I have to agree with the others. The authors read was painful to listen too. I thought hard about sending it back because of the headache it was causing, but muscled my way through it since it was only 1 cd. The information provided was only the very basics of the Islam and so it will be informative if you have zero knowledge of the religion. If you already some understand the basic history of how, where, and when it was founded and the five pillars then it may be a waste of your time. I was a bit disappointed as I was looking for more in depth coverage.
Give this one a chance. The information is quite good, but the narrator/author starts out speaking very slowly, ennuciating every syllable and speaks with a lisp. After a bit, he picks up the pace and the lisp becomes hardly noticeable, but when he first started I thought I was going to go insane.
I like intellectually challenging books. If this was one, I couldn't quite tell because I couldn't get past 3 minute mark without shipping it back. I'm shocked that Simply Audiobooks would purchase anything of such low production quality. I would be shocked if anybody has ever ordered this and finished it (and it's only one disc!!!)
My apologies in advance to the author, but he would have been better off having someone else read the audio portion for him. I could not get past the slow monitoned voice and the speech slurs enough to listen to the CD. I could tell that good, factual information was being presented but, too hard to listen to. Sorry!
The reader in the book speaks very slowly like they have a speaking problem or they are in a lot of pain, and it makes it very hard to listen to. I'm sure that he has a lot of good things to say, but he should of had someone else read it for him.
Huston Smith is internationally known and revered as the premier teacher of world religions. He is the focus of a five-part PBS television series with Bill Moyers and has taught at Washington University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and the University of California at Berkeley. The recipient of twelve honorary degrees, Smith's fifteen books include his bestselling "The World's Religions", "Why Religion Matters", and his autobiography, "Tales of Wonder".