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3.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 5 3.92 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lew Wallace Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781452671345
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A classic of faith, fortitude, and inspiration, this faithful New Testament tale combines the events of the life of Jesus with grand historical spectacle in the exciting story of Judah of the House of Hur, a man who finds extraordinary redemption for himself and his family.

Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the first century. His old friend Messala arrives as commanding officer of the Roman legions. They become bitter enemies. Because of an unfortunate accident, Ben-Hur is sent to slave in the mines while his family is sent to leprosy caves. As Messala is dying after being crushed in a chariot race, he reveals where Ben-Hur’s family is. On the road to find them, Ben-Hur meets Christ as he is on the road to Golgotha to be crucified. That day changes Ben-Hur’s life forever, for that is the day he becomes a believer.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joycetho1 | 2/19/2014

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike French | 2/8/2014

    " 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 Ra Cha Cha | 2/8/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/7/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 2/2/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though I had seen the classic movie plenty of times prior to reading the book. The trick is getting through the beginning where the wise men get word of Jesus' birth and journey to visit him. This can be a bit tedious, but I found it fascinating and the author gives character to eac of the wise men making for a good story. This was a "Christian" story that warmed my heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charity Craig | 1/14/2014

    " Amazing book. I read it twice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ericmgb1974 | 1/11/2014

    " Good story. Let down a bit by an overly simplistic ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 12/25/2013

    " Great epic story - changing of a man; first being rather important person (Jewish prince), than landing on the bottom the society because of stupid accident and than becoming a Roman citizen. Gripping story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary-Jane | 12/25/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 12/18/2013

    " Starts incredibly slow, way too much irrelevant information. About a third of the way in the story picks up for a pretty good ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Hinkson | 12/13/2013

    " This is a fun read (and MUCH better than the epic movie). It gives life to the 3 kings of the Christmas story and parallels the life of Jesus. Even if religion is not your thing, is is a fun book. Of course the hero overcomes all adversity, gets the girl and punishes the ad guy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 12/8/2013

    " Not great literature, but good historical fiction and a riveting story. Wallace performed extensive historical research for the book and it shows. As always, the book contains several important sub-plots left out of the film. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Coutz | 12/4/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie | 12/3/2013

    " Read thus 100 years ago. Saw the movie more than a couple of times....keep forgetting how violent it is! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin Boast | 11/17/2013

    " I have a hardcover copy, printed by Dean & Son Ltd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 9/8/2013

    " 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 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 4/17/2013

    " The books are always better than the movies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett | 2/26/2013

    " I can only remember parts of this story, but I do remember really liking it. It's defintely something I'll reread some day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 10/4/2011

    " Wallace's eloquent address of the intra-faith belief systems and the conflicts which are associated with them offers a unique and somewhat liberal viewpoint for the period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 8/22/2011

    " Here is a tale of love, of betrayal, of revenge, of hatred, and of redemption. You don't want to miss this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 8/13/2011

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley | 8/2/2011

    " I'm a Ben-hur loser--I didn't really read this book. I know a lot of people like it and that it's been hugely popular with American readers, but I had a hard time getting into it. I want to watch the movie though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meikjn | 6/21/2011

    " I love tis book it was the process of the Authors conversion to Christ, and it is wonderful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy Hatfield | 5/27/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 4/14/2011

    " So far, I'm kinda torn. The writing is beautiful. However, there is a lot of it. I confess I didn't truly finish it. I skipped a lot, skimmed a lot, and read the severely condensed version. I think this a great book for long winter evenings. And it is a beautiful book. "

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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

Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice acting, where he has been heard on more than five thousand television and radio commercials, as well as television promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?