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Michael's Book Babble

I'm an indie author and a scribbler of inane babble. I talk about books I've read/liked. Or at least, that's the plan.


Most of the reviews will be considered "mini-reviews." Usually, it's mostly my reaction to what I've been reading. There are people who are far better at doing full and helpful reviews. But I still have fun doing them, and hope you enjoy them!

Even crazier and more upsetting than the documentary

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief - Lawrence Wright

When I first saw the documentary, Going Clear, words couldn't explain my disbelief, anger, and fascination. Before the documentary, I'd always thought that Scientology was silly yet harmless. I had no idea the level of abuse, both physical and mental, that goes on behind the scenes. Celebrities are drawn in by exclusivity and by the time they learn the real story, they're already thousands+ dollars invested, years too. Not only that but the auditing programs where one has to make confessions can be used against them should they choose to abandon the church.


Of course, the church denies all of this.


Going Clear takes you even deeper into the madness and insanity. While the documentary was excellent, it was only--what--two hours? It could only cover so much.


I loved Wright's journalism in this. While indeed higher ups in the church deny all allegations, I never thought for a second that there was an agenda behind Wright's writing, other than to relay experiences from past members and whatnot.


No review of mine can do this justice. Seriously, you have to read it. Especially if you've seen the documentary.


The book paints an ugly, ugly picture. Yet we can't tear ourselves away from it, and even find ourselves more fascinated with the subject.


I listened to the audiobook, which was narrated by Morton Sellers. He does a fantastic job. While the material itself is truly engaging, a misplaced narrator could've made this a boring listen. Sellers didn't bore me for a second.


I can't recommend this enough.


5 stars