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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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Great book must read for all

It clears many misconceptions from mind and clearly gives direction for the future . Recommended for all .

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  • Hysam D.
  • 11-02-21

Very bad

I was born Muslim, but I think of myself as an agnostic. All religions promote ideals that religious people never live up to. The distortion of Islam is beyond belief. Judging Islam thru the actions of terrorists is malicious and seems intended to misguide readers. This is like saying Timothy McVeigh represents all Christians...

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  • David Ewing
  • 09-10-08

Eye Opening

This book serves three major purposes. First, it helps you understand the structure and origin of the Islamic Religion. Second it gives a recount of the life and times of Muhammad. Third, it places the puzzling actions of Muslims in a clear and stark light of their traditions and beliefs. While I was somewhat disturbed by the implications of this book it is an invaluable read. No responsible Westerner should overlook this book . . . or disregard its warnings.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-10-20

The author only mentions what supports his subjective opinion

If you want to write a book which is supposed to come up with objective “truth” it would make sense to learn the language which the author hasn’t done - obviously. “Cherry picking” what serves your truth is not the way how to write books.

Waste of time.

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  • Graeme
  • 07-06-16

A polemic

Some of the story is very informative. But the cites make it difficult to listen to. And the story is rather obviously told to prove the author's point.

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  • John
  • 05-06-08

Well read, packed with facts.

Audio: Narrator James Adams does an excellent job. His British accent and pronounciation of the many Arabic words are both very understandble. The pace is just right, neither dragging nor being a "speed-read". The recording is clear and unobstructed by any interference. I will look for other works J. Adams has read as possible future choices.

Content: As in Spencer's P.I. Guide to Islam that I read, this book is packed with referenced facts. These are largely quotes and accounts from the Quran, Sura, and hadith. The book is largely a fascinating and reasonably brief historical account of the life of Muhammad. As a Protestant Westerner and minor history buff, I enjoyed it and felt educated by it! I was enthralled enough to listen to the 7 hour book within a single 24-hr period. Spencer sticks to the facts throughout and lets them speak for themselves. Only in the final chapter does he coalesce the various points presented and apply them to our modern world. Is 7th century Muhammad a bad example for conduct in the 21st century? (My question.) Read\listen and decide for yourself. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Brady
  • 20-02-07

Enlightening & Frightening

I was shocked to learn about Islam & their prophet, Mohammed. I took those saying Islam is peaceful at their word - it is not. Mohammed was a brutal, warring figure. One has a far better understanding of why the Jihadist are so fanatic in their ways after listening. I would be interested in any books that say otherwise about this religion and their prophet. The book is well-referenced and well read.

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  • Mark Adams
  • 27-01-07

Good to learn about Muhammad

Given the current political situation in the Muslim world, it's important for westerners to learn about the prophet Muhammad and the origins of Islam. This book presents a clear, concise account of the prophet and his religion, while stimulating thought--and, hopefully, discussion on the topic. Makes for good, interesting listening.

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  • Cx30
  • 09-12-06

Enlightening

Here is current information not found in news reports, a perspective taken from Islamic documents. In light of hair-trigger reactions, it's amazing that the author and publisher decided to provide this insight.

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  • Steve
  • 14-02-09

Biographies of Muhammad are not too exciting

I am guessing I have purchased better than 60 audible books to date. I should review more of them on this site. Robert Spencer is one of Audible's invaluable authors. Before I got hooked up with Audible, I bought and listened to the cassette tape edition of Spencer's "Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest Growing Faith." It is excellent. I notice with Islam Unveiled, as with these reviews here on "The Truth About Muhammad," there are some one or two starred reviews from people that either did not appear to have listened to the audio book or from people who only reviewed "one" audio book on the Audible web-site:

"Robert Spencer."

I've got three good biographies of Muhammad including Audible's "Muhammad" by Martin Lings. I recommend it, though unlike Spencer, Lings' biography is more of an apologetic of the prophet's life. Suffice it to say, Muhammad, unlike Jesus and Moses, was a warrior-king along the order of King David, though perhaps more violent than David. There may be those who will dispute this point. A Biography that details the violent exploits of a warrior-king is not necessarily an exciting read or listen, yet in the case of Muhammad it is a must read; because he was and still is such an important historical figure. Robert Spencer is a scholar on Islam whether you agree with his conclusions or not. I cannot recommend Spencer's books enough to audible subscribers; all of them.

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  • Maen
  • 28-06-12

Pre-conceived notion

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it brings about many facts and events that are correct according to my account of the history of islam.

Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Spencer? Why or why not?

Yes, He has critical sense and an apparent accademic presentation.

Which scene was your favorite?

All the verses of Quraan, it touch me deeply in the heart. It is my first time to listen to them in English, with such elegant reading.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, i had to stop many times and reflect on what was said

Any additional comments?

As a muslim i felt offended in many places reading this book. And I disgaree with much of the critique that was writtern about Prophet Mohammed. But it was interesting to know how Non-muslims may interpret Islam and the Islamic beliefs.

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  • Annie from Edinburgh
  • 20-08-18

Difficult to follow

I found Robert Spencer’s delivery very difficult to follow. His monotone voice, his habit of continually running sentences together and adding numerical references to passages in the Qu’ran, makes for a very difficult listen. I ended up putting it on when I went to bed as his monotonous delivery sent me to sleep. The book is obviously well researched and would benefit from a re-recording from an actor or voice professional who knows how to deliver the spoken word.

