When Season 4 arrived in our mailbox, my children could not wait to listen to it and neither could I. So we popped the first CD into our home CD player and enjoyed the first story, which was about 30 minutes long. Later, we brought the set out to our minivan, to listen to more of the 4-CD, 12-episode set, all the while, alternating between laughter, proverbial mail biting, and pauses to chat about things that came up as we enjoyed hearing about the semi-fictitious Brinkman family's missionary adventures.
As long-time Brinkman Adventures fans, we knew that the Brinkman Adventures are based on a real life family whose names have been changed and that many (but not all!) of the events that take place in the story are based on real events, dramatized for increased listener engagement. We also knew that the stories of other missionaries included in the series are based on true events from the lives of missionaries around the world. As such, we found ourselves chatting about realities in different cultures and countries, fun things families get up to, connections in our own lives, and which parts of the stories might be the closest to actual events and which parts might have been fictionalized and why.
We also had fun beginning to read the real stories behind the episodes (which do have spoilers, so don't read them until you've listened to the stories.) The audio drama includes real missionary stories and the website lets you know which parts are real!
Preview Each of the 12 Episodes
Speaking of listening, if you'd like to get a taste for how he stories sound, be sure to listen to the previews at the Brinkman Adventure website. There, you ill get a flavor for what makes the Brinkman Adventures so engaging to listen to: realistic character voices, a dramatic soundtrack, fun ambient sound effects, drama, humor and more!
Geography also comes into play, as stories take you around the globe to:
My children think so, too. My daughter said:
It is a good series, because it has wholesome, adventurous, faith-filled stories about a missionary family called the Brinkmans or about people they know.One of my favorite stories was the lake one - Paradise Lost. It's funny! The Brinkman's go to a beautiful lake for a Bible camp, but the lake gushes away. So, they have to replan the whole schedule. They change the schedule to games and kids go in groups to do activities like a trust walk, but, when the last activity happens, a storm comes in. The activity is a game where the kids are hiding from adults, so - uh oh - they run away from their parents who are trying to bring them to safety. It's exciting! The story also has funny parts like when a little boy goes to a kitchen and they have horrible oatmeal and when the kids bucket trap dumps accidentally on a guy's head.
Another favorite is one about Mr. Pennington's fish being eaten by raccoons and the Brinkman boy trying to help him with a robot that get artificial intelligence - oops! The story gets ridiculous at parts and so funny.
People that want to listen to children's CD's about missionaries will like this, but some stories are a little intense, so watch out if you're sensitive.
My yougest son (seven) said:
My favorite part is the rogue robot one called War of the Raccoons. I liked the robot. He as smart and funny, but I didn't like what happened to him in the end.
I also liked the end of the wedding story,. A lot of bad things happened, and, then, at the end, they were like "What a strange waiter." It was the robot and it said, "Safety off." I imagined it shooting ketchup.
The other stories were good, too. One was about a girl named Nhu who was a saved slave.
In another one, a woman had a really mean husband that beat her. He was not a Christian and hated Christians. He got a bad cancer and a missionary helped him before he died. So, he became a Christian. His wife was alone and got arrested, but was freed. She became a Christian, too.
In another one, there is a rhino. It chases part of the Brinkman family across a river. They survive by throwing a bike down and distracting the rhino. They were going on bikes for a few days to show the Jesus film to a village. They flew to the village later on.
People who want to be missionaries would like these CD's. I don't want to be a missionary, but I like the music and stories on the CD's. They help me think about all different things.
My oldest son (eleven) said:
I like the robot story and the one where the camp dries up. Both are funny. There are serious stories, too. They are good, too. All the stories teach about God - sometimes with action - what happens in the story - and sometimes with what people say in the story, but they don't feel preachy. They are really funny, exciting, and adventurous.
I have all the CD sets except Series 1. I want Series 1 for Christmas!
Everybody would like these CD's! They are funny and awesome.
If you're curious about other seasons of the Brinkman Adventures, we've also enjoyed:
Eighty Homeschool Crew Review families listened to Brinkman Adventures Season 4 on CD or as a digital download. See what each family thought by clicking through to the reviews.
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