Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review of Heirloom Audio Productions

Beric The Briton Heirloom Audio Productions  Review
I have reviewed (and loved) Heirloom Audio Productions before, so it was with great interest that I received Beric the Briton for review! My family absolutely loves audio dramas of any kind, and no one does audio dramas like Heirloom Audio Productions! Beric the Briton is the full-cast audio presentation of the novel by G.A. Henty. It is presented by a cast of professional actors and it immerses you in the time period. In fact, Heirloom audio transcends audio drama all together. It bills itself as "active listening audio adventure," using sound effects designed to draw the listener even deeper into the story.
Beric The Briton Heirloom Audio Productions  Review
Beric the Briton tells the story of Beric and Boduoc during the Roman invasion of Britannia. This is one of our favorite times of history to study, so my kids were so happy to be able to get this story to listen to! Beric and Boduoc experience enough adventure for several lifetimes in this story as they become gladiators for the Emperor Nero (whoever thought that giving a 16 year-old boy control of the most powerful empire in the world was a good idea?)!
Heirloom Audio Productions also gave us all of the bonuses available to those who purchase the premium edition of Beric the Briton. The most appreciated of these features for us was the MP3 version of the CD. Because my computer doesn't have a CD drive, I love being able to download the story to my computer so we can listen everywhere - we can use the CDs in the car, but we can listen to the MP3s at home! Here, my 11 year-old twins listen to the story while Mary-Catherine is knitting:

As I said, though, Heirloom Audio included many other bonuses, including the amazing study guide that supports the novel. Heirloom Audio's study guides are works of art. At 50 pages long, it includes the following elements:
  • Biographies of the 3 principal historical figures
  • Listening Well
  • Thinking Further
  • Defining Words (each of these preceding three for each section)
  • Historical Background
  • 3 Bible Studies
  • ...even more!
And it's all done so beautifully. Here's just a tiny sample:

In addition to the MP3 and the study guide, the bonuses include the following:
  • The GA Henty eBook of Beric the Briton
  • The Official MP3 Soundtrack
  • Printable Cast and Inspirational Verse Posters
  • Behind the Scenes Cast Video
  • Behind the Adventure Letter Website and E-Newsletter
Visit the website to see more about each of these great bonuses and to see the different purchase configurations available.

Why Heirloom Audio Productions?
There are many "audio options" out there today - podcasts, audiobooks, pubic domain readings of things, etc. What sets Heirloom Audio Productions apart? Well, if you've ever gone to the movie theater and relaxed into the comfortable seats and closed your eyes and just listened -- that's what Heirloom Audio Productions' Beric the Briton is like. A great audio book is just like hearing someone read you the story. A podcast is, at best, someone telling you about something. Beric the Briton (and all of Heirloom Audio Productions' amazing stories that I have heard) is like listening to a movie in the best theater. You are there. You are part of the story. Fortunately, when you go to Beric the Briton, you'll be able to hear a small sample of what I'm talking about. You can also click the banner below to read other Crew reviews!

Beric The Briton Heirloom Audio Productions  Review
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