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Brinkman Adventures Season 4 ~ a Crew review

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Our first experience with Brinkman Adventures was when we were asked to review Season 3. Miss E absolutely loved it so when Brinkman Adventures Season 4
came up for review, she jumped for joy and begged. She was thrilled to get selected to review another season of adventures.

Brinkman Adventures 

Are you familiar with Brinkman Adventures? This audio production is based on real-life family and real-life missionaries that they have met, encountered, and heard of. The stories are true and about modern missionaries, though some of the details may have been adapted or fictionalized.

Season 4 consists of 12 episodes (officially episdoes 37-48). Each episode is based on a true story and you can read about those true stories on the website for Brinkman Adventures.

Some of the favorite episodes in Season 4?

  • A Paradise Lost – The Brinkman family is hosting a Bible camp at a lake but the dam broke so the lake is gone. A big storm comes while they are playing games and they cannot find the campers. Through all the chaos of storms, games, tornadoes, and even Mom going into labor, they turn to prayer and find that it calms them.
  • The Crashed Kitchen – Aunt Sara is part of a mission in Zambia, Africa. She runs a kids’ club but most of them have stopped coming. She begins to feel she is doing more harm than good. Someone else has to leave and she has to drive without knowing very well what she is doing. She accidentally crashes into a kitchen that belongs to the family of one of the children from the kids’ club. His father is sick. The father had bought charms from a witch doctor believing they would heal him. When they did not, he followed the understanding that his child had and went to Aunt Sara. They started praying together and he came to believe in Jesus. He got better right away.
  • War of the Raccoons – (This one is stated as being completely fictional.) Ian is trying to build a robot called RD. It is supposed to unlock doors and do some of his chores. Their neighbor is Mr. Pennington and has fish. A raccoon ate one of the fish and Mr. Pennington wants to shoot the raccoons. So, he borrowed a paintball gun and RD, attaching the robot to a rover to move around and shoot the raccoons. Hilarious things go wrong (including painting a car orange) and Ian seems to be causing more of them by not keeping his word. At the end, Ian realizes that he has not been keeping his promises. He prays to God and tries to be better at keeping his promises.
  • What Brings Us Together – Anthony and Michelle are getting married. Things keep going wrong – the catering company is did not get the confirmation so is booked elsewhere; Mr. Pennington and Ms. Bernice cause a fire which burns down the tent; Dad gets reported to the police as a thief. Before going down to the police station, Anthony and Michelle prayed together and a realization that is brought to mind helps clear Dad of any wrongdoing so the wedding can go on.

Prayer seems to be a bigger theme in this particular season than in the previous one we have listened to. What a wonderful theme to have! Prayer should always be our first response and Brinkman Adventures shows us real life examples of its power (plus some fictionalization that does the same). These adventures bring life to ideas and show real examples of prayer.

Brinkman Adventures is a series that I really like having around, as do the girls. I like having adventures for them to listen to while their hands are busy with other good things and to know that that what they are listening to is encouraging them to live out The Great Commission as found in Matthew 28:18-20. They are hearing about folks who, though we hold beliefs that may be different in a few places, are giving their lives to the one true God who can work through them to save souls. The girls are hearing stories about people who trust in God with their whole lives and believe in Him wholeheartedly. They are hearing about God responding to prayer in all sorts of ways, big and small. While some of the story may be dramatized for effect, the stories themselves are encouraging. They show that while the life of a missionary (at home or abroad) might be hard or bring surprises or have you end up someplace completely different than you thought, it is God’s will guiding you on the path He directs if we turn to Him for guidance.

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As I am typing, all three of the girls are snuggled into one room with these playing, excitement to hear more floating down the halls. “Come on! Let’s go listen to another one!”

That is a winner.

You can find more about Brinkman Adventures on their website, including a sneak preview of Season 6. There are the real-life stories, a blog, and samples from each of the seasons so far.

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Captain Bayley’s Heir (Heirloom Audio) ~ a Crew review

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If you have been around for any length of time, you will know that our family absolutely, without a doubt, thoroughly enjoys Heirloom Audio Productions and the historical audio dramas they create based on G. A. Henty books. Their most recent production is set in the time of the California Gold Rush and as we enter the story, we get to listen in at a campfire as the story is told of Captain Bayley’s Heir.

