My family is always game for a great audio book. And if it’s dramatized, it even keeps the attention of all the boys! We have been waiting for the chance to review In Freedom’s Cause, especially since we all loved Under Drake’s Flag last year.
I am pleased to announce that Heirloom Audio Productions has done it again! They have produced a masterpiece. This time the story is about Walter Wallace and Robert the Bruce.
For this review, we were provided with the Single Package worth $29.97 and includes the following:
In Freedom’s Cause (CD Set – Physical Copy)
In Freedom’s Cause Study Guide (Digital Download)
In Freedom’s Cause Soundtrack (MP3 download)
Printable copy of The Prayer Of William Wallace. (Digital Download)
Once again, we got to join Ned and his friend Gerald as they are told the story of Wallace and Bruce. Wallace was known for his mighty talent with the sword and his quest for Scotland to be free. However, as the story goes, we learn the his greatest weapon was not the sword but his faith in God. He kept a book of Psalms with him. Once, Ned approached him before a battle, desiring to learn how a great man like Wallace prepares to enter a battle. He found Wallace praying. Wallace not only helped Ned become a skilled fighter but most importantly, someone who knew how to stand up for what he believes in, unwaveringly.
The story is full of adventure, battles, great victories, and even betrayal. Yet, we learn that Wallace put is faith in God. Even when he was betrayed and captured and even sentenced to death, Wallace showed great courage. He even requested that a passing priest lay his psalms near him so that he might see it as he was executed. England expected Scotland to lose faith as their hero is killed but Wallace’s death and his steadfast faith ignited a passion in his fellow Scots and they joined together as Bruce takes up the cause to free Scotland.
This audio production is based on the book of the same title by GA Henty. You will probably recognize some of the names of celebrities that contributed their talent – Cathy Sara and Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey, Skander Keynes of Chronicles of Narnia and James Cosmo of Braveheart. The story is contained on two compact discs providing two and half hours of adventure, aimed for ages six through adult.
The study guide is a great accompaniment and allows you to dig deeper into the story. The 49 page study guide has three parts for each chapter: Listening Well, Thinking Further and Defining Words. As soon as we opened the audio book, we had to listen to it. But then a wait a couple of days and we listen more intently and use the study guide to “cement” our knowledge. I’ve always had a fascination for Scotland and love watching historical movies so this production was very enjoyable.
The soundtrack contains all original musical scores by Emmy winning composer John Campbell. It came as an MP3 download so I just had it play as background music from my computer as we did schoolwork.
The copy of William Wallace’s prayer is a Psalms 23 in Latin Vulgate. I was not familiar with this version but immediately recognized that it was Psalms 23. It is very pretty and you could print it out and frame it.
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And we don’t have to wait too long for another great production. Heirloom Audio Productions will be releasing another dramatized audio production this coming Memorial Day. This highly anticipated production is of GA Henty’s With Lee in Virginia. Be sure to stay connected so you can stay up to date on any updates: