This tape set is quite exciting to me. Our family loves to listen to classic literature at night. We all cuddle up on the couch or in our bed and just listen. It is great bonding time. Later we discuss what images were cast into our imagination. I've also used tapes with students who find reading challenging. They can read along or just listen. One other use is for ESOL students. Hearing the language spoken correctly helps people learning to speak and write English correctly. Moreover, the vocabulary is enhanced by the context clues rather than endless word lists.
The stories included in this 40-cassette set are
A Tale of Two Cities (9 cassettes)
A Christmas Carol (3 cassettes)
Great Expectations (5 cassettes)
The Scarlet Letter (4 cassettes)
The Pickwick Papers (excerpts) (1 cassette)
Dr. Marigold?s Prescriptions (1 cassette)
The Tell Tale Heart & The Red Headed League (1 cassette)
Les Miserables (6 cassettes)
Pride & Prejudice (excerpts) (1 cassette)
The Secret Agent (1 cassette)
The Adventures of Don Quixote (excerpts) (1 cassette)
The Count of Monte Cristo (excerpts) (1 cassette)
The Call of the Wild (excerpts) (1 cassette)
The Man without a Country (2 cassettes)
Markheim (1 cassette)
A Descent into the Maelstrom (1 cassette)
The Man and the Snake & The Bearded Window (1 cassette)
Many families want something to do together. Listening is a great option, and the conversations afterwards are almost as engaging as the book itself. As parents, you can choose the tapes or let the children select from your collection. Listening encourages focus as we draw pictures in our mind. My children have built their confidence enough to say that they pictured a person, place, or event differently than a producer of a video might project on the screen. They have learned that there are no budgets for the "sets" they create in their mind. Furthermore, many times they imagine the main character has a stunning likeness to people they know. Listening can truly be priceless.
-- Product review by Stephanie D. Scarborough, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, January 2006
Family Classics Library
Newport Publishers Inc.
Family Classics Library is a 40-audiocassette collection of fully dramatized Classic Books on Tape. These literary classics, put to audio, were originally produced during the 'golden age' of radio, and are an inspiration to the imagination! This library of classics includes:
A Tale Of Two Cities
A Christmas Carol
The Scarlet Letter
The Pickwick Papers (excerpts)
Dr. Marigold's Prescriptions
The Tell Tale Heart
The Red Headed League
Prode & Prejudice
The Secret Agent
The Adventures of Don Quixote
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Call of the Wild (excerpts)
The Man without a Country
A Descent into the Maelstrom
The Man and the Snake
The Bearded Window.
This huge boxed set is attractive, comes in a sturdy storage box and what a fun gift! It would also make a wonderful addition to any homeschool, or an excellent addition to any family 'library'. Check out their website at www.audiobookclassics.com for all their offerings!