- Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
- Narrated by: Leah Remini
- Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 11-03-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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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 Scientology's causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she'd worked so hard for and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology's 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 church's 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 parishioners - including members of her own family - were told to disconnect from her. Forever.
Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini's remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom....
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Kim on 11-04-15
This book is fascinating and funny! Fantastic!
Where does Troublemaker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is in the top 5 of the audiobooks I have listened.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Troublemaker?
The Tom and Katie wedding and the way Leah describes the hypocrisy of the church members. The way she is followed around and held responsible for just switching seats. Lol!
What does Leah Remini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Her narration is priceless. No one else could make this book come alive like Leah. Her personal story comes through with every inflection.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Just her standing up for herself.
Any additional comments?
I loved this book! I was NOT a Leah Remini fan. Never watched the King of Queens. I have been introduced to a wonderful writer and very authentic person. I have become a big fan through the few hours of listening to this book. You go Leah!
62 of 65 people found this review helpful
By Jessica Williams on 11-24-15
Best Author-as-Narrator audiobook in ages
Just got finished with this and I'm SUPER disappointed. I've so enjoyed listening to Leah over these past few days and will miss her. Her narrative style is warm, relatable, and funny. This is a story that needed to be told and, if you're at all curious about Scientology, you'll enjoy reading it. It feels honest and genuine. Loved it. Love her. Wish it were longer.
36 of 39 people found this review helpful