Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Cat of Bubastes {Homeschool Review Crew}

We have quite an excellent collection of audio dramas, thanks to my years with The Crew. Some of our favorites have been from Heirloom Audio Productions. We were once again blessed to review a brand new adventure. This time The Cat of Bubastes made its way to our home!

GA Henty (a favorite) wrote this historical novel in the late 1800’s (1889). The folks at Heirloom Audio Productions have brought to life with this excellent production.

The Cat of Bubastes is set in Ancient Egyptian times. Egypt has conquered Rebu, a small country, taking some of the residents to Egypt as slaves. Amuba, the young prince and his loyal companion, Jethro are taken to the house of Ameres, a priest of the god Osiris. He becomes fast friends with the priest’s son, Chebron and a part of the household. However, there are dangerous times ahead.

Along with this 2-CD set, I also received some nice extras.

  • An mp3s of the audio drama
  • The Cat of Bubastes eBook- This is the original G.A. Henty book
  • The mp3 soundtrack
  • A printable poster featuring the cast
  • A printable inspirational verse poster- The poster features 1 Chronicles 17:21
  • Live the Adventure newsletter
  • A behind the scenes video
  • A study and discussion guide

How We Used It

My husband (The Muffin), has become a huge fan of Heirloom Audio Productions and GA Henty. We have listened to them over many a road trip. This time around, we were heading out on a long trip. I popped the CD set in my bag and popped it in the car. The CD is around 2 hours long so it filled up a good portion of our trip.

I have gushed enthusiastically over Heirloom Audio Productions before. OH MY GOODNESS! They never fail me. We were treated to familiar voices like Brian Blessed and Anthony Daniels. And, of course, the man. John Rhys-Davies. The music is fantastic. The quality of sound is fantastic. The acting is fantastic. 

The Cat of Bubastes is not quite as intense initially as some of the GA Henty novels. But, never fear! It certainly turns into the action-packed story we know to expect.

One of the more interesting aspects of this story is the explanation of how the Egyptians worshiped their Gods. Certain regions of Egypt even worshiped differently. Certain animals were revered and treated royally.  

Of course, you know Moses had to make an appearance in this drama! 

We didn’t take full advantage of the Extras I received, but I took a peak and they look fabulous. I think this would be a great companion to any study of Ancient Egypt.

The Study Guide is certainly a terrific resource. It contains the following sections.

Defining Words ~ vocabulary
Listening Well ~ questions that help with recall
Thinking Further ~  questions that allow students to dig a little deeper and discuss what they have heard. 

There are also recipes, historical information and hands-on activities included to enhance the study. And you will be pleased to know that the Stud Guide also includes Bible Studies, as well.  

The Cat of Bubastes is a great adventure! 

We loved it!

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