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review 2017-04-20 04:27
The Cult of Scientology
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology - Leah Remini

I listened to the audibook.  Leah Remini narrates the book and her New York accent is prevalent throughout the book.  

 

The book is disturbing and Remini injects humor throughout and at times it is funny.

 

This book is consistent with other books about Scientology I have read.

 

Scientology is a cult, plain and simple.  

 

I definitely recommend this book.  

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review 2017-03-11 19:36
Scientology is Ruthless
Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me - Harvey Betancourt,Ronald Miscavige,Dan Koon,-Macmillan Audio-

I listened to the audio book and it is interesting.  While I disagree the Scientology is a Religion I do like that Ron Miscavige believes life is about helping others.

 

Many of the stories in this book are consistent with, "Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secret Religion" by Janet Reitman.

 

The things that the Church of Scientology does to keep people trapped, extort money from them, and "disconnect" from their families is absurd and I really don't understand how people get mixed up in this in the first place.

 

This book is pretty eye-opening and I recommend it.  

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review 2017-01-24 18:59
Troublemaker
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology - Rebecca Paley,Leah Remini

I started watching Leah Remini’s documentary on A&E about Scientology and have been fascinated with it. I have a self-admitted fascination with how different faiths work, especially those of a more controversial nature. It was what led me to the library to find this book. And I haven’t been able to put it down since.

 

One of the things I most appreciate about this book is that Remini doesn’t try to portray herself as anyone other than who she is. She doesn’t clean it up for a book. She presents her story as if she were telling it to you over a cup of coffee, f-bombs and all. And she presents it with truth and honesty, not only describing her issues with the church, but putting her faults and those of her loved ones with equal measure. There are no holds barred and that really gave legitimacy to what she had to say.

 

The book is about her experience with Scientology and that with Hollywood. For her, the two experiences have been largely entwined. There really was no line separating Scientology from any other part of her life. Her career, her family, her friends, even her marriage… all highly dictated and controlled by her church. It is an eye-opening read.

 

Overall:  No matter what your personal thoughts or beliefs, this is a fascinating read. It is honest, deep, and sometimes very dark. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for an intense personal story.

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review 2016-11-15 22:10
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology - Rebecca Paley,Leah Remini

I should shelf this book in the horror section... I don't understand how in the world this cult still exists, it is crazy. Why would people go into this willingly? It is totally wacko, and their representatives are even more wackos. That Tom Cruise is some case. Should be in a mental institution. He is lucky he is charismatic. But damn, I will never see him with the same eyes again. Not that I liked him before, I have always sensed some weird vibes from him, but then, he is charming. Seems like behind that charming smile hides a monster-kid, ugh.

The whole concept of Scientology is scary and crazy; are we living in the past? How can people still be on this when they are forced to pay thousands of $$, be humiliated (like, being forced to clean public bathrooms with a toothbrush, or being punched repeatedly??) and controlled by other people? Who the hell are these "representatives" to demand money and personal secrets and then, silence? And the rest all keep quiet and pay and, if demanded to, are willing to erase a loving one (a friend, a family member) as he/she has never existed, only because said person is a SP ("Suppressive Person", or someone who is against the "church") or else. What. This is freakishly scary. And nuts.

It is a very interesting book (I was not familiar with Leah Remini before this, but I liked her personality, straightforward and blunt). There are hundreds of acronyms and special names given by this cult; it was a bit overwhelming and sometimes confusing. I have millions of questions currently, so now I am spending my time googling about Shelly Miscavige, and David Miscavige and Crazy Psycho Tom Cruise and the likes.

Recommended. It is informative, in regards to celebrities and Scientology (juicy stuffs) and it is very short (the last 30 pages or so are just photos). Now I am going to dig more into Scientology cult story if I can.

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text 2016-11-01 22:05
Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me by Ron Miscavige, narrated by Harvey Betancourt
Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me - Harvey Betancourt,Ronald Miscavige,Dan Koon,-Macmillan Audio-

 

DNF at 30%. I don't like this man and I don't like this book. I want to give it two stars, but maybe it gets better? I don't feel that's fair after listening to only 30%, so DNF it is.

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