One thing that has helped my struggling reader this year is incorporating audio books. It’s easier to get him to listen to a book than it is to read a book. We’ve enjoyed a few different audio books this year, but nothing compares to the audio theatre production of The Dragon and the Raven by Heirloom Audio Productions that we recently received for review.
About The Product
The folks over at Heirloom Audio Productions are passionate about bringing history to life through dramatic audio stories. Their quest takes them to some amazing places just to accomplish this task. They have stood above Plymouth where Sir Francis Drake first sighted the Spanish Armada. They’ve walked on the same ground where William Wallace swung his famous claymore and conquered his enemies. The Dragon and the Raven is brought to you from the misty marshlands of England, from a dark time in English history, the time of King Alfred and their barbaric Danish enemies. It is the story of Edmund and young King Alfred of Wessex, whose only hope of defending their land against the Danes is to turn back to the God they have abandoned.
Our Thoughts On This Product
The product came in a sturdy case with two CDs. Along with the CD’s we were given the following bonuses (all included in The Family Four Pack).
- The Dragon and the Raven MP3 download
- The Dragon and the Raven E-Book by G.A. Henty.
- The official MP3 soundtrack
- A printable cast poster
- A 46-page study guide and discussion starter
- An inspirational verse poster with the quote, “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the Lord.”
- Unlimited access to the Live the Adventure Letter e-newsletter
- Behind-the-scenes videos of the cast and crew of The Dragon and the Raven.
We decided to spread the 2.5 hours of listening time over the course of 4-5 days to give us a break in our normal, crazy, homeschooling evening. Never having experienced anything like this before, we were completely captivated while listening to this audio production which features Katherine Kellgren (an award-winning narrator), John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings & Indiana Jones), Helen George (Call The Midwife), Brian Blessed (Star Wars, Tarzan, King Lear), Sylvester McCoy (Dr. Who VII, The Hobbit) and John Bell (The Hobbit).
The study guide was a valuable resource for us, as it gave us discussion topics for each of our listening sessions. It also has vocabulary words, most of which my son did not know, which is helping to enrich his vocabulary. I did have to replay certain sections of the CDs where my son got a little lost due to the speed of the conversation, or the accents, but thankfully I was able to follow along enough to keep the discussion flowing.
Overall, we really enjoyed our first experience with audio theatre. If you have a child who is a struggling reader, or struggles with reading comprehension as my son does, I would highly recommend The Dragon and the Raven by Heirloom Audio Productions as an addition to your literature library. After listening to this, my son says normal audio books may bore him to death!
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