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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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.
"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...
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.
"Makes a grand story at last 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.
the description of the chariot races is brought to life.
I throughly enjoyed my time listening to this book. The content of the story line and the reader are both terrific.
"Not bad, but not great."
Somewhat plodding version of the original, lacking the energy and momentum to keep my interest.
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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