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I was left with the feeling of an abridged book. I was expecting to gain an appreciation for the life and times of those associated with the writing and interpretation of the Qur'an but ended up with a just a glimpse. I suppose that if you have an understanding already it will make more sense, but then why would you be reading this book?
Michael Pritchard's narration sounds to me like a 1950's news reel. Although I had the same observation it did not bother me with "All The Shah's Men" and "Shadow Divers", but what he was reading there was outstanding. Late in the book the pitch of his voice drops which I found quite distracting.
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I like the historical context, but I find the citations of chapter and verse useless in an audio book. The citations seem to jump all over during the course of the book--I think to make various points, but I'd prefer a little more detail on the history and fewer citations.
I suspect it's just me, but I can't stand this narrator. I just realized I've listened to him before in another book, and I barely finished that book.
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