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Hisham El-Gamal

A Public Speaker and Executive Coach who is interested in humanities, history, astronomy, and comparative religions. A skeptical mind that is hard to convince and a true believer in the underlying commonalities among the human species

Cairo, Egypt | Member Since 2003

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  • Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest Growing Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Robert Spencer, foreword by David Pryce-Jones
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Going beyond the shallow distinction between a "true" peaceful Islam and the "hijacked" Islam of terrorist groups, Robert Spencer probes the Qur'an and other sacred documents, as well as Islamic traditions and history and the present-day situation of the Muslim world, to find out why the world's fastest-growing faith tends to arouse extremism.

    Mike says: "Know Thy Enemy & Thy Friend"
    "Biased and misleading"
    Overall

    If you subscribe to the idea that the crusaders and conquistadors represent the true values of Christianity, and that the Stern gang and the Rabbai describing Arabs as "pigs, worms, and filthy flies" represent true Judaism, then this is your corresponding version of Islam. This book is poorly researched and clearly biased. It magnifies and focuses on the views of the "ignorant" and "narrow minded" and disregard those of the mainstream Muslims as if they don't exist. Islam, like all the major religions in the world, carries the seeds of good and evil in its texts. It depends on how we interpret its sayings and on the current circumstances that color our view of the world. A good example is the suicide bombings which are clearly forbidden and not accepted for Muslims under any circumstances and yet you can find a person who has enough credibility among a group of people who can twist and turn a verse to come up with a new meaning that justifies his agenda. I am not a religious person but I believe that humans subscribe to religions for the same reasons and that a common language can be created through sincere attempts of reconciliation. This book will increase the misunderstanding about Islam and will make it more hard for those who read it and accept what's in it to accept Muslims who in the final analysis are not that different from them.

    22 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10613)
    Performance
    (5847)
    Story
    (5890)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Great story ... Many hidden meanings"
    Overall

    This is a great story to listen to, especially with an excellent and expressive narrator. If you listen just for entertainment, its a wonderful story about survival and human ingenuity. If you are looking for more, there is a wealth of hidden meanings and insights about life, relegion, and how humans can create their own world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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