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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Reign of TerrorReview #hsreviews #HeirloomAudio #InTheReignOfTerror #LiveTheAdventure #BringingHentyBack #AudioAdventures

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Heirloom Audio Productions does an excellent job of dramatizing The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty. My girls were having trouble waiting for the newest one In the Reign of Terror to add to our collection
In the Reign of Terror
In the Reign of Terror takes us to the French Revolution. We are taken back to France by a heroic 16-year old Harry. While he is saving a Christian family of French aristocrats he comes in contact with many people and by listening to his conversations we learn that the French Revolution was very different from the American War for Independence. The American War for Independence was based on the laws of nature and of nature's God whereas the French Revolution was about the glorification of human reason and the rejection of Christianity. The armed thugs were out for only themselves caused a lot of innocent people to be killed in a Reign of Terror.

G.A. Henty had a way of making history rememberable through his story telling. Heirloom Audio uses well-known people, music, and sound effects to take us back to history. The accents of the characters and the sound effects draw you into the story and make you feel like you are actually there. I know every time we receive a new audio theater from Heirloom Audio my kids will be on a time traveling adventure for a couple of hours. If I want to save the story for an upcoming car trip I have to hide it from my girls or they will beg me to let them listen to it right away. I wanted to keep this one for our trip, but the girls had other plans. They stopped what they were doing to listen right away and we have listened to it in the car again. Those 2 1/2 hours in the car went by fast & no one uttered a sound.
In the Reign of Terror is recommended for children 6-adult. It is a 2 1/2 hour adventure on two cds. Just like all the other Heirloom Audio Productions this one also has a Study Guide and bonus features. These are available on their brand new Live the Adventure Club site. The bonus features include the option to listen to the drama online, the ebook Study Guide & discussion starter, In the Reign of Terror original e-book with colorful pictures, the official soundtrack, a printable cast poster, inspirational verse poster, desktop wallpaper, and the official script download. 

The Study Guide & Discussion Starter can be downloaded or read online. There are 43 pages in the ebook with one page for each chapter plus a short biography of G.A. Henty, Maximilien Robespierre, and Marie Antoinette. There is also a bible study, more information on the French Revolution, and some historical background information for the Reign of Terror. Each lesson sheet is set up the same way. The disc number, the track number, and the run time of that chapter on the cd is at the top to easily find your place on the disc. There are three sections:
  • Listening Well ~ The questions here are to see how well you are listening.
  • Thinking Further ~ These questions have you looking up something you heard in the story or to help you draw conclusions from the actions of the character. They are intended to get your children thinking about what is happening. 
  • Expand Your Learning ~ This section uses the dictionary to enhance your child's vocabulary and understanding of the story.
There are some really neat new features available if you belong to the Live the Adventure Club. Not only do you have access to everything listed above, but if you choose to listen to the adventure online you can also read along to learn while you listen and stopping after each chapter to complete the seat work. There are quizzes, vocabulary words, and thinking further questions for each chapter that are answered online. 

The Adventure Club also has other things besides what goes with In the Reign of Terror. There is also an education section that offers books, and audio of Constitution and early American and World History. There is parent resources, kids activities, inspiration, and an Old Time Radio Vault. 
If you are curious about the Adventure Club you can sign up now for a three month trial for only $1. Not only that, but you will also get access to the digital version of the newest audio adventure Captain Baley's Heir.

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