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 as a slave in the mines, while his family is sent to leprosy caves. As Messala is dying from being crushed in a chariot race, he reveals where Ben-Hur's family is. On the road to find them, Ben-Hur meets the 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.
Public Domain (P)2011 Tantor
First off, remember this is the reading of a book that was written in 1880, not the transcript of the 1959 movie starring Charlton Heston (or the arguably superior 1925 silent film starring Ramon Novarro). The movies took many liberties with the story, if this is the kind of thing that bugs you, you may want to look for a different book. Second, notice the subtitle is “A Tale of the Christ”. This is a much more religious book than either of the movies would lead you to believe, so if that is something that will put you off, I suggest that you find another book.
With those disclaimers, I have to say that I am impressed with how well the story is told. Though there are parts where Wallace gets a little stiff, it didn’t feel overly dated. In fact I was often surprised with how well the work was constructed. The narrator also does a great job with this story, and the time seemed to go by rather quickly.
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
Audible allows me to listen to classics that I would never have time to sit down and read. Ben-Hur is a classic on my own "must read" list. It is very long and it is very slow in most places. The gold nuggets come in the last third of the book. It is worth the wait, but I would never have the patience to sit and listen to this story develop. I listened while multi-tasking and zoned out the boring parts. Still, I feel accomplished to have made it through the book and appreciate the message.
I must admit that it took two different attempts of starting this book to actually make it through. There are parts at the beginning where I wondered if the author would ever get to the point. Honestly though, once the action started with Ben-Hur, I was engaged the entire time.
Great performance by the narrator as well. I am so happy that I persisted with this book, to me it was well worth it.
The length, it tends to drag out sometimes
Life lessons you can learn
He has a very soothing voice
I have always loved the movie but reading the book really helped to fill in do much more. in some ways there movie was better to me. In others, the book was better.
One of the best audible books I have bought. So much more than the movie, and beautifully presented. History, wisdom, and ancient places described with accurate and brilliant vocal, and authors creative mastery of language. I will listen to it again and again. Much more than I expected from this story, which is mostly remembered for the exciting chariot race. I would never have chosen it, but heard rave reviews about this author on TV. The narrator is excellent. A learning experience revisiting from the past, but wisdom so current. I was emotionally inspired, and listened to many chapters more than once. Lew Wallace wrote a masterpiece, and I appreciate it very much. Warning...it will make you cry.
There is a lot more depth in the book than there was in the movie but still there were a lot of differences in the movie that I think made the 1959 movie much more compelling. Still, I am glad to have read this book. the narration and the dramatization especially of the chariot race and the crucifixion was fantastic.
I was glued to this book from the beginning. Good story. Stays true to Biblical narrative where Christ is mentioned (I believe). I saw the movie years ago. Don't remember much of it but I don't think it compares.
wondeful "historical" fiction story set among familiar events. Behavior of the main characters, Jews of the 1st Century, is projected by the Christian author.
I vaguely remember Ben Hur from my childhood as a Hollywood drama. I am amazed after listening to the whole book what a lame movie Ben-Hur was. I think because Hollywood is completely void of religious understanding the movie was mostly just about action and Chariot racing. this is a wonderful story of the time and background of the coming of Christ. I absolutely loved the characters and some of the wonderful background detail of the time and places. if you want to more excellent books along the same line quo vadis and the robe are both excellent too. the reader is okay. He does an acceptable job reading but there's nothing exceptional about his intonation of voice or abilities to dramatize the characters.
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