We were so excited to get Heirloom Audio's newest G.A. Henty adventure, St. Bartholomew's Eve, and it did not disappoint.
I invited my young friends Hallel 17, Hosanna 16, Victoria 15, Peter 13, and Grace 11 to listen with me.
We all sat in my family room for over two hours listening. All of us were attentive because we wanted to know what happened next. Between CDs, we grabbed food and then popped the second one in.
Why were we so fully engaged.
This radio drama was excellent in every way. The acting, sound effects, and story line were amazing! We were drawn to the characters and cried when we lost some friends in the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre. There was depth to the characters and surprises in the plot.
This is a tragic, yet heroic tale from history. What a privilege to listen to radio theater together so we could really understand the events leading up to the tragic event.
"I loved it!" each child responded enthusiastically when we discussed it afterward. This radio drama was full of action and adventure, along with virtuous characters who honor Christ. Plus bad guys. How could we not love it!
Discussion that Followed the Audio
When I visited Charleston recently, I saw a Huguenot Church. I was so excited!
The Huguenots hold a special place in my heart. I admire their faith, dedication, and resilience. Since we are studying American history together at co-op, I went on to explain how the Huguenots fled to England, the Netherlands, and Colonial America, especially Charleston, South Carolina.
Our discussion led into persecution for our faith in Jesus and how hard it must have been in those days. We discussed standing for Jesus in our own days as rights are being violated in the name of diversity. It was an intellectually invigorating conversation.
I'm grateful for the way the radio show naturally led to this conversation. Not in a forced way, but naturally.
So I say to Heirloom Audio, "Another Great Job! Can't wait for the next show."
More Audio Adventures
I asked everyone how they liked it several times and everyone was excited by the story and loved listening to the audio.
"Do they make any more stories?" Peter asked me.
I showed him the website and all the other GA Henty stories they have recorded. You see, Heirloom Audio takes G.A. Henty books and turns them into radio dramas. For those of you who don't know, G.A. Henty was a newspaper reporter who wrote historical fiction for children. His books are stories of courage, virtue, action, adventure, and real life history. We love his books and are so excited that Heirloom Audio is bringing these amazing stories to life.
Here is a list of the audio adventures so far:
Captain Bayley's Heir
In the Reign of Terror
The Cat of Bubastes
Beric the Briton
The Dragon and the Raven
With Lee in Virginia
In Freedom's Cause
Under Drake's Flag
I plan on collecting them all.
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I highly recommend these audios as a valuable addition to any homeschool library.
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Until next time, Happy Homeschooling!