Going Clear Audiobook by Lawrence Wright

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Listen to this audiobook free with a 30-day trial. Go to http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Going Clear Subtitle: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief Author: Lawrence Wright Narrator: Morton Sellers Format: Unabridged Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins Language: English Release date: 01-17-13 Publisher: Random House Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3452 votes Genres: History, American 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-Qaedas 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 books 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 Scientologys 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 churchs goals. And we meet the young idealists who have joined the Sea Org, the churchs 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. Critic Reviews: 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. Its a minutiae-packed book full of wild stories. (The New York Times) An utterly necessary story. . . . A feat of reporting. (The Wall Street Journal) Members Reviews: Scared the Hell Out of Me This book should be required reading/listening. The book seems to be very even handed in that, even in the closing words, the author balances his findings with a response from the organization. Still, in spite of Church of Scientology denials, there is just too much evidence of very dangerous behavior. Germany got it right. You know, I am a little fearful in posting this because Scientology strikes me as so dangerous and vindictive. This is the Audible book I had to stop frequently because it is just so disturbing. Not for the Faint of Heart Any additional comments? I expected this work of non-fiction to be quite bizarre, and I wasn't disappointed. What I wasn't expecting, however, was the intense ugliness that characterized this cult and its founder. Though this book is very well researched and very well written, it is far from pleasant. It's information that needs to be made public, however, and I highly recommend it.The narrator, by the way, is very good. I have listened to several books read by him, and would gladly listen to more. Shockingly Great This was a great book. I really found myself unable to put this down. I somewhat expected a dry, one sided, hatchet job. Instead this was detailed story starting with the early life of the clearly troubled founder of Scientology and continuing to the present day.

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