Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Heirloom Audio Productions: Wulf the Saxon {Homeschool Review Crew}

Heirloom Audio Productions has done it again! They bring us another captivating G.A. Henty audio drama, Wulf the Saxon. Henty has long been one of our favorite authors, and Heirloom Audio Productions a favorite resource.
Wulf the Saxon
We received the the 2 CD set, which contains about 2.5 hours of adventure. As always, the main voices we hear in this production are familiar to most of us: Brian Blessed (Star Wars, Tarzan); Christ Larkin (Master and Commander); Helen George (Call the Midwife); Jack Farthing (Poldark); Sian Phillips (I, Claudius); and Patrick Godfrey (Les Miserables, Ever After). You will find yourself totally captivated, as did we.

Wulf the Saxon contains castles, kings and nobles, battles, shipwrecks, an assassination attempt, a Viking invasion, and culminates in the Battle of Hastings.

The story takes place around 1065, in England and France. Wulf is a young, 16 year old Saxon landholder, who must learn (through often perilous experiences) to manage his holdings, and gain respect of those around him.

We learn of women who are willing to go to battle at the sides of their men; men who want to avoid harming women and children during battle; the sacrifice of one couple who put the good of their country above their love for each other; and how "fortunate are the few who marry for love."

This is an excellent and entertaining method of learning a segment of England's history.

This seemed to be such a complex story; sometimes it was hard to follow the plot twists, and keep track of the various characters. It is often best for me to listen while I am driving (which makes it great on long road trips); this time I listened while doing things around the house, or even doing a coloring page. I even listened through twice. I think this is one where I'll catch new details with each time I listen.

My 15 year old listened with me, while putting together puzzles. He enjoyed it; but it's hard for him to express his thoughts.

I look forward to hearing my 18 year old's perspective, when he has a chance to listen, and even my oldest son's. It's hard now to share these stories with them, though. I also have friends who are fans of Heirloom Audio Productions who will really enjoy having a listen.

I hope you will check out these great audio dramas for yourself!
Heirloom Audio Adventure Club
The Live the Adventure Club is a wonderful resource for history buffs, and G.A. Henty fans. You'll find resources and articles, kids activities and games, study guides for each audio drama, history and grammar resources from the 1700s and 1800s (rare old books you can read online), inspiration station, a daily history nugget from during Henty's lifetime, and best of all the library of all the audio productions from Heirloom Audio. You'll automatically have access to each of the volumes you have purchased, with the option to purchase the ones you don't already own. Thus you can either listen online, or download the mp3 file.

I discovered there a word search puzzle for Wulf the Saxon, downloaded it and printed it off for my son.

Previous adventures we've reviewed:
In Freedom's Cause
With Lee in Virginia
Captain Bayley's Heir

We also own:
In the Reign of Terror
The Dragon and the Raven

I hope that someday we can also purchase:
The Cat of Bubastes
Beric the Britain 

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