Tuesday, October 1

Heirloom Audio Adventures {Review}

Heirloom Audio Productions produces wonderful professional audio dramas that bring history to life for the entire family.   As a travelling family, we enjoy listening to audiobooks regularly, so we were excited to hear about another well-respected company.

G. A. Henty was a prolific author in the 1800s who wrote many books in the historical fiction genre. Henty wrote about true historical characters and events, and added a fictional young person to the narrative.  Henty’s books are about men being men, and boys learning to be men. This is stated to be for ages six through adult, but my youngest was still a bit confused on some of the details, so occasionally we’d stop the story and talk about it.

We have looked into the Henty books in the past, and decided that they were too old for our children, but Heirloom has made these great books accessible for the whole family.  Henty's books can be overwhelming for some readers and I'm glad that the company made his books more accessible, while at the same time piquing interest in history. Each story lasts for over 2 hours, which makes it a perfect accompaniment to road trips.

Listening to the two-CD set in the car was a simple thing for us, and it's ideal for giving a richer understanding of history.  In each story, the main characters' decisions, and thought processes, are well-worth a deep discussion with the entire family. 

Heirloom's productions are very professionally done - both the acting and the background work - and are a delight to listen to…even the one child that usually steers away from audiobooks was loving it! 

We listened to these audiobooks whenever we hit the road for a long road trip!  It's not uncommon for us to bring three or four of the stories with us, and they're a great way to include learning during that travel time.  Many of them also pair nicely with our We Were There books, which is a nice bonus!

The study guides are divided into lessons which cover different sections of the audio CD. Resources within the study guide include the following: maps, details on the historic era, comprehension questions and discussion tips for understanding the material better, and vocabulary. Also included is a Bible study guide which explores the Scriptures behind some of the character traits within the story. 

Our Heirloom Audio collection are audiobooks we'll listen to many times, and we're excited to see that Heirloom has more productions in the works. Not only are your kids learning to love history, but they're also discovering the strong moral character that drove great men to do extraordinary things.

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