Our family loves listening to audio dramas. They are a marvelous way to pass the time – especially when taking long trips in a vehicle. So I was thrilled for our family to have the opportunity to review another audio theater production by Heirloom Audio Productions. Heirloom Audio Productions brings another G.A. Henty novel to life with Wulf the Saxon! This drama thoroughly captured the imaginations of my husband, our 17-year-old son, and myself during a recent trip we took that was about two hours away from our home. For this review, we received audio cd set, which includes two compact discs that we were able to listen to easily in our vehicle.
I love how Heirloom Audio Productions always begins with an interaction between the character of G.A. Henty and some other individuals. Then because of something that happens – in this case, two young men start arguing and fighting with one another. The character of G.A. Henty then begins to talk about a story he knows and begins to tell the story to them. I love how Heirloom Audio Productions is able to easily transition from G.A. Henty telling the story to the actual audio drama.
The story centers around the character, Wulf the Saxon, who is a young Saxon landowner. He demonstrates courage, leadership, wisdom along with his faith throughout the story. It chronicles his journeys, adventures, and experiences throughout England and Normandy during the intense fighting that resulted over individuals wanting to claim the throne of England. Wulf finds himself in various situations including being held captive, making new friends including Agnes De Burg and her family, fighting battles, conveying messages, and even protecting the king. He consistently exhibits a faith that is inspiring. He shows himself to be a true friend. There were times, I was concerned about what would come next.
Our heart broke for Harold when he and his love Lady Edith had to part ways for the sake of England and then again when Harold died on the battlefield. One of my absolute favorite lines from this audio theater drama references the fact that those who are able to marry for love are truly fortunate. Wulf is fortunate to be able to marry someone he loves. I found it fitting that this quote is included in the CD case.
This audio drama is recommended for ages six to sixteen, but I believe all ages can enjoy the story. Because it deals with the subject of war, parts of this drama are somewhat graphic and intense during several of the battle scenes. So you may want to use discretion on who is allowed to listen to it alone.
This production displays excellent acting, wonderful sound effects and a brilliant musical score. The original score for Wulf the Saxon is by John Campbell, who is an Emmy Award Winning composer. With two sons in our local homeschool band and our other son and our only daughter participating in the Homeschool Strings program, I tend to really listen to the music in the background. The music selected for this drama suits it perfectly and helps to perfectly set the stage for the drama.
To go along with the audio dramas, Heirloom Audio Productions has introduced a club called the Live the Adventure Club that includes a wealth of resources.
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. Even though we did not receive the bonus materials as part of this review, I still highly recommend you investigate it for yourself.
Our family thoroughly enjoyed Wulf the Saxon from Heirloom Audio Productions and definitely recommend it. You may also want to check out our family’s reviews of Captain Bayley’s Heir and In the Reign of Terror – two other audio dramas by Heirloom Audio Productions.
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