Per new Snowflake rules, I'll not repost my original thoughts about the Koran.
It really is sad that one is prevented from expressing opinions.
I'll sum up my 'safe space' review by saying that anybody that says that Islam is a religion of Peace really should be required to read this book.
I would recommend reading this because Islam is often misunderstood and portrayed incorrectly. I think if one reads the Qur'an for themselves, they will be able to glean many of its core messages right away. Narration was excellent too!
This book seems like the drunk ramblings of an elderly man who has dementia. It's full of Jew hating misogyny. You may find some "peaceful parts" if you take. Them out of context.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Basically if you don't believe you are going to hell in a hand basket. This book took me three months to listen to and it was not easy. Alec Sand does an excellent job narrating it but it does become repetitive and tedious. I image other religious books are going to be the same. Perhaps in Arabic it has a mantra feel or musical quality but in English it is a little dry. I don't think this book will enlighten you to the Islamic faith.
Listening to The Koran has given me a whole new insight into world events and history.
Alex Sand is the best lecture reader around
I could not recommend this book to anyone--except those naive politically correct leaders who, while proclaiming Islam "a religion of peace", have NEVER actually read the book! The Qur'an (Koran) is the most negative book I have ever read and listened to! This Muslims claim that the "Allah" who sent down the Qur'an is the same God who inspired the Torah and the Gospel. They say it because that is the claim the Qur'an makes repeatedly makes.
But just as no well trained art investigator would look at an authentic Rembrandt and an authentic Jackson Pollock and be fooled into thinking they were done by one artist, no one who is truly familiar with the Torah and the Gospel would be fooled into thinking that the Qur'an came from the same source! The God of the Torah and the god of the Qur'an don't "talk" the same--AT ALL! The God of the Bible is triune, yet speaks as a unity in saying "I"--while the god of the Qur'an is suppose to an absolute single entity, yet speaks in a plural "we". Just one of the MANY glaring differences between the two.
This book was NOT inspired by a god who LOVES humanity! Every other verse is nothing but threats and curses and "hellfire" and "worship me or else". A god who hates anyone and everyone who doesn't follow his so-called "straight path". I don't care if the Qur'an proclaims a thousand times that "God is merciful"--it turns right around to proclaim a thousand and one times how much God delights and relishes in sending all disagreeing people to burn in hellfire forever.
The "Jesus" of the Qur'an and the Jesus of the Gospels are absolutely NOT the same person, by ANY stretch of the imagination. If I want to know the substantial words of Jesus and the facts about Jesus, I have to go to the Gospels! The "Jesus" of the Qur'an SAYS nothing meaningful, DOES nothing meaningful, and ACHIEVES absolutely nothing meaningful!
The Qur'an differs from the Bible in that there is no coherent chronology, no story being told, as it were, from beginning to end, no discernible context, no systematic presentation of any subject or event. It is, quite simply, the most uncomfortable read I have ever encountered. I deeply respect the narrator for being able to read it from start to finish. I also know now why Muslims say "You have to read it in Arabic". The Qur'an in English is just plain hard to take. You'd practically HAVE to listen to it in a language you don't understand to be able to associate anything mystical to this book.
My apologies to any Muslims who are offended by this critique, but I don't believe in political correctness when it comes to the issue of a book that claims to be from the one true God.
Disappointment. Not for Trout Lake Media, nor for Alec Sand. But rather for the Qur'an itself.
I have never had to struggle harder to finish a book in my life. I can forgive the antiquated world-view but not the lack of content. About 10% of the book said something new, usually of little consequence, but the rest was a repetition of how God will deal justly with everyone in the afterlife. I know that God was with me while listening to the Koran, only because I miraculously stayed awake at the wheel.
Its all about the non-fiction!
As an atheist who just wanted to read what the Koran said, after reading this I dont have any doubts on the back and forth between the news anchor and a Muslim on tv.
They did a great job, by doing a literal translation.
A world without religions is a peaceful world.
The content was repetitious. Horribly so. 13 hours of repetitious paraphrase. About an hour of clunky bible fables.
I first heard this in Arabic. The musicality was paramount and passionate. Alec had none of that.