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Tuesday, July 28

With Lee in Virginia : Review

HeirloomAudio Productions produces wonderful professional audio dramas that bring history to life for the entire family.   As a travelling family, we enjoy listening to audiobooks regularly, so we were excited to hear about another well-respected company.  We had the chance to review With Lee In Virginia, along with its study guide and bonuses, and were just BLOWN AWAY! 

It’s based on the G.A.Henty book – With Lee in Virginia – which describes the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of Vincent, a spirited teenager from the South, who staunchly supports the rights of slaves but joins Lee's cavalry and fights for the Confederacy.  G. A. Henty was a prolific author in the 1800s who wrote many books in the historical fiction genre. Henty wrote about true historical characters and events, and added a fictional young person to the narrative.  Henty’s books are about men being men, and boys learning to be men. This is stated to be for ages six through adult, but my youngest was still a bit confused on some of the details, so occasionally we’d stop the story and talk about it.
We have looked into the Henty books in the past, and decided that they were too old for our children, but Heirloom has made these great books accessible for the whole family.  Henty's books can be overwhelming for some readers and I'm glad that the company made his books more accessible, while at the same time piquing interest in history. With Lee in Virginia lasts for over 2 hours, which makes it a perfect accompaniment to road trips.

We are history lovers around here, so reviews like this are exciting for our entire family. Listening to the two-CD set in the car was a simple thing for us, and it's ideal for giving a richer understanding of history.  General Lee’s decisions, and thought processes, are well-worth a deep discussion with the entire family. Heirloom's productions are very professionally done - both the acting and the background work - and are a delight to listen to…even the one child that usually steers away from audiobooks was loving it!  He came to me in the evening and asked if there were any more “cd books” like the one we had listened to today…so now we are expecting “In Freedom’s Cause” and “Under Drake’s Flag” in the mail!   Also, according to the publisher, they're currently in London recording the next story, "The Dragon and The Raven" (a story about the life of Alfred the Great) - due to release by Christmas!

We listened to this audiobook as we headed to Virginia for our second trip to Gettysburg!  What a way to get in the mood!  Check out Gettysburg here, and more resources for learning about the Civil War.

While we didn't use the accompanying study guide as much as I would have liked, I do want to use it more in-depth in the future - particularly when we reach this historical era in our history curriculum.  The guide is divided into lessons which cover different sections of the audio CD. Resources within the study guide include the following: maps, details on the Civil War, comprehension questions and discussion tips for understanding the material better, and vocabulary. Also included is a Bible study guide which explores the Scriptures behind some of the character traits within the story. 

With Lee in Virginia is an audiobook we'll listen to many times, and we're excited to see that Heirloom has more productions in the works. Not only are your kids learning to love history, but they're also discovering the strong moral character that drove great men like Lee, and Vincent, to do extraordinary things.

With Lee in Virginia is available here for $29.97 plus $6.95 shipping. It includes :
  • 2-CD Audio set
  • Instant Access MP3 download
  • Study Guide
  • Soundtrack
  • Printable wall art / quote

Check out the fantastic With Lee in Virginia trailer!

With Lee in Virginia Audio Drama Review
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