Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew
I’ve mentioned before how much my children enjoy listening to audio books and dramas at bedtime. For this reason, I was interested in having a copy of The Adventum, Volume 1 to give them a bit of biblical exposure during this evening quiet time each night.
The Adventum is available as physical CDs or digital files (I received digital files since we don’t have a CD player – not even in the cars). It was easy to download the .zip and add it to the “files” app on my phone. From there, I unzipped it pretty easily and then could just press play each night for Dragonfly (the main recipient). I also listened to one or two of the stories in order to give a more thorough review today.
There are 20 episodes in The Adventum, Volume 1, each one ranging from 3 to 30 minutes long, with the average (based on file size) being about 12 minutes. This set covers the major stories in the book of Genesis, starting from Creation. It covers everything you would expect – the fall, Cain and Abel, Abraham sacrificing Isaac, and more. Despite it taking a bit of “creative license” with the biblical accounts, it doesn’t strike me as problematic at all. It is very true to the stories as they are written; there are just some dramatic things added for interest. Again, nothing that changes the text – only things that make the text come alive a bit more (such as Eve’s reaction upon giving birth to Cain, the first child ever born).
If you’re looking for an audio book of the Bible, The Adventum isn’t it. However, if you want something with more dynamic presentation, then I definitely recommend it. Rather than taking the exact text from Scripture, The Adventum tells the story from the Bible in an exciting way. There’s music, different voice actors, and sound effects. It reminds me of what I imagine the old-timey radio shows were like. There is so much going on that it’s easy to stay engaged and see the images in your head of what’s happening as you listen.
As I mentioned, I gave this to Dragonfly (6 years old) to listen to at bedtime. Because many of the files we so short, he would often listen to more than one each night. If they were closer to the full 30 minutes, he’d just do the one, but if they were in the 3-15 minute-range, he’d do two or three. He seemed to really like the stories, and I liked that he was learning a bit of biblical literacy through an activity he enjoys anyway.
There are 36 other reviewers for The Adventum this week, so I invite you to head over to the Homeschool Review Crew site to learn more about this product and read those reviews.
Sounds wonderful, Wendy!