell him the truth otherwise I would be deceiving him". This was given as the rationale for lying to someone else in the next breath. It all added up to the tagline "...and my harrowing escape.." being a large stretch when in actuality it would appear she stayed of her own volition (by her own words) because she was comfortable, everything was provided for her and the world out there was scary (even if her own parents were out there waiting for her). Several statements after that did not add up to a cohesive picture. "Had to sign a statement saying I would not publish" despite being out of the church with no apparent pressure on her, then published. Clearly she did not have to sign that statement as she stated at the time she had no intention of abiding by it. A few things like that went to the core of the author's credibility. Despite these this is a fascinating and interesting insight into the appalling practices of the so-called Church, the wrath that they visit on their own people, the sheer fairy stories they tell, the intimidation and car following and overall an excellent listen from Audible.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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