SUMMARY (spoiler alert):

Mr. George is heading to the American West to do some research for his next story. As he and his guide settle down for the night, Mr. George launches into one of his tales. This tale begins in London with a well-off family, the family of Captain Bayley.

Frank, Fred, and Alice are three cousins (well, Alice is not really a cousin but lives with the Captain who is her guardian) who get along well. Amidst their daily lives, they meet Harry when his dog falls into the river and Frank rescues it. This shows us the quick and compassionate spirit that lives in Frank and gives us a glimpse of the spirit that ends him up in the center of  a problem – a theft at his school. Frank is accused of the theft and, though innocent, finds he must flee England. So he heads for America.

Once Frank arrives in America, much adventure and trial awaits him. As Frank makes his way up the Mississippi and westward to the goldfields, he meets some men whose experiences and faith offer Frank much encouragement. From storm to shipwreck to Indian attack, Frank holds to his integrity and acts with courage and bravery. Hailed more than once as a hero, Frank makes his way to the goldfields of California. While there, he continues to act with love and grace towards his neighbors and friends. This allows him to be a part of partnership that brought much wealth to Frank.

It also opened up a discussion which was alluded to often in the story – grace. Specifically, the grace of God. We cannot earn God’s grace and nothing we can do will bestow it upon us. This is brought to Frank’s attention several times and became a strong theme that we all ought to pay attention to.

In the end, Frank is able to be reunited with his family from London, his name is cleared of the theft, and his family is expanded with new-found members (the dog rescue early on early on? turns out the dog belonged to a long-lost cousin).

As Mr. George’s story concludes, his guide has been given a lot to think about, including the grace of God and how it might change his own life.

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STUDY GUIDE:

The study guide has been created to add a study element to Heirloom Audio Productions, to take the listener deeper into the ideas, thoughts, and Christian elements explored in the story. The study guide can serve as a discussion starter or as written assignments for students. It is extremely adaptable and contains so much that it is one that can be revisited over and over without exhausting the possibilities.

The study guide follows the story with chapters which allign to the CD tracks. This is extremely helpful and each page of the study guide identifies which track it goes with. The chapter title is also at the top of the page, along with the timing for the CD (example CD 1, track 1 is on the top left and 00:00 – 05:06 is on the top right).  Each chapter/track has three parts: listening well, thinking further, and defining words.

Listening well is a series of lower level thinking questions. Many of these are simple recall, prediction, or inference questions. These are pretty easy to get the answers to simply by listening to the production.

Thinking further questions are designed to really push the students. These are higher level questions that may require additional knowledge. There are application questions where the student might be required to take a theme or idea from the story and discuss how that affects their life. An example of this type of question from CD 2, track 3: “Harry says he has never been ashamed of being a cripple until now. Why does he feel ashamed now? Should he feel ashamed? Why or why not?” There were also many Bible verse application questions in this section throughout the tracks. An example of one of these comes from CD 2, track 6: “Abe says that we can’t earn God’s acceptance or love. Is he right? Where does the Bible say this? Read Ephesians 2:4-9, Galatians 2:15-21, and Titus 3:4-7.

Defining words is just that – vocabulary words to define. There are not specific uses suggested making it easily adapted to what works best for your family.

Along the way are little sidebars of information that add interest and ideas to the study. One of the sidebars talks about the gold rush mining camps. Another gives some brief information on important people during the gold rush. Yet another educates us on Victorian money. There are several more scattered throughout the study guide. There is also a short bibliography of additional resources if a student wants to do additional reading on Victorian England or the American West.

Included in the study guide are three Bible studies. Bible Study I is on God’s Grace. Bible Study II is on Becoming a Christian. (This study does not go deep enough in the study of what must be done to be saved.) Bible Study III is titled Honoring Your Parents. The Bible studies each are written with a summary at the top, followed by an outline format of the study with ideas and their corresponding Bible citations. These can be used in a number of different ways and can be adapted to suit your family’s needs.

