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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: Jim Killavey Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2003 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 stories 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 reading shows, the story, together with the sweeping rhythm of the writer's prose, make it ideally suited to audio. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hazel Roberts | 2/12/2014

    " i hope i enjoy it as much as the film "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 2/12/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Coutz | 2/10/2014

    " After trying to read this several times in the past couple years I finally finished it a couple weeks ago. It's a really awesome book. It's exciting and has some very moving parts if you are a person of faith. I listened to it as an audio book. It is very detailed in its visual descriptions. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 2/5/2014

    " This books has a great beginning - the meeting of the Magi - but I was dissatisfied with the ending; it felt trite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/6/2014

    " 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ra Cha Cha | 11/18/2013

    " 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 Curtis | 9/30/2013

    " This is a beautiful unabridged edition published by Reader's Digest. There are illustrations in teh margins of *every* page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky | 8/17/2013

    " I wish 4.5 was a choice. I loved the book, but it was wordy and a little hard to get through. The end was really tough to read, but really good. Looking forward to see how the movie compares! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clayton Chase | 8/12/2013

    " Couldn't find what I actually wanted to review - the abridged audiobook in Spanish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth | 11/14/2012

    " I really like the book. There is some much interesting detail about the terrain, Jewish customs, Arab customs, etc. This is perhaps much more than the average reader will want. For those type of readers, read the abridged version and you will not miss any of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arthur Gibson | 8/22/2012

    " I liked the book. Rich in detail. A good story. I disliked the philosophy behind parts of it that allude to good works having anything to do with salvation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 7/27/2012

    " The books are always better than the movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luther Butler | 2/16/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 9/29/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/11/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas Wilson | 1/6/2011

    " Some time in high school. Enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary-Jane | 6/10/2010

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neotamizhan | 2/21/2008

    " Its play with the history(/legend) of Jesus was good. I usually prefer books to movies. But (for me atleast) Ben Hur the movie was better than the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Wescott | 6/29/2005

    " I read this as a Sophomore, I didn't think I liked it, but actually really got into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joycetho1 | 5/25/2005

    " In this book Judea Ben-Hur acctidently slips a peice of concrete onto the the kings head. Will he ever excape from the Romans? Read to find out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 1/2/2005

    " Good book. Very interesting historical fiction surrounding the life of Christ, but with enough distance and character development that it didn't feel heavy like scriptures. Not a light read, but definitely worth the time. Besides, I dig anything Jewish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 9/24/2004

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felicity | 11/27/2003

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

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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.