Heirloom Audio has done it again! You guys know how much of a fan I am of their audio dramas! The latest one is called St. Bartholomew’s Eve.
Now, I will admit, I really didn’t know much about this period of time going into it…therefore, the kids didn’t either! But I think that made it even more exciting!
But because we didn’t know much about it all before hand, it made listening to it a little confusing.
We ended up listening to it twice!
The first time around we did chapter by chapter, a new one each day, which is what we usually do with Heirloom Audio products.
I think that helped and hindered us on knowing what was going on. First of all, the accents were really strong this time for us. Second, there are a lot of characters right away in the story. And third, the not knowing the background of the story that I already mentioned.
I think that this particular drama would have benefited greatly from the study guides that they used to put out as an add on with purchase! I miss those!
But what we decided to do, was finish going through each chapter one by one like we were. We started to research more about that time period, and then we understood more of the story, the characters, and what was going on in each scene!
It is quite a sad story we figure out, even moreso than the drama portrays. Tens of thousands of Huguenots all across France were killed.
This is acted out in this audio book, so keep that in mind. There are a couple parts that have a little of this violence. The suggested age for this is 6-16+, but I would listen to it first for yourself if you have some of the younger ones. You will then be able to know what they would be comfortable with.
Anyway, after we listened to it once through, chapter by chapter, and then did the research about all that went on and the circumstances around it all, we listened to it again.
This time we listened to it in two sittings. One cd at a time. That was the best thing to do! It definitely helped us remember who the characters were and what was going on.
The little stories within the stories are great. There are characters that are thrown in here and there and then surprise you with another appearance at the end in a more lighter, happier time.
This story mentions a couple different virtues, but I love that they also threw humbleness in there. It was just quick, but I think being humble is so important!
I appreciate these audio theater stories so much! They put so much life into stories that make it so much more real. You can always read about it like we did to understand more, but to hear it with such lifelike emotion and sounds, it makes such a difference!
If you are new to Heirloom Audio, it isn’t just an audio book being read. This is basically like going to the theater to watch a movie, but with a blindfold. They put so much work into the sounds and the effects of everything. The actors put their all into their characters as well!
I love listening to the very end where they list the credits of these. One actor can play a few different characters and sometimes we are caught by surprise by which ones they had played!
While I wasn’t sure if we were going to like St. Bartholomew’s Eve, it has definitely turned into one of our favorites! I am so glad that we were able to really learn about this like we did as it really hasn’t been mentioned much in our history books!
Heirloom Audio St. Bartholomew’s Eve