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Troublemaker
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology | Leah Remini, Rebecca Paley
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology. Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost. That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices. Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientologys causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success shed worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientologys most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes. But when she began to raise questions about some of the churchs actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a Suppressive Person, and as a result, all of her fellow parishionersincluding members of her own familywere told to disconnect from her. Forever. Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Reminis remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestlyfrom an author unafraid of the consequences.From the Hardcover edition.
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Woodsangel
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I loved Leah‘s candor and sense of humor while listening to the audiobook. She is flawed, knows it and lets others see it. She‘s a human being. I‘ve seen her A&E show as well and it‘s very eye opening to something I‘ve already known was a cult to me.

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essayareayaitch
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Audiobook. Read by the author. Was expecting more of an expose about Scientology, and her life as a Scientologist. Finished the book with more questions, unlike other religions I'm been curious about, too afraid to do an internet search. The Tom Cruise stuff was fascinating. Might have taken the long way in a few errands to finish that story. Also, I figured the stuff would have been true, otherwise, I imagine Tom would have prevented publishing

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InnerSavvy
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I read this book because I wanted to hear her take on Scientology. Overall it was okay and I'm glad I read it l. Sometimes hard to follow the Scientology system.

Victoriahoperose If you‘re interested more in the history and implementation of Scientology there is another book called going clear which was very informative and infuriating! 4mo
ChristinasBookChronicles Thanks Victoria, for the recommendation! 4mo
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ChristinasBookChronicles
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As someone that recently moved from Clearwater, FL, I've always been interested in learning more about scientologists... especially when I was seated across the street, watching them walk by nonstop as I sip my coffee. Leah Remini's Troublemaker gave great insights to the everyday life of a scientologist and what intrigues one to join and stay with scientology. I enjoyed this read!

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eanderson
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After watching some of her show on a&e I had to put a hold on this audiobook! Enjoying listening to this while sitting outside on a beautiful Friday! 😎

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm obsessed with her show! 4mo
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nelehelen
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Finished my 2nd audiobook for #BookFitnessChallenge! I‘m so glad I listened to this on audio instead of reading it. Funny and authentic, I enjoyed Leah Remini‘s narration. I appreciated her humor and honesty. I watched the HBO documentary as well as her own docu-series on A&E, so I am familiar with the crazy that is Scientology. But, it was interesting to hear more about her personal experience.

BookwormAHN Nice choice 👏🏻 6mo
Read4life 2 books down. Nice job 💙 6mo
Clwojick I've been intrigued about this one, so i'm glad to see you've enjoyed it. 💝 6mo
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EmilieGR
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Scientology is always stranger than fiction

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt12 The penultimate book in this months #BookHaul is Leah Remini memoir about growing up in Scientology before getting out & becoming its most outspoken critic. I watched her on King Of Queens for years, now I watch her Aftermath show every week. She‘s so passionate about helping those that “church” abuses so badly, it breaks my heart to see what they‘ve gone through. I‘m sure this book will be filled with the same fire & attitude.

Suet624 I listened to the audio. It‘s a good one. 7mo
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Redjewel_7734
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I really enjoyed this memoir. Remini does a great job of showing why she & her family were attracted to Scientology, how she came to see the ways it was failing her & others, the painful process of breaking away, & coming to terms with everything after. I enjoyed her brashness, her wit, & her heart. This is a great listen.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I really enjoyed this on audiobook too, and really learned a lot!! 8mo
Redjewel_7734 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa So same! & she makes it a delight to listen to 😊 8mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Redjewel_7734 Yes, who knew she could make something so crazy a delight to listen to! 8mo
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mom2bugnbee
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I love memoirs read by the author. And I find the study of cults fascinating.

