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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,352 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lew Wallace Narrator: Jeff Harding Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.