The audio transcript was written by Robert Liparulo. The soundtrack was composed by Emmy-winning composer John Campbell who also composed the music for Narnia. Some of the Actors that lend their voices to the story are Jim Weiss, Sean Astin, Kirk Cameron, and Chris Anthony.
Bill Heid the Executive Producer of Heirloom Audio Productions has a favorite quote. It is “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” by Frederick Douglass. He goes on to say “That is, it’s my belief that if we take the role of active parenting during “the critical years” we can grow strong children with godly moral compasses.” Both of the stories we have listened to from Heirloom Audio Productions help build strong children with godly moral compasses. The stories are brought to life which is important in today’s fast paced world. I know I had doubts about the ability of an audio story to hold my daughters attention with my review of In Freedom’s Cause. That story shredded any doubts I had so I was very excited to be selected for the newest story.
We are planning on studying American history more in depth this year and this provided an exciting introduction to our school year. Jahnna and Riley both want to learn more after listening to the story. We were blessed yet again with the bonus downloads. One of my favorite bonuses is the study guide. It is divided into lessons that go over the different sections of the CD. There are maps, Civil War facts and pictures. It’s beautiful and thought provoking. The listening well questions and thinking further questions are such a great resource that leads to further discussions. I saved those this time for later on during the year but I would occasionally ask one or two to gage their interest level. At the end of the study guide there are scriptures that correlate with the character traits that are being taught in the story.
You can watch a three minute trailer on the With Lee in Virginia website that tells you more about how it was made and shows some of the actors recording their scripts. It’s a lot of fun to watch the facial expressions of the actors as they get into their roles. I also loved watching the video of Kirk Cameron playing Gen. Stonewall Jackson recording with his real life son James Cameron who portrays Will Upton.
Heirloom Audio Productions did not disappoint and we look forward to any new productions they have in the works.
Be sure and check out what the 99 other Crew members had to say about their experiences on this review.