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  • Jonathan
  • 22-01-09

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It is really fantastic that Audible.co.uk offers such a diverse range of literature on it's website. "The Truth about Muhammad" adds an interesting and balanced account which is more topical today than ever before. Although I am against established religions per se, so have no "angle" (or loyalty to the religion of my ancestors!) It is clear from just browsing Audible.co.uk that there are plenty of books criticising Christianity and the other religions, far more than criticise Islam, but I don't hear people whining about them. That's because people still (at the moment) have a right to write books on topics that they choose to write about and have an expertise and interest in. Most civilised people respect that. It is therefore ridiculous to hysterically demand that someone writes sequels on other religions! My ancestors fought Hitler to ensure that EVERYONE could have an opinion without fear and intimidation. This book is well researched, interesting and fair. Buy it now!

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  • Harris Totle
  • 15-07-11

Surprised & enlightened

I have passed over this author on several occasions as I did not want to read a one sided polemic against the father of Islam, but then finally downloaded this book and held my breath. Not only was I very surprised at the scholarly approach of the book but was very encouraged by the depth of Spencer's knowledge on the subject. It is encouraging in the sense that he adds credibility to his thesis by avoiding an over-interpretation of the subject matter, and simply lets the Koran/Hadith speak for itself. This is not an attack on Islam or Mohammad or a tyraid by an uninformed blogger spouting a 'western slant' on the patron of Islam, to satisfy some conspiratorial bias against Islam, but simply a well documented and researched collection of written evidence to answer the question 'Is Islam a religeon of peace?'. He is also not suggesting Muslims are not peaceful, but simply if Mohammads actions are to be held in such high esteem as to be considered virtuous above all others, the world is in for a very rough ride. I recommend it for dedicated truth seekers...enjoy!

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  • Mr. M. G. Helliwell
  • 06-05-16

Interesting and thought provoking read

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The book is clearly read which makes following the arguments easy enough. Some parts, such as bracketed comments, don't work as well being read but they are a relatively minor part.

The book is split into 3 parts. Firstly it discussing the Islamic texts, with a bit about there history and reliability. The major part of the book uses these texts to follow Muhammed's life. It does not attempt to find the "historical" Muhammed but instead takes what is written in the text, as a Muslim might.

The final part of the book talks about the implications of Muslims today taking Muhammed's life as a model for their own.

I don't know enough about Islam to argue how biased this book is or isn't but it is an accessible and interesting introduction to a relevant subject.

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  • Simin Zare
  • 24-08-21

Mehh for a starter

The book, as the author has claimed, is based on the Islamic tradition passed through the ages. However, if you are interested in a more historical or academic insight into Mohammad and Islam, this book is not for you. This book is an introduction to the Mohammad of islamists, if this is what you want, go for it.
Some of the pronunciations are inaccurate to a degree that it took few seconds for me to figure out about what the narrator is talking.
My biggest disappointment was the last chapter, when the author was proposing rather sedative approaches to deal with the extremism in the western countries and not finding a resolution to deal with it more internationally.

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  • Abhishek
  • 27-03-20

interesting read

an interesting journey all the way from year 570 to present, prophet Mohammed & his teachings live in hearts of Muslims

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  • The_Dark_Knight
  • 02-04-18

Educational and topical

Would you listen to The Truth About Muhammad again? Why?

No I only listen to books once due to time constraints but there was valuable information in it nonetheless.

What did you like best about this story?

The information given, particularly the examples backed up with references to the Quran.

What about James Adams’s performance did you like?

Good, clear and coherent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Too long. And to be honest tedious at times.

Any additional comments?

No.

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  • brian clark
  • 05-12-15

At last the real truth at this evil religious nonsense!

This should be made completely available in all schools and universities in the UK!!!!
Very in depth and informative!

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  • Zaid
  • 13-01-09

WIll there be

Although some of what Spencer writes in this book may well be true, a lot of it can easily apply to other "religions" including Judaism and Christianity. His attempt to judge 1400 year old events by today's moral standards calls his judgment and motives into doubt. I wonder if he intends to publish "The Truth About Moses" or "The Truth About Jesus" and how women and slaves are treated in those religions. How about the Crusades! He clearly doesn't seem to have any objections to some of the clearly immoral practices of the other religions when judged by today's standards. His agenda is clearly to go after Islam alone and that makes him more of a propagandist than an objective writer.

I am a secular person but nevertheless can't help but question Spenser's motivations, particularly in light of his known views and "Anti-Islamist" associations. He can be described by some as your average Islamophobe and racist.

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  • Je suis Charlie
  • 10-05-17

I've read the Koran and this book isn't wrong.

I've read the Koran and this book isn't wrong. A red pill for those who want it.

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  • John Robinson
  • 08-02-17

Educational

This book should be required reading for all western politicians. The accurate version of Islam is actually the extremist view. The religion itself is problematic.

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  • Adam
  • 14-08-17

Good

Enjoyed it, was quite easy to listen to, no real surprises in subject matter but still learnt a lot

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  • Ken
  • 25-11-16

Excellent Resource

great book. a lot of work and research has gone into the book, and while I am sure some will see it a biased, as some always will, any opinions expressed by the author seem to be well grounded in fact. once you know this much about the founder of Islam, it's hard not to form a strong opinion.

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  • Scott
  • 08-11-16

A concise and excellent insight into an intolerant ideology

This should be compulsory reading for all leaders or 'would be' leaders and journalists in the western democracies.
Only when you truely understand who Mohammad was can you begin to understand what Islam is.