Tuesday, March 1, 2016

TOS Review: The Dragon and the Raven


The Dragon and the Raven {Heirloom Audio Productions Review}
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this product from  Heirloom Audio Productions through Schoolhouse Review Crew, in exchange for an honest review.

Recently, my family and I have been listening to The Dragon and the Raven, another amazing audio drama from Heirloom Audio Productions.  It is a terrific story of loss, bravery, heroism, and faith.  The setting takes place in the 800's AD, and centers around the story of the Danes invading England.  It is the story of kings, legends, and wars as well as friendships and loyalty. It is beautifully narrated along with the rich accents of the characters, and the wonderful sound effects.

We had some family come in to town, and with the nearest airport an hour away, I decided to have my sons begin to listen to this on the way to the airport.  At first they were confused because it was the first audio book we have listened to.  They were concerned about not having it be visual, but that only lasted a mere few seconds.  With the music and sound effects, they soon started to use their imaginations.  They are like their Daddy and are awesome audio learners, so after a while I had to ask them what was going on in the story! (I am a visual learner, so the ebook of the The Dragon and the Raven that is included with one of the packages was perfect for me!)


My sons thought these characters, with names like Alfred and Edmund were so cool!  They came home and pretended to be the characters!  We also had the pleasure of using the Study Guide that comes with the purchase of the audio drama.  This is a wonderful tool for using in a homeschool study, history lesson, or even a co-op.  It breaks down each of the tracks in the CD into three different segments called Listening Well (what is happening in the story questions), Thinking Further (elaboration of the ideas and morals being portrayed in that section) and Defining Words (wonderful resource for enhancing vocabulary.) There is also a history of the author (G.A. Henty) and one of the main characters (Alfred the Great) in the story, a history of Britain and England, three Bible studies, and additional resources on learning more about Alfred the Great.

We listened to the  audio drama, which is over 2 hours of amazing theatrical story over the course of several days.  We plan on using the Study Guide (which is included as a free download in some of the purchasing options) and listening track by track, along with the study guide.  This is sort of like watching a movie, and sometimes you don't get all elements of the story from just watching it once.  Have you ever found yourself seeing something different in a movie that you have watched three or four times? I think it is going to be the same with this audio drama because there was so much interesting story detail, along with scripture, outstanding soundtrack and sound effects.  I'm also excited that there is a vocabulary section to help with our homeschool studies.
There is a multitude of resources that come with The Dragon and the Raven, depending on which of the three options that are selected.  It comes with 2 audio CDS but there are also downloads for the ebook, MP3 download, Study Guide, unlimited access to the newsletter, posters, soundtrack and a Behind the Scenes video.  To find out more about Heirloom Audio Productions and The Dragon and the Raven, please click on the options below.

The Dragon and the Raven {Heirloom Audio Productions Review}
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The Dragon and the Raven has been a blessing to our homeschool studies.  My sons now want to know more about that time period in history.  They want to know the explanation of the dragon of the story, and how that relates to Biblical knowledge.   I would highly recommend adding this amazing audio drama to your homeschool or history studies.  It is an adventurous way of making history come alive, and nothing is better than seeing your child want to learn more. 

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Blessings,

Kelly

The Dragon and the Raven {Heirloom Audio Productions Review}

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10 comments:

  1. I am a visual learner too. Mostly because my attentions span is really short. :)

    This sounds like a good product.

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    1. Hi, Lux! Very cool to hear you are a visual learner as well. We loved how fun this made learning history! Thanks for commenting and hope you have an amazing week :)

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  2. Shared this on Pinterest and Twitter! :)

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    1. Thank you, Starla! I appreciate that :)

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  3. I love your story synopsis in the first paragraph. "Friends and loyalty." :)

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    1. Hi, Zekesmom10! It is a tremendous story of loyalty and friendship. I loved the morals that were taught in this story. Thanks for commenting and hope you have a wonderful week :)

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful audiodrama; my boys often pick characters to play and act out our audiobooks too.

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    1. Hi, Mother of 3! I think that is a good sign of an amazing story when children want to become the characters! I'm glad to hear your sons do this as well! Thanks for commenting and hope you are having an amazing week :)

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  5. It's funny you mentioned that about being a visual learner. We are mostly those here in our house and this wasn't a huge hit for that reason. I'm sure the story was good, but our minds were everywhere but there! :( I'm so glad your boys enjoyed it! Thanks for being a part of the Booknificent Thursday reading community this week!
    Tina

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    1. I am looking forward to reading the ebook for this reason. My husband and sons absolutely loved the audio and completely got the story line, but not me! Thanks for hosting Booknificent Thursday and for commenting, Tina! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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