Going Clear by Lawrence Wright audiobook

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

By Lawrence Wright
Read by Morton Sellers

Random House Audio 9780307700667
17.40 Hours 1
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National Book Award Finalist A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with 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 book’s 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 Scientology’s 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 church’s goals. And we meet the young idealists who have joined the Sea Org, the church’s 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. From the Hardcover edition.

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Summary

Summary

A 2013 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Nonfiction

A New York Times bestseller

A 2013 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

A 2013 National Book Award Finalist

A 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Finalist for the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest

A USA Today bestseller

A #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller

A Washington Post bestseller

A 2013 Washington Post Top 10 Book for Nonfiction

A Huffington Post Best Book of 2013

A 2013 Salon Magazine Best Book

An NPR bestseller

A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller

A 2013 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2013

A 2013 BookPage Best Book

A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Adult Books

Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Nonfiction 2013

A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title” for Nonfiction, January 2013

National Book Award Finalist


A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with 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 book’s 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 Scientology’s 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 church’s goals. And we meet the young idealists who have joined the Sea Org, the church’s 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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An utterly necessary story…A feat of reporting. The story of Scientology is the great white whale of investigative journalism about religion.” Wall Street Journal
“Not only a titillating exposé on the reported ‘you’re kidding me’ aspects of the religion but a powerful examination of belief itself.” Entertainment Weekly
“A hotly compelling read. It’s a minutiae-packed book full of wild stories.” New York Times
“Powerful…essential reading.”  New York Times Book Review
“Lawrence Wright brings a clear-eyed investigative fearlessness to Scientology—its history, theology, its hierarchy—and the result is…evidence that truth can be stranger even than science fiction.” Washington Post
“Who’d have thought a history of a religion would offer so many guilty pleasures? Lawrence Wright’s enthralling account of Scientology’s rise brims with celebrity scandal. To anyone who gets a sugar rush from Hollywood gossip, the chapters on Tom Cruise and John Travolta will feel like eating a case of Ding Dongs.” Los Angeles Times
“Absorbing…The book’s most intriguing aspect, though, is not its treatment of Scientology…but its raising general questions about the nature of faith and reason and the role of religion in American life.” Chicago Tribune
“A gripping, exhaustive, remarkably evenhanded investigation of the religion everyone loves to hate.” Newsday
“Insightful, gripping, and ultimately tragic.” Boston Globe
“Revealing and disturbing…A series of devastating revelations that will come as news even to hardened Scientology buffs who follow the church’s every twist and turn.” Daily Beast
“A wild ride of a page-turner, as enthralling as a paperback thriller.” Salon
“It’s incredible. It is an incredible, fascinating read. It is like a pirate novel, but there are celebrities in it. I admired [Wright’s] chutzpah, he’s like Don Quixote.” Hairpin
“Eye opening.” Publishers Weekly
“A fascinating look behind the curtain of an organization whose ambition and influence are often at odds with its secretive ways…The sheer scope of the church’s influence and activities will be jaw-dropping.” Booklist
“Devastating…A patient, wholly compelling investigation into a paranoid ‘religion’ and the faithful held in its sweaty grip.” Kirkus Reviews
“Narrator Morton Sellers makes a fearless attempt to put an objective spin on this fact-driven work…It’s downright chilling to listen to what money, power, and single-mindedness can create out of a vulnerable population of, in some cases, highly intelligent individuals. This is a good listen for those who enjoy controversy in their audiobooks.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Lawrence Wright

Author Bio: Lawrence Wright

Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of two novels and ten books of nonfiction, including several New York Times bestsellers. His books have received many prizes and honors, including a Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower. He is also a playwright and screenwriter, and he plays keyboard in the Austin-based blues band WhoDo.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Religion
Runtime: 17.40
Audience: Adult
Language: English