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What is Scientology really? Behind the glossy logos and sleek advertisements and South Park parodies, what do Scientologists really believe and practice? Is it really a religion? Who was L. Ron Hubbard, and why did he start it in the first place? Is their technology for real or just so much New Age pseudoscience?

Former insider Chris Shelton grew up in Scientology and worked for it for 25 years. This critical analysis covers the key aspects of its beliefs, practices, and structure from the bottom to the top, including not just the confidential Xenu story but details of all of the upper-level scriptures. Chris goes into detail about what goes on inside Scientology churches, why its members get involved in the first place, and what it takes to get out should someone decide to leave.

An informative guide for anyone who has been involved with Scientology in the past as well as anyone who wants to understand what it's really all about.

©2015 Christopher Shelton (P)2016 Christopher Shelton

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Excellent & book with some technical problems

What made the experience of listening to Scientology: A to Xenu: An Insider's Guide to What Scientology Is All About the most enjoyable?

This is a straight forward book that works as both an introduction to the CoS or a companion piece to other books such as Going Clear or Inside Scientology.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chris (the author) comes off as informed & sincere. While this book is not about him or his journey out of Scientology, you can't help but rout for him.

Which scene was your favorite?

The chapter that breaks down the O.T. Levels is very interesting. I don't think that information has been presented so straight forward in any other book about Scientology.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

As started above. The O.T. Level information is very interesting.

Any additional comments?

There are some real problems with the production value of this audiobook that I think need to be addressed. During several parts of this book the narrator will stop mid-sentence & say "again", then reads the line over again. Clearly these were just messed while editing the audiobook together. Not a big deal but still it happens quite a bit. To the point of being distracting. Would love to have this corrected at some point.

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Good stuff about LRH's destructive cult.

This is the 7th anti (or rather the trurh about) Scientology book I've listened to since I watched Going Clear the movie. I learned a few new things in this one. I love learning about destructive mind-control cults like Heaven's Gate, The People's Temple and the Church of Scientology.

Welcome back to the land of the WOGs, Chris!

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Great book for learning the sausage making of Scientology.

Listened to the book twice. He is very knowledgable about the intricate workings of Scientology. Kept my interest from beginning to end.

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Everything you wanted to know about Scientology

Chris Shelton tells a compelling story about his 25 years in Scientology.
What I really like about this book is his insightful knowledge of the theory or dogma of this orginisation. It really is an A to Xenu guide to Scientology. Anyone who enjoyed the Going Clear book and documentary will enjoy this book. Wonderful narration by the author himself.

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Very thorough

I thought I knew so much but learned so much from listening to this in depth study of Scientology. I was never a member but am fascinated by this subject matter. Chris Shelton did a fine job on his first book. I hope this book will be followed up by many more. Clear narration as well.

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Awesome

This book has an amazing way of presenting what it is like to be a scientologist. Chris's story gives you an in depth look into the cult. I'd recommend this book to everyone.

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Worth reading due to high levels of information.

Chris obviously isn't a narrator, and some of his points are a bit dubious or too subjective; some things worked for him, but may not be universal tools for escaping a cult, the authors like Lifton that he does suggest are better in that aspect, but there are no universals here. Some people have no family or friends and are too neurotic to even ask anyone; these folks are doomed to endless depression. I know no way to help those people. Besides that this read is jam-packed with very accurate information on what Scientology was, and is now. From its inception to the state of the non-church today under David Miscavage. This book pulls no punches; though I do feel he should have delved deeper into the physical abuse. However there is no source I know of better on the whole track of books when it comes to Scientology doctrine, and I've read them all I'm sure: Madman or messiah, Abuse at the top, my billion year contract, troublemaker, ruthless, inside Scientology, piece of blue sky, going clear, counterfeit dreams, fair game, the unbreakable miss lovely, unbelievable, blown for good, and my favorite the church of fear (because John Sweeney narrated it), none of them to reiderate have anything on this book when it comes to Scientology doctrine. What more can I say.

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ok book

good book but background noise little destracting. voices and what sounded like a bird. but great info

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Very Insightful

I watch all his YouTube videos and find that he is very good at conveying the information. I am obsessed with the subject of Scientology and can't wait to see the end of this destructive cult.

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Informative and Fair

The book covers each topic with facts and when the author has an opinion or is describing a personal experience he describes them as such. I would highly recommend this book to people who are interested in cults or fringe groups.

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  • Samuel Green
  • 07-06-17

not a good book.

I will keep this short and sweet.

the narration is terrible, it sounds like it is read by a middle aged man who is trying to sound like a Californian Cheerleader. I kept expecting to get used to it but did not.

Mr Shelton go to great lengths to constantly remind us that Scientology is a cult and a scam. Where he used to belive it, it appears it has not quite sunken in that most people do not and he must have mentioned these points hundreds of times throughout the book in a desperate bid to help us 'see the light'

The book is generally poorly written and sounds like it has been made up on the spot.

only plus points, it does go into reasonable detail so you will likely learn something, although in my case not a lot. Also Mr Shelton appears to be a low level ex member so has a slightly different perspective from other higher ranking defectors/authors unfortunately this was not explored enough.

Unless you have read or listened to every other scientology book and this is the last one on your list I recommend you give it a wide birth.

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  • S Wood
  • 11-10-16

Illuminating book about Scientology

If you want a non-sensational book to tell what Scientology is like, the basic beliefs, history etc this book is spot on. You get a human story without tabloid headlines that explains Scientology and how to help those leaving the cult and other cults as well. Very thought provoking. The author has a lovely reading voice.

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  • Steven
  • 12-04-16

A great book about this secretive group!

If you've ever wondered about Scientology than this is the book for you! I'd read and listened to a lot of materials about Scientology before starting this book, so I wasn't sure how much I'd actually get from it. However once I got past the point where the book introduces basic Scientology concepts to readers and starts into the real meat and potatoes of Scientology beliefs, it became a real page turner! Even after the amount of material I've read about Scientology I learned a hell of a lot from this book. The chapters about KSW and the OT materials are worth the price of the purchase alone! Chris has a way of drawing together heaps of Scientology concepts and explaining them in a way that I hadn't considered before, so even as a seasoned Scientology watcher I learned a lot about the group. This book is a purchase I'll never regret!

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