Wednesday, August 2, 2017

In the Reign of Terror by Heirloom Audio Productions ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

I always get excited when I see a new audio drama up for review from one of my favorite vendors! In the Reign of Terror by Heirloom Audio Productions has definitely lived up to the edge of your seat twist and turns of a G.A. Henty book.

If you've never had the pleasure of listening to an audio drama from Heirloom Audio Productions, then let me tell you a little bit about what to expect. Heirloom Audio Productions is known for recreating the stories of the legendary G.A. Henty. Mr. Henty was a war correspondent, a big guy with a big beard, who lived for adventure.  Unless you've lived under a rock, then you know he was a master story teller. He loved to share his stories with his family, and throughout the years, he went on to write 122 books! Heirloom Audio Productions takes these stories and makes them come alive.  I am an avid book lover, and I also love audio books. This is not your ordinary audio book. This is a true listening adventure that includes real actors and sound effects. It takes you to a whole different world while listening to one of these works of art!

What did we receive for this review?

We were very excited to receive the 2 CD set along with all of the extra digital download features! The bonuses that come in the download are always amazing! 

In the Reign of Terror Adventure Playlist ~ This is how you can listen online. I love to have the option to listen on my phone and not have to worry about having a CD player. 

In the Reign of Terror Original E-book ~ This is the original e-book with all new colorful graphics.

Official Soundtrack ~ The original music by Emmy-winning composer John Campbell. 

Printable Cast Poster ~ Printable promotion poster featuring the star studded cast. 

Inspirational Verse Poster ~ Printable copy of the inspirational verse quoted in In the Reign of Terror, "What man intends for evil, God intends for good."

Desktop Wallpaper Download ~ Beautiful artwork for your computer background.

Official Script Download ~ I LOVED this. It's super cool to see how the script was laid out. 

Study Guide and Discussion Starter ~ This is such an amazing bonus feature especially if you're wanting to turn this into more than just a "read aloud." It's perfect for helping younger kids understand and remember the story. I love how the study guide starts out giving you a little background on G.A. Henty, Maximilien Robespierre, and Marie Antoinette. Each set of questions is broken down into 3 parts.

  • Listening Well ~ This are great comprehension questions to keep your student listening all the time. 
  • Thinking Further ~ These questions make your student think a little bit more. They may be asked about a character's thoughts or actions, or they may be asked to look up something in the story.
  • The Defining Words ~ This gives your student a change to broaden their vocabulary. It's a wonderful addition to the study guide.
Heirloom Audio Productions also has something new that seem like so much fun! It's called Live the Adventure Club. This club adds even more fun to your listening experience and includes super cool fun and engaging activities for your kids! It's definitely worth checking out. 

In the Reign of Terror ~

This story. I almost don't have words for it. It's definitely the saddest of all of the G.A. Henty stories I've heard so far. It made me cry because of what innocent people had to endure just because of their lineage. Harry is 16 years old and moves to France to become a companion to a Nobleman's children. This is just a short time before the French Revolution. He quickly becomes part of their family by winning their trust and showing that he's willing to do what it takes to protect the family. As time goes on the mob is getting closer and the family must put in place their plans to flee. This takes Harry on whirlwind journey to protect his new family. This is a wonderful story about what man intends for evil, the Lord intends for good.

The story talks about the differences in the American Revolution and the French Revolution. I like how it talks about that the American Revolution wasn't really a revolution at all because they did not revolt by using a mob. They had actually tried to solve it peacefully, and war was their last choice. 
In the Intro Mr. George, the narrator talks about how the difference in the two was what was in their hearts. The American's turned their faces to God and the French turned away from God. 

What did we think?

We always love anything that Heirloom Audio does. This story really spoke to my heart because I don't think I realized what these poor innocent people went through. It was definitely my favorite so far because of how it completely drew me in. 

These CD's are always perfect for long car rides or even if you want to have something different than a family movie night. You will not be disappointed in the star studded cast or the gripping sound track. Both are always amazing. If you are looking for an audio adventure, In the Reign of Terror by Heirloom Audio Productions won't disappoint. 

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