Andrew Morton uncovers the true story of the biggest celebrity of our age.
Everyone knows Tom Cruise—or at least what he wants us to know. We know that the man behind the smile overcame a tough childhood to star in astonishing array of blockbusters: Top Gun, Rain Man, Born on the Fourth of July, A Few Good Men, Jerry Maguire, several Mission: Impossible movies, and more. We know he has taken artistic chances, too, earning him three Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. But beyond that, the picture becomes a bit less clear…
We know that Tom is a devoted follower of the Church of Scientology. We know that, despite persistent rumors about his sexuality, he has been married to Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes. But it was not until he jumped on Oprah's couch to proclaim his love for Katie and denounced Brooke Shields for turning to the "Nazi science" of psychiatry that we began to realize how much we did not know about the charming, hardworking star. For all the headlines and the rumors, the real Tom Cruise has remained surprisingly hidden—until now.
Morton's massively hyped, overly contentious and sometimes far-fetched account of Cruise's Scientology-driven life owes a lot to John Hinch's unwavering reading the material. Hinch offers a sincere, unbiased take on the material, but also manages to create a believable listening experience through his innate performance ability when assuming the roles of various characters, most notably, Cruise himself. Though there is little in the way of dialect changes and impersonation, listeners will be astounded at how close Hinch comes to capturing the Cruise persona. While the material is debatable and lacks anything profound or fresh, Hinch presents it in a way that keeps the audience thoroughly engaged throughout. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's hardcover (reviewed online).
Insightful and interesting!
A detailed glimpse into the life behind the scenes of a famous celebrity deeply involved in the world of Scientology.
Can the real Tom Cruise please stand up! What an eye opener. Poor Katie for being duped. Lets hope no one else falls for his snake oil charm. The Cult that he belongs to is sickening. I guess there is a "religion" that a big ego and money can buy, at other people's expense. Wow! Did L.Ron Hubbard dupe the stars. Hey Tom you might want to look into Buddhism, you can take those lessons and incorporate them in your life. All without the abuse of thousands of people, just so your ego can be stroked! You Sir are as phony as L.Ron Hubbard.
Over the years of my life I have been drawn to the conclusion that Americans are not what they once were. It saddens me to be aware people believe in such a notorious lie about a man made religion. You have brought light into a cult that several of us readers never knew existed. To think that this cult is so brainwashing and basically dangerous to those in it knowing that Tom is in it and , more far fetched, he believes it, shows where Americans are headed. I feel so sorry for him because he is not bound for heaven. How can you believe a man that wanted to control people and follow theory's ? When you have facts of JESUS actually living and testaments to his miracles and existence! I want to ask Jesus to forgive Tom for his ignorance. It pains me to know that JESUS died for Tom too and knowing the evil he is broadcasting all over the world. I was sick reading this book and the book from ms. Hill. Our salt of the earth is gone! Tom's mother sold her soul for her sons money and fame and so did his sisters. Point! So sad!