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4.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 5 4.04 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lew Wallace Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455177196
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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.”

    AudioFile

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

     Kliatt

  • “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 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 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 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 Kathleen | 2/2/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Roberts | 2/1/2014

    " As good as the movie, which won a record number of Academy Awards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dena | 2/1/2014

    " I was more than a little surprised that I like this. I liked the movie but the book was really good. And after watching the movie again, I was surprised at how closely it stuck to the original book. Definitely worth the reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luther Butler | 1/27/2014

    " An exciting novel from New Testament times. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 1/17/2014

    " This is one of my all-time favorite books. It appeals to some core thing inside me. Many books have impacted me--in fact, I think all books a person reads impact them, for better or worse, in at least a small way. But this one hit me in the gut. It ripped open and healed at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffanie | 1/16/2014

    " This is an epic book. I have never watched the movie, so I didn't know what I was getting in to, but it was awesome. Balthazar was by far my favorite character. The words of wisdom that flowed from his mouth were inspiring. It did have the tendency to get a little wordy, but an excellent read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clay | 10/6/2013

    " Decent story. But muddling through the plodding, Victorian language was a headache. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 7/7/2013

    " Very good book. The story was very interesting. The life of Christ was beautifully interwoven with the live of Ben-Hur. It is a great story. Its only drawback is it being an older book it seemed to be a little too wordy; perhaps too much description. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/29/2013

    " I give it 3 stars for being so bone-crushingly long. But it was good. Way too Christian for something I would pick out for myself to read. Guess that's why my Aunt gave it to me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike French | 3/16/2013

    " One of the only books I have read that the movie was better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Dinges | 2/11/2013

    " I was flipping channels yesterday and fell into Ben Hur. I've read it several times over the years. It never disapoints! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sangeetha | 9/23/2012

    " I don't remember anything except that it was awesome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charity Craig | 9/21/2012

    " Amazing book. I read it twice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 8/6/2012

    " I can't believe I had never read this; now one of my top 3 all-time favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trupti | 3/8/2012

    " Was really good at the beginning, then the details started making it excrutiatingly bland. I definately love the story though. Its awesome. I wanna c the movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 12/23/2011

    " I am a cheater and counting watching the movie as reading the book. I justified it by looking at the quantity of books I have read just in the last year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C.E. | 1/31/2011

    " I found the interweaving of the Christ story and Ben-Hur's story a bit clumsy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob Higgins | 11/12/2009

    " The film and the more recent made for tv remake (especially) were more engaging to be honest. Despite seeing two adaptations beforehand I could barely follow the plot of this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Harris | 9/15/2009

    " The written story is not as "exciting" as the movie. I think the screenwriters did a great job converting the book to the movie with Charlton Heston. At times the book drags on. But in spite of the slow pace in certain sections of the book, it is still a good read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ethan | 12/21/2008

    " I may try this again someday, but it moved entirely too slowly to hold my interest. I suppose that was to be expected considering its age... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary-Jane | 7/8/2008

    " This book is great, a treasure. It is a story set in Israel at the time of Christ, so aspects of Jesus' life are incorporated into the book. The first part is a bit slow, the story of the wisemen, but those characters emerge later in the book, so worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drawblanx | 7/2/2008

    " Great imagery- i reread the first 60 pages 4x just cuz- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 11/7/2007

    " I found this free on Kindle or would have never read it. It's a long book. Totally different than the movie. Great historical fiction! "

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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.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.