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The Koran | [Trout Lake Media]

The Koran

The Koran is not only one of the most influential books of prophetic literature but also a literary masterpiece in it’s own right. Universally accepted by Muslims to be the infallible Word of God as revealed to Mohammed by the Angel Gabriel nearly 1,400 years ago, the Koran still provides the rules of conduct fundamental to the Arab way of life.
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The Koran is not only one of the most influential books of prophetic literature but also a literary masterpiece in it’s own right. Universally accepted by Muslims to be the infallible Word of God as revealed to Mohammed by the Angel Gabriel nearly 1,400 years ago, the Koran still provides the rules of conduct fundamental to the Arab way of life.

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Public Domain (P)2009 Trout Lake Media

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    Thomas New York, NY, United States 02-22-10
    Thomas New York, NY, United States 02-22-10 Member Since 2007
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    "A Clear and Sober Reading"

    I have long been looking for an audio version of the Quran. This is the first that I have found that was easily available and not divided into so many parts as to make it too expensive. This is N. J. Dawood's 1956 translation published in Penguin Classics with the Suras in the correct order. The reader is very clear, sober and rather monotone in his presentation. I wish that there were a way to navigate more easily and find particular Suras. The translation is in modern English prose with no real attempt at poetic quality, but the power of the Quran's language comes through. I found myself grateful for a solid presentation of this very important work.

    34 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Z. Wixom, MI 11-22-10
    Paul Z. Wixom, MI 11-22-10
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    "Translation"

    For anyone who would like to know, this is the Penguin Classics translated by N.J. Dawood

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    James pinon hills, CA, USA 06-25-10
    James pinon hills, CA, USA 06-25-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Koran complete and unabridged"

    the narration is basiscly what I was expecting, bu there are times that the translation doesn't completely change all Arabic word into english. for me that is okay becaus I have studied a little Arabic. If you want to hear the words of the Koran this is an okay translation. I wish though that they would have placed more breaks in the translation. The reason is that you cannot listen to it all at once and one time I bumped my ipod back to start of book 1 and had to fast forward 5 hours.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Sonoma, Ca, United States 01-29-12
    Jeff Sonoma, Ca, United States 01-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Take the First Steps Toward Understanding Islam"
    What did you love best about The Koran?

    Listening to this work showed me some deep differences between God as portrayed in Judaism and Christianity and God as portrayed in Islam. It was very informative.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, unfortunately it wasn't quite possible though.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Sand gives a good reading of the text, giving the it the solemnity it deserves most of the time. However, it seems like he gets tired as he reads on, speeding up and losing his composure. The sample of his reading on Audible is representative of him at his best. In any case this is a deal for the price.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    maxwell katoomba, Australia 08-02-10
    maxwell katoomba, Australia 08-02-10 Member Since 2010

    Middle aged; long University course (science based), and long service as a professional. Cynical and very interested in the real world.

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    "thankyou"

    This is a well read and well presented ENGLISH version of a very dense text, so if anyone out there wants to get a handle on the Koran; then here is an excellent starting point.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Houston, TX, United States 06-01-11
    Paul Houston, TX, United States 06-01-11 Member Since 2002

    I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".

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    "Misleading! Audible needs a better translation."

    If you have no other choice for readings of the Quran, this will do, but keep a copy of Yusuf Ali or Muhammed Shakir's translations on hand for parts that sound bizzarre. Abdullah Yusuf Ali translations are free at Islamic information centers and larger Masjids.

    Narrator has an Irish accent, so the mood of the reading sounds like you're taking part in a political party meeting for some strange Islamic offshoot of the IRA. The tone is very serious, since much of this book is a continuous repeat of what happens to "unbelievers".

    There are a number of things that are just wrongly translated in a manner that is misleading to Western culture. There are a couple of passages that talk about being waited on by "virgin boys" in heaven - This is a mistranslation. The two other translations I have say young boys or youth (cherubs?). "Virgin boys" obviously has a sexual connotation, the correct translation does not. There's also passages that describe "beating" your wife if she will not lay with you -- this is also a mistranslation. There's yet another passage that mentions not to take Christains and Jews as your friend. This is also a mistranslation.

    ***NOTE TO AUDIBLE*** Audible.com has two blockbuster readings of the bible (Zondervan KJV and "The Word of Promise" NKJV). It's about time they step up to those same standards and bring us some quality readings of the Quran in either the Yusuf Ali or Muhammed Shakir translations - which modern muslims agree to be more correct. Though most muslims I speak to say it's very difficult to translate Arabic meanings to English ones. Much is dependent on context and much can be misunderstood without clear guidance.

    So listen, but listen with caution - and with someone near who can answer questions. It is against Islam to lie about the contents of the Quran, so true muslims should be able to answer your questions as close to the truth as you can possibly get - without learning Arabic

    30 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    EL SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 02-13-12
    EL SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 02-13-12
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    "amazing"

    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

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Seeker77 Dunkirk, MD United States 04-21-12
    Seeker77 Dunkirk, MD United States 04-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It helped me understand my own religion better.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I didn't really like it, per se but it wasn't horrible. It was a bit slow and some continuous bad pronunciation. How do you pronounce scourge?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me realize why I could never be Muslim, no disrespect to those that are but many parts of the text describe the exact opposite of my own beliefs. However, it is a must read for anyone interested in religions and I would think, every Muslim.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Starbuck L. Ennis a couple of miles and a lifetime away from uc berkeley. 03-14-14
    Starbuck L. Ennis a couple of miles and a lifetime away from uc berkeley. 03-14-14 Member Since 2011

    autodidactic is as autodidactic dose.

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    "i like to listen to audiobooks when i am going to"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Trout Lake Media? Why or why not?

    perhaps. out of curiosity


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS BOOK AS YOU ARE FALLING ASLEEP!
    it dose not lend it's self well to pleasant dreaming.

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    Ray ORLANDO, FL, United States 01-31-13
    Ray ORLANDO, FL, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Alec Sand does it again"
    Where does The Koran rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Listening to The Koran has given me a whole new insight into world events and history.


    What does Alec Sand bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Alex Sand is the best lecture reader around


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  • Abubakar
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    4/21/11
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    "Excellent, but narration is challenging"

    A good, easy, and relatively inexpensive purchase for anyone that has long wanted to read the Quran but has been 'too busy' to do so.
    4 stars rather than 5 because I found the narration of the Noorbox version more alive, and I preferred their translation. A little more expensive, but worth it in my opinion!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • steve
    Rainham, United Kingdom
    8/30/12
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    "Repetitive beyond all endurance"

    I was expecting a literary masterpiece but I was sorely disappointed.
    I could not believe how this work just repeats the same thing again and again....and again..dozens if not hundreds of times in exactly the same manner.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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