There is a first time for everything.
I have never listened to an audio book or any productions really that were audio only. I am by nature a lover of the written word, so audios were never really high on my list of “to do” one day.
The children and I had the incredible privilege of reviewing Under Drake’s Flag from Heirloom Audio Productions. I had no idea that an audio production could be so absolutely AMAZING!!!
So, there you have it….that is my review, visit the site, grab your copy and let me know what you think!
Okay, well, that obviously isn’t my entire review, but there is, without question, no way you could not make plans to pick up this CD set and make time to listen to the story that is so well laid out.
The CDs come in a 2 disc set in a beautifully designed case. A trifold case, which houses a CD on each of the ends and holds a study guide in the middle.
The study guide is a nice addition to the CDs, it has some guided questions to help the children focus more, which is perfect for helping them listen well to the story. It also has a section set aside for vocabulary words, a nice way to incorporate this history lesson with our vocabulary for the week (I used the words with my oldest son which is 13 years old. Otherwise I simply explained what the words meant to my younger children.). Last in the study guide there was a section that had some questions to help you dig a bit deeper into what was really being talked about in the story.
There are 2 options that you can choose when ordering Under Drake’s Flag, you can chose the $20.00 MP3 downloadable version or the $29.95 physical CDs, which is what I was offered to review.
I have to admit, I have never heard of G.A. Henty (at least that I remember hearing during my growing up days) so I was pleasantly surprised at the story about the man himself. A world traveler and writer, with 122 books to his name.
“To be a true hero, you must be a true Christian.” G. A. Henty (Well said, Mr. Henty)
I am very pleased that his name is now linked in my mind with great stories.
I do recall hearing bits and pieces about Sir Francis Drake in my history classes from way back when, but I do not believe that the fact he was a God fearing man ever made it to my ears. Which is surprising, considering I went to a Christian school all through high school….I digress…
I am so pleased that this fact was not only shared with the listeners of the story but so well placed in the story that there is no way around the fact that Sir Francis Drake was a God fearing, God listening, and Holy Spirit led man. What a wonderful blessing to hear that message so intricately woven into such a magnificent tale.
When we began to listen to the CDs, I thought for sure the children would want to bail out and go their own way. We just are not a audio type family. To my utter delight, we listened to the first CD and without hesitation, we quickly put in the second CD. I think we were all a bit disappointed when the CD was finished, truth be told. This CD has a bit of sequential action scenes but my children were good with it and they are 13, 9 and 6. The company suggests the ages for this product at 6 years old to adult.
What an amazing two hour adventure! I was captivated by the words, the action, and the uniqueness of the characters. I throughly enjoyed meeting Ned, Gerald, Captain Drake, Kojo Kinte, and Donna Anna. I hope you make plans to get to know them too.
There was an additional study guide that we were offered once we received our CD set. This other study guide was a bit more in-depth than the one in the CD case. The major differences that I noticed was that this study guide spoke about G.A. Henty as well as Sir Francis Drake in a few short paragraphs.
At the end of each study guide there is a section that offers three Bible studies: Godly Character, True Manhood, and Confessing Christ. These Bible studies alone make this story so much more real. Each young man alive should be so blessed to hear about this great man, Sir Francis Drake, and then be able to apply his life lessons that line up with the Word of God.
And, just to top it all off…Heirloom Audio Productions just announced that they are working on their newest production, In Freedom’s Cause The Real Story of Wallace and Bruce…we cannot wait!
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I hope you enjoyed our latest review and I look forward to sharing again soon. Keep an eye out for more great products, for home, school or just for fun!
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