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LIVE THE ADVENTURE CLUB:

Purchasers of Captain Bayley’s Heir can also purchase access to the Live The Adventure Club. In doing so, you gain access to a number of interesting features. These include the Study Guide, online listening access, a read-along script, online comprehension questions and thinking further questions, vocabulary words, and more. There is access to a copy of the original Henty book, in e-book format, and the official soundtrack to download or read online. There is also a cast poster, an inspirational hymn poster (Amazing Grace), and desktop wallpaper to download. This bonus content is only available to those who have purchased access to the Live The Adventure Club.

The Club also gives you a significant amount of other content, unrelated to the Heirloom Audio Productions. There is a library of old-time radio broadcasts that has all sorts of history topics with multiple broadcasts each. There is a civics course on the Constitution and history textbooks from the 1700s and 1800s. In the parent resources area, there are podcasts, interviews, movie reviews, recipes and more that will add a depth to history studies or just help mom or dad to know more about interesting topics.

There is another place that was kind of fun to poke around in – Kids Activities. In this part of the site, there are links to the online access of the productions. There are coloring pages that are tied to different scenes in each of the productions that have been made. There are also word searches on this page that can be printed or completed online. Lastly, there are some hands-on activities related to the different productions.

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FINAL THOUGHTS:

As always, we thoroughly enjoy this production. We have listened to it more than once and Miss E has listened several times. It is a fun story that brings all the adventure of the American West and the gold rush to life. With the high quality we have come to expect, Heirloom Audio Productions does not disappoint with Captain Bayley’s Heir.

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If you are interested in other productions they have created, you may visit these reviews:

The Cat of Bubastes ~ a TOS review

Beric the Briton ~ a TOS review

The Dragon and the Raven ~ a TOS review

With Lee In Virginia – a TOS review

A TOS Review: In Freedom’s Cause

A Review: Under Drake’s Flag

We also own, but did not review, In The Reign of Terror. I do believe that while all of them are fantastic, The Dragon and The Raven is Miss E’s favorite.

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The Familyman’s Christmas Treasury ~ a TOS review

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Funny . . . silly . . . full of fun. The The Familyman’s Christmas Treasury – Audio Collection will cheer your family this holiday season while ushering in the spirit of family fun. Brought to you by The Familyman, Todd Wilson, this collection of holiday tales will brings gales of laughter to the entire family.

The Christmas Treasury is a set of 6 holiday tales written by The Familyman himself. Available either on CD or as Digital Downloads, these tales will thrill the listeners as they giggle at the man in town who sits in trees and chats with squirrels, live through memories of Christmases past, quake at the sound of a knock at the door, or become a super hero who changes the world, and not for the better.

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The Familyman, Todd Wilson, is a well-known name. Focusing on the mission “to remind dads of what’s most important” is what The Familyman does. Whether it is through speaking, audio, or writing, Mr. Wilson’s humor, experience, and straight forward talk makes him a favorite. He has written books such as Help! I’m Married to a Homeschooling Mom and appears as a guest with Focus on the Family. His wit and humor come through clearly in The Familyman’s Christmas Treasury.

The Treasury tales are Captain Chaos and The Manger Blaster, Cootie McKay’s Nativity, The Stranger, The Bishop’s Dream, Harold Grubbs and the Christmas Vest, and Gladys Remembers Christmas. We also received It’s Called Christmas and The Secret of Snow Village. We received all of these as digital downloads and also Cootie McKay on CD.

Captain Chaos is a story of what you probably expect from the title: a superhero who is not so super and creates chaos for the young boy of the story at Christmas time. The story was fun and we laughed a bit, though it is certain to be appreciated more by boys than by my giggly girls. This story was quite a discussion starter and gave us a chance to talk about biblical salvation. We also had the opportunity to talk about denominations vs what the Bible says.

Gladys Remembers Christmas was a sad but thoughtful reminder of our blessings. Gladys was cleaning out her childhood home when unexpected finds brought joy to her life once again. This story of traditions and memories was a sweet reminder of how one small thing can spark wonderful changes.

The Stranger challenged us to live by Jesus’ words and example. One by one, the members of the church turned away the stranger who came to them. A door was finally opened to him on Christmas Eve and that brought suprises, beautiful ones, to that family. Miss J said, with heartfelt enthusiasm and relief, “I’m glad someone finally let him come in!” It was a lovely story about entertaining angels.

