Ben-Hur

  • by Lew Wallace
  • Narrated by Todd McLaren
  • 23 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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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.
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- Paul Z.

Very Sad that I could not give less stars

I loved the the 1959 film version, staring Charlton Heston, of this book and was very excited to see it here on Audible. So far I have attempted to listen to it 5 times. I really want to like this book. Thinking it might be the narrator I checked out a copy of the book at my local library and the problem is not the narrator. The story is hung together a series of coincidences that I can not believe. The characters from the movie that I love in the book I do not care about. They are hollow and the dialog is tedious.
I can honestly say for the first time that I like the movie version of a book better the the book itself.
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- sitroom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-30-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio