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.
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
nobody should criticize any religion before reading there book.
i was amazingly surprise.
people have a really wrong opinion of islam.
i've red it and loved it
The book is very simple and some what a true translation but keep in mind its a religion that is hated by the western world and is read in english. I like it but I don't know if its a real translation. Good price for a cheap understanding
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.
he said the Jews and Christians think their right but their wrong and yet he is right. yet he is saying basically the same stuff as they do with slight tweeks
I always hear on the news how it's a book about peace and love.
Not even close.
The Old Testament and Testament are Cryptic but point to a time when man will love one another and sin and tears will be done away with.
The Koran allows men to beat their wives (but not kill them because God is merciful) and chop of thieves hands and feet (but not kill them because God is merciful).
If that's what God is like then I was born in the wrong universe. This God is sadistic and cruel.
A hardcore anti-theist: god doesn't exist, all religions are demonstrably false and poisonous. Heroes: Christopher Hitchens, Penn Jillette
It having never been written.
This is not a completely sarcastic comment.
The Koran is supposedly a text representing a "religion of peace".
I would disagree.
When a religion calls for the blood of non-believers, for no other reason then that they are so made that they cannot believe, then that religion cannot be called peaceful.
In almost every sentence the Koran calls for the bloodshed of others, specifically for those who do not believe.
The root of the problem is when people who read such texts as the Torah, the Bible, the Koran, etc... and take them literally. Worse yet, when they act upon the commands within the bigoted and hate filled texts.
We should shelve these myths and others like them, just as we have with Zeus, Thor, and Ra. We should read them as we would any mythological story book.
"God is not great, how religion poisons everything" by Christopher Hitchens
Less pompous piety
Nothing. If the text must exist, we should be able to read it. Then we should point and laugh at it.
“In reading the Koran,” Hitchens said, “I can’t tell if it’s the word of god, but I can hope it’s a sign of god having a bad day.” - Vanity Fair 10/7/2010 -
To be clear, I feel this way about all religious texts that people still pretend to believe to be divinely inspired.
We should put away these barbaric ideas from bronze-age ignoramuses.
Yes, I will listen to it again. It is important to me as one of at least 3 books of scripture that I study regarding God's interaction with mankind through prophets.
I am very pleased with the many portions of the Koran which not only sustain Biblical teachings, but also sustain Biblical prophets by name. In some cases there are accounts which are not within the bible which were obviously lost or not included within the Bible. I think our Christian and Jewish portion of the world has much to learn about the similarities of the 2 books of scripture, divine calling of prophets at God's beckon and not our own. A thorough study of the Bible, The Koran, and The Book of Mormon shed much light and understanding on many misunderstandings and could help asway grievances.
The narration is not read quite as smoothly as I would like, but in sort of a sing song like tone and verse with some words cut off quite curtly. The reading is also kind of fast which makes it more difficult to follow. I would like it a bit slower and the tone more like a book.
The teachings about the forbidding of homosexuality, adultery, Moses, Mary, Noah, Joseph, and Jesus were especially moving. The many references to repentance were quite surprising.
The inordinate amount of references stating that God has no Son nor Begotten Son is troubling. Why this was included in the holy book despite the references to Jesus' prophethood, teachings, and divinity it seems is troubling. While the Koran did not seem to specifically say that Jesus is not God's Son, it simply claimed that at no time has God had or begotten a Son. It does of course refer to Jesus as Mary's son and speaks toward her holiness. What I think occurred is that during the 120 years or so from the time that Mohammed received the revelations within the Cave of Qumran from Gabriel, he not knowing how to read nor write, these revelations were kept by voice scribe recitation memory until written down into "The Book". It is my proposal that those who wrote down the book changed some of Mohammed's teachings, since a mention of God's Son would have put them within some sort of jurisdiction or affiliation with the Christian world which at that time was directed by the Papacy. I think this evaluation is very possible and explains a great deal about what very well indeed may have been attempts by ruling clerics after Mohammed's death to gain power and control over Islam and make it a separate people instead of a more universal path to know God and the Savior Jesus Christ and all the combination of prophets, Mohammed included.
I am glad that Audible offered it, and I am glad to have it. I would like for the King Fahd Translation to be offered as well.