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Cootie McKay’s Nativity was probably my very favorite. I listened to this hilarious story more than once and I laughed pretty hard each time. In this story, the town’s nativity needs replaced (the reason is hilarious so I’ll leave that for you to listen to) and Cootie McKay is the one to do it. What starts as a way to let Cootie know what is needed for the nativity turns into a study of the Biblical account of the nativity and a study that touches the heart. This story had several meanings for me: people rise to meet a challenge, there is great joy in God’s word, and do not underestimate the power of God’s word.

Harold Grubbs and the Christmas Vest was a beautiful story about how God touches our lives through others. When Harold Grubbs chooses to change his life and follow God, the whole town is surprised. His change touched everyone and his Christmas Vest became a yearly reminder of God’s ability to touch life. This was a very pleasant story and I enjoyed it very much. It is another opportunity to talk with our children about Biblical salvation.

These are wonderful family stories that will prompt laughter right alongside thoughtful discussions that will grow your family in God. Be prepared to discuss and correct Biblical teachings. There are references to various denominational churches and that salvation is received by “asking Jesus into your heart.” Because these are not Biblical teachings, we did not let the girls listen to these without a parent the first time so that we could guide and teach them according to God’s word.  These are teaching and learning moments so don’t let that keep you from considering the purchase of this collection of wonderful stories.

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The Familyman’s Christmas Treasure is a lot of fun; we have really enjoyed the stories and the laughter. This is a great product to bring your family some fun time together this holiday season.

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The Cat of Bubastes ~ a TOS review

 

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Ancient Egypt has fascinated our family since Miss E was young. When she was about four, she was playing with heiroglyph stickers and learning about Egypt. When Heirloom Audio Productions announced their release of The Cat of Bubastes, I got really excited knowing how much fascination Egypt held. We were thrilled to get to be on the review of this one!

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Heirloom Audio always does a magnificent job of creating a theater quality production to listen to in the comfort of your own home or the convenience of any place you can take a CD or an MP3 file. Their production crew is able to create such a wonderful program that it makes the listener feel as though they are right in the middle of the action, the discussions, and the life of the characters. Each production Heirloom creates seems to be better than the last.

Heirloom Audio’s tagline is “The Extraordinary Adventures of G. A. Henty”. They are adapting Henty novels to audio productions that can be listened to and the productions focus on Christian values and aspects of history that are becoming lost in history books these days. Henty was a writer that lived from 1832-1902. He was a war correspondent and as such, traveled extensively, thus getting much of his knowledge of culture and lands. He wrote about many famous people and times in history but he told a much different story than many of the history books tell. Heirloom Audio has taken his writings and used them as the story lines for Christian audio adventures,taking to heart the quote by Frederick Douglas that states “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

As a part of this review we received:

  • a physical CD copy of the audio production
  • an MP3 file of the audio production
  • a PDF file of the study guide
  • a digital copy of the soundtrack
  • a digital copy of The Cat of Busbastes ebook by G.A. Henty
  • a PDF of the cast poster
  • a digital file of a behind-the-scenes documentary video
  • a PDF of an inspirational verse

These items all are part of the family four-pack purchase bonuses.

 

The Cat of Bubastes takes place several thousand years ago in Egypt. Many of the Rebu tribe have been captured in war and are transported as slaves to Egypt. Once in Thebes, Amuba and Jethro are placed as slaves in the house of Ameres, the high priest of Osiris. Amuba becomes friends with his master, Chebron, one of Ameres’ sons. As they learn together, they wonder about the ability of the gods and where truth comes from. In meeting an Israelite, they learn about the one true God the Israelites had worshipped in the past. Between the uncovering of a murder plot in the temple to the accidental killing of the sacred Cat of Bubastes, Amuba, Chebron, and Jethro are thrust into danger and adventure. The men experience the wonder, providence, and protection of the one true God.

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Enjoy The Story:

The CD is what we use most. It becomes almost permanently housed in Miss E’s room so she can listen to it over and over. (Well, until the next one comes out. . .) It is a 2 CD set and is done with very high quality sound. The production is approximately 2 hours long. It features the voices of Brian Blessed, Peter Moreton, Akintunde Esuruoso, Toby Baddeley, Anthony Daniels, Emily Woodward, and many others. With a score by award-winning John Campbell, the enjoyment of the story is non-stop from beginning to end. It is an easy listen and you hardly know that 2 hours has gone by when the story finally concludes.

