Most audio productions that we have listened to have been books by G.A.Henty. They help bring the book to life. By listening to a book made into an audio adventure, my children have become more interested in reading the actual book.
About G. A. Henty ~
Born in 1832, Henty became an exceptional English author and war correspondent. His stories are historical and adventurous. They became popular in the late nineteenth century and are still widely read today.
About The Cat of Bubastes ~
This story is about a young prince, Amuba, in ancient Egypt around the time period of 1250 B.C. During a battle with the Egyptians which leaves his father, the King of Rebu, dead, Amuba is captured and taken to be a servant and companion for Chebron, the son of Ameres, the high priest of Osiris. These two boys get caught up in a mystery after uncovering evidence of a murder plot. Eventually, they have to run away after accidentally causing the death of the successor to the Cat of Bubastes, the most sacred animal in Egypt.
Included with the 2-CD set, are some digital bonuses. The bonuses I received are as follows:
- Cat of Bubastes MP3 Set
- Cat of Bubastes e-book
- Official MP3 Soundtrack
- Printable Cast Poster
- Study Guide and Discussion
- Inspirational Verse Poster
- Behind the Scenes Video
The e-study guide and discussion booklet is 47 pages long filled with a lot of information. There are three main parts to the study guide: listening well, thinking further, and defining word.
- The Listening Well ask questions about what your child remembers while listening to the story
- The Thinking Further questions are a little bit more difficult where your child needs to think a bit more about the answers
- The Defining Word section are words to look up that require a dictionary to broaden your child's vocabulary
One of my favorite parts of the study guide are the little tid bits that are posted on several pages. In this study guide they are called "Expand Your Learning" that you can see in the sample above. I also love that they include a three page Bible Study at the end of the guide.
What did we think of The Cat of Bubastes?
Another 5 star production of The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A.Henty! Again, we loved this production and loved how the book comes to life. We love the humor, the suspense, and the adventure. We usually listen the first time without using the study guide, but we go back and re-listen to the story while using the study guide. We always get hooked on the first listen and don't worry about the time. The kids just want to know what is going to happen next and will listen to the two hours in one sitting. They love these and hope that Heirloom Audio Productions will produce more audio dramas.