Friday, July 31, 2015

With Lee in Virginia by Heirloom Audio Productions (Schoolhouse Review Crew)

This year, we've become fans of audio dramas.  We were selected to review With Lee in Virginia by Heirloom Audio Productions.  I knew it would be a win for the kids because we absolutely enjoyed listening to In Freedom's Cause.  In fact, in the months since we listened to In Freedom's Cause, the kids have mentioned it several times and have even recommended it to our friends.  I knew they would enjoy having the opportunity to listen to another audio drama by Heirloom Audio Productions.

With Lee in Virginia Audio Drama Review

When the shipment arrived, I found another beautifully packaged compact disc set.  The audio drama unfolds over a two CD set.  In addition to the discs, we were also given some great bonus items.  We received the 30 page eStudy Guide and Discussion Starter and the Official With Lee in Virginia Soundtrack mp3 download.  The Study Guide has three topics following each section: Listening Well, Thinking Further, Defining Words.  I definitely wanted to make better use of the study guide this time around so I printed off several pages and had discussion starters ready to go.

We had a quick road trip coming up in just a few weeks so I knew that would be a perfect time to listen to our newest adventure.  We do a lot of traveling as a family and we're often saved by the fact that our minivan has a DVD player and two video screens, but sometimes, I would like the boys to be engaged in something other than the latest animated movie.

As we headed down the road, we got started on With Lee in Virginia.  Right from the start, I knew I was going to be as impressed with the quality that I've come to expect from Heirloom Audio.  This isn't just an audiobook, this is absolutely an audio adventure.  The sounds, the background music, the excitement and passion in the speaker's voices are all enticing and immediately pull you in to the story, right into the drama.  

We learned about slavery in a way that I haven't been able to explain.  We learned about what it was like for young men to enlist in the Army and what that meant and how that was different than what their Dad does now.  And how sometimes it was the same.  We were excited each time General "Stonewall" Jackson displayed his incredible strength and courage.  We were silent through the battles, not wanting our voices to once drown out a single sound.  

This was an incredible adventure to embark upon as a family and it will once again be another audio drama that I will recommend to others.  If you have never listened to a production by Heirloom Audio, you should definitely add it to your must list as this school year approaches.  It will be an experience you will thoroughly enjoy and one you will not soon forget.

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