My family was incredibly excited to find Beric the Briton from Heirloom Audio Productions in the mail. It came right before a road trip, and their radio drama adaptions of adventures in history are riveting and keep the kids happy when we are in the car for long periods of time.
Earlier in the year we enjoyed Heirloom Audio Production's The Dragon and The Raven. After having thoroughly enjoyed that radio drama, I knew we would enjoy Beric the Briton as well. It did not disappoint and we LOVED the adventure.
The people at Heirloom Audio Productions have done a marvelous job of bringing history alive in a way that highlights Christian virtues and always has a Christian worldview in their audio dramas. Beric the Briton is over two hours of an audio adventure for children ages 6+, so the whole family can enjoy the adventure together! With a cast that includes John Rhys-Davies, Brian Cox, Brian Blessed, Tom Baker, Honeysuckle Weeks, Cathy Sara, and more, the quality of the drama is like no other.
What is a radio drama?A radio drama is what is sounds like. It is an adventure on CD. You listen to the dialogue and narration with sound effects, beautiful music, and ambiance. It turned my car into a time machine and the kids were transported
The kids made the pictures in their minds as they listened. Because there isn't a video component, they had to use their imaginations and it engaged them into active listening. They didn't make a peep while they were listening to the story, so it clearly had them enraptured.
What is the story about?Beric the Briton is a story about grace, sacrifice, and redemption. This adventure takes place during the Roman invasion of ancient Britannia. Beric and his best friend Bodouc are captured by the Romans and end up serving Emperor Nero. They are introduced to the story of "Christus" and Beric and Boudoc begin to question their past as pagans. There is action, adventure, and a little romance blended in to make everyone intrigued with the story.
What about the extras?In addition to the audio drama, we also received the "family four-pack" extras which included:
- The complete Beric The Briton eStudy Guide and Discussion Starter
- A beautiful, printable copy of the inspirational verse as quoted by Julius in Beric The Briton: “I will gladly die for him who died for me.”
- The Official Beric The Briton Soundtrack MP3 download
- Unlimited access to the Live The Adventure Letter E-Newsletter
- G.A. Henty's original Beric The Briton E-Book with all new colorful graphics
- A professionally designed, printable promotion poster (24” x 36”) featuring the star-studded cast of Beric The Briton
- A brand behind-the-scenes documentary featuring the amazing cast, crew and actors of Beric The Briton.
The study guide is a great way to turn the audio adventure into curriculum for your homeschool needs. Not only does it offer discussion points for the adventure, but there is both a history guide as well as a Bible guide to help you delve into the Christian learning moments brought forth in this story. You can use this story to work on virtues and discuss what you can learn from the story.
What did we think?I give it two thumbs up. My nine-year-old, five-year-old, and two-year-old were quite for the entire road trip thanks to this awesome production. My 9-year-old boy loved everything, but wasn't a fan of the romance. My 5-year-old girl said she loved the whole thing. My 2-year-old somehow managed to be quiet while we listened, so even if he didn't understand everything that was going on, he must have enjoyed the music and the sound effects.
Prices:Order the 2 CD set for just $29.97 plus shipping and handling.
When you order "The Family Four-Pack" you'll get four copies of Beric The Briton for just $99.97. You will also receive: The complete Beric The Briton eStudy Guide and Discussion Starter, A beautiful, printable copy of the inspirational verse as quoted by Julius in Beric The Briton: “I will gladly die for him who died for me.”, The Official Beric The Briton Soundtrack MP3 download, Unlimited access to the Live The Adventure Letter E-Newsletter, G.A. Henty's original Beric The Briton E-Book with all new colorful graphics, A professionally designed, printable promotion poster (24” x 36”) featuring the star-studded cast of Beric The Briton, and A brand behind-the-scenes documentary featuring the amazing cast, crew and actors of Beric The Briton. It is a value over $279.