Heirloom Audio Productions has yet another great hit in their newest audio drama, With Lee in Virginia. Amber and I were excited to review this dramatized version of G.A. Henty's book by the same title. For the purpose of the review we received the physical two CD set of the audio drama recording, plus the all the features included in the Family Four-Pack:
- Study Guide & Discussion Starter
- MP3 download of With Lee in Virginia
- eBook of With Lee in Virginia by G.A. Henty, including color graphics
- Official soundtrack
- Printable cast poster
- Printable Robert. E. Lee quote
- Access to the newsletter website.
|Listening while following along in the study guide. She chose to use the CD instead of the MP3 version.|
With Lee in Virginia boasts an impressive cast including: Kirk Cameron as Stonewall Jackson, Brian Blessed as G.A. Henty, James Cameron as Will Upton, and Sean Astin as Gen. Jeb Stuart. Being a huge Lord of the Rings fan, Amber was most impressed with Sean Astin. She really didn't know most of the other voice actors, however that did not factor into her enjoyment of the story at all. All of the cast performed beautifully.
Since we are on summer break I allowed Amber to use the study guide as more of an outline to follow while listening, instead of going over it in detail after each section of the performance. The study guide comes in the easy to use PDF format and conveniently lists the disc and track number with which each section of the guide correlates. The study guide is divided by major events in the book, so a chapter of the actual book may have more than one study guide page. Each study guide page contains Listening Well and Thinking Further questions along with Defining Words sections if there are terms which may need explanation.
|Sample study guide page.|
Amber and I listened to the audio drama over four days, with Amber following along in the study guide on the iPad while she listened. Occasionally we paused the CD to talk about the events in the story. Amber has an affinity for the Civil War era, while I greatly dislike details of the prisons. She was enthralled with the story of Vincent and Dan who fight with the Confederate Army and show great courage and strength of character throughout. I did wander off a couple of times because the main character is imprisoned and it evoked too-real images in my mind.
|Relaxing times listening, but still following the study guide.|
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