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Publisher's Summary

Muhammad's was a life of almost unparalleled historical importance, yet for all the iconic power of his name, the intensely dramatic story of the prophet of Islam is not well known. In The First Muslim, Lesley Hazleton brings him vibrantly to life. Drawing on early eyewitness sources and on history, politics, religion, and psychology, she renders him as a man in full, in all his complexity and vitality. Hazleton's account follows the arc of Muhammad's rise from powerlessness to power, from anonymity to renown, from insignificance to lasting significance. How did a child shunted to the margins end up revolutionizing his world? How did a merchant come to challenge the established order with a new vision of social justice? How did the pariah hounded out of Mecca turn exile into a new and victorious beginning? How did the outsider become the ultimate insider?

Impeccably researched, Hazleton's narrative creates vivid insight into a man navigating between idealism and pragmatism, faith and politics, nonviolence and violence, rejection and acclaim. The First Muslim illuminates not only an immensely significant figure but his lastingly relevant legacy.

©2013 Lesley Hazleton (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"This book offers a welcome chance to read [Muhammad's] life story in a more familiar and accessible form than the Islamic sources.... The First Muslim succeeds. It makes its subject vivid and immediate." ( The New York Times)

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excellent sorry - terrible narration

great story, shows extensive research was done. unfortunately the narrator has a very heavy Indian accent and failed to practice the pronunciation of all extremely important words. Alalahouakabar was pronounced Allahouakhbar. Moawia was pronounced Moavia and many more. a simple practice on the correct pronunciation would have avoided these trebled mistakes!

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Ms Gupta's accent and strange inflections are so distracting that I am unable to recommend this book.

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Narrator is terrible

Narrators should know how to pronounce the names! These people are important to Muslims, and names are important. What is wrong with audiobook producers?

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Worst narration ever

Well researched/written story with the worst narration. Ms. Gupta would’ve done well to at least learn some basic pronunciations of the names. Rushed, misplaced inflections. Poor attempts at dramatization. Buy the book and read it.

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Iam so disappointed in the narrator

She has made no effort in trying to pronounce an!y words names historical sites properly. There is no dearth of good narrators. She has no passion and her accent is so heavy. Kindly please try and select a better narrator . Good God she is awful

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excellent reading

As a student of history and Islam, this narrative of a book I have been planning to read is nothing. short of oustanding!

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Good story, narration...

This is an excellent book concerning the life and times of Muhammad. It was far more detailed than I expected, and I appreciate that.

The authorship is excellent. However, there are portions of the book that are taken word for word from Hazelton's Life After the Prophet. The re-telling of the stories are fine and stated correctly, but I would think that Hazelton could have changed some of the verbiage around the stories a little. I'm being pretty picky here.

The narration was a little off-putting. The woman performing has kind of a news reporter from the 1980s vibe about her. I'd describe it as a bit of up-talking at the end of long passages. Again, I'm being picky.

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Could have kept it more objective

This could have been much better if the author would have kept it more objective and evidence based. With her personal analysis and conclusions of different situations and events , it feels as though she was subconsciously projecting her biases and some time felt as though she was way out of her place propagating her individual conclusions

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Interesting speculations

I learned a lot from this book. I knew little about the life of the actual man, Muhammad. It is pretty fascinating history. The author told in a psychological way that I sometimes found really irritating, where the author assumed knowledge of how Muhammed or other people actually felt when such and such happened. Otherwise, I would have given it a higher rating. don't know why some reviewers couldn't get used to the narrators accent. I thought the narrator has a beautiful voice. I would like to learn more about this historical period in the Middle East.

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GREAT BOOK...

l love it. great book its detailed and informative I will listen to it again .