Bringing Henty Back {Homeschool Review Crew}

Bringing Henty Back

Homeschool Review Crew

I’ve long been a fan of the G. A. Henty Books and love that the Heirloom Audio Productions is bringing Henty back in the form of audio dramas.  Their latest release is in our home and already well loved!  We’ve been listening to Captain Bayley’s Heir and can’t get enough!!

We received a physical CD in the mail.  With our CD we also received online access to the digital components.  This is a study guide and Live The Adventure site.  You can receive access to all these fun digital bonuses by being a member of the Live the Adventure club.  The CD can still be purchased without a membership but the bonuses won’t be accessible.  Along with the study guide and discussion starter you will also find online quizzes and even a way to listen to the audio from your account.  

The online version of the audio drama also comes with a script that you can read and follow along with.  This is very neat and would be amazing if you have a child who learns best by reading or more than one learning style.  An ebook copy of the original book can also be downloaded and read from the Live The Adventure Club.  Other extra include the soundtrack, cast poster, inspirational poster, and desktop wallpaper.  Lots of great items to be had from their online account!

Being out in the middle of nowhere(at least away from big cities) is amazing at times.  Other times it’s not the best.  Like when you have an hour trip to get to a big grocery store or dance etc etc.  That’s our story!  We love audio dramas for this reason.  They make our journey shorter or at least seem that way.  When that CD starts playing we all become engrossed in the story and boom here we are and no one wants to turn it off!

About the Story

Bringing Henty Back


G. A. Henty wrote Captain Bayley’s Heir in 1889.  I love that old books can still be relevant today and I love that Heirloom Audio Productions is bringing Henty back for a new generation to enjoy in a new form.  While I still try to find the books in hard format so we can read them as well having them on a CD to listen to is amazing.

This story follows Frank as he leaves England to come to America during the gold rush.  Not only does he sail across the Atlantic Ocean but he also crosses the continent of America to get to California for the gold rush.  His story is woven through great writing on G A Henty’s part but also by great voice acting from the cast.  They’re amazing and really make you feel like you’re there with Frank as he faces great challenges.  There are also “flashback” type scenes where you get to go and see what is happening in England while he is away.

I love the voice of Brian Blessed as Henty.  He adds so much depth to the story just with his voice.  It’s amazing.  As he narrates the story and helps bring the characters to life we learn lessons that we won’t soon forget.

I love the story line. How many of us can say we’ve never been accused of doing something wrong?  Poor Frank can’t.  He was accused of stealing money.  Rather than face the accusations and humiliation, because yes we can all agree this would be so utterly humiliating, he runs off to America.  That alone is a great place to talk with my kids about what to do when someone accuses us falsely of something.  

Frank is foolish to run off and not tell his Uncle or friends where he is off to.  I used this as a chatting point with my children of how worried I would be if they ever did this and how people would definitely be sad and distraught.  We talked about how Uncle(Captain Bayley) must have felt and how Alice probably felt betrayed.  

Frank is a kind hearted boy who is very willing to help others.  Even though he makes mistakes he tries his best to do what is right and just.  After helping a fellow Englishman and his son Frank sends them with a message for his Uncle and Alice.  Although it takes them a long time to receive the message they are overjoyed and off quickly to find Frank.  They of course arrive just in the nick of time as Frank was wounded in a fight(yes there is violence).

Plot twist!  Captain Bayley has an heir.  Of course you knew that right from the title?  His heir is his daughter who married a man he didn’t approve of and all contact was lost.  Realizing that he was wrong to forbid her having her love and that he wants to make amends Captain Bayley sets off to find her with the help of Alice.  This is why it took so long for them to get Frank’s message.  It’s too late for Captain Bayley to make amends with his daughter as she has passed away but she had a son who he can now connect with.  

Happy endings all around.  Well.  Not fairy tale happy but real life stuff happens and life is messy type endings.  

Our Thoughts

As always we loved the cast!  One reason of course is that my whole family are suckers for a good accent!  We love them!  When my cousins come over from England my kids are all talking like little British kiddos for about a month after they leave.  It’s easy to pick up.  So of course we love hearing the accents on the audio dramas as Heirloom Audio Productions is bringing Henty back into circulation.

I have always loved the Henty books and am so glad that Heirloom Audio Productions is bringing Henty back for my children to enjoy.  Not all of children love reading old classics like I do.  The material is a little harder to get into than modern day fiction.  I understand this but really want them to know and love the classics.  So we use them as read alouds.  But there is something so much more magical about listening to them on an audio drama versus mom reading them. 

