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Blown for Good

Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology
Narrated by: Marc Headley
Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
5 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

As seen on the Emmy Award-winning TV show - Leah Remini - Scientology & the Aftermath

Nominated by Foreword Magazine as 2009 Book of the Year Award Finalist 

Marc Headley provides an insider's view of life as a member of Scientology's "Sea Organization". Marc worked at Scientology's secret desert compound, which houses all Scientology management, for 15 years. The 500-acre property is located deep in the California desert. The local townspeople were told lectures and films were made there. But is that all that was happening? It is the location of a multi-million-dollar home for L. Ron Hubbard, built two decades after his death. It is the home of Scientology's current leader, David Miscavige. 

So what really happens at the Int Base? Are the stories on the Internet true? How does Scientology conduct management of its day-to-day operations? Could stories of armed guards, weapons, staff beatings, and razor-wire fences be true? If so, how could a facility like this exist in modern-day America? 

Hundreds of staff tried to escape over the years. Some succeeded but were never seen or heard of again; most failed. Why were people kept here? What really went on at the headquarters of Scientology? This is the story of what happened behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology.   

"...the Scientology cult, is I guarantee you, a thousand times more bizarre than you could have ever imagined." (The John & Ken Show, KFI AM 640) 

"Headley's book also provides stunning material that has rarely been collected in one place...a damning account of life working for Scientology leader David Miscavige at the secretive desert base...." (Tony Ortega, The Village Voice

"Marc Headley, a former insider at the church, has written a tell-all book, called Blown for Good, about his 15 years of work with Scientology. And folks...you can't handle the truth...." (The Frisky)

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Easily the Best Scientology Book Out There

First things first, Marc isn’t a professional writer. Or a professional voice actor. And it’s unfair to expect that of him. So the pacing isn’t perfect and the reading isn’t going to win any Emmys. But a professional writer wouldn’t have had the life experience to recount such a screwed up, captivating set of events from working in what is basically a mini-North Korea for multiple decades. An hour or so in, and none of those initial perceived shortcomings mattered. I was hooked, it was impossible to put down, and in fact I didn’t for the 11-and-change hours it took to finish the day it came out

Anyone even vaguely interested in hearing about the inner workings of Scientology should give this a listen. Scientology tell-alls are an admittedly very narrow genre, but this is easily the top of that class

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Author reads the book!

I love listening to a first hand account read by the author. If you have read about Scientology in the past, you'll enjoy this one! if you haven't, I'd recommend Going Clear or Inside Scientology to get some of the lingo, as that could be confusing to the untrained ear.

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GO DEEP INSIDE THIS EVIL CULT + RECOMMENDATIONS

Marcs book is defiantly one of the very best out there as he takes you behind the doors and into the very heart of Scientology showing you all those details they try so very hard to keep hidden. It is guaranteed to shock, appall and leave you very angry that such a 'religion' is allowed to abuse so many people on mass shielded by the first amendment.

This book covers his life in the cult from the lowest positions to some of the highest giving him access to the leader David Miscavige, the dictator that rules over the cult as an emperor. The story he tells is what it's really like to work, day in and day out, in such a strange organization, from the lowliest laborer mucking out excrement in a Gold Base pond to what kind of luxuries the celebrities and high-ranking members enjoy. Tom Cruise amongst other celebs are exposed for their blinkered view of abuse and how they justify the subjugation of regular Scientologists to appalling abuses.

If you enjoy this do buy Leah Remini's book Troublemaker, also the book, Abuse at the Top by Amy Scobee. The reviews on this book are not the best as some complain about the narration, but is honestly not that bad, just check the sample. It is an important book as it goes to the very centre of the cult. Last but not least, Beyond Belief My Secret Life by Jenna Miscavige Hill, that is also a stunning book that is well worth a credit. If you enjoy Marc's book & want more check out the three listed here.

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Even better the second time

Glad this is on Audible now. I read the printed version a while back, and Mr. Headley did a great job as the narrator.

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Marc is a great storyteller!

The way Marc told his story pulled me in from the very beginning. I laughed and cried. Well, sobbed, really. I've listened to it many times. Marc is a great storyteller and I hope he keeps writing.

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Wow.

I really loved that the offer narrated this book, it added so much depth and emotion to his accounts.

It’s almost beyond belief such things are happening. It takes real courage to relive it all to address such a destructive force as this, for lack of a better term, cult.

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Awesome story of bravery

Loved it! Definitely good insight into the insane leader of Scientology, David Miscavige. Great Read

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  • 11-24-18

Fascinating Tale<br />

This first hand account of life at Scientologies Gold Base is eye opening. Enjoyed the author's narration.

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Good insider account

I’ve read or listen to many books about Scientology. This was one of the better audiobooks. As it’s told in his own voice. Of all the books I’ve listened to, this is the first one with a detailed account of life at INT Base.

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  • heather
  • San Mateo, CA, United States
  • 10-30-18

true escape

Marc Headley obviously wrote this without a ghost writer and seems to have read it for this audiobook in his strong SoCal intonation. Initially I felt both of those things were distracting and at times somewhat grating. After a few hours of the story, I changed my view. I then thought, if this guy had to 'live' under these horrific conditions for over 15 years of his adolescence and early adulthood, then he truly deserves to write his own damn book and read it any way he wants to. I have read many books on different cults, but Scientology has got to be in the top 3 of horribly demeaning brain washing cults there are. His true story is told in a frank and unemotional way that leaves the listener/ reader gasping "OMG" at the sheer inhumanity of this organization. He was somewhat high up and around a lot of the influential people including frequent interactions with the deranged David Miscavige, so he has great information about the way its run. A great listen and a great warning for anyone approached by a Scientologist - RUN!

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  • 09-05-18

Kirstie Alley recommended reading a book

Recently Kirstie Alley appeared on the UK version of celebrity big brother. One of the housemates asked about Scientology and she said the best way to find out is to read a book. so I chose this one and A to Xenu by Chris Shelton.

Wowsers what a heart breaking account of a total lack of humanity within a so called religion. I am shocked this treatment is allowed to go on in America.

Much love to Marc and Claire who believed in each other and who's love has stood the test of time.

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