Thursday, December 15, 2011

Review: World's Greatest Stories

I've said it before, but I am totally loving the TOS Homeschool Crew this year.  I have the chance to review so many incredibly cool products.  And this one is totally fun.

The World's Greatest Stories sent us the first volume in their CD series:  The Prophets.  On it, George W. Sarris tells the stories of the book of Daniel (The Blazing Furnace, The Handwriting on the Wall, and Daniel in the Lion's Den), one of Elijah (Elijah & the Prophets of Baal), plus the book of Jonah.

He doesn't just tell the stories... he memorizes the actual Bible passages,   and then he does the job of a master story-teller and really brings them to life.  But you wouldn't guess that when listening (or at least you wouldn't if you didn't listen to the introductory material where he says so!)

Sarris brings the characters alive... in The Handwriting on the Wall, for instance, it opens with Belshazzar at his dinner party... slurring his words and sounding like he's had a bit too much to drink.  Or in the story of Jonah, you can hear the quaver in the voices... the fear comes through loud and strong.

But what do the kids think?  They love them.  The older ones have all commented on how this isn't just another Bible story... "That guy really makes you feel like you are right in the middle of an action-adventure movie.  Well, except it is pretty short to be a movie."  (That quote was actually split between two kids, and I forgot which two.)  They would love to have more.

At only $7.95 these would be a great extra gift, and if you order today, you might have these in time for Christmas... this is exactly the kind of thing I love to put in Christmas stockings.  Santa, in my house, always brings some very, very Christ-centered gifts. 

There are six volumes at the present.  The Life of Christ, Beginnings, Joshua & Esther, Joseph & His Brothers, and Defeating Giants are the other ones.  There is also a longer one... The Real Story of Easter, which is only available in NIV.  These are intended for anyone age 4 and up, but the FAQ page said it best: "adult stories that children love to listen to".

I highly recommend these.  If you go to the product page, you can listen to a short clip from each (in both versions) but I don't think the clips do the product justice.

You can read what other crew members had to say about World's Greatest Stories here:


Disclaimer:  As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I did receive this game for the purpose of a review.  All opinions are my own.  For more about my take on reviews, visit my blog post here.

1 comment:

Erika@RaisingLeafs said...

We LOVED this! I already purchased 2 more sets for my kids for Christmas!