THE DRAGON AND THE RAVEN {REVIEW}

About 5 years ago, we made an amazing discovery in our home. It started with a trip to the library and a browse through their large section of children’s audio books. Bug picked out a few to bring home and was immediately sucked into listening while he played. This attraction has continued, with Bug listening to audio books or dramas nearly every day for hours. He listens to them while plays and he’ll listen to them while he does school work {during certain topics I pre-approve}. Understandably, I was jumping with joy when I found out we got to review The Dragon and the Raven from Heirloom Audio Productions.

The Dragon and The Raven is a book written by G.A. Henty following a Saxon boy as he takes part in the battle for England led by King Alfred against the Danes. G.A. Henty wrote Christian historical fiction for children in the late 1880’s.

Heirloom Audio Productions has taken this classic and turned it into an amazing 2 1/2 hour audio drama. With voices from John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings), Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who VII), John Bell (The Hobbit), and Helen George (Call the Midwife), this classic story comes alive!

Included with the purchase of The Dragon and The Raven audio drama on 2 CDs are bonus features available for download from the Heirloom Audio Productions website. These bonus features include:

  • The soundtrack in mp3
  • A Study Guide in pdf

Additional bonus material is available for download if you buy the “Family Four Pack”, including posters and a behind the scene video!

The Study Guide for The Dragon and The Raven is 49 pages and includes comprehension and discussion questions for each track of the audio drama. The questions are thorough and many of the discussion questions could be used as writing prompts for older children.

How Did We Use The Dragon and The Raven Audio Drama?

Quite simply, we listened to it! We spent a quiet afternoon listening to the audio drama. Bug colored and I worked around the house. I then put the mp3 on Bug’s phone for him to listen to it again in his room while he played.

We didn’t use the study guide at this time because we just wanted to enjoy the story. If we were studying the history that went along with the story, we would definitely have used it!

What Did We Think of The Dragon and The Raven Audio Drama?

We loved it! It was a fun, extraordinary adventure! It presented history and Christian lessons in an entertaining audio drama. I imagine Bug will listen to this many more times now that it’s on his phone. I was so impressed with the quality of the drama and the adventure in the story that I may have to pick up more audio dramas from Heirloom Audio Presentations.

Although the price of $29.97 for the 2-CD set seems a little steep, this adventure will be enjoyed by your children for many years! If you use the study guide, it can make the story into a couple weeks of history curriculum. You can also get the downloadable mp3 of the story instead of the CDs for only $19.97.

See what other members of the TOS Review Crew have to say about The Dragon and The Raven!

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