Review: Beric The Briton from Heirloom Audio Productions

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I wish I could start this review with the blare of trumpets.  Why? Because my family has recently had the opportunity review another audio from one of our favorite companies!  We have been blessed with Beric The Briton from Heirloom Audio Productions . We’ve reviewed every single one of Heirloom Audion Productions audio adventures and you can read all about them HERE. Let me tell you, these audios are part of the fabric and culture of our family. These audios are intended for children in the middle elementary grades on up through adult.  Even my husband and I adore them. My children listen to each and every one of them OVER and OVER and OVER and OVER again.  In all sincerity you should really just click on the links and buy all of them right now.  I recommend them THAT HIGHLY.  However, this review is all about about Beric The Briton and so I will tell you all about this amazing story.

First let’s take a look at Heirloom Audio Productions.  Heirloom Audio is a company that is absolutely passionate about history. It is their mission “to engage the listener’s imagination by taking them back in time and immersing them in a great Christian story.”  Each story provides a superb, family friendly product that brings heroes to life that we’d want all of our children to emulate.  They are all men of great character, bravery, loyalty, family, determination, and faith. Based on the stories of G.A. Henty every new release is sure to delight.

Beric The Briton is an action packed 2 hour plus audio adventure that rivals any Hollywood production.  The cast, the acting, the sound effects, the the music, the story… sincerely I’d rather listen to these than go to your typical blockbuster movie. Let me share with you the members of the case, I suspect you’ll see a few names you recognize…

  • Brian Blessed (Star Wars, Tarzan, King Lear)
  • Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, Braveheart)
  • Tom Baker (Dr. Who)
  • Honeysuckle Weeks (Foyle’s War)
  • Cathy Sara (Downtown Abbey)
  • John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones)

ALL STAR CAST!

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This is the story of the Roman invasion of Ancient Britannia.  We meet a young man named Beric who was a Roman hostage for years even before the story begins.  Upon his return home Beric is thrust into leadership of his people and a battle against the Romans.  He is given little time to prepare his men.  Even at a young age Beric shows great wisdom and bravery as he chooses a less orthodox fighting strategy.  He must over come skepticism and long held cultural beliefs in order to teach his men how to win the war.  His best friend Bodouc joins him on this and the rest of adventures as they over come the Roman Empire.  They face love, tragedy, persecution, and so much more.

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Eventually the story of “Christus” begins to wind its way through the Roman Empire and Beric is faced with some important decisions that are influenced by some extraordinary acts of faith he is forced to witness first hand.  Oh what conversation my children and I had over this section of the audio. I don’t want to spoil the story for you so I will not share the details.  But be prepared… this will challenge not only your children but also you, the adult.

In addition to CD’s we received with the audio stories my family also received to downloadable bonus features.  You can get them too when you purchase the premium buying option.  These include:

  • an MP3 of Beric the Briton
  • a copy of the E-Book
  • Official MP3 Soundtrack
  • Printable Cast Poster
  • A 48-Page Study Guide
  • Printable Inspirational Verse Poster
  • Unlimited Access to the Live the Adventure Website
  • Behind the Scenes Video

All of these bonus items give you the opportunity to bring your family’s listening experience a step deeper.  As a homeschool mom the study guide is a gem.  In it you’ll find questions for each part of the story, definitions, historical background information, and even Bible study resources.

I’ve lost count of how many times my children have listened to already. I wish you could have heard the groans my children uttered when I told they were not to listen to it for the first time through without Mommy!  Not only did I need to listen for this review (and implement some of the things in the study guide) but I sincerely didn’t want to miss out on the fun myself.  The groans were even louder when I would pause the CD for discussion!  Ha! I have a bad habit of doing so right before some great thing is about to happen.  Fun way to torture my children a bit!

All 3 of my oldest children sincerely enjoyed this audio.  My two older boys, (ages 8 and 10) are most able to engage with me in a discussion about what we are listening to but even my six year old is able to follow along and pick up on themes and ideas.  Oh and the mp3s of soundtrack is fantastic!  I’d happily attend a concert just to hear the music.

Alrighty I’m going to wrap up my review here.  I could gush about this all day!  You can also find out more about them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Instagram. Please be sure to check out all that Heirloom Audio Productions has to offer.

If you have experienced other audio adventures from Heirloom Audio please share with me in the comments which ones are your favorites! I’d love to hear about your experiences too.

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