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Going Clear Audiobook

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

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Publisher's Summary

A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

At the book’s center, two men whom Wright brings vividly to life, showing how they have made Scientology what it is today: The darkly brilliant science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, whose restless, expansive mind invented a new religion. And his successor, David Miscavige - tough and driven, with the unenviable task of preserving the church after the death of Hubbard.

We learn about Scientology’s complicated cosmology and special language. We see the ways in which the church pursues celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and how such stars are used to advance the church’s goals. And we meet the young idealists who have joined the Sea Org, the church’s clergy, signing up with a billion-year contract.

In Going Clear, Wright examines what fundamentally makes a religion a religion, and whether Scientology is, in fact, deserving of this constitutional protection. Employing all his exceptional journalistic skills of observation, understanding, and shaping a story into a compelling narrative, Lawrence Wright has given us an evenhanded yet keenly incisive book that reveals the very essence of what makes Scientology the institution it is.

©2013 Lawrence Wright (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“Brings a clear-eyed, investigative fearlessness to Scientology . . . a rollicking, if deeply creepy, narrative ride, evidence that truth can be stranger even than science fiction." (The Washington Post)

“A hotly compelling read. It’s a minutiae-packed book full of wild stories.” (The New York Times)

“An utterly necessary story. . . . A feat of reporting.” (The Wall Street Journal)

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    La Suzy 05-16-16
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    "Scarier than I thought"

    Think you know everything about Scientology? Think again. This religion is scarier than I thought.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Luly 05-10-16
    Luly 05-10-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting and scary"

    I saw the documentary first but it awas still really eye-opening and scary. good job

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    MyPublicName British Columbia, Canada 12-29-15
    MyPublicName British Columbia, Canada 12-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Reaffirms what most know about this cult"

    Exhaustively researched, impeccably told. Those who insist Scientology has been warped by the "new" leadership and that LRH was onto something are delusional. This is very pseudo psychotherapy performed often by children lol. Then, add in the abuse (LRH sanctioned and gave guidelines to this abuse) and the wealth - this is a dangerous organization.

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    Robbi United States 12-21-15
    Robbi United States 12-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Disturbing and sad"

    this So called religion is an pathetic man's way of making himself feel important. David Muscavige is a deeply disturbed man , violent and sick. tom cruise is also a selfish man. I'm ashamed of them both and how self important they think they are. what a sad pathetic system.

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    Linda 12-03-15
    Linda 12-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    Where does Going Clear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Have read one other book about this matter "Troublemaker" Leader sounds like he has "short man syndrome" meaning he has to be a loud mouth and has a short temper to make up for his short status. No wonder he choose Tom Cruise as his 'boy toy' to show off; no one else as short as him.


    What other book might you compare Going Clear to and why?

    "The Trouble Maker" I haven't read any others yet.


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

    First time to hear him read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Most Expensive CULT


    Any additional comments?

    Last few minutes of the Book author discusses other religions such as Jim Jones, Waco, and others where the FBI is involved. Do they not care as much that much because of the 'stars in the church'. Maybe the stars are too scared to get out. "Brain washing". If the stars make great movies people are still going to love them no matter what the church tells us about them. People will take it with a grain of salt. We just don't care about there personal lives. To each his own. Public knows about a lot about them already. Let the tabloids have a field day and just get over it.

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    leelee8888 Las Vegas 11-29-15
    leelee8888 Las Vegas 11-29-15 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Loooong!!!"

    If you want an entertaining book on Scientology, then get the book from Leah Remini. This one will have you skipping chapters , it's really detailed.

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    Barzins 11-23-15
    Barzins 11-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very informative"

    I knew the Scientology people were a bit off. I didn't know how weird they were though until this book.

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    doug 11-22-15
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    "Great!"

    OMG! At times laughed out loud. Other times couldn't believe what was happening in story. Very well researched. That L. Ron was a character. Definitely recommend.

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    Sydney Kessell 11-18-15
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    "Interesting, but long"
    What made the experience of listening to Going Clear the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed it but had to stop half way through. Just too long for the time period I had to listen.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lawrence Wright? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What about Morton Sellers’s performance did you like?

    Good


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    Michael R. 11-01-15
    Michael R. 11-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    This was an amazing audio experience! I highly recommend! You learn in great detail the true nature of Scientology as told from those that were on the inside.

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