⭐⭐⭐✨/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Patchshank I also find cults interesting. I really liked her TV series, but I only saw a few episodes. 8mo
mom2bugnbee @Patchshank Yes, I want to check out her series as well. 8mo
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mreads
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I've never watched King of Queens so you certainly don't need to be a Remini fan to enjoy this memoir about her experience in the Church Cult of Scientology. It's only about 7 hours on audio and having her read it, in that voice 😄, definitely adds to the enjoyment. And yes Scientology is 🍌🍌🍌

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Right! I never watched the show either, but I found this audiobook book excellent and agree bananas 🍌 8mo
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Chazlyn
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For once I'm actually ahead in my yearly reading challenge!

By the way, Troublemaker is great as an audiobook!

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heyitsMacall
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Wow! This memoir was eye opening. Scientology is so mysterious but Leah Remini describes how people get started in it, what happens when they stay, and why it‘s hard to leave. I appreciate her candor and her narrating voice.

This is a photo of my winter spice pup.

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ofbooksandme
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Oh my God I'm obsessed with this book, and scientology and Leah Remini's life and strength. Though I knew some of her story before I wasn't aware of the particulars of her life in and after scientology. Leah grew up in the religion, poured her life into the organization and got to be very high up in the hierarchy. But her stubborn nature and the sudden disappearance of a friend make her question it all and leave. A revealing book.
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm so obsessed with her show! Scientology is nuts. Her show actually gives me nightmares. I'm not sure why. Probably because it's real life. 10mo
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britt_brooke I wish I‘d gone with audio for this one, but it was great in print as well. Love her! 11mo
Heatherfeather @britt_brooke the audio was great!! 11mo
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Allthebookclubs
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Another book club choice. This one I started reading but then switched to audible. Leah reads it herself and really gives it life.

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ReadingDownUnder
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Funny, authentic, frightening! Listening to her read it was probably way funnier and insightful than reading it would have been.

Lea Agreed. I enjoyed the audio in her voice so much. 12mo
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sophierayton
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Great job Leah! Well done for getting yourself and your family out of Scientology and going on to tell your story. This book is funny but touching and also very 'real'. Best wishes to you in your future.

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LaurenReads
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I enjoyed this book more than I expected. Especially when Remini talks about how crazy Tom Cruise is because I totally believe every bit of it! Very interesting as I haven‘t watched her show and I didn‘t know much about Scientology. #audiobook

mdemanatee I listened to this earlier this year and then listened to Going Clear because I wanted to know more about the history of Scientology and what they believe. And watched her show. It‘s all a fascinating rabbit hole! 14mo
tracey38 This sounds interesting. I watched her Scientology show where she showed some of what happens and it's really freaky stuff! 14mo
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I‘m at the good part where she‘s talking about how CRAZY Tom Cruise is. Based off interviews I‘ve seen from him, I believe every bit of it. This book is hilarious and disturbing all at the same time. #loveit

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Her show is really good too. This "religion" is so messed up. 14mo
LibLib @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego yeah I love her show! So funny and authentic. But yep, I feel Scientology falls under the cult realm. I can‘t imagine a group forcing you to break all ties with friends if they decide to leave. Heartbreaking. 14mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @LibLib I don't know why, but the show actually gives me nightmares. I think maybe cuz it's real life horror, and I can see how desperate people can get sucked in. Looking forward to new season. Hopefully Leah is able to effect some real change & consequences. 14mo
LibLib @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego wait...I don‘t know if we‘re talking about the same show. I just know her from King of Queens...which one are you referring to? I may need to check it out.... 14mo
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Allydanielle88
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Starting out day 2 of #24B4Monday with this one. I love Leah Remini. So I'm excited to dig into this one. I'm starting day two with 1:15. My goal is to get to 14 hours by the end of the day.

TheReadingMermaid Good goal 👍🏻 1y
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kidamy
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Good morning, Litsy! Time for a bowl of way-too-much steel cut oats, big cup of coffee, and a serious book by a funny lady.

TheBookKeepers Yes to all this!! 1y
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Roxanagomez

I have always loved Leah‘s fire and she didn‘t disappoint in this tell-all. Before this book I had no idea of the inner workings of the Church of Scientology. This prompted me to look further into it and do some outside research. Mind blowing!

