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James Moore

Jim Moore

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  • The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bernard Lewis
    • Narrated By Bernard Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Bernard Lewis examines the historical roots of the frustrations and resentments that dominate the Islamic world today and that are increasingly being expressed in acts of terrorism. He looks at the theological origins of political Islam and tells us what the Islamic doctrine of jihad has meant at different times in history.

    Frank says: "Absolutely Worth It, HIghly Recommended!"
    "Excellent content, mediocre reader"
    Overall

    The only gripe I have with the book is that the author reads it instead of a professional reader. He's not bad, but not a professional, which something with as many facts and details like this could use to make a little more audibly engaging.

    Otherwise, though, it's an EXCELLENT book about the history of Islam, talking about why the Islamic world both has very good reason to hate us, and why we're largely in a "damned if you do/damned if you don't" position. It's an impressively even-handed account of how we've gotten to where we are; he does a great job of acting as an appoligist for the Islamic world for an audience of Westerners. The news coming out of Iraq makes a LOT more sense now.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • This American Life, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (1 hr)
    • By This American Life
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    (704)
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    "Its mission is to document everyday life in this country. We sometimes think of it as a documentary show for people who normally hate documentaries. A public radio show for people who don't necessarily care for public radio. What we look for in putting the show together are stories that we love, truly love." Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    Martha says: "My favorite part of Audible.com!!"
    "Hit and miss"
    Overall

    I've been listening for about 2 months now, and there have been a number of programs that have been really boring and a complete waste of time. However, sometimes it has material that's such an incredible gem -- so awesome -- that not only makes up for the tedium in the rest, but keeps me coming back. The inconsistency of the quality is frustrating, but in general it's well worth the investment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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