The Koran

  • by Trout Lake Media
  • Narrated by Alec Sand
  • 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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

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.
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- Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2010
  • Publisher: Trout Lake Media