Last year I kept hearing how amazing the audio dramas from Heirloom Audio Productions were. AJ is a visual person and often has a hard time imagining scenes from books, so I didn’t think the audio dramas would be something that she enjoyed. I read numerous reviews about how realistic they were, but I still wasn’t convinced. Then AJ noticed that I was checking out their website. She was excited and asked if she had enough Christmas money left to buy The Dragon and the Raven because it looked like a fun story. So when she heard that we were blessed to receive a copy of The Dragon and the Raven to review she was thrilled.
About The Dragon and The Raven
The Dragon and the Raven is the fourth audio drama based on the works of G.A. Henty. It is far more than an audio book. Instead you are taken on a two and a half hour nonstop adventure. There are well known actors who voice the different characters along with breath taking sound effects and music.
Other Fun Bonuses
We received a few fun items along with the two disk audio drama. We received a MP3 of the audio drama and the soundtrack, a beautifully illustrated e-book of The Dragon and The Raven, printable posters, behind the scenes video, access to the adventure newsletter, and a 49 page study guide.
AJ really enjoyed the behind the scenes video! We haven’t printed the posters yet, but we have enjoyed listening to the soundtrack. We looked through the e-book and were impressed. It is over 200 pages long and we plan to read through it a little at a time to go along with our history study.
Our favorite bonus was the study guide. It gave a brief history of the author, G.A. Henty and of King Alfred. It also had a very brief history of England. The study guide had questions and vocabulary for each track on the CD. They included basic comprehension questions, questions and activities that made you think a little more, and vocabulary. There were a few art projects and a recipe along with map activities and additional research questions. Really there is a little bit for everyone.
How Did We Use It?
We are currently studying the Middle Ages, so I had every intention on using this for history. We were going to listen to a few tracks a day and write the answers to the questions in the study guide. We had just finished learning a little about the Vikings and about King Alfred the Great so I thought that it would be perfect.
Our plan quickly changed. After I stopped the CD the third time to ask her the study guide questions, we were both frustrated. Instead we decided to listen to the audio drama a few times before we worked on the study guide. With so much going on in the story neither of us picked up all of the details the first time around. We also decided to just do the questions orally. We both learned a lot of history, and it was painless.
What We Thought
Overall, Heirloom Audio Productions lives up to and passes all of our expectations. AJ and I both enjoyed sitting back and listening to the CDs. Everything was easy to understand and the story kept our interest. This is our first audio drama from Heirloom Audio Productions, but it won’t be our last. We would recommend The Dragon and The Raven to anyone who enjoys learning about history in a fun and exciting way. This title is especially great if you are studying the Middle Ages. The only thing I would like to see would be a map of England included in the study guide. Other than that, it is perfect.
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