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Friday, February 12, 2016

Audiobook Review: Troublemaker

Description (From GoodReads): 
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.

I love celebrity memoirs.  They can let you in on all kinds of little-known facts about a person you admire.  In my opinion, the best way to experience these kinds of books is through listening to the author in an audiobook.  Troublemaker, the memoir by actress Leah Remini, doesn't disappoint.  It has everything a great memoir needs:  an unusual childhood, celebrity gossip, and a compelling overall story about Hollywood and Scientology.

What I liked:
Leah's Personality:
With her tough New York accent and attitude, Leah makes a fascinating narrator.  You can tell that this woman calls them like she sees them.  She also is the first to point out her own flaws (she's a bit rude, speaks up, and keeps pushing people's buttons) and concedes that these got her into all kinds of trouble throughout her life.  She comes off as obnoxious and loud... and a fiercely loyal friend.
Behind The Scenes Hollywood:
Leah shows how her "overnight success"  actually took decades to achieve.  If you are a fan of the show The King Of Queens, there are many stories of the creation of the show, and of co-start Kevin James and Jerry Stiller. 

Being a Scientologist, Leah had a first-hand account of the infamous courtship and wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.  This stuff was really juicy and I was enthralled by Leah's description of how the church seemed to have a say in every aspect of Tom's life.

What I Didn't Like: 
Too Much Detail:
I'm sure many people will be fascinated by all the Scientology stuff.  But, to me, it got bogged down into too many minute details of the various types of "courses" and punishments the church handed out.  I think this could have been simplified or consolidated for the reader and it would have made the book read a lot more smoothly.


Release Date:  November 3rd, 2015

Source:  Public Library

Format:  Audiobook

Recommendation:   This was a fun book to listen to, particularly if you are a fan of Leah Remini

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