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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Captain Bayley's Heir Review #hsreviews #HeirloomAudio #CaptainBayleysHeir #LiveTheAdventure #BringingHentyBack #AudioAdventures #AudioDrama


Heirloom Audio Productions

Heirloom Audio Productions has done it again! Captain Bayley's Heir is their newest G.A. Henty audio drama and it is just as good as the other ones. Plus they have started a new community called Live The Adventure Club where you can keep track of all your Heirloom Audios.


Captain Bayley's Heir
My girls and I love to go on adventures with G.A. Henty and Brian Blessed. I'm not sure how many Henty books my son read when he was younger, but those were among the things he wanted to take with him when he left home. My girls haven't gotten into reading them, but they love the Heirloom Audio version and every time their brother comes home for a visit we all listen to our newest audio drama together. If he doesn't make it home before Christmas this year I may want to send him Captain Bayley's Heir so he can listen on his own and he is almost 27.

In Captain Bayley's Heir, we see a young man named Frank get falsely accused of a crime. After running away he encounters so many adventures on his way to America from England to clear his name. In America, he finds himself in the middle of the Gold Rush. Before we actually get to that part of the story we are introduced to several different people and learn about their lives until we see how they are all connected together and discover who Captain Bayley's Heir really is from an emblem on a spoon. While listening to the story we experience riches, poverty, heartache, yearning, fighting, deadly storms, outlaws, and cowboys.


This audio drama is once again recorded with well-known actors and actresses and plenty of background sounds to make you feel you are actually part of the story. The horse neighing, rain falling, the fire crackling, doors opening, people walking really bring the story to life. If you listen with headphones or speakers the sound will move from one speaker as if you are surrounded and actually there. The adventure last 2 1/2 hours and is recorded on two CDs. It is recommended for children 6-adult and includes bonus materials available at Live The Adventure Club. 

Live The Adventure Club is an online community that keeps all your bonus material for each Audio Heirloom CD set you own plus so much more. The bonus material for Captain Bailey's Heir includes several elements. 
  • You can listen to the adventure online or download it. 
  • Study Guide & Discussion Starter
  • G.A. Henty's book is available as an e-book with colorful graphics added in that can be read online or downloaded. 
  • An Official Soundtrack
  • A Printable Cast Poster
  • Inspirational Hymn Poster
  • Desktop Wallpaper

The Study Guide is 38 pages in full color and can be downloaded or printed. At the beginning, we are introduced to G.A. Henty and the story of Heirloom Audio Productions. At the end of the Study Guide, there is a reading list to learn more about the Victorian England, and the American West. There are also 3 Bible studies one on God's Grace, one on Becoming a Christian, and the third one on Honoring Your Parents. Each chapter is set up the same way and has three sections: 
  • Listening Well~ Are questions to see if you have listened to the story. All the answers come directly from the story itself.
  • Thinking Further~ These questions are to get you thinking about what else is happening in the story. They help you draw conclusions as to why events are happening or what people were thinking. 
  • Defining Words~ Working with the vocabulary words will help you understand parts of the story & you may need to use a dictionary.

On each page of the Study Guide, there is the CD #, Track #, and the exact spot on the recording to help you find the exact spot you will want to listen to that chapter. The Bible Studies included contain a lot of scripture, but as with any Bible study, I recommend studying the topics out completely for yourself. The Bible study on becoming a Christian does not discuss being baptized to become a Christian and the Bible says you should. 

You can also listen to the adventure one chapter at a time while following along by using the Read Along Script. The Thinking Further questions are included on the same web page, and the vocabulary words are listed at the bottom. When you hover the word the definition will appear in a bubble. There is also a quiz for each chapter that can be taken online. If the correct answer is selected it is highlighted green if the wrong answer is selected it will be highlighted red.

I listened to this drama with all three of my girls several times. We like listening to these stories if we have a long car drive, but we also listen while we are cleaning the house or the girls will listen while they color or some other craft project. The problem with my girls cleaning or crafting while listening to Captain Bailey's Heir I would find them sitting quietly instead of cleaning because they would get so lost in the adventure. We have all The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty from Heirloom Audio Productions that have been made and my girls will make sure we have every new one they produce.

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