Monday, February 19, 2018

A Review of Wulf the Saxon from Heirloom Audio Productions

Our family loves stories that are full of action and adventure.  These stories are even better if they teach good morals, strong values, and come as an audio drama like the ones from Heirloom Audio Productions.  We recently got a chance to review their ninth audio drama, Wulf the Saxon, and it kept us on the edge of our seat until the very end of it.
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Heirloom Audio Productions is a company that we always look forward to working with.  We know that we can always expect quality audio dramas from them.  These dramas not only capture our attention, but they make us feel like we are right there in the middle of the story with the characters.  As a parent I have come to appreciate this company because they strive to tell the stories of true Christian heroes while teaching strong moral values.  I also love that their priority is bringing real history to life for their listeners.  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.  These are great things for my kids to learn.
Wulf the Saxon is the story of courage, bravery, loyalty, and duty.  While there are many characters in this story, the main character is Wulf.  He is a young thane which means that he is an English-Saxon landholder.  He is also a page for Earl Harold who eventually becomes King Harold in the story.  When we first meet Wulf, he has got himself in a little bit of trouble, but the trouble eventually passes and then the real adventure begins during an important time of conquering lands in England's history.  As Harold and Wulf explore the coast of Normandy, they end up shipwrecked and captured by Count Conrad.  The story seems bleak at this point, but Wulf is able to escape and eventually save the other captives.  It isn't long after that when war breaks out and things become very ugly between Normandy and England.  It is also when we get to hear and learn about loyalty, friendship, evil villains, courage, bravery, and even love.  War changes Wulf, but in a good way and he proves to be a loyal man in many ways.  I want to tell you more, but I also want you to listen to the story for yourself.
We listened to our copy of Wulf the Saxon on a day where we had several appointments which meant some driving time in the truck.  The story quickly captured our attention and held it as we went on our way.  I might have missed a turn once because I was listening to the story instead of looking for my turn.  The sound effects in these audio dramas are so real that Little Miss said she felt like she was on the boat with Wulf and Harold as they sailed to Normandy and she said she had a clear picture in her mind of how bad the storm must have been to make the ship wreck.  I love that about these audio dramas.  They not only tell great stories, they encourage imagination as you get pulled into the story.  Buddy joked that he could be Beorn because he was always hungry too, but in seriousness he liked the part where Beorn and Wulf broke out of captivity and set off for help.  He has been learning survival skills and talked about which skills they might have used to survive.  I really liked the ending of this story and I don't want to give away too much, but it was very sweet and hopeful.  As a parent/teacher, I truly appreciate that these audio dramas give me the opportunity to have discussions with my kids about good morals and values while asking what they would do if they were in the same situations as the characters.  For this story we discussed why it is important to take the time to think before speaking and acting, what it means to be loyal and a good friend, and if you should honor your commitments even if the person tricked you into making them.  There were lots of other topics we could have discussed from this drama too. 
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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 is what 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 free 30 day trial of the club.  They have 2 different payment options depending on if you want physical CD's or digital download versions of the audio dramas.  The Live The Adventure Club is packed full of extras for listeners, teachers, and families and is definitely worth the cost.
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We definitely recommend listening to Wulf the Saxon from Heirloom Audio Productions.  You can find out more about this audio drama here.  You can learn more about Heirloom Audio Productions on their websiteFacebookTwitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube, 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.
Wulf the Saxon {Heirloom Audio Productions Reviews}

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