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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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Utterly Jaw Dropping

I had little to no knowledge of Scientology outside of what is heard in the news, and found this book riveting, astonishing, well crafted, and informational. I found myself multiple times talking out loud to the ‘book’ - with phrases along the lines of ‘Are you kidding me?!’ . Jenna is a brave woman and I’m so happy that she’s found both family and happiness outside the ‘church’.

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  • DK
  • 10-01-17

Intimate & Rare Look-Raised/Escaped Scientology 😯



Jenna Miscavage Hill is the niece of the leader of Scientology, David Miscavage. She details her life, her experiences and, most importantly, her relationships within and outside of Scientology. Miscavage's 180° change in the treatment of his niece. Miscavage Hill's parents joining Scientology, leaving Scientology and the extreme 'pendulum swing' and their relationships with their children. There are numerous accounts of Miscavage Hill's personal relationship accounts, as well as the relationships of other Scientologists that she observed.

Miscavage Hill has amazing empathy for someone who was forced and indoctrinated at such a young age. Her warmth throughout and after her 'escape' is very admirable, to say the least.

Sandy Rustin captures all of the emotion without judgment in her performance. Her voice is strong, soft, angry, happy, etc. as Miscavage Hill's experience is written. An absolutely outstanding voice performer, 5 stars worthy.

This book captures Jenna Miscavage Hill's life experience in a very detailed account. This, along with Rustin's performance makes this an overall 5 star rated book. Disturbing? Yes. Credit worthy? Absolutely.


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  • Ali
  • Cincinnati OH USA
  • 09-27-15

Interesting read.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would if I have a friend who was considering joining the Church of Scientology! ~ Otherwise, probably not.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I have read several books / memoir / Bio's etc. on persons who were members of the "church" of Scientology (in addition to other books were Americans were captivated by the surface philosophies of a charismatic Leader - i.e. Jim Jones) and I am always blown away by the courage it takes for individuals to leave that which has become comfortable.<br/><br/>Nevertheless, as incredible as Ms. Miscavige Hill's experiences were as a member of the Sea Org., I felt there was important elements missing from the book.<br/><br/>This is not to put blame on the Author, - after all, she spent her entire life learning how NOT to express herself.<br/><br/>So although her story in interesting, it is missing that something that helps readers identify with what it must have been like.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

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The things we didn't know.

I knew the claims to scientology being a cult, but hearing it from someone who grew up in its most inner parts was astonishing. It's a good listen to understanding the truth behind it.

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Unbelievable that this is nonfiction

At times I had to remind myself that these events actually happened and were not the invention of a writer, except of course, for the cause of it all.

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  • LillyO
  • Idaho Falls, ID USA
  • 04-09-15

What were her parents thinking?

If you could sum up Beyond Belief in three words, what would they be?

Disturbing, difficult, real.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jenna and her brother

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

No, it was too hard to do so.

Any additional comments?

Well-written and insightful. Shows that free thought can win and it is a testament to how intelligent Jenna is. <br/><br/>I know this is critical. I admit that. But I was left infuriated and wondering what her parents were thinking. They abandoned their children. They didn't seem interested in raising them. I understand they thought, on one hand, it was "for the greater good," but these were their children. I know this probably reveals a great deal about me (and my thoughts on my own childhood), but wow. Just wow. I had to stop listening several times out of flat-out rage.<br/><br/>What is David Miscavige (and his anti-child antics) thinking? As this story shows, a basic "truth" about religion is having and raising children in the church is easier to sustain membership than recruitment and fear. Strange, strange, strange "religion."

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  • Chuck
  • Nashville, TN United States
  • 03-28-15

Crazy life. must hear to believe.

I could not stop listening and ended up listening to other bioks about those who have "escaped".

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Excellent Informative Book!

Although it is evident that the author is not a professional writer....this book is filled with a lot of great information and does leave you wanting to hear/read more!

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Great Important Story, Slightly Childlike Delivery

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

Absolutely recommended. It's a gripping and insightful story that gives a believable look inside Scientology and the ability of cults to convince people that really strange and appalling things are normal. If you were ever curious about what happens on the inside, this will definitely scratch that itch.

Any additional comments?

Reads just a little like a high school report, but this doesn't take away from the experience and maybe even adds a little contextual texture to it. However I will say that by the end I never wanted to hear the word "as" again.

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Great book, touching story, great narrator

What does Sandy Rustin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It's like living the story. Not only is the recording spot-on, but the narrator speaks clearly and conveys all the correct emotions at the right times.

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