We have used the MP3 files to place the audio production on our Kindles. This allows us to listen to the program while not at home. These have the same high quality as the CDs and are easily portable.

cat-of-bubastes-ebook-coverI have also placed the ebook of the original Henty novel on my Kindle. I have been able to read the book while waiting during dance classes or violin lessons. The ebook version is the original Henty novel but it has been redesigned for an ebook and has a few images added to help enhance the story. While it was slow to get started, I realized that there was a lot of information in the first part that really enhanced the story later on. Reading the ebook is something that is really quite important with this particular novel, I believe. Since the audio production is an adaptation, there is a lot of information that they are unable to include. I have learned a lot about Egypt, the society and culture, and the religion that just was unable to be added to the audio production. I highly recommend reading the original Henty novel.

The behind-the-scenes video is approximately 20 minutes long and is able to be watched on the computer.  This was a fascinating video as it discussed the many roles required to create these productions. The focus on interactions and how each role is important was quite interesting. It was refreshing to see the focus on God, from prayer before each work session, to the statement that this is all being done “within God’s will.” One of my favorite quotes from the video is “Each one of these stories we do has changed me . . . Each one imparts something in you. Our prayer is that as people listen, it imparts something of substance . . that it challenges you or changes you.” (John Fornof)

cat-of-bubastes-study-guide-coverThe study guide is a huge part of this package. The study guide contains tons of information and cat-of-bubastes-study-guide-excerptquestions to help you get more out of the story. Each track has its own section of the study guide that contains questions to help the reader focus on the story and comprehending it as well as questions that force the listener to think more deeply about the content and reasoning. There are also words to define that the listener might not know. Often, there is also an information box on the page that shares more about the culture, animals, traditions, and more of ancient Egypt. Each page of the study guide has not only the disc and track number but it also contains the time markings for that track if you are listening to it on MP3, which shows and elapsed time, rather than track numbers sometimes. The study additionally contains three Bible studies: God Meant It For Good, The Knowledge of God, and Idolatry and Tyranny. There is also some additional information on the cat of Bubastes.

I placed the study guide on my Kindle and we accessed it there. We used it to guide our out loud discussions about the story. The study guide definitely enriches the experience of Heirloom Audio Productions.

Our Thoughts:

Heirloom Audio has done it again and The Cat of Bubastes is a wonderful learning experience. It is fun and entertaining, while teaching a lot.

One thing with The Cat of Bubastes was that if you don’t know the story, it is hard to follow the first time you listen. Miss E remarked that she felt like she had missed a disc and actually took it out to check that it was the first disc and that it was starting on track 1. It would be good to get the background knowledge of the battle that begins the novel if possible before listening to the CDs.

And, as I mentioned when discussing the ebook, there is a lot of information about Egypt and its culture and beliefs that just cannot be included in the audio production, whether due to the difficulty of writing it into a conversational style or the time factor. You really don’t want to miss that information.

We enjoy Heirloom Audio Productions and get so much learning from each of their programs that I can’t help but share about them. We are grateful for the opportunity each time we are selected to be a part of a review for Heirloom. They truly are tremendous learning opportunities that are coupled with Christian values and beliefs.

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A Favorite

A favorite thing necessary to our homeschool? Just one?
Well, okay – I’ll pick:

Audiobooks

Yep, good ol’ audiobooks. The reason I specify audiobooks instead of just good literature and include audiobooks in it? Because the audio part can make a huge difference for some kids. Once audiobooks were discovered by my readers (and they LOVE to read), a bigger array of titles opened up to them because the thickness of the book or the tininess of the print was no longer intimidating. From Anne of Green Gables to folktales by native storytellers to major productions like The Dragon and The Raven by Heirloom Audio Productions, audios have made a huge impact on our homeschooling.

If you are looking for classics, you can get many of them for free online from sources like Librivox or your local public library site (using things like Overdrive).

If you are looking for children’s titles, check out your local public library or a interlibrary loan system. Miss J checks out Playaways with titles like Corduroy, Amelia Bedelia, and The Hungry Caterpillar. Miss E checks out Ella Enchanted and Anne of Green Gables and more.

