Why did the Egyptians worship cats? What was it like to be a Christian in a pagan country? Where can you hide when on the run from the priests guards? All these questions and more answered in Heirloom Audio Productions latest audio drama The Cat of Bubastes.
We were provided with a physical CD set of The Cat of Bubastes and digital extras from Heirloom Audio Productions for this review.
About The Cat of Bubastes
This audio drama is set in ancient Egypt and follows two young men who were captured in battle and taken as slaves. They were selected by the high priest to serve in his household. Through their discussions with the family, all discover the truth about the one true God.
The Cat of Bubastes is a two CD set that runs for about 2 hours. Each character in the story has a unique voice performed by an actor and sound effects have been added. Combined with the soundtrack, the entire story comes to life!
In addition to the audio productions, there are several easy to access extras online as digital downloads. These extras include a study guide, e-book, behind-the-scenes documentary and posters.
How We Used this Audio Drama
Living in a large city means that we spent 20-30 minute in the car every time we go to run errands. As soon as The Cat of Busbastes CDs arrived, I stuck them in the car to we could listen on the go. This is the first Heirloom Audio Production that we didn’t listen to start to finish on a road trip, but rather we listened in 20 minute chunks over the course of a week or two.
The slower pace of listening allowed questions to pop up naturally. At every stop Bebop and Magoo had questions for me about the characters, the setting, of the events of the story. Because we did so much review in this relaxed, natural way, I did not use the study guide with the boys.
The most fun is the we would listen to the story for only 5 minutes on our way to the park. The boys would pretend to be characters from the story and chase each other around. It was fun to watch them practice the literacy skills of retelling and summarizing without realizing it!
We are on Cycle 1 of our history rotation, which includes extensive study of Ancient Egypt. The Cat of Bubastes was a natural fit. I actually tried to get a copy at the library before this review opportunity came up, but none were available. The audio drama is much more exciting, especially for my two non-readers!
What We Think of The Cat of Bubastes
We absolutely love it! I’m sure that’s no surprise given how much we have enjoyed other audio dramas in the past. We are big audio book and audio drama fans and all the products from Heirloom Audio Productions are top quality. The boys regularly ask to listen to the stories when we are in the car, and the Cat of Bubastes is the current favorite!
I highly recommend the audio dramas from Heirloom Audio Productions! If you are studying Ancient Egypt, then The Cat of Bubastes is a wonderful supplement to bring history to life.