I highly recommend this audio drama as well as all of the others from Heirloom Audio Productions.  Other audio dramas that we’ve reviewed and that you should check out are The Dragon and the Raven, With Lee in Virginia, The Cat of Bubastes, and Beric the Briton

Learn More

Make sure to click over to the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog and read the linked up blog posts.  You can also find Heirloom Audio Productions and all their audio dramas bringing Henty back on facebook, twitter, instagram, and google +.


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Heirloom Audio Productions {TOS Crew Review}

We love audio dramas here at our house.  It’s like walking a movie with your mind and something I encourage my children to do.  I feel it helps build an imagination.  Recently we’ve been listening to The Dragon and the Raven from Heirloom Audio Productions thanks to the TOS Review Crew.  


The Dragon and the Raven {Heirloom Audio Productions Review}
We received a physical copy of the CD from Heirloom Audio Productions to facilitate our review.  Also available online for our use is an online study guide.  The study guide is 48 pages.  There are two cd’s in the case as well.  It’s over 2 hours of fun for the family!  It’s action packed, the voices are splendid.  You’re going to be riveted and not want to pause for breaks!

As we listened to our newest title from Heirloom Audio Productions(we’ve reviewed with them before) we focused on the theme of duty.  We researched duty.  We studied duty.  We looked up Bible verses related to duty and doing our duty.  We also did use the digital downloads that go with this CD.  

Have you heard of G. A. Henty?  Well this newest production from Heirloom Audio Productions is the fourth installation in The Extraordinary Adventures of G. A. Henty.  In this story of The Dragon and the Raven you’re going to venture back to the Middle Ages.  Follow King Alfred the Great of England as he fights off the invading Danes while trying to lead his kingdom.  He has a duty and determination to follow through.  


Heirloom Audio Productions {TOS Crew Review}


Some well known actors lend their voices to this audio drama.  Brian Blessed is back as G. A. Henty.  Others include Sylvester McCoy, Helen George, and John Rhys-Davies.  I have to admit I wasn’t familiar with any other than Brian Blessed from previous Heirloom Audio Productions stories.  But they all did an excellent job!!  The music is wonderful as well!  I’m a sucker for a good soundtrack and if necessary the music could carry the whole production!  It doesn’t of course because it’s not needed.  

Let’s talk about where you listen to your audio dramas.  We normally listen to ours in the van when we’re travelling. It’s an hour drive for us to go to the Dr or get groceries(unless we go to the BIG city which is two hours away).  Unfortunately, our CD player in the van has decided it doesn’t want to work correctly and won’t release the kids praise cd that is in there!  Because of that I had to find a new location for us to listen to our audio drama this time.

I don’t have any portable CD players anymore so I knew I had to use either the computer or the BluRay player to listen to this.  I was a bit worried that my kids wouldn’t be quite as captive of an audience considering they would no longer be strapped into carseats!  I was worried for nothing.  I decided that I’d have toys out to play with and we’d listen to the CD on our BluRay player in the living room while playing with the wooden train tracks and Lincoln Logs for older kids.  My youngest three were playing with Duplo.  


The Dragon and the Raven {Heirloom Audio Productions Review}
You’re not going to believe it, but my kids quit playing!!  They were so engrossed in the story that they no longer could focus on it and playing.  They made the choice to stop playing so they could listen!  I did break up the CD into five sittings considering it’s over 2 hours long(2-1/2 to be precise) and my kids range in age from 11 down to 2.  

I know some people do worry about appropriate ages for listening to audio dramas.  Heck, I’m one of them.  This is recommended for ages 6 through adult.  I do have three children younger than this age range.  They do get scared at movies and such so I wasn’t quite sure how they were going to handle this.  For the most part they loved the story and were not scared.  Occasionally they decided to go into the other room and play instead of listen if they got scared or bored. This was perfectly fine with me.  When we discussed what we had learned from listening they were still able to offer input and had picked up several good tidbits and life lessons.  

Make sure you pop over to the Main TOS Crew blog to read the rest of the reviewers thoughts on this latest release from Heirloom Audio Productions.  You can also learn more about Heirloom Audio Productions by visiting them on facebook, twitter, and google +.  The Extraordinary Adventures of G. A. Henty also has their own facebook page as well as  a page dedicated to The Dragon and the Raven.  



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