If you are looking for more, you can pay and buy them online or in bookstores. (But don’t forget to look in used bookstores, too!)

We have used audio books to make our roadtrips much more productive. Whether it be a classic that we want to listen to or something new we have never experienced, we have found that roadtrips are the perfect time to try out audiobooks.

History is one area where audiobooks bring a whole lot of information to life for the listener. Especially if you use our very favorite resource: Heirloom Audio Productions.

We have reviewed several of their productions (and we just found out we get to review their newest one, as well: The Cat of Bubastes so look for that in October), including:
Beric The Briton,
Under Drakes Flag,
In Freedom’s Cause,
With Lee In Virginia, and
The Dragon and the Raven.

These will teach the listener history whether they want to hear it or not! They are amazing and fantastic and tons of fun. Just ask Miss E. She keeps them in her room and listens to them quite often. I would imagine she has listened to each of them several times.

So our favorite, can’t live without item: audios, be it audiobooks or audioproductions. Go find one to listen to and see if your family doesn’t fall in love with them, too.

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The Dragon and the Raven ~ a TOS review

The Dragon and The Raven reviewTake some history that is well researched and extremely well acted, put it into an audio format, and you get Heirloom Audio Productions. (You also get a set of CDs that disappear into the bedroom of Miss E and Miss J and takes you weeks to ransom! Truly – they listened to it three times before I got my hands on it!)

We have been reviewing the newest production from Heirloom Audio titled The Dragon and the RavenIf you have not had the pleasure of experiencing, and it is an experience, any of these productions, you definitely need to! They are loved by my 7 year old and my 11 year old alike. Bringing history to life, allowing us to see the real people involved, and not even realizing that we are learning – this is truly exciting.inside of CD package

Heirloom Audio Productions fall into the category of audio theater. How are these different from audio books? Well, the stories are acted, not merely read. The actors truly make you see the action in your mind, complete with sound effects. If you think these sound somewhat like old-fashioned radio, you would probably be right but these are so much better! With an award-winning score by John Campbell, you are in for such a treat when you listen to Heirloom Audio.

Heirloom’s presentations of The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty catch and hold the student’s attention throughout. The productions are acted by extremely talented actors. The Dragon and the Raven features the talented voices of John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones), Helen George (Call the Midwife), Brian Blessed (Star Wars, Tarzan, King Lear), Stylvester McCoy (Doctor Who VII, The Hobbit), John Bell (The Hobbit), and Katherine Kellgren (award-winning narrator).

The Dragon and the Raven is the fourth G.A. Henty adaptation Heirloom Audio has created. The Dragon and the Raven is set in the Britain of King Alfred. Their land has been not merely invaded but overrun by the Danes and everything is being destroyed. The people are looking to their leader, their King, to lead them and help them stand up under this terrifying people. King Alfred is young but knows what is right. He knows his strength comes from the Lord and that is where he looks for his strength. Under his guidance and leadership, along with the friendship of Edmund, the country turns to the God they had left behind them and strive to save their country and lives.Proverbs 21_31

This is the setting for learning more about King Alfred than you ever didn’t know you didn’t know. Finding the Christian values and moral in history is a specialty of Living the Adventure with Heirloom Audio. Intensely researched and written, this audio theater teaches values such as standing up for the right, bravery under pressure, trusting in God, and having determination to do your duty at all cost. All these while being immersed in history. One of the slogans on their website is Christian Heroes for Christian Kids! That is something that I love and Heirloom does super well.

We recevied the two-disc set but we also received some additional files to download. These included:

  • eStudy Guide and Discussion Starter
  • full color printable poster file of the inspirational verse Proverbs 21:31 “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the Lord.”
  • downloadable MP3 soundtrack
  • access to the Live The Adventure email newsletter
  • printable full color promotional poster
  • behind-the-scenes documentary featuring the cast, crew, and actors of The Dragon and the Raven
  • G.A. Henty’s book The Dragon and the Raven as an ebook

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This is a huge amount of materials to assist in the joy of The Dragon and the Raven. I downloaded both the study guide and the ebook to Miss E’s Kindle. She has been reading the ebook and enjoying it, though she did say it is a bit hard since the audio drama is so exciting. This is the G.A. Henty book so it is what the audio theater is based on. I also put the ebook on my Kindle and enjoyed reading it a lot. I enjoying seeing where the story originated and how it was adapted to the audio drama.

