One of our family’s favorite ways to pass time on road trips is listening to audio dramas. Have you heard of Brinkman Adventures? We were introduced to their missionary stories when we received Brinkman Adventures Season 4 to review. This was the first time we had heard of this audio drama series. And I have to say, we loved the stories. For the purpose of this review, we received the audio drama as a download. However, they are also available on audio CDs as well. Personally, I found the downloads perfect. I was able to download them to my computer and then use iTunes to listen to them on my computer. However, I also have the option to listen to them on my iPhone or iPad as well. This season contains 12 episodes full of missionary stories, adventure and more.
These adventures are in many cases based on real people and the events that happened to them. Also, as a parent, I love how at the beginning of episodes containing intense stories, children under ten-years-old are instructed to get their parents to listen along with them. This shows the creators have a genuine concern for their listeners. At the end of each episode, listeners are instructed to visit the website for more information regarding the real-life characters and situations. Here is the link to the website where you can find the real stories behind the episodes. Here are some screenshots of the stories behind the episodes.
Each episode is about twenty-five minutes long. The stories engage you in the drama and keep you on the edge of your seat in many cases. The background music is incredible and helps set the mood of the stories. The stories themselves are engaging, inspiring and moving.
Our family loved how the episodes build upon each other. Characters frequently reappear. Another feature our family really enjoyed was listening to the snippets in between episodes, such as the one where the creator of the Brinkman adventures introduces his family who actually provide the voices for the characters in the show.
Our family tended to listen to these episodes together, however, there were a few that I listened to alone. I can guarantee the next time we get in our van to drive somewhere, these episodes will be playing.
Even though our children are twenty-one, almost nineteen, almost seventeen and almost fourteen, they all enjoyed listening to the stories because the children are span such a large age range. I also appreciated the time and care provided to the idea of grown children finding their own place in the world and respecting the ideas and concerns of their parents. Over the course of several episodes, the story of Michelle and the young man she wants to marriage developed. Mr. Brinkman does an excellent job of showing the struggles parents go through in this situation. As a mother, I could totally relate to the struggles Mr. Brinkman faced.
Our children really enjoyed the episode with RD, the Koi fish and the adventures that the computerized RD had when armed with a paintball gun. Of course, listeners were informed at the end of the end of this episode, that it was not based on real life. Plus, they were instructed to never try doing this at home. However, I could see my sons (especially our oldest) trying something like this himself.