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Ben Hur Library Binding – August 1, 1998


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Library Binding, August 1, 1998
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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books (August 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141762356X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417623563
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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About the Author

DAN LARSEN is a freelance writer from Spencer, New York. His previous work in the Young Reader's Christian Library series includes retellings of "In His Steps," "Ben-Hur," and "Robinson Crusoe."; LEWIS WALLACE (1827-1905) was an American novelist and diplomat. He served in both the Mexican and Civil wars. After returning to his law practice in Indiana, he became governor of the Territory of New Mexico and minister to Turkey. His famous book, Ben-Hur has been one of the best-selling novels in American publishing history and was made into several motion pictures. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L E WILLIS on June 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Someone gave this to me, but I feel a great sense of responsibility to warn you that the narration is cold, clipped, and unemotional. The narrator reads it like he is reading a car manual. I only listened to 1/2 of the first disc and thought "This is horrible. I'll never make it through this book." I found the narrator very boring and losing interest. As I carefully listened to the beautiful passages, he unemotionally threw them away. I thought that maybe it was just the first disc, so I fast forwarded through another and found the same problem. Perhaps this narrator would do better with a text book but not the great Ben-Hur!
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By C. D. Rigg on June 24, 2014
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I was a little surprised to discover that this large print edition seemed to have been created by using pages from an original printed book and then enlarging them. The print face is not always easy to read; it has blobs of ink, and sometimes characters are missing.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was VERY inexpensive, and it looked brand new. The book arrived on time. It was perfect for my 7 and 9 year old boys. I read it out loud to them, but either one of them could have read it by themselves. There are many pictures throughout the book that add to the story. Someday I would like to tackle the unabridged version of Ben-Hur, but for now this was just right. Both boys very well understood the story and were able to repeat back facts about it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting their children to experience Ben-Hur.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Please note that the subject of this review is not the novel itself, but the level of quality of this specific Kindle edition of Ben Hur. Many helpful reviews of the literary quality of the novel by Lew Wallace can be found here.

Prospective buyers should not be misled by the "cover" image currently being displayed for this e-book. Contrary to the image, this edition is NOT published by Signet and contains no introduction. I downloaded a sample of this edition to my Kindle, and from that downloaded content it is quite obvious that this edition has nothing to do with Signet. By all appearances, it is rather just another small-scale e-book publisher looking to sell public domain content. The e-book contains a table of contents, but one which does not actually link to the listed chapters.

Just to be clear, I do not take issue in the least with someone selling public domain material. What I object to is the mischaracterization as to who produced the e-book in question. Assuming an appropriate price, I may be willing to purchase an e-book of a public domain work if the particular edition contains introductory material, professionally formatted text, and/or footnotes and endnotes. This edition, however, contains none of those. For that reason I would recommend to the prospective buyer that they save their money and instead seek a freely available e-book of Ben Hur, which can be obtained from scores of different sites on the Internet.
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