Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Sugar Creek Gang Audio Adventures ~ Review

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One of our goals as parents is to make sure our children have good, wholesome books to read and listen to. This description from Beloved Books about their Sugar Creek Gang audiobook CD's grabbed my attention-
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These Sugar Creek Gang "Audio Adventures" are dramatically read straight from the original books.  Christian families LOVE this series because the gospel message is presented in such a simple, easy-to-understand style.  The whole series is, in fact, a discipleship journey... even parents who listen along witness the Holy Spirit working changes in their own hearts!
Families also enjoy the delightfully interspersed segments of nature study, poetry, hymns, and even science lessons... all skillfully woven into the fabric of the stories.

Who wouldn't get excited, right?!  Philippians 4:8 immediately came to mind: 
From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise. -Philipians 4:8 CEB
 
I don't know about your family, but we spend at least three hours in the car each week. I am always looking for ways to make sure this is time well spent. The Sugar Creek Gang Audio Aventures has been just perfect for our time in the car. It is great literature with poetry, Bible verses, nature lore, science lessons and the gospel message presented in a fun and adventurous, yet heart-felt story. The children aren't perfect, but their hearts are in the right place. You are drawn in to their story. 

Beloved Books recommends listening to each story (thirty-six total) in order, although each can 
stand alone, because "there is a spiritual foundation that is built upon as the series progresses."

I do love having our children listen to stories of a simpler time, even a bit old fashioned if you will. And even though they were written many years ago, the first was published in 1939, the stories are still enjoyable and applicable in today's world.
 
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The narrator of the "Audio Adventures" we are reviewing is excellent. His ability to create a plethoria of voices is simply amazing.  Paul Ramseyer began the recordings in 1953 and re-recorded them three times into the '70's. Interestingly, two of the stories were completely lost in the '80's due to "politically incorrect verbiage" and were rerecorded a little over ten years ago by Mr. Ramseyer. The sound quality of the CD's is exellent!

Since the "Audio Adventures" were originally recorded for radio, there are short instrumentals to signal a break-nothing too distractful. In fact, in some instances the breaks were timed just perfectly for us to take a quick break as well. ~You can sometimes hear a slip of the tongue by the narrator, but this did not bother us at all. In fact, this gave the stories a more personal feel.

Pricing:
We reviewed the first of six volumes, Sugar Creek Gang Volume 1 CD's. It retails for 54.95. This set contains 12 CD's and six stories: The Swamp Robber, The Killer Bear, The Winter Rescue, The Lost Campers, Chicago Adventures and The Secret Hideout. Each story is about two hours long.

You may use the code HSING3-20 to recieve a 20% discount at checkout!

Below is another very special gift from Beloved Books that I am excited to share with you!

*** You may use this link to listen to the FULL first episode, The Swamp Robber!***

Final Thoughts: 
The Sugar Creek Gang has been a beautiful fit. Even our four year old enjoys them; our eight year old adores them! I love them because I know I am presenting wholesome, character building stories and filling their minds with overall themes that are excellent and admirable.

You can read what other Crew members thought by clicking the link below.
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Disclaimer: As part of the Crew, I recieved the Sugar Creek Gang Vol. 1 audio stories in exchange for our honest review.

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