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Publisher's Summary

As one of the best-selling stories of all time, Lew Wallace's Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ has captivated and enthralled millions around the world, both in print and on the big screen. Now Lew's great-great-granddaughter has taken the old-fashioned prose of this classic novel and breathed new life into it for today's audience.

Now a major motion picture from MGM and Paramount studios, the story follows Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman whose childhood friend, Messala, betrays him. Accused of trying to murder the new Roman governor in Jerusalem, Judah is sentenced to the galley ships and vows to seek revenge against the Romans and Messala. But a chance encounter with a carpenter from Nazareth sets Judah on a different path.

Rediscover the intrigue, romance, and tragedy in this thrilling adventure.

Also included: the inspiring story behind the story of Lew Wallace, Indiana lawyer, author, and Civil War general.

©2016 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. and Paramount Pictures Corporation (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Maginificient remake

Much more readable and a lot easier to understand and follow than the original version.
It's a must-read classic tale for all ages.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Modern Version

I am so glad that Carol Wallace took the time and effort to rewrite her great, great Grandfather’s version of “Ben Hur!” I could never get into that former style. Ms. Wallace makes the story come alive in her new up-to-date version, while staying true to the original story. I like that she discusses the writing of the book, and her Grandfather, at the end. I must say, too, the narrator is excellent! He does the story justice, as well. A wonderful story; what I call “a keeper”, that I will listen to again.

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Ben-Hur - The Newer Version

I have seen the original movie many times and wanted to read the book. I read it and this book which the newest movie version used. Obviously, this book, and Lew Wallace's longer version, has the same elements as the movie. However, it is must longer and slower. For the increase investment, you get a great of detail about personalities and events that we left out or combined. There is a great of detail about the region, the habits and circumstances of the times. The discussion of leprosy and the Roman administration were very helpful to frame the story. I recommend the original as well if you want to make the time.

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It is simply a marvelous work of art.

I really loved hearing it. I was not at all difficult to go through the chapters. I was eager to finish it. The most memorable scene is the recount of Juda's heritage that was kept and multiplied by the stewardship of Simonedes...

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Almost perfect

Performance from the narrator was top notch. The story line is phenomenal, it is a timeless Classic of course.

The writing on the other hand, at times I felt it was poorly written. Parts we're under written or over written.

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Makes a grand story at last enjoyable.

What made the experience of listening to Ben-Hur the most enjoyable?

The update by Lew Wallace's granddaughter brought this grand story into the 21st century. I listened to the original and it was a tough listen to get through. The language was antiquated, even for the late 19th Century when it was written. But now without the distraction of original style.

What did you like best about this story?

the description of the chariot races is brought to life.

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Stunning!

I throughly enjoyed my time listening to this book. The content of the story line and the reader are both terrific.

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  • 08-31-16

Not bad, but not great.

Somewhat plodding version of the original, lacking the energy and momentum to keep my interest.

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Awesome

Made me run the gambit of emotions, from sadness to excitement and from joy to pure horror. A truly great listen!

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Great book for one who's never read it or seen it.

Would you listen to Ben-Hur again? Why?

Yes. For someone who likes a period piece, this book has all the ingredients to a great novel. Interesting characters, great story-line, adventure, a hero and a bit of romance all situated around a story as old as paper itself. Whether you are a devout Christian or an agnostic matters not. This is a great book.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that this fictional character and story is loosely structured around and involves the adult life of Christ gives it the feel of a non-fictional story. While many of the circumstances affecting the main character seem a bit far-fetched, they also remind you that wonderful things happen to lousy people and vice-versa and while a rags to riches story may invoke an eye-roll in some it also gives hope and reason to endure for others.

Have you listened to any of Firdous Bamji’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Christ's last message in the book to his decipels when asked what were they to do now: "Feed my lambs, tend my sheep, follow me".
I found this profound and kind of a slap to reality as the message was simply telling them to love and take care of one another and avoid doing evil things, which even if Christ was not the son of God, is a message that we should all follow as the act is Godly regardless of what deity you follow.

Any additional comments?

From someone who has done nothing but listen to Stephen King type thrillers this was a welcome break and unexpected enjoyment.I have never read the original book nor have I seen either the old nor the newer version of the movie. I doubt very much any screen adaptation will be able to hold the same significance for me as this audio book did, but I will give them a shot. A very well written book. A wonderful story. I hope all who partake enjoy it as much as I did.

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