Aug 2, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew: In the Reign of Terror

One of our favorite companies to review for is Heirloom Audio Productions. We are not generally that into learning by listening, since we are all either visual or kinesthetic learners. But we absolutely make an exception for any audio story put out by Heirloom Audio Productions! We were quite excited to hear that we were on list for their brand new offering... In the Reign of Terror!

In the Reign of Terror

Heirloom Audio does not just create audio books. This is not a book read aloud by a great narrator. This is actually a performance, an audio drama, with sound effects, a sound track, and voices done by real actors. (Brian Blessed from Star Wars, John Rhys-Davies from Lord of the Rings, and Cathy Sara from my own personal favorite, Downton Abbey, just to name a few.)

We have listened to every single one and have loved every single one! My teenagers willingly got out of bed early to come and listen to In the Reign of Terror. We all cuddled up in my bed and spent the morning in France, having adventures!

One of the things we love about these stories is their uplifting and inspirational quality. Woven throughout the exciting, adventurous story, we always encounter courage, faith, love, and weaknesses overcome. In the Reign of Terror is no exception.


This is the story of a dark time in history, the French Revolution. In fact, this was probably the darkest story we have listened to. I don't usually feel the need to give a heads up about these stories, but for this one, if you have young or sensitive children, definitely pre-listen because there are heavy topics addressed, such as treachery, cruelty and death.

However, in true Heirloom Audio style, the story is full of bravery and loyalty and faith in God. The tale follows young Harry Sandwith as he travels to France to work for Marquis de St. Caux. He is employed to be a companion for the Marquis' son, Ernest. He soon becomes a friend of Ernest, his three sisters, and his young brother. Their friendship is quickly put to the test, however, when a mob attacks the Marquis' home in an attempt to bring the nobility to justice for their crimes against the common people.

As an Englishman, Harry has the chance to walk away from the tragedy, however, he chooses to stay with the family and help any way he can. He puts himself in danger many times in attempts to keep his promise to the Marquis to protect the three girls as well as the rest of the family.

Through the course of the story, many comparisons are drawn between the American fight for Independence and the French Revolution. The difference being, of course, that the Americans kept a belief in God while the French fought for humanistic beliefs. The results being on one hand a democracy that seeks to further human freedoms and on the other hand a bloodbath that is a testament to greed, hate and betrayal.

Again, the story is full of tragedy, but Harry and the girls do manage to escape to England after many narrow escapes and help from an unexpected source.


Along with the CD, we were given access to the Live the Adventure Club, which includes a bunch of extras to go along with the story. I was able to download: a Cast Poster; a poster with the quote "What man intends for evil, God intends for good"; the original ebook by G. A. Henty; a script; and a study guide.

Let me tell you a little bit about the study guide. It is a 43 page ebook to help your students explore beyond the surface of the story. It contains brief bios of the real, famous people in the story, Marie Antoinette and Robespierre, pictures, and many extra tidbits of information about the time period.

The meat of the study guide, however, is the questions. There is a set of questions for each section of the story (four to eight minutes listening time). These questions are divided up into three different types.

  • Listening Well: comprehension questions that cover events in the story
  • Thinking Further: questions that ask your child to research, draw conclusions, or speculate about characters or events in the story
  • Defining Words: to build your child's vocabulary

After the questions are three short Bible studies exploring the Biblical themes found in the story.

There is also a suggested reading list and some essays on the historical issues in In the Reign of Terror.

The Live the Adventure Club also offers some coloring pages, crafts (such as build a Roman Aqueduct or make your own ship in a bottle) that go along with various stories, and word search games. 

I might have mentioned it before, but we love Heirloom Audio Productions and highly recommend to them to all!

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