Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Review of In the Reign of Terror from Heirloom Audio Productions

Last year was the first time we were introduced to audio dramas and since then we can't get enough of them.  Our favorite audio dramas are from Heirloom Audio Productions and I can tell you that we were very excited to receive their latest title, In the Reign Of Terror, to review.  We have not spent much time studying the French Revolution yet in our school, so I thought this might be a great way to introduce it.
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Since we have reviewed products for Heirloom Audio in the past, we knew we could expect a quality audio drama that not only captures our attention and but it also keeps us on the edge of our seats.  As a homeschool parent, I have come to really appreciate this company because their priority is bringing real history to life for their listeners and they strive to tell the stories of true Christian heroes while teaching strong moral values.  Their audio dramas are based on the popular book series The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty.  His books are filled with themes of bravery, loyalty, family, and happy endings while featuring moral values like loyalty, courage, honesty, and perseverance.  Since Henty’s books are filled with such great themes and morals, you can see why Heirloom Audio would base their audio dramas on this series.  They make it easy to complete their mission which is “to engage the listener’s imagination by taking them back in time and immersing them in a great Christian story “  because their audio dramas captivated us from the opening lines of score to the ending credits.
Like I already mentioned In the Reign of Terror is the story of the French Revolution.  The French Revolution was a period of 10 years when the people overthrew the monarchy and took control of the government.  There worst part of the revolution is known as the Reign of Terror and it occurred when Maximilien Robespierre, became a representative of the common people.  The common people were being mistreated and he fought for equality, voting rights, and the end of slavery for the common people.  He did not want any opposition to the revolution so he created the "Terror" Laws.  These laws that were passed made it possible for anyone suspected of treason could be arrested and executed.  This lead to the death of thousands of people including nobility.  This audio drama is the story of Harry, a young man from England who is going to live with and serve an aristocrat family.  He faces many trials while serving this family who is being persecuted just because they are part of a noble bloodline.  You have to listen to this audio drama to see how it all plays out and to find out if Harry can save any of the family he works for.
There are several options for purchasing this audio drama which contains over 2 hours of entertainment and education.  You can purchase it as a physical 2 CD set, which we received for just $29.97 plus shipping and handling.  You can also purchase it as a MP3 download for just $19.97.  You can also get access to many bonuses, extras, and a study guide for this audio drama (and others) by joining their Live The Adventure Club.  This is a new way to access all of their bonus material they offer and right now they are offering a 3 month trial of it, plus their latest adventure for just $1.  After the trial period you would pay just $24.75 every three months.  The Live The Adventure Club is packed full of extras for listeners, teachers, and families.  Heirloom Audio productions generously gave us access to this club so that we could access all the bonus material for In the Reign of Terror.  It was through this access that I was able to download the study guide and the script for this audio adventure.  I love having access to the study guide so that I can discuss the parts of the drama with my kids.  I usually use it as a reference to make sure they know what is happening in the drama since it has questions you can ask for each chapter of the audio drama.  The study guide also has vocabulary words, deeper questions for further thinking and research, and "Expand Your Learning" sections that give history details related to the story or recipes that coordinate with the story.  There is also a section for Bible study in the study guide.
The entire family enjoyed listening to this audio drama.  It arrived the day before my hubby had a business trip so he took it with him on his drive and listened to it.  He came home telling us how much he enjoyed this story and he said he could definitely picture all that was happening in the story.  He told me he missed his exit from the freeway because he was listening so intently.  The rest of us listened to it soon after that.  We found the story very entertaining as well and it was educational for us.  We had a hard time finding a spot to stop the story for a break so that I could make sure the kids understood what was going on.  It is too exciting to try and stop the story in the middle.  My son had been following along and understood, but I did have to explain more of what was going on to my 8 year old just because she didn't know anything at all about the French Revolution and my son who is older has at least read a little bit here and there about it for school.  So it ended up being a good starting point for us to do a little more research on the French Revolution and talk about equality, slavery, and why people would revolt.

Our whole family definitely recommends listening to In the Reign of Terror from Heirloom Audio Productions.  You can find out more about In the Reign of Terror here.  You can learn more about Heirloom Audio Productions on their website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram.  Please be sure to check out all that Heirloom Audio Productions has to offer.  I know we will be checking them out to see what other series we can use this year for school.  My friends on the Homeschool Review Crew have also been reviewing this audio drama, so make sure you read their reviews by clicking the banner below.
In the Reign of Terror {Heirloom Audio Productions Reviews}

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