I love to read, don’t you? Reading does so much for our minds, attitudes, imagination, vocabulary… you name it! Reading really has no downside. Unless of course you are supposed to be doing the dishes (or laundry or making dinner) and you choose to pick up a book and read instead. This is where audio books come in! Audio books give us the ability to listen, learn and keep on truckin’. The latest audio book we enjoyed was G.A. Henty’s Beric the Briton, one of the Jim Hodges Productions. We received the MP3 CD and a Study Guide (PDF) to go along with it.
I do want to stress that this is an MP3 CD (or download) which means computers and CD players can play them, but DVD players… not so much. To most families this isn’t a concern. We however have no working CD players in the house or the van so we had to play it on the laptop- still not really a big deal but wanted to give you a heads up.
Born in 1832, Henty’s story telling began where most story telling begins, with our children. With some prompting, he eventually began writing his historical fiction stories down. He spent much of his life studying different time periods and writing (or dictating). By his death in 1901 he had written 122 books.
Jim Hodges currently offers 22 of Henty’s books in audio form. These are so much than just stories. They are historically accurate, highly engaging tales that highlight courage, honesty, integrity, loyalty and justice.
Because of the different content on each CD, they are best suited for ages 10 and up. There is a Scope and Sequence on the website that lists what age groups (Elementary, Middle or High School) are likely to understand each of the CDs.
If you are unsure which title you’d like, Jim Hodges has a YouTube Channel full of videos of him explaining EVERY title currently available.
The activities range from researching countries, designing ancient tattoos and cooking oaten cakes to watching videos, playing interactive online games and extended reading. The Study Guide makes it so easy to turn this CD into a two or three month long unit study.
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My bottom line
Amazingly well done and beyond informative, these CDs are definitely a collection I’d like to own. Seriously, go grab one and don’t forget the Study Guide to maximize the experience!