We recently had the opportunity to review the newest audio drama from Heirloom Audio Productions, St. Bartholomew's Eve. This has been a wonderful addition to our history studies!!
In the story of St. Bartholomew's Eve, we were introduced to young Philip Fletcher. Philip is an Englishman who has decided to stay with his aunt in France to help the Hugenot cause.
Throughout the historical tale, we heard daring adventures and we were kept on the edge of our seats. The difference between a regular audio book and listening to a G.A. Henty audio drama is the presentation. For two hours, you hear a chorus of famous voices make you feel as if you are back inside 1500s France. It is as if you are living the adventure and fighting and facing sorrow right along with Philip as he struggles to understand why the Hugenots are facing such persecution and hard times. And even why God would allow this to happen to people.
St. Bartholomew's Eve includes the famous voices of Brian Blessed, Elizabeth Counsell, Andy Anderson, and David Shaw-Parker.
We are actually studying this time period in our history studies. So I was very excited to get a chance to listen to St. Bartholomew's Eve. Since we have had the opportunity to listen to several other of the Heirloom Audio Productions, I knew we were in for a great adventure.
St. Bartholomew's Eve run roughly 2.5 hours. So not an overwhelming length for a book. That is a trouble we face when listening to audio books, the length is too long and the kids lose interest. But this audio adventure was a perfect car ride length for one of our recent road trips.
We were able to hear what it felt like to be under siege for their religious beliefs. The thoughts that people feel at sudden loss in the time of war was heartbreaking to listen. But while listening to this all, we were able to discuss why religious persecution takes place. And why we study history.... to learn from past mistakes so that we hopefully do not repeat them. The emphasis that was placed on placing their trust in God for strength was a great reminder for us all, even though we are not facing the struggles that these characters were facing.
St. Bartholomew's Eve has been one of our favorite Heirloom Audio theater stories. To bring this time period to life is not easy, especially without the aid of the visual presentation of a movie screen. Yet Heirloom Audio Productions was able to do it yet again. In fact, we will be listening again to this story this week, since we enjoyed it so much.
Heirloom Audio Productions of G.A. Henty books are a wonderful addition to any studies. Be sure to check out their site. They can whisk you throughout many time periods, all with the emphasis of sparking a love of Christian history in your student and family!
Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review St. Bartholomew's Eve audio theater. Visit the link below to read how they used this in their homes, and what they thought of it.