A friend's recommendation led me to seek out an audio edition of Ivanhoe. The narrator of this edition made it impossible to get into - I couldn't even get half-way through. His British accent is so nasal and affected, it sounds as if the Duke of Windsor came back to life to do some freelance narration work. This wouldn't be such a detriment if only he was narrating rather than just reading. It did not come to life for me. But listen to a sample - maybe it will come to life for you!
If you like historical fiction, you'll like this book. It has a very good plot, and the narrator does a great job with the different characters. However, I must admit I enjoyed the ending of the movie (starring Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor) better.
I was shocked by how strong the anti-semitic sentiment was in this book. I was so put off by this that it ruined any enjoyment I might have had in the story. I realize that this book was written during a different time when people's beliefs were very different, but when is enough enough. Just as old way of thinking give way to new ideas so should old literature.