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Publisher's Summary

What is Scientology really? Behind the glossy logos and sleek advertisements and South Park parodies, what do Scientologists really believe and practice? Is it really a religion? Who was L. Ron Hubbard, and why did he start it in the first place? Is their technology for real or just so much New Age pseudoscience?

Former insider Chris Shelton grew up in Scientology and worked for it for 25 years. This critical analysis covers the key aspects of its beliefs, practices, and structure from the bottom to the top, including not just the confidential Xenu story but details of all of the upper-level scriptures. Chris goes into detail about what goes on inside Scientology churches, why its members get involved in the first place, and what it takes to get out should someone decide to leave.

An informative guide for anyone who has been involved with Scientology in the past as well as anyone who wants to understand what it's really all about.

©2015 Christopher Shelton (P)2016 Christopher Shelton

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A great book about this secretive group!

If you've ever wondered about Scientology than this is the book for you! I'd read and listened to a lot of materials about Scientology before starting this book, so I wasn't sure how much I'd actually get from it. However once I got past the point where the book introduces basic Scientology concepts to readers and starts into the real meat and potatoes of Scientology beliefs, it became a real page turner! Even after the amount of material I've read about Scientology I learned a hell of a lot from this book. The chapters about KSW and the OT materials are worth the price of the purchase alone! Chris has a way of drawing together heaps of Scientology concepts and explaining them in a way that I hadn't considered before, so even as a seasoned Scientology watcher I learned a lot about the group. This book is a purchase I'll never regret!

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  • Dallas
  • 23-03-2016

Excellent & book with some technical problems

What made the experience of listening to Scientology: A to Xenu: An Insider's Guide to What Scientology Is All About the most enjoyable?

This is a straight forward book that works as both an introduction to the CoS or a companion piece to other books such as Going Clear or Inside Scientology.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chris (the author) comes off as informed & sincere. While this book is not about him or his journey out of Scientology, you can't help but rout for him.

Which scene was your favorite?

The chapter that breaks down the O.T. Levels is very interesting. I don't think that information has been presented so straight forward in any other book about Scientology.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

As started above. The O.T. Level information is very interesting.

Any additional comments?

There are some real problems with the production value of this audiobook that I think need to be addressed. During several parts of this book the narrator will stop mid-sentence & say "again", then reads the line over again. Clearly these were just messed while editing the audiobook together. Not a big deal but still it happens quite a bit. To the point of being distracting. Would love to have this corrected at some point.

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  • Dr. T. Austin
  • 22-04-2016

Good stuff about LRH's destructive cult.

This is the 7th anti (or rather the trurh about) Scientology book I've listened to since I watched Going Clear the movie. I learned a few new things in this one. I love learning about destructive mind-control cults like Heaven's Gate, The People's Temple and the Church of Scientology.

Welcome back to the land of the WOGs, Chris!

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  • Teresa Gomez
  • 06-01-2017

Informative and Fair

The book covers each topic with facts and when the author has an opinion or is describing a personal experience he describes them as such. I would highly recommend this book to people who are interested in cults or fringe groups.

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  • Kathryn
  • 18-08-2016

Great book for learning the sausage making of Scientology.

Listened to the book twice. He is very knowledgable about the intricate workings of Scientology. Kept my interest from beginning to end.

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  • Chris
  • 22-05-2016

Everything you wanted to know about Scientology

Chris Shelton tells a compelling story about his 25 years in Scientology.
What I really like about this book is his insightful knowledge of the theory or dogma of this orginisation. It really is an A to Xenu guide to Scientology. Anyone who enjoyed the Going Clear book and documentary will enjoy this book. Wonderful narration by the author himself.

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  • Ellen M. Mancusi
  • 17-03-2016

Very thorough

I thought I knew so much but learned so much from listening to this in depth study of Scientology. I was never a member but am fascinated by this subject matter. Chris Shelton did a fine job on his first book. I hope this book will be followed up by many more. Clear narration as well.

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  • Pamala
  • 03-04-2018

Loved

This is by far the most in depth book on the topic and the narrator is perfect!

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  • 25-01-2018

Informative, interesting and good narration

The subject of Scientology is fascinating. It’s new to me. I am ripping through every book, video, tv special, etc. to learn more. Mr. Shelton’s book covers some information in detail that I hadn’t read in some of the other sources. His take on organizational structure and day-to-day life is interesting because he experienced it personally. His narration is spot on.

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  • Pamela Plimpton
  • 14-12-2017

First hand knowledge easy to follow!

I have listened to a number of books regarding Scientology. This one is, by far, the most informative in regards to inside details. I always wondered how they call themselves a "church" and now that wonder is even larger! They are masters of deception (in their own minds), but I don't think they are fooling many outsiders. Keep learning more & more about this terribly destructive cult & awaiting the day for it to be taken down for good. Chris did a great job with the details & inside info. A little trouble with audio from time to time, but I'm sure that has to do more with editing that anything else. At first I thought I was getting a bit too much monotonous info, but found that his insight was perfect. I had a very good understanding of the organization and its beliefs that just got even better! Welcome to the WOG world, Mr. Shelton!

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  • Gary
  • 23-11-2017

Awesome

This book has an amazing way of presenting what it is like to be a scientologist. Chris's story gives you an in depth look into the cult. I'd recommend this book to everyone.

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  • S Wood
  • 10-11-2016

Illuminating book about Scientology

If you want a non-sensational book to tell what Scientology is like, the basic beliefs, history etc this book is spot on. You get a human story without tabloid headlines that explains Scientology and how to help those leaving the cult and other cults as well. Very thought provoking. The author has a lovely reading voice.

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  • Samuel Green
  • 06-07-2017

not a good book.

I will keep this short and sweet.

the narration is terrible, it sounds like it is read by a middle aged man who is trying to sound like a Californian Cheerleader. I kept expecting to get used to it but did not.

Mr Shelton go to great lengths to constantly remind us that Scientology is a cult and a scam. Where he used to belive it, it appears it has not quite sunken in that most people do not and he must have mentioned these points hundreds of times throughout the book in a desperate bid to help us 'see the light'

The book is generally poorly written and sounds like it has been made up on the spot.

only plus points, it does go into reasonable detail so you will likely learn something, although in my case not a lot. Also Mr Shelton appears to be a low level ex member so has a slightly different perspective from other higher ranking defectors/authors unfortunately this was not explored enough.

Unless you have read or listened to every other scientology book and this is the last one on your list I recommend you give it a wide birth.