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Interview w/ Aaron Fullan

music-1970040_960_720Greetings all!  Are you fan of Heirloom Audio Productions’ G. A. Henty audio dramas?  I confess I have yet the privilege of getting my hands on them, but I can’t wait until I do; they look like great quality stuff.  I came across this on Facebook this evening and wanted to pass it along to anyone else interested.  HAP’s Associate Producer Aaron Fullan will be on Facebook Live on Feb. 24 at 10:30am (CST) answering viewer’s/listener’s questions.  You can find out more here.

Sorry for the lack of posting lately.  I hope to get more free time soon!

 

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Posted by on February 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey audio drama

1268e0d4b08f5af0307f286504a02e51I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!  I enjoyed the entire season, but yesterday was also a blast spent with cousins playing games and interesting conversation all afternoon.

If you’re a Jane Austen-phile, you’ll enjoy the BBC’s audio drama version of Northanger Abbey which is playing now for a limited time on their Radio 4 website.  You can click to listen to it free here.  Lots of drama for the imagination- both ours and our heroine Catherine’s!

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2016 in Audio/Radio Dramas

 

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P.L. Travers Christmas story on BBC

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I came across a beautifully dramatized Christmas story on BBC this afternoon, originally written as a short story by P. L. Travers.  It’s called “The Fox at the Manger” and the voices and music are lovely to listen to.  Actress Wendy Hiller lends voice as the narrator.  It would make a great bedtime story for children this holiday season.  It is available for a limited time only.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2016 in Audio/Radio Dramas

 

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Jungle Books… Audio version!

You’ve seen the new live-action Disney film of The Jungle Book this past year, but have you listened to the recent audio drama?  I so enjoyed watching this behind the scenes video of the dramatized Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling done by Audible Studios.  It features Richard E. Grant and several other wonderful voices.  (BTW, it also happened to win best audio drama in this year’s Audie Awards.)

 

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2016 in Audio/Radio Dramas

 

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New in the Audio World

204dbdf2d2c944349ce242b41a54d77cI’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.

 

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2016 in Audio/Radio Dramas

 

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BBC 4 Audio Drama- Father Brown mysteries!

14b22cbba16087d530d86159bc759e5eWho loves cozy mysteries?  Especially a good Father Brown murder mystery?  For any lover of G. K. Chesterton’s clerical hero, this post will take you to BBC Radio 4’s current airing of their dramatized version.  I thought the production was well-done and reminded me of when I was a teenager reading these stories to my sister.  This is only available for a limited time, but make sure to also check out what else is playable on their website.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2016 in Audio/Radio Dramas

 

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Audie Awards 2016 (Belated)

screen-shrinkI look forward to the Audie Awards every spring, but for the life of me I can never remember they’re coming up until after they’re over with!  So, as usual, this is a belated post concerning the biggest event of the year in the audiobook world.

You can view a complete list of the nominated finalists, as well as the winners here, but among the ones that caught my eye are as follows (winners are marked with *’s):

Dick Van Dyke was nominated for narrating his autobiography “Keep Moving”; Scott Brick had several top contender positions as best male narrator (“Dead Wake,” by Erik Larson, “Jurassic Park,” by Michael Crichton*), and in the suspense/thriller genre (“The Patriot Threat,” by Steve Barry*, “The President’s Shadow,” by Brad Meltzer).  Richard Armitage was also nominated as best male narrator for reading “Classic Love Poems” (can I hear an audible sigh?).  Alex Jennings was noticed for “A God in Ruins,” by Kate Atkinson.  Under classics, Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Kidnapped” (read by Kieron Elliott) was nominated.  The new Heirloom Productions (more on this in a coming post) was a finalist in the multi-voice productions category for “With Lee in Virginia,” by G. A. Henty and starring Sean Astin and Kirk Cameron.  Edward Hermann narrated the YA adaptation of “Unbroken,” by Laura Hillenbrand.  Audible Studios was a contender in the audio drama section with their Jungle Books: Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling*.  Well-known Katherine Kellgren had many top-notch reads, including Best Female Narrator: “Wild Rover No More,” by L. A. Meyer*; also “The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book V,” by Maryrose Wood.  Talented Simon Vance was a finalist in the Fantasy genre for “Ascension,” by Brian K. Fuller and in History for “In Search of Sir Thomas Browne,” by Hugh Aldersley-Williams.

Lots of links!  Lots of resources!  Go check them out! 🙂

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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