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.