Wow, where to even start....We love it. That's it...we just flat out love it! I don't think we have ever listened to an audio adventure from Heirloom Audio Productions that hasn't left us just speechless at the end, and this one is definitely no exception.
I feel it is super important for me to distinguish between these audio adventures and an audio book. This is NOT like an audio book. There is an narrator who narrates the storyline, but it is not like a narrator who is reading, verbatim, a book. This is more like the narrator over a stage production play. There are a number of actors who portray each different character in the story, along with ambient and background sounds, etc. It is truly like watching a movie, but with your ears and not your eyes. You FEEL like you are really there!
I was working on the computer while listening to this the first time, and found myself trying to flip to a different tab to "watch" the movie. Then I laughed at myself for my mistake! These audio dramas are so real and full of great acting and ambient sounds that it's as if you're watching a movie. There is the distinct sound of a blacksmith's hammer between the first and second scenes that is so vivid, I could see it in my mind's eye.
Brian Blessed is still my favorite narrator of all times. He narrates as G.A. Henty between scenes, and does a beautiful job, as always. Alex York is a great Wulf, and Chris Larkin does fantastic as Herald. All of the character portrayals are top notch.
1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
We received physical disks. These disks are broken up by chapters, so you can start and stop with ease. There's no schedule, or anything like that.
2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?
There are no hidden fees at all. I would say this particular story is best for upper elementary to adult ages, but it's perfectly acceptable for younger students, as well. There are no grade ranges, as this is a family friendly product.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for
ADHD? Does it last too long?
This is definitely NOT boring at all! Heirloom Audio Productions totally grabs your attention, and takes hold! For those who maybe can't sit still too long, or those who do not wish to listen to much at one time, you can easily stop after each short chapter and listen to this over the course of a few days if you want.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.