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OrangeMooseReads
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Got a bunch of reading done today while getting this done.

Beckys_Books That's fabulous! 1y
tessavi Nice! 1y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage So beautiful!! 1y
tammysue Love it!! 1y
BookwormAHN Lovely 💙 1y
CoffeeNBooks That's awesome! 1y
readordierachel It looks fantastic!! 1y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Started this the other night because ‘Bring the Jubilee‘ was boring. I might go back to that one, but it will be a while. Finding ‘Troublemaker‘ interesting. I know this book is going to open a rabbit hole and I‘m fine and dandy with that 😁

Slajaunie I love her! This sounds like an interesting read. 1y
OrangeMooseReads It is interesting, I would recommend it. 1y
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Victoriahoperose
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I loved this book. I don‘t even think I have the ability to put into words all of the feelings I had after finishing. I really admire Leah Remini for her honesty and the way she deals with this hard topic. She is unafraid and not willing to let anything bring her down.

IamIamIam It was quite an eye opener into a very strange situation!!!! This was also my first audiobook and it opened the flood gates! 😄 1y
Jess7 I loved this book! 1y
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Deborah42
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A memoir that gives a behind-the-scenes look at both show business and Scientology. Remini‘s account of her disillusionment with the church and her eventual escape from it is by turns funny, heartbreaking, and infuriating.

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AllenTStClair
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Anytime you read a memoir about someone escaping a cult, it‘s eye opening and upsetting. This is a brutally honest, highly readable memoir. Most importantly, Remini‘s message about pushing away toxic people and ideals in order to be your honest self is inspiring. I really went into this expecting Remini to come off as unhinged and I was pleasantly disappointed. This isn‘t just a book for ex-cult members, but anyone in toxic situations. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LauraJ Good review 😸 2y
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Skyrimir
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#rescuecat and #shelfie! This book is pretty interesting. I‘m only in the first chapter and I‘m sucked in. I like the way Remini writes.

Tanzy13 🐱 2y
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AllenTStClair
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Gotta hustle through my current read because another Libby book dropped out of my Hold List to my Shelf. I‘m becoming a pro at poor timing with library lends. 🙄🤣

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Ncostell
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This was an absorbing listen, narrated by Leah Remini herself. It was a very interesting glimpse into her life history in and out of Scientology. I haven‘t read much previously about Scientology so this was pretty eye opening for me. Sometimes truth is definitely stranger than fiction. I think she was pretty brave to publish this for sure.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Her show is so interesting too. Scientology is Cray. 2y
Ncostell @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I‘ll have to check out her show too. I haven‘t seen it yet. 2y
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GripLitGrl
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#HopIntoSpring #FavoriteAcknowledgments
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88
Not many stick out to me I typically don't read them unless they catch my attention at the opening line like how this one did... "I would like to thank my publisher...for having the balls to say yes to this book..."
I mean how do you not read her full acknowledgement with an opening like that??

vkois88 That's pretty awesome. It's refreshing to see such blatant honesty 2y
GripLitGrl @vkois88 agreed her honesty in this book was great! Even on the acknowledgment👍😄 2y
vkois88 @GripLitGrl I'll have to look into it at some point! 2y
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HeatherBookNerd
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I am listening to this for the @bookriot Read Harder Challenge. Audiobook was an excellent choice for this one. I‘m midway through and am totally fascinated.

#readharderchallenge
#celebritymemoir

kayceecruz I loved this book a lot! 2y
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HelloImJez
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I'm book slumping majorly, so it took me about a month or so to finish this. Slumping aside, I actually really enjoyed this book and it was super interesting and informative! I loved Leah's narrative and her somewhat abrasive personality. She is blunt, but so very empathetic, caring and kind. Would definitely recommend reading if you're curious about the ins and outs of Scientology.

