When London Burned is the G.A.Henty tale of a boy named Cyril who, in the midst of the great trials and disasters of his society (the Plague and London burning) as well as the great trials and tribulations of his personal life (his father dying and leaving him penniless) shows extraordinary perseverance, compassion, hope and character. Amidst the fire, plague and being penniless there are intriguing scenes of plots to murder, plots to steal, sea battles and eventually, receiving the estates his father had lost before he died. Not all doom and gloom after all.
G. A Henty's works of historical fiction are incredibly accurate to history and always embody strong moral lessons and exemplary character...but they are dense, meaty and thorough! Jim Hodges Productions records the unadbridged G.A.Henty classic in audio format...and it is over 13 hours long! Each chapter runs about 30-45 minutes long and would be excellent for older children (and adults)~ 10 years and up. It is not an audio-DRAMA...so no bells and whistles, acting or music to accompany it. Just a soothing voice reading the book to you. Jim Hodges reads in a very pleasant way- with enunciation , emotion in his voice and a distinction between characters' voices.
The accompanying study guide is a treasure to have alongside the audiobook. Each chapter has unfamiliar vocabulary words for the student to look up and alphabetize (a great tool because G.A.Henty vocabulary, again, is MEATY!) along with comprehension questions based upon the reading. Reading the vocabulary words and questions BEFORE the listening periods can help the student to focus on what s/he is hearing and listening for. It also included several activities to do per chapter.
When London Burned is an MP3 audiobook which means it will not run in an ordinary cd player. When purchased as a CD, you will need to use a drive in a computer, DVD player or an MP3 compatible CD player to listen to the story. It is $24.99. Or you can purchase it as a digital download to your computer ($18.00). The study guide is also available as a PDF for $12.00.