Hidden away in her room, the CD player went on and on. And I didn’t care one bit. Because she was listening to the newest audio theater production by Heirloom Audio Productions. It is titled In Freedom’s Cause: The Real Story of Wallace and Bruce. This is one of The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty. And E absolutely loves it.
When E, age 10, found out that we were going to be reviewing In Freedom’s Cause, she wanted to know exactly what came with it. We reviewed the In Freedom’s Cause Single Package.
- 2 CD set of the audio theater production; and
- MP3 download of the production.
It comes with several bonuses as well.
- study guide and discussion starter
- A copy of The Prayer Of William Wallace (Psalm 23 in the Latin Vulgate); and
- In Freedom’s Cause Soundtrack MP3 download
Last year, we reviewed Under Drake’s Flag and we really enjoyed it. We couldn’t wait for this one to come out. As much as we enjoyed that production, Heirloom really outdid themselves here and this one is even better.
In Freedom’s Cause, featuring the voices of a number of well known actors and actresses, introduces us to the true story of William Wallace and the fight of the Scots for freedom from England. Wallace is a brave Christian man who wants the best for his family but more so for his country. His faith and belief in God gives him the strength necessary to lead the peasants and merchants and regular folks of the country against the biggest, strongest army England could muster. Wallace’s faith, courage and conviction gave inspiration to the leader who eventually gained Scotland’s freedom, King Robert the Bruce.
One of our favorite activities to do while listening to an audio story at home is to do a puzzle. So I pulled out a new puzzle that we had and put on the CD. All of us became quickly captivated by the story and sat through the whole thing in a single sitting, even the giggly girl who DID NOT want to hear the story. (She actually ended up listening to it more than once, by choice.)
After listening to the story, I printed out the study guide and put it into a notebook. I gave this to E, who was begging to listen to the story again. I gave her instructions about answering a few questions in each section of the guide on each page and let her work independently. She worked through all that I asked her to in about two days and then went through it all again because she wanted to answer more of the questions. She would come in with a question once in a while but she worked independently on the entire guide, answering about 2/3 of the questions. These questions included:
- defining words that are unique or unusual in their useage;
- listening well questions which required listening to the story itself; and
- thinking further questions which challenge the listener to think more deeply about the story, the characters, their motive, their beliefs and the action of the story.
The thinking further section also included activities such as looking up places on a map, visiting the British Museum online, looking up other important people, learning to research, and visiting the website for Westminster Abbey. The study guide also has some pages of information on Scotland, G.A. Henty, William Wallace, three short Bible studies, and some bibliographical information for further study.
We were given access to some amazing resources, in addition to the material that comes with the single package. We were given a link to a behind the scenes video about the making of the production. That was a wonderful video and led to a discussion about recording studios, how to study history and research it, and more. The Celtic knot came up more than once in the materials and recording. We did some research on that and made a necklace with a Celtic knot in it. Another resource that we are just beginning to get involved in is the ebook of the G.A. Henty story, illustrated by Heirloom Audio Productions. It is beautiful!
E really enjoyed In Freedom’s Cause. And I let her listen to it over and over. She has probably listened to it 6 or 8 times. But really, it is wonderful for her to be learning the true story of a man who had such great faith in God that he called the word of God his most important fighting tool, more important than his sword. The reliance on God, in hard and trying times, was a key element to this story and I am more than happy to let E listen to that over and over, influencing her life as well.
Heirloom Productions brings history to life with audio theater. They have invested a lot of time and energy in researching the true history of some of the greatest heroes of the past. Using the stories written by master storyteller G.A. Henty, they have created a larger-than-life but historically acurate production that grabs you and pulls you right into the story, right into the action. We can hardly wait for their next one: With Lee In Virginia. It promises to be exciting. At Home.
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