#LitsyAtoZ #LetterT

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BookNerd9906
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Sunday #bookhaul. My wallet may be empty, but my cup runneth over. ❤️

tammysue Great haul! 2y
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BookaholicNatty My grandmother asked me to tell you she‘s sorry is so good!!! Was my first read of 2018 and also my book club January pick and was well worth starting the year with!!! 2y
BookNerd9906 @BookaholicNatty I‘m a little late to the party, I just read A Man Called Ove, and loved it so much I can‘t wait to read more. ❤️ 2y
rather_be_reading great picks!! 2y
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thelizflynn
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I am living for all the dirt Leah dishes on Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes‘ wedding. So weird. What the actual f* is Scientology. Don‘t @ me. Yes, I went back and watched Tom‘s infamous couch jumping on Oprah. Yes, it was even more cringey than I remember. 🙃

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NovelGirl82
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I‘ve been wanting to read this one for a while. Since I don‘t have a doctor in my ear today, I‘m listening to it while I work. 😊

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HelloImJez
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I'm ill with like, a cold or something. 😫

#LitsyAtoZ #LetterT

Kaye Hope you feel better soon. I‘ve had a sore throat and cold chills. Must be something coming. 2y
HelloImJez @Kaye Thanks! Hopefully whatever you're getting isn't too brutal 💕 2y
Kaye Thanks. 💕 So far, it‘s tolerable. 2y
Eggs Feel better soon 😌 2y
HelloImJez @Eggs Thanks 😊 2y
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FantasyChick
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1. I was in a slump most of the month so I didn't enjoy too much reading. The tagged book was pretty good though.
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4. Mini eggs and coffee 😂 I'm not a breakfast person
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#friyayintro
@jesshowbooks

CSeydel 🖐🏻 2y
CSeydel That‘s my kind of breakfast! ☕️🍫 (edited) 2y
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Laura317
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Starting this next. Next to true crime books, books on cults would be my next guilty pleasure.

Laura317 @RestlessFickleBookHoarder No, I haven‘t! I remember the tragedy though about his followers. I will look for that. Thanks! 2y
Sace @Laura317 I listened to the audiobook and it was riveting. You mentioned cults so I had to recommend it. Jonestown is one of my go to subjects for non-fiction. 2y
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jessberk13
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What a fantastic listen!! First of all - Leah Remini‘s voice is everything! Her insight on the inner workings of Scientology was absolutely fascinating. The treatment she endured for simply bringing injustices to light completely disgusted me, but I‘m so glad she was able to remove herself from the toxicity of it all. I feel like we are total besties now too, most likely will be sending each other Christmas cards this year. 😂

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swishandflick
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I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book! I've already watched both seasons of Leah's show, but that primarily focuses on other people's experiences with Scientology so it was really interesting to hear her own story. Her narration felt authentic and her sense of humor had me chuckling throughout. (I'm also completely fascinated with this subject, I need to read Going Clear!) #audiobook #libby

Samantha.1020 I enjoyed this one as well! 2y
jessberk13 I‘m listening to this right now as well and I‘m almost finished. Loving it!!! What is the show you mentioned? (edited) 2y
swishandflick @jessberk13 It's called "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" on A&E! I was able to stream it somehow, maybe through their app? Really interesting, she interviews other people who have left Scientology and their stories are so sad, completely crazy, and just mind boggling! (And it won an Emmy) (edited) 2y
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Valink My son and I listened to this when it came out. Every time we got in the car he would ask me to turn to book back on. He was so fascinated! 2y
Amor4Libros Love the book and the show! 2y
jessberk13 Thank you! I‘m gonna check it out! 2y
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swishandflick
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I'm crazy late to the Overdrive party, but I can already tell that I'm gonna be obsessed! What the hell took me so long?! So many audiobook options! Here's my first official check out, with a bunch more on hold. Squee 😄 #audiobook

