The Dragon and The Raven Audio Adventure (Crew Review)
About Heirloom Audio Productions
Heirloom Audio Productions is passionate about bringing history to life. Through their dramatic audio adventures they are introducing a new generation to “The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty,” a 19th century author whose historical, character-building novels enjoyed great popularity more than a hundred years ago. Each story features virtuous characters who must learn how to walk out their faith in the midst of the trials they face.
Heirloom Audio Productions strives for excellence in every aspect of what they do. From their talented actors to the beautiful soundtracks, these two-hour plus dramas are quality productions that both children and adults can appreciate. Our family has eagerly added all their audio adventures to our library:
- Under Drake’s Flag (about Sir Francis Drake)
- In Freedom’s Cause (about William Wallace and Robert the Bruce–see my review)
- With Lee in Virginia (a Civil War tale–see my review)
and now, The Dragon and the Raven!
About The Dragon and the Raven
Like the others in this series, the adventure begins with two boys, Ned and Gerald, meeting up with “Mr. George,” (G.A. Henty), who sets the stage for the story he’s about to tell. This time the boys will take on the more common 9th century names of “Edmund” and “Harold” as the live out the adventure.
After the death of his father, young Edmund becomes a close ally of King Alfred and joins him in battling the invading Danes. Through the course of the story we see many examples of courage, honor, and what it looks like to love one’s enemies. There’s even a bit of romance as Edmund falls in love with (and must later come to the rescue of) Freya, the daughter of one of the Danes. As in all of Henty’s stories, virtue is held in high esteem, and the characters model qualities we hope our children will emulate.
As members of the Review Crew we received the 2-CD set as well as several downloadable bonuses that come with the purchase of a “Family Four-Pack” Package:
- The Dragon and the Raven audio adventure (MP3)
- eStudy Guide and Discussion Starter (pdf)
- ebook of G.A. Henty’s original story with colorful graphics (pdf)
- A beautiful printable pdf poster of Proverbs 21: 31 (King Alfred’s Hope)
- cast poster (pdf)
- soundtrack (mp3)
- “Behind the Scenes of The Dragon and the Raven“ (mp4 video download)
The eStudy Guide and Discussion Starter is a great tool for homeschool families. In addition to providing some background information about G.A. Henty and Alfred the Great, it breaks the recording into 4-10 minute chunks, then provides questions to help make sure young children understood what they heard. (These could also be used as written assignments for older children.)
- Listening Well (questions about what happened in the story)
- Thinking Further (questions for further research or to think more deeply about things that happened in the story)
- Defining Words (vocabulary used in the story)
At the end there are suggestions for further reading about Alfred the Great, three short Bible studies to help students explore biblical themes from the narrative (“God’s Law and the Nations,” “Love Your Enemy,” and “Literacy”), and a brief history of Britain and England.
We especially enjoyed the “Behind the Scenes” video, which showed the actors in the recording studio and gave a fascinating look at the process of creating the whole production. It delved deeper into the history behind the story and helped us get more out of it the next time we listened to the audio adventure.