Hi, all! I wish I hadn’t slept too long on listening to this program on Chris Fabry Live! on Moody Radio. I just listened to it and heard enough interesting thoughts to write a three page document of notes! Featuring the guest Douglas Wison, author of The Case for Classical Christian Education and Writers to Read (both of which I will be looking for at the library sometime), the discussion revolves around his latter book in which he suggests nine specific great authors to read and why. Books are always a great discussion, but I actually had to laugh out loud a time or two while listening to this! :) Please don’t wait too long to listen, as it expires Sept. 17.
If you love audiobooks and have ever listened to “Marley & Me”, the “Horrible Harry” childrens’ series, or “Lusitania”, chances are you probably were listening to the voice of Johnny Heller. Having narrated over 200 titles, won many different awards including a few Audie Awards, Heller has been named among the top 50 narrators of the 20th century by Audiofile Magazine. Last June Johnny Heller came to a library in my local area.
I really appreciated that he and his wife came all the way from New York, even though there wasn’t as big of a turnout as was expected. It didn’t seem to bother them and Mr. Heller was gracious and relaxed as he started out the evening by describing the process of creating an audiobook. He brought humor to it all as well, when he chose a couple of his favorite excerpts from past projects he’s recorded. I was also pleased to hear that he explained he doesn’t accept reading titles that go against his values, such as books that denigrate women.
During the last part of his visit, he accepted Q&A time, and I got to ask him two questions that I had. I only wish I could have asked him more. It never occurred to me to take pictures, so sorry about that oversight! It was a fun evening, I wish it had been longer– but thank you Mr. Heller for coming to perform!🙂
I’ve listened to a fair number of audio dramas in my time. One of my favorite memories from my growing up years was laying on the living room floor in the evenings after supper, with my mom and my sister, with a pillow under my head and a blanket over me, eyes closed and listening to audio dramas. We listened to the Focus on the Family radio theatre adventures, old time radio programs, Adventures in Odyssey, and anything else good we could get our hands on.
A friend of mine sent me a link to some relatively new dramas in the world of audio adventures, which she was considering purchasing for our church library. Heirloom Audio. Hmm, I’d never heard of it before. (Probably because I’ve been out of the homeschool arena for some time now.) But as soon as I watched the trailer to the first drama based on G. A. Henty’s historical novel, “In Freedom’s Cause”, I knew I was completely hooked! No, I am not a paid spokesperson for Family Audio Adventures. But I know good quality when I hear it. The acting, the diction, the energy, enthusiasm, excitement, passion, and talent really shine and I can’t wait to get my ears hooked up to one of their complete adventures and escape.
This isn’t podunk acting as far I can tell. Trust me, I’ve heard a few in the Christian audio world where I just wanted to stick a finger down my throat rather than swallow the lemon and honey. Well-known actors are brought in for these productions who know what they’re doing in creating a good story. Here are a few that caught my eye: Skandar Keynes, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Joanne Froggatt, John Rhys-Davies, Kirk Cameron, and Audie Award winner Katherine Kellgren.
I am unsure at this point whether Heirloom Audio Productions plan on only dramatizing the Henty adventure novels, or if they will branch out, but they have already won numerous awards, including being nominated for an Audio Award for “With Lee in Virginia.” I was also thrilled to find out that John Campbell composed the original soundtracks for each production.
You can watch all four trailers to their first few productions below. Apparently, a fifth adventure (Beric the Briton) is expected out in the near future, along with a few others.
Plot Summary: [from IMDb]: “A story that questions the shaming of the US through revisionist history, lies and omissions by educational institutions, political organizations, Alinsky, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other progressives to destroy America.”
My Review: Disclaimer*: I have not read the original book, so this review will not be comparing it to that novel. Only as a story in and of itself, totally unrelated to the book.
“God damn America.” You hear it everywhere nowadays. Sometimes in so many words, sometimes only implied but it’s message becomes more popular all the time. Indeed, sometimes it can be hard not to be embarrassed because of some of our leaders’ choices in this day and age. But is what we so often hear said about America in school, on tv, and in books correct? Should we be embarrassed about the idea of America and what it was founded on?
Settling down to watch this on Independence Day last year, I found this documentary to be enlightening and spot on with its assessment of America’s past. Writer and director Dinesh D’Souza addresses such topics as the discovery of North America, colonization, slavery, treatment of the Native Americans, and America’s wars up to the present day. Saul Alinky and Howard Zinn’s books and worldviews are also discussed. Some shocking stories from this country’s history that haven’t made the history books are also uncovered.
At first I felt depressed as I watched the facts about the present state of our nation honestly dealt with. It was so heartbreaking, I wasn’t so sure I could watch to the end because I felt despair taking over. However, about halfway through the film, D’Souza provides us with some inspiration to be the America we need and that the rest of the world needs. By the end, I felt uplifted and encouraged.
Lest you might be hesitant to watch a film with snarky back-biting and mud-slinging, I’ll assure you that you won’t find those types of negative elements in this one. Instead, I appreciated that D’Souza (himself an immigrant from India) treated with respect all of his interviewees who held a different opinion than his. I would be interested in seeing D’Souza in a debate or lecture in person sometime.
Much of this documentary is dramatized for us through actors’ portrayals. Overall, I found the film to be eye-opening, truthful, and balanced. This would be great for families to watch together (especially high school/college age kids), or for the regular joe who would like some good arguments the next time he finds himself in a discussion about politics.
~Happy Independence Day, America!~