Who are The Brinkmans?
The Brinkman Adventures is an exciting audio drama series based on the "wacky adventures" of a large family, crossed with the real-life stories of modern missionaries. The Brinkmans are an actual family, and even though their names have been changed, the members of the family play themselves. The events that happen to the family, as well as the stories of the missionaries, are based on real events, although elements are dramatized for the series. The website actually has the real stories of each and every episode, so after you listen to an episode, you can read about the missionary and the events depicted to find out what actually happened and what was added for entertainment. (These are certainly spoiler alerts, so don't read before you listen!)
What Do We Think?
Let me tell you, when The Brinkman Adventures comes on, the kids are quiet. QUIET! Occasionally my 6 year old will ask a question, but I've been instructed to always pause when I answer or when we discuss something, because they don't want to miss a second of it! Then I get the "Turn it back on!" if I'm not fast enough. My two year old says "I listen to my stories!" as soon as we get in. My 8 and 6 year old boys love the stories and are reciting the last lines from where we left off when we get back in the vehicle, because they're excited to start it back up. I think the fact that real kids are playing the parts of the kids (as opposed to adults trying to do children's voices) makes it more engaging and relevant. The stories are full of adventure and world travel, which make it exciting. There are moments when you worry for the character as a village is raided or they're facing foreign police, but the dialogue and sound effects are done tastefully, making it intense and suspenseful, without actually being frightening to younger kids.
I love that we get to listen to wholesome entertainment, but that it also opens up discussions about missionaries, faith, the hand of God, and how the stories translate to our own lives. Listening to The Brinkman Adventures together is a great family-friendly activity. It's something you can share with family and friends.
Season 3 is available as a 4-disc set or an MP3 download, and consists of over five hours of audio in 12 episodes. You can also purchase the first two seasons in similar format, and they're already on our wishlist. I'm sure we've missed some back story about the Brinkman family along the way, but the episodes are individual stories and self-contained, so haven't found the listening experience compromised by starting with the third season.
Don't Miss Out!
You can listen to an episode of The Brinkmans on the website, and as a special for Schoolhouse Review Crew readers you can download three free episodes, sign up for their quarterly newsletter, and enter to WIN your own copy!
Also check them out on Brinkman Adventures Facebook page, and don't just take my word for it - read the other crew reviews!
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