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Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

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Leah Remini

7 Hours 13 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

November 2015

Audio Book Summary

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 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, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences.

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  • Jennifer D

    Bold, brave, funny and an excellent read! Kudos to Leah Remini for being brave enough to tell her story! Also, I've lost all respect for Sharon Osborne. What a self centered woman!

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  • Alesha M

    Don't normally like audio books because of how boring the narration is. This was the best audio book I've heard. I feel she is telling me in a conversation between us her story.

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  • Tasya B

    Loved it. Love everything Scientology. Smart woman, making a difference

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  • Wendy S

    Leah is amazing. I love love love this book. way to overcome a SUPPRESSIVE organization. she is strong and a wonderful human being.

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  • Lisa P

    Very well done. Loved it! Great job Leah.

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  • Kelly Babcock

    Incredible story & so glad it was read by Leah. Highly recommended!!

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  • Mallory Carter

    I loved this book! I couldn't stop listening! I love when people have the balls to stand up for what they know is right and can follow through with their convictions! This book truly inspired me to take a closer look at my life and not sit Idlelea by when it comes to my truths.

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  • Michelle Cirullo

    I loved this book. It is a book that I could have listened to in just one sitting. I was sad it was over. Her narration makes the book come alive and makes you invested in her stories even more.

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  • Joan Morabito

    Loved Leah's narration. She really made the book come alive for me. So much more detail and information than I ever knew about Scientology. So glad she is out!

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  • Mary Olp

    This was a fantastic book. Leah herself narrated it and did an incredible job. It gave incredible insight into the world of Scientology and her personal struggle. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer because I could not stop listening. Highly recommended.

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