Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Heirloom Audio Productions ~ The Dragon And The Raven

Live the ADVENTURE!!! I had the opportunity to review, The Dragon and the Raven, produced by, Heirloom Audio Productions. I received the physical CD set as well as digital downloads. Listeners will enjoy 2 1/2 hours of riveting audio drama and adventure. This audio drama is adapted from the book, The Dragon and the Raven, by G.A. Henty. G.A. Henty, dubbed history's master of storytelling, brings history alive in his books of daring exceptions and adventures. Heirloom Audio Productions philosophy of a Christ-centered history is refreshing amidst a world of humanistic thinking. Journey back into history as King Alfred battles against the Vikings to lead his country in an often forgotten era of history. 

King Alfred The Great (849 AD -899 AD)
King Alfred The Great was king of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex. He was known for his social and educational reforms as well as his successes in battle against the Danes. King Alfred was the only English monarch to be given the title, "The Great". He was a devout Christian and it is because of his great faith and compassion for the people of his kingdom that made him so great. King Alfred cared about the moral and religious well being of his people in as much as he sought to physically protect them against its enemies. 

To be a true hero, you must be a true Christian. —G.A. Henty

The following were included in the downloads:
  • MP3 Download
  • E-Book
  • MP3 Soundtrack
  • Printable Cast Poster
  • Study Guide and Discussion
  • Inspirational Verse Poster
  • Live The Adventure Letter
  • Behind the Scenes Video
The cast is made up of some very familiar faces including:

Study Guide
The study guide is a FABULOUS complement to the audio drama CD's. I found the study guide to be extremely helpful in discussing the story with my daughter. The study guide is set up to aid the younger student in understanding the story as well as challenging the older student at a deeper level. The study questions are divided into three sections. 

The Listening Well ~focuses on what was heard~

The Thinking Further ~challenges the child to think, draw conclusions, and speculate~

The Defining Words ~ defining unfamiliar vocabulary~

The study guide is available via computer download. While downloads are easy and convenient, I personally prefer to have physical copies of materials. The study guide is quite long, 49 pages. The guide is very colorful and full of amazing pictures. I printed the guide, put the pages in protective sleeves, and then into a 3-ring binder. 

Who listened
My 13 year old daughter and I curled up under blankets and listened to, The Dragon And The Raven. My daughter has enjoyed reading many of G.A. Henty's books as well as listening to Heirloom Audio Productions other audio dramas. Listeners are transported back into a time in history that may be quite unfamiliar but truly comes alive as the drama unfolds. As battles ensue, between the Danes and the Saxons, we felt like we were there living history. While listening to The Dragon And The Raven both my daughter and I became increasingly interested in learning more about this fascinating time in history. 

On Disc 2, Track 7 entitled, Alfred Burns the Cakes, the study guide gives a recipe on recreating your own yummy "Alfred Cakes". My daughter was really excited about making these cakes. These cakes are a bit like a scone and were so yummy!! 

Final Thoughts
Heirloom Audio Productions definitely produced another winner!! I would highly recommend The Dragon And The Raven to educators, homeschoolers, and anyone that enjoys history. This is a great way to learn history. Heirloom Audio Productions makes learning engaging by providing not only an amazing audio drama, but a great study guide to ensure that your student thoroughly understands this very important time in history. 

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Social Media 

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