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Scientology: Abuse at the Top Audiobook

Scientology: Abuse at the Top

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Publisher's Summary

A former top insider reveals the nightmare world of violence and abuse at the highest levels of the Church of Scientology. One review states: "At home alone, a 14 year old girl takes a phone call from Scientology. This starts a quarter of a century journey of manipulation, betrayal and sexual, physical and mental abuse. This journey leads to the highest management echelon and one woman's courage to break free. A real page-turner." - Mark P. Another writes: "Amy Scobee has written a book unlike any other expose of Scientology. She actually was at the top of International Management for 20 years, and oversaw the recruitment of Hollywood stars into the Church of Scientology. She witnessed the abuse of top managers by their senior, David Miscavige. She writes convincingly of the human rights violations she endured while on the Rehabilitation Project Force, a thinly disguised slave labor camp. Her book is enjoyable to insiders and laymen alike, with a glossary of terms provided, and plentiful footnotes. This is an important contribution to understanding the controversy surrounding the Church of Scientology. The glaring spotlight eventually points to Abuse at the Top." - Michael H.

©2010, 2011,2012, 2013 Amy Scobee (P)2013 Amy Scobee

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    Tony Elgin, il, United States 08-22-13
    Tony Elgin, il, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Writing....fair narration."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Scientology: Abuse at the Top to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. Although I'm not sure that this book differs much from the written text.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book is told in 1st person so you follow her experiences.


    What three words best describe Danielle Plaso’s voice?

    Milena Markovna Kunis


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

    I follow the LRH legend like some people follow "Dexter" (and I follow him for the same reasons). This, like the Jenna Miscavige book follows a specific slice of time describing experiences of the author. If you want a fantastic overview look for Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. But if, like me, you want to drill down into experiences in the SO check out this one and Jenna's book.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader seems to have some difficulty with reading the text...maybe it's just under rehearsed. But lots of amateur emphasis, rhythm and pronunciation inconsistency.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christina North Arlington, NJ, United States 09-05-13
    Christina North Arlington, NJ, United States 09-05-13
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    "OMG the Narration!"

    Although I appreciate the inside information and the details of the struggles Amy Scobee went through and I really did want to enjoy this book, I could not get past the narrator. She actually mispronounced 'corps' as 'corpse'! She butchered the English language repeatedly and her phrasing was off by a mile. She also made everything sarcastic - I mean everything. It became very hard to listen to since I started to listen for mistakes instead of getting lost in the book.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Maija 11-06-13
    Maija 11-06-13
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    "Fascinating story - idiotic reader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but I'd urge them to wear a mouth-guard because teeth gnashing over the narration is inevitable.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Amy Scobee? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Danielle Plaso?

    Anyone who knows the word is SUPPOSEDLY, with a D, not "supposaBly." What is humorous is that the first time she says "supposably" is just after someone accuses the protagonist of being illiterate. It's the narrator's literacy skills I question. I can't believe no one else caught this and the audio book went on sale like this.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 08-22-13
    Amanda 08-22-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Horrible Narration-decent story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book was a fine "inside story". The writing however was hard to read- not because it was difficult but because it was so simple, full of sarcastic comments and name-calling. It was frustrating because the antics took away from the compelling story of the abuse at the hands of Scientology.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Amy Scobee? Why or why not?

    No. I think she has told her story as best she can


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Danielle Plaso?

    Anyone who can read a sentance without having to sound out each syllable.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    KB Massachusetts 04-15-15
    KB Massachusetts 04-15-15
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    "Ear Abuse"
    What disappointed you about Scientology: Abuse at the Top?

    The reader is annoying to the point of major distraction. I am normally accepting of the occasional error, but this is too much to ignore. I have heard Scobee speak, and this reader does her work and her story a disservice. Words are frequently mispronounced. Additionally, the reader often makes emphases that skew the meaning of a passage or are in the tone of a sarcastic and immature narrator. I hold Audible responsible for making sure that the quality of the reading is high in the books it sells. After all, that is the reason for buying from Audible. Hire someone else to read the book. Scobee would likely be the best choice.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Danielle Plaso’s performances?

    Absolutely not until she is carefully trained and supervised.


    Any additional comments?

    Scobee's story, like those of many other documented accounts, makes me disgusted that such an organization gets away with human rights abuses and is able to get the rest of us to subsidize their money-making schemes by allowing them tax-exempt status.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    cassandra 03-20-15
    cassandra 03-20-15 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Butchering Narration!!"
    Would you try another book from Amy Scobee and/or Danielle Plaso?

    I might read another Any Scobee book, but I most certainly would NOT listen to another narration from Danielle Plaso. Her narration makes it very hard to even follow the story. She butchers very syllable. I do not understand why she was chosen to read this, or any other book, to an audience. Her narration is cringe-worthy!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Danielle Plaso?

    Literally anyone else.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katie 02-06-17
    Katie 02-06-17
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    "I couldn't get past "Supposably""
    If you could sum up Scientology: Abuse at the Top in three words, what would they be?

    I'm about two-thirds of the way through the book now. The book is much less detailed than others I've listened to written by former scientologists. The storytelling is more emotionally detached than others as well- but that may just be the nature of the author. It makes it a bit more difficult to become invested, though. It does offer informational sidenotes in a different tone from the narrator that I found more distracting than helpful.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Danielle Plaso’s performances?

    No. The narrator's phrasing is strange and she's said "supposably" a few times now.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 01-30-17
    Amy 01-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Really hard to get past the narration "

    Interesting book but it is really hard to get past the poor narrative. Also the manner in which footnotes are described it a bit weird

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Buswell 01-20-17
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    "Read the book don't listen!"

    The narrator did a terrible disservice to the Author and her book. I can't believe that someone didn't catch how awful the narration was and get it under control. Scientology has so many groups CMO, WDC, etc. and for me personally it would have made much more sense if I could have had a book to physically look at and a list by me all the time of what all of those acronyms were short for. Buy the book or borrow from the library trust me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DeAndrea 06-11-16
    DeAndrea 06-11-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow"

    Do something about this abuse!!! So sad, same story. Horrible! More abusers and cover ups!

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  • AnneDriscoll
    3/25/17
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    "Boring"

    This book was chapter after chapter of boring monologue, I listened to four chapters & returned it, the book had no dept whatever, it seemed to me the author was cashing in on being an x member of this cult. Don't waste your money, there are far better, interesting & informative books on this subject available on audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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