Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ


Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.8 stars; 166 reviews)

Ben-Hur is a story of two very different heroes. Judah Ben-Hur, a prince of Jerusalem, is involved in an accident to the Roman procurator which is taken to be intentional. He is seized and sent to the fleet as a galley-slave, while his family is imprisoned and the family goods confiscated. When Ben-Hur saves the fleet captain from drowning after his ship is sunk in a fight with pirates, that officer adopts him as son and heir. With Roman training, Ben-Hur distinguishes himself in the arena and the palistrae and appears to be on the way to high military command.

With the help of a faithful family retainer and a generous Arab sheik, Ben-Hur is enabled to take part in a widely touted chariot race, where one of the other charioteers is the boyhood friend who connived to punish him for the accident and split his estate. That rival is crippled, financially and bodily, in a no-holds-barred race (memorable from the 1959 movie with Charlton Heston).

Ben-Hur turns his attention to the prophesied King of the Jews, when through the sheik he meets Balthasar, one of the Three Wise Men, and hears of the child born years ago. Will Ben-Hur be the general who brings victories to the King, and finally liberates Israel from the oppressive Roman yoke? In his quest for the answer, Ben-Hur seeks out the Nazarene, now rumored to be The Messiah.

THAT hero needs no introduction.

Curious about the lack of kingly trappings and ambitions about this man, Ben-Hur begins to suspect that his kingdom is not of this world. And with him, we receive a gut-wrenching eye-witness view of Jesus’ arrest, humiliation, and crucifixion.

(23 hr 22 min)

Chapters

Book 1, Part 1 11:50 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 1, Part 2 12:38 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 1, Part 3 9:04 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 1, Part 4 13:10 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 1, Part 5 26:05 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 1, Part 6 9:38 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 1, Part 7 13:45 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 1, Part 8 13:20 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 1, Part 9 23:18 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 1, Part 10 3:49 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 1, Part 11 16:44 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 1, Part 12 7:45 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 1, Part 13 26:35 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 1, Part 14 6:07 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 2, Part 1 9:26 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 2, Part 2 26:39 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 2, Part 3 13:15 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 2, Part 4 19:12 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 2, Part 5 21:15 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 2, Part 6 31:36 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 2, Part 7 8:32 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 3, Part 1 17:43 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 3, Part 2 16:36 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 3, Part 3 19:32 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 3, Part 4 16:23 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 3, Part 5 17:14 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 3, Part 6 14:29 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 4, Part 1 10:36 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 4, Part 2 8:27 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 4, Part 3 25:06 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 4, Part 4 19:35 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 4, Part 5 14:58 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 4, Part 6 16:51 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 4, Part 7 15:01 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 4, Part 8 17:35 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 4, Part 9 15:57 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 4, Part 10 18:54 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 4, Part 11 23:09 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 4, Part 12 25:12 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 4, Part 13 23:35 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 4, Part 14 9:31 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 4, Part 15 14:26 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 4, Part 16 21:03 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 4, Part 17 13:56 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 5, Part 1 12:56 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 5, Part 2 16:50 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 5, Part 3 31:10 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 5, Part 4 3:05 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 5, Part 5 15:34 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 5, Part 6 9:53 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 5, Part 7 16:12 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 5, Part 8 28:44 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 5, Part 9 10:39 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 5, Part 10 11:24 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 5, Part 11 16:20 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 5, Part 12 14:05 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 5, Part 13 18:26 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 5, Part 14 20:21 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 5, Part 15 7:13 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 5, Part 16 25:53 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 6, Part 1 18:24 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 6, Part 2 28:46 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 6, Part 3 14:25 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 6, Part 4 17:30 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 6, Part 5 18:47 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 6, Part 6 22:48 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 7, Part 1 7:23 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 7, Part 2 15:11 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 7, Part 3 22:14 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 7, Part 4 27:29 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 7, Part 5 20:30 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 8, Part 1 21:13 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 8, Part 2 16:35 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 8, Part 3 22:17 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 8, Part 4 18:44 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 8, Part 5 8:52 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 8, Part 6 28:09 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 8, Part 7 7:29 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 8, Part 8 18:11 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 8, Part 9 23:25 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book 8, Part 10 45:30 Read by Mark F. Smith

Reviews

Worth Every Minute

(5 stars)

Another classic tale read by Mark Smith, one of our favorite readers. The book truly is better than any of the best radio dramatizations or movies available. It is worth every minute of your time. By the time the book reaches its completion you will not want to say goodbye to Ben-Hur, his family, and his friends. You may even be drawn to pity for his enemies. Some sections are made long by so many detailed descriptions. Be patient, often those descriptions add a much deeper meaning to the pages that follow. Lew Wallace himself was not a follower of Christ when he began this work. It is no surprise that, with the intensity he studied the Bible while writing Ben-Hur, he became a Christian. This is a book to treasure for Christians and non-Christians alike, for it is filled with history, adventure, and the poetry that is life. Highly recommended!

(5 stars)

This book exceeded my expectations! I have always been a fan of the movie, but there is no comparison with the book. The book gives greater detail in developing multiple storylines and the reader did a great job portraying the characters. It's a long read, but worth every chapter. Highly recommended!

(5 stars)

Great book, and thank you Mark Smith. This is the second book I have listened to narrated by you.

Great Read!

(5 stars)

Wow! Fantastic read! Thanks to Mark Smith for a great narration!

Excellent book read by great reader. thank you.

(5 stars)

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

(5 stars)

If you have seen the movie, and seen the remake of it, own the movie and pull it out to watch from time to time, as I have, you have not yet known the story of the family Hur and the events they witnessed surrounding the coming of the King of Kings. Lew Wallace has filled in the missing pieces, given us the failures and triumphs, shown us the lovely and the ugly, the courageous and the brutal facets of human spirit. Mark Smith (flawlessly, as always) delivers his characters full of life; from the long trek after the wise men's mutual visions, all the way to fulfillment at the cross, of the faith where they began. If your heart can be touched by the tender victories of the Son of God and the struggles of Ben-Hur and his family on their way to belief and Life -then you will journey to Golgotha and beyond. Perhaps you may even find yourself believing.

A tale of Ben-Hur, but a good tale

(5 stars)

Thank you Mark Smith, fantastic reading as always. The book itself is very good. Has some biblical history which is cool. I felt the revenge took forever to get started and there was more to be desired. But it had kind of a good twist in it that resulted in a good conclusion. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'd definitely recommend

(4 stars)

Lew Wallace wrote this book with excellent style and descriptions. I find it quite interesting that the wise man, Balthasar, worshipped the one true God, but his daughter worshipped the many false gods of Egypt. This proves the fact that if parents do not invest the time in their children's lives to teach them to live biblically,the children will end up serving self even if their parents are godly individuals.