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.
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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.
"Not Like the Movie"
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.
"A Great and Beautiful Story"
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.
"A bit wordy at times but so worth it!"
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.
This would be the perfect read between Thanksgiving & Easter. I loved how the story began with the wise men & I enjoyed the author's portrayal of each of their individual characters.
I also loved the vivid descriptions of the Ben Hur, his family, Esther & her father, the Egyptian Iris & her father, Marcellas & others in the story. It was so well written you could feel you were there during the chariot race or Christ's crucifixion. It was easy to empathize with the people who longed for a king to lead them against their Roman oppressors. Jesus was not what they expected but he was so much more. In humility, he suffered persecution & death all for the sake of his people. It is a story of hope & redemption.
The length, it tends to drag out sometimes
Life lessons you can learn
He has a very soothing voice
"A true classic"
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.
"A story about a disciple of Jesus"
I read this book as a boy, but have read it again. It is a tale of a man and his family who were badly wronged. A man who was so touched by the love of Christ that it changed everything for him. It's almost like a fictional gospel, as told by a disciple who slowly came to recognize the character of God through his many encounters with Christ, and through the reverence and love of Jesus that the Egyptian magi had.
This is certainly another case where the story of the book is so much richer than the 1950's movie. Even a well-done movie of 4 hours cannot begin to reflect the richness of this story. Forget about the recent movie altogether please. From this book I can see how deeply Lew Wallace loved the lord. You really care about the characters in this book.
The narrator was excellent. The dialogue and speech of the characters was vivid, but not overdone.
"Well worth the reading/listening"
I really enjoyed this book! It did take a while before it became intriguing but once it did I could hardly s stop listening. I am glad I like the characters endured until the end.
This one audiobook I intend on keeping, so I can go back and listen again, & again.
The clash of cultures, the extreme cruelty, the passion, the ability to watch an old society function as a back-drop to this recognizable story. I thought that I knew it, but I didn't-not by half! Amazing story to listen to, & get really wrapped up in the characters and their lives, especially in the time of Christ-wow.
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