St. Bartholomew’s Eve ~ Review

Over the past few years AJ and I have had the chance to witness history come alive as we have listened to different audio dramas from Heirloom Audio. We have visited Ancient Egypt, different parts of Europe, and even visited the California Gold Rush, all while never leaving our living room. We have listened to stories of love, loss, faith, courage, and forgiveness. Heirloom Audio is a company that puts out quality audio dramas that tell the true story of what happened in an entertaining way. Our family has come to really enjoy and look forward to the new releases, so we were thrilled when we were given the chance to review St. Bartholomew’s Eve.

St. Bartholomew's Eve

About Heirloom Audio

The goal of Heirloom Audio is to engage listeners’ imagination by taking them back in time and immersing them in a great Christian story. They do this by using amazing actors, background music, and sound effects, to help the story come alive. You can hear the wind blowing, swords swinging, and people in the streets. Even the accents used are authentic. It is the little details that make the difference!

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All of the stories that Heirloom Audio dramatizes are from the books written by G.A. Henty. He wrote many books about history over the years. In fact, two of his books are on AJ’s reading lists this year. Heirloom Audio already made one of them into an audio drama. When it came time to read, The Cat of Bubastes, she read the book. And then she re-listened to the audio drama. G.A. Henty was a great author, but listening to the audio drama really brought the story to life!

About  St. Bartholomew’s Eve

This audio drama takes place in France about fifty years after Martin Luther brought Protestant beliefs to Europe.  At this time in France, and many other places, the Kings were in charge of what religion the people of the country could practice. There was a Catholic King on the thrown. He was not allowing the Protestants, known as the Huguenots to practice their religion. The Catholics thought that the Huguenots were blasphemous. Some of the reasons were because they did not abstain from eating meat on Friday’s and they sang Psalms. During that time the Huguenots were being persecuted.

St. Bartholomew's Eve
It is hard to imagine that people would be killed because of a difference of beliefs. But sadly many wars are about religion. In this story a 16 year old English boy leaves his home and goes to France. He wants to help free his fellow Protestant believers from tyranny. The Huguenots didn’t want to have to fight, but they knew that they needed to protect their right to worship God. During one of their meetings they ask,

“Whom shall we obey? The king of France or the King of Kings?”

The story has themes of courage, determination, fighting for what is right, and trusting in God, among others. We often take our right to worship, or not worship for granted. This story helps one to see that people had to fight and die for things that we take for granted every day.

This audio drama is for ages six and up. It is about two and a half hours long.

Our Thoughts

AJ and I listened to the CD’s together. Then we had a few discussions about our rights as Christians and how there are still places where people don’t have the same rights that we do. When we get to this era in world history, I plan to have AJ listen to the CD’s again. All of the productions from Heirloom Audio have been amazing. But I think this one has touched closer to home. It has brought up discussions. Every time I listen to a new adventure from Heirloom Audio I am amazed at the quality. The story is well written, the audio is perfect (played on a computer, CD player, or on the TV), and you learn a great deal.

I would also like to mention that the company has amazing customer service. I had an issue with an old CD, the one from The Cat of Bubastes. It was something they didn’t have to fix. But they did. They were helpful, kind, and fixed my issue in a very timely manner. The quality of their service impressed me. It is nice to see a company that makes a great product and stands behind it.

I would highly recommend any of the audio dramas from Heirloom Audio. Next, you can check out my previous reviews.

Captain Bayley’s Heir

In the Reign of Terror

The Dragon And the Raven

Wulf the Saxon

The Cat of Bubastes

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