Ever since we began homeschooling about 12 years ago, we have tried to find educational and interesting ways to pass the time traveling to places. One way we have discovered to pass time and keep bickering down is to listen to audio dramas. So I was thrilled for us to have the opportunity to do a review for Heirloom Audio Productions. We’ve been listening to the newest radio drama from Heirloom Audio Productions called In the Reign of Terror! This audio drama captured our imaginations and interest.
For this review, we received the actual audio CDs. This audio drama is based on a book by G. A. Henty. It includes action, adventure and more. The actors and actresses who portray the characters in the drama pulled us into the story. The soundtrack is riveting as well and fits the mood and plot of the story. This drama is perfect for homeschooling families who wish to enrich their study of history. I would caution that parents with young children may want to preview the drama prior to their young children listening to it. With our family’s youngest member being 14-years-old, this drama was perfect for our family.
The story opens with a young man talking to an older gentleman in Arlington National Cemetry. The two discuss the American Revolution versus the French Revolution. The older gentleman makes it clear that the Americans fighting in the American Revolution relied on God and focused on Him. While the individuals who began the French Revolution did not.
A young man named Harry is sent from England to France as a 16-year-old boy to work for a French aristocratic family. The story initially finds Harry and his French family he is living with living normal lives. But things take a turn for the worst when the commoners in France decided to rebel against the aristocracy. Harry and the Marquis De St Caux find themselves in extreme danger. Even the Marquis’ children are in extreme peril.
The Marquis enables his daughters and Harry to escape, which results in the Marquis and his mother becoming prisoners of the French commoners. Harry determines to keep his promise to keep the daughters of the Marquis safe and uses the money given to him to achieve that goal. Ultimately, the Marquis and his mother are put to death and Harry has to make plans to get the girls to safety. The story then focuses on their harrowing experiences while trying to reach England.
We thoroughly enjoyed this drama and I felt the producers, directors and actors/actresses did an excellent job of bringing the story to life. We truly felt like we were part of the story.
This club includes many valuable resources including a study guide for the drama. The study guide is available as a download on the Live the Adventure Club site from Heirloom Audio Productions. The study guide offers background information on what is included in the study guide, a background on G. A. Henty, information about Heirloom Audio Productions, a list of the members of the cast and crew, background information on important people during the time of the story – such as Maximillian Robespierre and Marie Antoinette, and other resources to facilitate the study and discussion of the story.
The questions are broken down by disc and tracks on the CD. The questions include questions for listening well, thinking further and defining words along with opportunities to expand learning and Bible Study as well as additional resources. Here are some screenshots of pages from the Study Guide.
With the Live the Adventure Club, you have the option to purchase the club with a set price being charged every three months. You receive access to the Club website page that includes a treasury of resources. These resources include access to the study guide, the Listen and Learn Library, exclusive educational treasures, discounts on all products, a supportive online community as well as exclusive resources and perks that are available only to members. If you act right now, you can get your first 90 days of membership for only $1, along with the audio drama, Captain Bayley’s Heir audio CDs as well as instant online access to the digital version so you can begin listening immediately. After the initial period, you will be charged a set rate and then that same rate every 90 days.
Within the club, there are read-along scripts, chapter quizzes, along with the questions and defining words for each chapter. I believe this would be extremely useful for creating an entire learning experience based around the audio drama.
Our family really enjoyed this audio drama and believe your family will also. If you would like to read more reviews about In the Reign of Terror from Heirloom Audio Productions, click here or on the graphic below.