The best way to learn history is through engagement, and one way to do this is to listen to stories that captivate the listener. That is just what Heirloom Audio Productions does with each installation of The Extraordinary Adventures of G. A. Henty. That is why we are always excited for an opportunity to review any of their productions because they are well-dramatized and well-researched, and In the Reign of Terror is no exception.
The story follows Harry, a 16-year-old Englishman, as he travels to France in the late 18th century and is soon swept up in the chaos of the French Revolution. An admirer of those who fought for freedom in the American Revolution, Harry soon realizes the French revolutionaries — as noble as their dreams for fair treatment for all citizens regardless of class is — are on the warpath and sentence aristocratic men, women, and children to death without fair trials. Guilty convictions based solely on their class, they defy the very ideal that started the revolution.
Caught up in the bloody struggle of power, terror, and hypocrisy, Harry tries to protect the royalist family he has come to love from the guillotine. As the “new” government becomes more and more tyrannical to all those who oppose their ruthless tactics, people of all classes live in fear, and Harry asks, “Is there anything a good man can do?” Through chance (or divine intervention), Harry becomes a secretary to Robespierre himself and able to use his new position to manipulate situations to accomplish his goal. Through every crisis, Harry prays to make good choices and act as a godly man.
Live The Adventure Club
Heirloom Audio Productions has launched a new online experience called “Live the Adventure” Club. You may subscribe and become members, gaining access to many additional features:
Start the Adventure
- Read Along Script: The words are highlighted as the audio plays.
- Chapter Quizzes with multiple choice answers
- Thinking Further — Additional questions and activities to extend learning
- Defining Words — Hover over words to see definition
Special Bonus Content
- Listen online
- Free E-book (download or read online)
- Listen to the Official Soundtrack online
- Printable Cast Poster
- Study Guide and Discussion Starter (download or read online)
- Inspirational Verse Poster
- Desktop Wallpaper Download
- Official Script Download
The study guide provides a great outline to extend the learning of your student and really delve into the literature and history of the story.
- Biographies of G.A. Henty, Maximilien Robespierre, and Marie Antoinette
- Lesson Expansion
- Listening Well: Questions about the story chapter
- Thinking Further: Think about historical consequences and correlations.
- Defining Words: Vocabulary Building
- Expand Your Learning: Additional boxes of information or activities included to take your learning even farther.
- Further Resources on the French Revolution
- Bible Study Outlines
- Bible Study 1: When God Means Evil For Good
- Bible Study 2: Resistance to Tyranny
- Bible Study 3: True Manliness
- Historical Background, including a comparison of the War for Independence and the French Revolution
Other Adventures of G. A. Henty
Heirloom Audio Productions have put out many Adventures of G. A. Henty:
- Captain Bayley’s Heir (Coming Soon).
- The Cat of Bubastes. (Review here).
- Beric The Briton
- The Dragon & The Raven (Review here).
- With Lee In Virginia
- In Freedom’s Cause
- Under Drake’s Flag
We LOVE every story we have heard from Heirloom Audio Productions. Have you listened to any of these amazing productions? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
Till Next Time,