Wulf the Saxon from Heirloom Audio Productions is the latest installment in their awesome line up of audio theater. This ninth release in the Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty series is the story of adventure, loyalty, courage, and love. We received the 2-Disk CD set for review this time around. (Find my reviews of the other 8 Henty audio adventures here.)
Just like all the other Henty adventures, Wulf the Saxon is done with professional storytelling and theater-quality sound effects. The all-star cast does an extraordinary job of bringing the book to life. That being said, because this is an audio theater, you cannot easily follow along in the book.
Wulf the Saxon
The adventure begins when young Wulf is a 16-year-old boy and under Earl Harold Godwinson. Wulf follows him through the Battle of Hastings in England in 1066.
We listened to the 2.5-hour long story in our van as we traveled to my father’s house. It’s just under two hours each way so we were able to finish the story on the way home. We (me plus the four smallest children – 1, 3, 5, and 6) were the ones who listened to the story.
There seemed to be more violence in this story than in the previous ones. Nothing terrible, but it was very battle-heavy. At one point I was relieved to look in my rearview mirror and see that my three-year-old was sleeping through a particular scene.
Shipwrecks, dungeons, battles, a king dies, and a new one is crowned. Wulf’s story is very eventful as he rises from young thane to trusted friend of the King of England. Valor, honor, and self-discipline are characteristics that resound throughout the story. As always, the Heirloom Audio books are full of good role models for kids of all ages.
There was also a theme of marrying for love. I guess every good battle story needs a good love story mixed in, right? The story of Wulf and Lady Agnes is indeed a sweet one.
We all enjoyed the story. Especially my almost 7-year-old. The battle scenes were his favorite, naturally. I appreciate that the stories are always historically accurate, family-friendly, and God-honoring.
Live the Adventure Club
Along with the audio theatre, Heirloom Audio Productions has also started the Live the Adventure Club. By joining the Adventure Club, you’ll get:
- Access to helpful study guides, lessons, and teaching curriculum
- A collection of rare history and grammar textbooks from the 1700s and 1800s to be viewed online
- Hundreds of fun activities that entertain your kids while they are learning
- In-depth teaching resources and tips that will captivate your child with countless hours of wholesome entertainment and fun learning tools
- Exclusive tools and member-only discounts- receive exclusive savings on their entire library of Audio Adventures and get new releases free