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3.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 5 3.84 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lew Wallace Narrator: Jeff Harding Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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Ben Hur could be said to be the first American blockbuster. When it was published in 1880, it sold over two-million copies and was translated into numerous languages. It combines all the best elements of popular classic, epic and action story against a background of authoritative historical detail. The pace and immediacy of Ben Hur was the basis of its appeal to filmmakers - Charlton Heston's portrayal of the title role became one of the classics of the cinema. Wallace's original novel has been largely forgotten now, but as this vivid reading shows, the story, together with the sweeping rhythm of the writer's prose, make it ideally suited to the audiobook. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy Hatfield | 2/17/2014

    " Hardcore fans would better appreciate the unabridged version, since it keeps in all of Wallace's details. But this isn't bad to get the main body of the story. I've read it about 2-3 times already. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 2/13/2014

    " I started this book in the summer and found it rather dull. But then school started again, and I realized this book is so much more exciting than textbooks! It was a good book after all, but hard to get into. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 2/9/2014

    " Lew Wallace did an excellent job bringing his readers to the first century A.D. I loved reading about all the customs, cultures, and ways of the ancient world. This classic wonderfully weaves a great story with Biblical accounts of Jesus, such as healings and the Crucifixion. I enjoyed this immensely and it is far better than the Hollywood version, which changed major plot lines. Everyone, especially Christians, should read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/8/2014

    " A great book, if you have the patience. Lots of chapters exist just to give historical background, so don't expect something as fast-paced as the movie version; however, some parts of this book are simply amazing. The chariot race is one of the most exciting passages in all of literature (George Lucas' pod race can't even touch it), and the passages about leprosy are some of the most heart-rending. It also does a great job of painting a clear picture of who exactly Jesus was, as well as showing us the unique context in which the people of Israel viewed him at the time--as somebody who they felt would liberate them from Roman subjugation. It's a difficult read, but Wallace is a poetic writer and Ben-Hur is the kind of Christian novel that's nearly impossible to find anymore: namely, it respects the readers' intelligence by not sermonizing on the various morals it is attempting to convey. Whether or not Ben-Hur's vengeance is justified is merely hinted at rather than expounded upon. Most Christian authors lack that kind of subtlety. Wallace was also incredibly knowledgeable about his subject matter, and this book is as well-researched as a James Clavell novel. After Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, it is probably the most vivid and realistic rendering of Jesus I know of, and the scene of His crucifixion carries with it a great deal of emotional heft. The only real problems I have with the novel are that the romance element is not particularly believable, and the story contains a lot of all-too-convenient coincidences, though those can probably be written off as being part of God's ultimate plan. Sure, the movie is a classic, but read the book first if at all possible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 2/8/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chip | 1/28/2014

    " Written by the governor of New Mexico! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 1/22/2014

    " Not as boring as I had feared but not very suspenseful or exciting either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Harris | 1/20/2014

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffanie | 1/19/2014

    " 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/14/2014

    " I really loved this book! It was interesting to feel as if you experienced the life of a Jew during the time of Christ. I am especially happy with the way the Mosaic law is portrayed. an excellent read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sutapa | 11/16/2013

    " Very good. Wish - can join him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 10/29/2013

    " This is a book you could probably skip the whole first book of, but once you get into it, it is hard to put down. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 9/28/2013

    " The book was good, the movie was not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Mosley | 7/6/2013

    " A good read and short easy reading. Good book about life of a Jewish boy/man in the days of Jesus. Good info about the author included at the end too. Very interesting. "

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

    " Finally done. The first half of the book had good moments but was too slow overall. But the second half was great - fast-moving and interesting. I'm glad to be done and free to read other things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martine | 5/24/2013

    " It taskes a while for this book to find its main character and it can at times be a bit longwinded, but once you get into the story its quite compelling and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalya | 12/12/2012

    " I happen to absolutely adore Ben Hur- what can I say?...He only has two weaknesses,he's attracted to annoying Egyptians and he loves serving a dish of revenge now and then. Dynamic characters, amazing writing, and most importantly a stupendous story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deane Foster Schulze III | 10/25/2012

    " A captivating saga that will lead the reader to eons ago. Most have seen the movie but if you haven't read Wallace's work, you haven't "seen" Ben Hur. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ethan | 9/16/2012

    " 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... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/25/2012

    " Whether or not you liked the movie, the book is incredible. I've read it three times, and I don't reread books much anymore. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nick Black | 12/2/2011

    " One of those very rare instances where the movie surpasses the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ra Cha Cha | 8/4/2011

    " This was my favorite book as a kid. I read it 10 times - no joke. It's been a few years since the last time I read it, but I think it's one that withstands the test of time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felicity | 5/22/2011

    " Loved this book, very exciting to see the mission of Jesus through a bystanders eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sangeetha | 5/12/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trupti | 5/10/2011

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 5/4/2011

    " I read this long book long ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica | 4/17/2011

    " I loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C.E. | 4/10/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 4/8/2011

    " This is a book you could probably skip the whole first book of, but once you get into it, it is hard to put down. A great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keykeeper | 3/2/2011

    " I liked it pretty good, but sometimes it went on and on about stuff that really didn't have much to do with the plot.:P "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 2/9/2011

    " Part of my '50 Classic Books' that is on my nook. The first few chapters have me hooked. "

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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

Jeff Harding, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is one of the most active American actors based in Britain. He is regularly seen in film and television but maintains interest in fringe theater. He is particularly active in voice-over and radio work. Having competed in rowing for many years, he still lives by the Thames and rows regularly.