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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,337 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lew Wallace Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the most popular American novels of all time, Ben-Hur vividly reimagines the oppressive Roman occupation of ancient Palestine and the rise of Christianity. The saga of Judah Ben-Hur’s spiritual journey from slavery to vengeance to redemption is both a vivid historical adventure and a powerful story of one man’s religious awakening.

Born the son of a Jewish nobleman, Ben-Hur is condemned to a life of slavery when his former friend wrongly accuses him of attempting to kill a Roman official. While his mother and sister are imprisoned in a leper colony, Ben-Hur heroically escapes to challenge Massala’s domination in a chariot race. Before the cheering multitudes at the Roman Circus in Antioch, he achieves his revenge and glory. But it is later, at the foot of a cross on a hill in Jerusalem, that he fulfills his true destiny.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a performance of sustained excellence—sustained across a range of characters and emotions, across time and geography. Male and female, young and old, the self-absorbed and the selfless, the worldly and the spiritual—all are within the compass of James's command. His reading is at once evocative, moving, and entertaining.”


  • “James’ voice is pleasant and respectful of the work. He reads carefully and allows the reader time to see it all.”


  • “Compared with other romances…Ben-Hur easily passes them all, by a vitality which has a touch of genius.”

    Carl Van Doren, Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Agape | 2/18/2014

    " i read this book so long ago that i have almost completely forgotten i have ever read it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/17/2014

    " EXCELLENT! Makes story of Christ fresh--very descriptive-great story and faith "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennis | 2/3/2014

    " This book was really good. I learned a lot reading it and the background of this book is really interesting also. Just a warning though, there is TONS of detail and background in this book...it got a little overwhelming at times. I really liked it because I like ancient history--especially Rome. I got a lot out of. The movie was pretty violent and loud for me, but the book was really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathleen | 2/2/2014

    " The scenes involving leprosy are very poignant, among others. "

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About the Author
Author Lew Wallace

Lewis “Lew” Wallace (1827–1905) was an American author and soldier. Born in Indiana, he served as governor of Utah (1878–81) and minister to Turkey (1881). His novel, Ben-Hur (1880), has twice formed the subject of a spectatcular film.