Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew Review: Heirloom Audio Productions

Who doesn't enjoy a good story? My family enjoys listening to good audio books during our trips to my many doctor appointments. Recently, our multigenerational family, including my parents who are retirement age and my teenaged son who has diagnoses of ADHD and High-Functioning Autism, enjoyed listening to In the Reign of Terror from Heirloom Audio Productions as we travelled three hours one way to our family reunion. As this was our first experience with Heirloom Audio, I'm grateful that we were granted the opportunity to review this audio drama.

What is there not to love about In the Reign of Terror from Heirloom Audio Productions? In the Reign of Terror boasts a stunning cast of stars including Brian Blessed of Star Wars, Tarzan, and Robin Hood, John Rhys-Davies from The Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones, and Cathy Sara of Downtown Abbey. (See full cast below.) In addition, the sound effects are absolutely amazing. My son said, "The dogs barking sound like actual dogs. You can picture them with these sound effects." This is high praise from him.

In the Reign of Terror, which is based upon the book In the Reign of Terror: The Adventures of a Westminster Boy by G. A. Henty, is a riveting and touching story about a boy named Harry from Westminster, England who shows courage and loyalty when he helps a noble family during the French Revolution. The dramatization as well as the accurate historical events will provide listeners with not only an adventure the whole family will enjoy but that will also help your students fully embrace a different country during a different era of time in which the people were at conflict. The title, In the Reign of Terror, accurately depicts the human frailty that resulted from this conflict. During a time when personal gain was deemed important and the idea of Christianity was thought irrational, the people greatly feared the corrupt, selfish, and immoral individuals who wielded their power of the people. Yet, one boy dared to take a stand and make a difference. It will inspire your family to take a stand and make a difference as well.

Heirloom Audio Production recently introduced an interactive community for fans and listeners called Live the Adventure Club. This is not only a great place to meet new people and interact with like-minded people but it is also a wealth of resources for homeschoolers. Not only can you access your purchased audio series online from anywhere but you can also access the Study Guide for your purchased audio dramas here as well. The Study Guides (see sample below) are filled with thought provoking questions that will help your students engage in what they are learning. The study guides also provide extra learning opportunities on topics related to the series. For example, the study guide for In the Reign of Terror provides interesting historical tidbits about Marie Antoinette, who happens to be a distant relative to my mother's family, which makes this story all the more "real" for our family.

The Live the Adventure Club also provides an e-book edition of In the Reign of Terror: The Adventures of a Westminster Boy by G. A. Henty as well as a copy of the script that children can follow along with as they listen to the dramatization. Furthermore, it has a section for children with games and fun learning activities such as coloring pages and crossword puzzles. In the education section, homeschoolers can also find quizzes based upon the material covered in the dramatization.

My son and I highly recommend not only the In the Reign of Terror dramatization but also other products available from Audio Heirloom Productions. We are looking forward to listening to their Cat of Bubastes and With Lee in Virginia productions in the near future. We also recommend checking out the Live the Adventure Club.

Don't merely take my word for it. Listen below to hear what Katie Leigh, who voices Connie Kendall on Focus on the Family's Adventures in Odyssey series.

To learn more about In the Reign of Terror and Heirloom Audio Productions, check out their Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Also, be sure you check out the Live the Adventure Club to see the special trial membership deal and to learn more about Heirloom Audio Productions.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and reading my review today. See what other members of the Homeschool Review Crew have to say about In the Reign of Terror and Heirloom Audio Productions.

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