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There have been other biographies of the Prophet of Islam, a few written by authors living in non-Muslim countries (Yusuf Islam's splendid audio work The Life Of The Prophet springs instantly to mind here), but not that many by non-Muslims. And it is purely because Robert Spencer is not a Muslim that he is able to discuss, without fear and without any degree of 'political correctness', aspects of the holy man's life that many, both believers and unbelievers, hitherto did not know.

Mr. Spencer is no stranger to controversy, as his books and his 'Jihadwatch' Web site speak for themselves, yet he manages never to pull his punches. He takes quotations from the Qur'an, and other works held in high regard, and uses them to present different sides of the Prophet's character: his skill as a military leader, his views on other religions, his pressure and agitation for constant war against unbelievers. It's a challenging work, and will probably win him fans and sworn enemies in equal measure.

James Adams reads the audiobook, endowed with a mellow English accent, yet tackling the Arabian pronunciation with skill and aplomb. The English accent surprised me, since Robert Spencer is American, but being a straight factual work I believe a good voice from either side of the Atlantic would suffice. I listened in one sitting; the near seven hours passing remarkably swiftly (always a good sign) and the narration and audio quality were of consistently high quality. Simply an all-round excellent book.

--Brad Jackson, UK

Publisher's Summary

In The Truth about Muhammad, New York Times best-selling author and Islam expert Robert Spencer offers an honest and telling portrait of the founder of Islam -- perhaps the first such portrait in half a century -- unbounded by fear and political correctness, unflinching, and willing to face the hard facts about Muhammad's life that continue to affect our world today.

Spencer details Muhammad's development from a preacher of hellfire and damnation into a political and military leader who expanded his rule by force of arms, promising his warriors luridly physical delights in Paradise if they were killed in his cause. He explains how the Qur'an's teaching on warfare against unbelievers developed, with constant war to establish the hegemony of Islamic law as the last stage.

© 2006 Robert Spencer; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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the truth about mohammad

The narrator should have consulted someone on the arabic pronunciation. He sounded so comical.

3 of 16 people found this review helpful

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An interesting overview of the life of Muhammad

I didn't realize how much I did not know about the life of the key figure in Islam before I listened to this book. It certainly is a controversial piece for anyone who is emotionally invested in this religion, but the account seems to be pretty balanced, even though it does not paint the main hero in a positive way. The author however tries mostly to avoid judgement or speculation and to present only facts.

In my opinion he succeeds in demystifying the religious figure of the prophet, and to gather as much information about him as is currently possible. Even though there are a few conclusions and suggestions made during the book, and it is quite clear which side of the debate Spencer is on, I feel that he does successfully present the case and the historical account. Even if you disagree with the conclusion, it is definitely worth listening to.

The narration was pleasant to my ears as well.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • RFH
  • Boise, Idaho
  • 02-22-07

Boring

To detailed, to the point of being boring and uninteresting. Expected a more exciting dialogue.

11 of 66 people found this review helpful

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Probably a better read than the audio.

The story, while well researched, is too detailed regarding all the battles and commings and goings of the different characters. With an abundance of references, in the printed form the reader can choose whether to skip the references or to consult all, some, or a particular one at a given point, but in the audio presentation I found it annoying having to listen to all those meaningless numbers read out every so often, interrupting the line of thought. I would suggest a new recording, with either none or only the most outstanding references read out.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Coward attempt

Spenser is a biased writer who breathes hate and his book is a coward attempt to defame the benifector of humanity.

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