We have also been using the eStudy Guide and Discussion Starter. I really like using a discussion guide because it gives structure to digging deeper into the story. It pushes Miss E to think more deeply and detailed about the characters, the action, and what is really going on. The excerpt from the study guidequestions and activities help us to focus more on the purposes of actions. With biographies and histories included, there is so much to learn in the guide.

 

There are some super nice features in the Discussion Guide. One of these features is that the track listing and time marks for the section is included on the top of the study guide pages. Another of the features I really like is the way the activities are broken down. There are three sections for each piece of the story: Listening Well, Thinking Further, and Defining Words. Additionally, there are three Bible studies included in the guide to help relate the Christian values and morals from the story to our lives today.

I have the guide on my Kindle and we do most of the questions and activities out loud. This allows it to be a family project and my 7 year old can participate well, since writing these types of answers is difficult for even a student who writes well. We tried to do all of the mapping activities and we had some interesting discussions about prejudices.

This type of a history study opens so many door and shows us so many paths. I do believe that our family will be exploring more of these as we continue with our studies and listen to The Dragon and the Raven again.

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Heirloom Audio Productions has given us the privilege of reviewing their previous productions, as well. We have reviewed Under Drake’s Flag, In Freedom’s Cause, and With Lee In Virginia. All of these have been amazingly fun, informational, and full of learning. From learning about Sir Francis Drake to learning Celtic culture and history to finding out a whole lot about Robert E. Lee and his true character, I cannot say enough good things about Heirloom Audio Productions and their series The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty.

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Brinkman Adventures Season 3 ~ a TOS review

Our family has really fallen in love with audio, whether it be audio books or audio dramas. Brinkman Adventures falls under the audio drama category and it has been an interesting listen for us. The Brinkman Adventures: Season 3 continues the many adventures of the Brinkman family and shares stories of missionaries and Christian heroes to encourage and inspire. With 4 CDs, 12 episodes, and over 5 hours of audio, your family will be in for a real treat. You can also get it as an MP3 download.

Brinkman Adventures Season 3 Review

The Brinkman Adventures are based on the lives of real people experiencing God. While Season 3 continues some parts of a family story, it is not necessary to have listened to the previous seasons to be able to pick this one up and follow along with the Brinkman family. We had not listened to the previous season and we were drawn into the stories almost from the beginning.

Our family had heard a lot of praise about the Brinkman Adventures but were still somewhat unsure about whether we would enjoy the episodes. We have been enjoying them a lot. (A side note: I was not drawn into the episode that is on the website but have really, really enjoyed what we have listened to in season 3 so don’t let that one episode be your sole decision maker.) We have listened to the episodes as a family in the evening while sitting in the living room coloring or drawing or building something quietly. It has been a pleasant close to the evenings.

Brinkman Adventures Season 3Season 3 of the Brinkman Adventures introduces us to several missionary stories. These are what really drew our attention and made it hard to turn the CD off at the end of an episode. These stories are based on real people and their circumstances. These are people that have trusted God beyond ability to understand it and have been able to share The Word with others because of that trust. These stories draw you in and help you see a God that is so much bigger than our own world and experiences. It makes me want to go be a missionary myself. That, I think, is an example of how very good these stories are.

Something I have found very interesting and informative is that you can visit the Brinkman Adventures website and read more about these real life people whose lives inspire the episodes in Season 3, as well as the past seasons. Now, don’t go if you haven’t listened and don’t want the story climax spoiled. But do go at some point. You will be blessed by learning more about these servants of God who go when he calls them.

Whether you are looking for something to encourage you, something to inspire your children, or just something to listen to in the car, the Brinkman Adventures Season 3 is definitely worth looking into. Mission work takes heart to go and do but the more we know about it, the more we can see ways to support that work from wherever we may be at the time. That is why I see such value in this audio drama series. Following God through His plan can be difficult but the more often we are able to see and experience the blessing of following Him, the easier it is to follow Him.

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