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A Knight of the White Cross: A Tale of the Siege of Rhodes (MP3 Audio Recording) Review by Amy M. O'Quinn

G. A. Henty; narrated by Jim Hodges
Jim Hodges Audio Books
629 Admiral Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401
1 (405) 808-9758

The MP3:

Jim Hodges has done an excellent job of bringing Henty's book to life. He has a clear and pleasant voice, and I really like the way he uses expression and vocal inflections to emphasize each character's dialogue. But these inflections are subtle and not distracting or irritating, as some can be when narrators change between the voices of the characters. And although there are no background effects or music, none are needed.

The story flows along at a comfortable pace, and the listener is immediately drawn into the story. The recording is professional sounding and of high quality. Mr. Hodges is a first-rate storyteller--not to mention an excellent judge of fine literature that is worthy enough to be forever captured on audio. A living book in living sound! Well done!

This MP3 recording is unabridged and lasts 12 hours, 49 minutes. However, the disc will only play on a computer CD drive, a DVD player, or an MP3 compatible CD player. It will NOT play on a standard CD player. The cost of the MP3 (on his website) is $25.00, and I think the product is well worth the money. He also offers a digital download at the reduced price of $18.00. You can also download the fifteenth chapter as a freebie, which is a nice option.

I want to get even more of Mr. Hodges's recordings to add to our homeschool audio collection, especially since we want to foster good listening skills as part of our children's education. And I think that having the child follow along in the book as he/she listens to the audio is also a valuable idea! My son will often listen to a book on tape during quiet time, and G. A. Henty books are always at the top of his list!

For more information about Mr. Hodges, his available recordings, articles, links, frequently asked questions, and even more about G. A. Henty, you can visit Jim's website at This MP3 recording of A Knight of the White Cross  is definitely a keeper in this homeschool, and I highly recommend this audio resource (and all of Mr. Hodges's recordings) to other homeschoolers--especially those who have a love of history, fine literature, and great storytelling. You won't be disappointed!

Product review by Amy M. O'Quinn, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, November 2010