vkois88 I use Libby, as it's a little more user friendly. It's great having apps to use to listen to audiobooks though. I'd listened to a few here and there, but I've definitely upped my game since I downloaded it a few months ago and I'm able to read so much more. I hope you enjoy it!!! ❤ 2y
booksensation Welcome to the Overdrive family lol hope you enjoy it! 2y
sisilia I love Overdrive. So many new ebooks 💖 2y
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JamieArc I just started using Overdrive as well and the amount of audiobooks I listen to has definitely skyrocketed. @vkois88 I downloaded Libby too, but can‘t really tell which is better. Why do you like Libby better? What are the main differences? 2y
echalpan I love Overdrive! Also loved Troublemaker! 2y
CKtheLibrarian Yes! Libby is super easy to use. 2y
vkois88 @JamieArc the layout is a little different and easier to use, IMO. I can search easily and access my downloads quickly by hitting "Shelf" at the bottom. If I remember correctly, I had to search for my books on Overdrive. I also have way less glitching with Libby than I did with Overdrive. 2y
JamieArc @vkois88 Cool. Thanks! I‘ll check it out some more. 2y
Kaye I like Libby better also. 2y
britt_brooke I just started using overdrive about a year ago. Love it!! 2y
swishandflick Thanks, I'll check that out! @vkois88 @CKtheLibrarian @Kaye 2y
SassyBookworm Isn‘t it awesome when you find all those books!!! I was in love and have never looked back!!! I started out with Overdrive and eventually shifted over to Libby. I had both apps for a while so I could do a comparison. Enjoy and happy reading/listening!!! (edited) 2y
VanChocStrawberry Did you all know that Libby is the new version of the overdrive app? I didn‘t realize they were by the same company until someone else here mentioned it, by it actually says it right on the app. Lol. Anyway, It‘s awesome!! I like it better, but I can‘t remember why now. 😂😂😂 (edited) 2y
CouronneDhiver I quite like Overdrive - enjoy! 😊 2y
knp4597 Overdrive is life-altering 🙌 2y
curious_niffler Oooh I love Overdrive! Enjoy😊 2y
RachLovesTV Overdrive is the best!! 2y
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FantasyChick
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Such an eye opening book! I went from thinking of Scientology as a celebrity fad religion to a full blown cult. Parts were definitely light and hilarious because Leah Remini. She is funny as hell but there was so much about this that I didn't realize until I read this book. Facinating read. 👍👍👍👍
#mindblown #cult

Skyrimir I‘m waiting for this to come in! I‘m really looking forward to reading it. 2y
FantasyChick I thought it was fantastic @Skyrimir 😊 I just started watching the show too. Fascinating! Would love to hear your thoughts when you get to it 👍 2y
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FantasyChick
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When reading the book makes you want more. I'm fascinated by Leah's story so I had to try watching her show with my morning coffee.
#coffee #religionorcult #lazysaturday

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego The show is really good. Everything about it is crazy. It even gave me nightmares, apparently cults freak me out. 2y
FantasyChick @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm completely amazed. I remember years ago, thinking that Scientology was some weird religious celebrity fad. I never realized how deep this goes! It's crazy and I'm fascinated. Cults don't usually freak me out, but I think this one is just too real 😱 2y
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SquidgetsRoom
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Just getting back to this one after putting it down a few weeks ago. Fascinating!

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jessberk13
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Finally listening to this! I absolutely love her voice!

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FantasyChick
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My #currentread makes me #laugh. I mean, sure it's a sort of serious book about serious topics but come on...Leah Remini is just hilarious. Plus...I have a hard time taking anything serious when you have to sign your life over for a billion years ( not exaggerating...a BILLION!). I can't commit to a chocolate bar let alone that many years of my life.

#150PnPCoverParty
@CrowCAH @LeahBergen

CrowCAH Your write up made me chuckle! 😆 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I've wanted to read this for a while. Her show is so fascinating. It actually gave me nightmares. A billion years sound ridiculous, but it goes to show how powerful thier brain washing techniques are. 2y
FantasyChick @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I haven't watched the show yet but I just might now. It's facinating and horrifying and sad all at the same time. It really makes you think. I never once thought of it as a cult but now....I mean, wow! 2y
LeahBergen 😂😂 I‘m with you on the commitment thing. 2y
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FantasyChick
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Well then...