Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

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The former "King of Queens" star recounts her life, her success in Hollywood, and her time with the Church of Scientology.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2015.
ISBN: 9780451482457
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Mar 25, 2019

I listened to this on audio and it was fabulous. I loved Leah's banter. It was like we were sitting on the couch talking about our lives... but she did all the talking. However be aware you does curse, that I did enjoy though. It was interesting listening to the leading up to Scientology and all that went on for her. I enjoy her show The After Math, so reading let you dive in a little deeper and more on a personal level

JCLMeganK Feb 13, 2019

I've been curious about Scientology for awhile, but knew nothing besides the rumors that Scientology is a cult and often recruits celebrities. Likely similar to many other people, I discovered Leah Remini through the show King of Queens, and when I saw she wrote a book about her life through Scientology I was intrigued. If you enjoy audio books, I highly recommend this selection; it really feels like Remini is in the room telling you a story. She does a great job of describing the allure of the Church, which later helps the reader understand the rest of her experience. Fascinating and terrifying, I learned a lot from this book and gained a new perspective on human interactions.

Aug 12, 2018

Recommend. I thought this was interesting, learning about Scientology and how someone could get sucked in.

Feb 11, 2017

I love Leah Remini, and I'm obsessed with her A&E TV exposing the evils of Scientology. A friend who also enjoys the TV show told me that I simply HAD to listen to the audiobook of Troublemaker which is read by Remini, and I'm so glad she recommended the audio. I love listening to Remini's snarky tone and charming accent.

ArapahoeJillA Aug 04, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, narrated by Leah herself. She brought her stories to life in a way no other narrator possibly could. I loved learning more about Scientology and all the craziness it entails. If you don't mind a bit of foul language, this book is well worth a listen to (or I'm sure a "read" too).

Nov 12, 2015

Less than 24 hours. That is how long it took me to finish Leah Remini's book Troublemaker. I chose listen to the audio book for various reasons and I am so glad I chose the audio route. It is actually read by Leah Remini herself! Every smart-ass comment, every bitchy tone of voice, every angry accusation she makes, all of it is wholly felt when you listen to this book read by the author that wrote it. I can't imagine experiencing this book any other way.
I am not what I would describe as a Leah Remini "fan". I mean, sure, I remember watching her on Saved By The Bell and a few other parts she had in various movies. I have honestly never watched an entire episode of The King of Queens or Dancing With The Stars. I will occasionally stop flipping through channels and watch her TLC show Its All Relative because I do find her funny, outgoing, beautiful, and a little bit crazy.
Remini's book is is a no nonsense, no bull, no excuse account of her life, both as a child and adult, in the world of Scientology. She describes how she was brought into the cult, what she had to endure as a child and teenager in the Sea Org, and her life as a married woman & mother as a church member. She was a woman who devoted her entire life to the belief system that Scientology and Diantics founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote in all of his books.
The way she tells her life story is such an honest, hilarious and shocking story that I was immediately sucked in. The entire book is not about blaming the church, but rather she explains (in her no-holds-barred attitude) why she made the life choices she made. She goes into exquisite detail on the reasons behind her departure from the church. She even lets readers know her emotions and feelings throughout the different times of her life. She explains what her mindset was that made her both stay and ultimately decide to leave.
Although she claims that she no longer believes in the entire cult, she is very detailed in stating why she left. Greedy, money-hungry, and abusive (both verbally and physically) higher ups in the church made her start to question her beliefs. She claims that thier actions and behavior no longer aligned with the teachings of L.R.H.. It is something I could relate to, since I spent the first 17 years of my life deeply involved in a non-denominational Christian megachurch. It made me realize that organized religion can quickly turn into a horrific, overpowering nightmare in a person's life. It doesn't matter if a person believes in God, Allah, Buddha, Joseph Smith, or Thetans, any church has the power to ruin lives and families if the people in charge are corrupt.
I do feel like Remini gave a truthful account in this memoir. She doesn't hold back. She tells it like it is. She doesn't play the victim but rather fully confesses to the awful things she has done and takes full accountability for the bad decisions she has made.
This is a great read for those who are interested in Scientology. If you haven't previously read or learned the basics of Scientology beliefs, you might be a bit lost, as Remini explains the very basics. I would suggest Going Clear or Beyond Belief be read before diving into this book since those two books give much more detail into the church. Still, this is a 5-star read for me!


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