Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A Review of Captain Bayley's Heir from Heirloom Audio Productions

Audio dramas have become a family favorite in our house, especially the ones from Heirloom Audio Productions.  Their latest audio drama is Captain Bayley's Heir and we couldn't wait to listen to it for our latest review.  Like the other audio dramas we have heard from this outstanding company, Captain Bayley's Heir captured our attention from the very second it started until the moment it ended.
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Since we have reviewed products for Heirloom Audio in the past, we know that we can always expect a quality audio drama that not only captures our attention and but it also keeps us on the edge of our seats.  We have come to really appreciate this company because their priority is bringing real history to life for their listeners and they strive to tell the stories of true Christian heroes while teaching strong moral values.  Their audio dramas are based on the popular book series The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty.  His books are filled with themes of bravery, loyalty, family, and happy endings while featuring moral values like loyalty, courage, honesty, and perseverance.  Since Henty’s books are filled with such great themes and morals, you can see why Heirloom Audio would base their audio dramas on this series.  They make it easy to complete their mission which is “to engage the listener’s imagination by taking them back in time and immersing them in a great Christian story “  because their audio dramas are so captivating.
Captain Bayley's Heir is the story of Frank, Captain Bayley, Harry, and the adventure of going west during the gold rush in America.  At the beginning of the story we see that Frank an 18 year old young man is willing to risk his life to save others, but at the same time he has a sense of adventure that sometimes gets him in trouble.  He saves Harry's dog from drowning in icy water and becomes good friends with young Harry.  He learns that Harry was adopted by a couple when they found Harry's mother dying in the street only Harry doesn't know any of this.  Frank finds this fact very interesting as his uncle Captain Bayley has always been in search of his long lost daughter who ran away with her husband that the Captain didn't approve of.  Before Frank can think much more about this situation, he gets falsely accused of a crime and decides to flee to America from England.  It is while in America that he meets new friends and decides to travel west with them in search of gold.  This story is action packed with gun fights, Indians, storms, and family reunions.  It is also the story of forgiveness and grace.  I could go on and on about it, but I don't want to give away any endings.
There are several options for purchasing this audio drama which contains over 2 hours of entertainment and education.  You can purchase it as a physical 2 CD set, which we received for just $29.97 plus shipping and handling.  You can also purchase it as a MP3 download for just $19.97.  You can also get access to many bonuses, extras, and a study guide for this audio drama (and others) by joining their Live The Adventure Club.  This is a new way to access all of their bonus material they offer and right now they are offering a 3 month trial of it, plus their latest adventure for just $1.  After the trial period you would pay just $24.75 every three months.  The Live The Adventure Club is packed full of extras for listeners, teachers, and families.  Heirloom Audio productions generously gave us access to this club so that we could access all the bonus material for Captain Bayley's Heir.  It was through this access that I was able to download the study guide and the script for this audio adventure.  I love having access to the study guide so that I can discuss the parts of the drama with my kids.  I usually use it as a reference to make sure they know what is happening in the drama since it has detailed questions you can ask for each chapter of the audio drama.  The study guide also has vocabulary words, deeper questions for further thinking and research, and "Expand Your Learning" sections that give history details related to the story or recipes that coordinate with the story.  There is also a section for Bible study in the study guide.  I love the extra tidbits of information and history that are given in the "Expand Your Learning" sections like the important names of the gold rush, the explanation of Victorian Money, and what life was really like in the gold fields.  I plan to use these little extras for deeper study of the American West later this school year when Little Miss studies the gold rush more.
We first started listening to this audio drama in the car on the way to piano lessons and gymnastics, but we quickly found out that we didn't like starting and stopping this CD because there was too much action.  We brought the CDs inside and sat down to finish listening.  Then I asked both kids questions from the study guide to check for understanding.  They knew the answers immediately.  Both kids have declared Captain Bayley's Heir their favorite Heirloom Audio drama so far.  They loved the story from the beginning to the end.  I will use it again a little later this year for Little Miss as she will be studying the Gold Rush for history.  My hubby was bummed that he didn't get to listen to this with us, but he said that he can't wait for his next long trip so that he can listen to it.

Our whole family definitely recommends listening to Captain Bayley's Heir from Heirloom Audio Productions.  You can find out more about Captain Bayley's Heir here.  You can learn more about Heirloom Audio Productions on their websiteFacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Instagram.  Please be sure to check out all that Heirloom Audio Productions has to offer.  I know we will be checking them out to see what other series we can use this year for school.  My friends on the Homeschool Review Crew have also been reviewing this audio drama, so make sure you read their reviews by clicking the banner below.
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