On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey podcast, Dave Arnold and Jesse Florea interview Brock Eastman and Bob Smithouser as they talk about how they started working at Focus on the Family, the creation of the Odyssey Adventure Club, and the new direction in the Club: Brock is moving to a new position at Compassion International and Bob is taking over the role of Odyssey Adventure Club producer. Listen to the podcast interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of A Good and Faithful Servant from Album 4: The FUN-damentals. In this episode the Barclays get a budget for the first time, and so Jimmy and Donna must learn how to handle their finances. You can read our episode review below.
Last September we released our new logo design for the AIO Update to replace the temporary logo that had been created the week before. Now that we've had the chance to reflect on it for a few months we've decided to change a few things for the latest version of the AIO Update's logo. This new updated logo uses a different font which is less jagged and more readable. The colors have also been brightened slightly to create a warmer look. Our social network pages, including Facebook, Twitter and Google+, have now been updated with this new logo. We have also made some changes to the AIO Update's homepage. You'll find that our new homepage design goes into detail in describing some of our features and helps direct new visitors to specific sections they might be interested in on the website.
The Odyssey Scoop has launched another Adventures in Odyssey contest and this time winners will receive a copy of volume one of Wooton's Whirled History, A Blend of Bravery, and volume two, A Mix of Melody Makers. That's a total twelve previously released historical episodes plus brand-new hilarious intros from the character of Wooton Bassett himself. All you have to do to enter this new contest is find the three places where Wooton is hiding on The Odyssey Scoop website. You can find out all the contest details there.
The Journal Gazette, a newspaper based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, has just released an interview with voice actor Katie Leigh, who we all know as the voice behind Connie Kendall on Adventures in Odyssey. She talks about the characters she's voiced, how she re-enacts classic AIO scripts on Fort Blanket Revue, and much more. You can watch a two minute video clip and then read the longer text interview here.
Writer's Talk, an internet show hosted by the Christian author Alton L. Gansky, has released an interview with Paul McCusker, known to fans as an accomplished Adventures in Odyssey writer, director and producer. They discuss Focus on the Family Radio Theatre's audio production of C.S. Lewis at War, as well as Paul's new companion book called C.S. Lewis & Mere Christianity: The Crisis that Created a Classic. Paul talks about C.S. Lewis's past, the historical context in which Mere Christianity was created, and how he wanted to depict a man in his time doing his duty by responding to God's call. You can watch the video interview with Paul McCusker below.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Let This Mind Be in You from Album 4: The FUN-damentals. In this episode Whit leaves Connie and Eugene in charge of Whit's End for the weekend with the instruction to "run the shop like I would run it." You can read our episode review below.
We at the AIO Update have some more Adventures in Odyssey book news to release today. Last month the second volume in the Candid Conversations with Connie series was announced and today we now have the completed front cover. This book will be "a girl's guide to boys, peer pressure, and social media" and will be available in stores by March 2015. As you may remember, the first volume in this new series is labelled as "a girl's guide to growing up" and is coming out soon on October 1st, 2014. We'll keep you updated as we get more details.
There's also news to announce to fans of the Imagination Station series. The three-book story arc centered on the American Revolution ends with the release of the third installment, Book 15: Surprise at Yorktown, this October. But what's next for the series, you ask? The title for the next book in the series has now been released. You can expect to see Book 16: Doomsday in Pompeii on store shelves in January 2015. We will post the book's summary and front cover as soon as they become available.
Another free Adventures in Odyssey episode is now available for download from Focus on the Family. The episode is called Heatwave, written by Paul McCusker, and it is included on Album 6: Mission: Accomplished. In this story Jack Davis and Oscar Peterson, bored during a summer heatwave, turn into private detectives to uncover the mystery of an oddball kid with an armload of lumber. It's the perfect episode for you and your family to listen to sometime this summer. All you have to do is fill out some basic information to gain access to your very own free download.
And once you've listened to that episode, why not do some summer reading? You can also get a free download of the novel Darien's Rise by Paul McCusker, the first book in the Passages series. In this story we find out that Jack Allen has purchased some goods from the Estate of a retired Odyssey school teacher who has passed away. As Jack says: "Nothing remarkable", except an old Manuscript written in a school notebook. The title reads: Manuscript #1 "The Chronicle of the Chosen", and is dated October 3rd, 1958. Jack brings the manuscript into Whit's End and shows it to Whit. Whit takes it home and reads it. The story begins in the summer as Kyle and Anna, two kids from 1950's Odyssey, find themselves transported to a strange new world called Marus. They are immediately caught up in a struggle between a power-mad king and his valiant young general. Read Darien's Rise as a free download.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse do a new interview with actor Phil Proctor who voices numerous characters on the show, including Mr. Corelli, Principal Spence, Detective Don Polehaus and Leonard Meltsner. Phil talks about his experience as a voice actor, his work over the years on AIO, how he draws inspiration from the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, and much more. Phil appears as Detective Polehaus in Album 58: The Ties That Bind and in this month's exclusive Odyssey Adventure Club episode, Like a Good Neighbor. Check out the podcast interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of The Boy Who Didn't Go to Church from Album 4: The FUN-damentals. In this episode Jack Davis participates in a unique play rehearsal at Whit's End about the BODY or the "Brotherhood of Dutiful Youth." You can read our full episode review below.
The back cover for Album 58: The Ties That Bind has been posted on the AIO Wiki. It is similar to Album 53's back cover as it also does not list episode titles but instead displays some of the themes that the album will explore, such as boldness, unity, gender, respect, love, and more. And what's interesting to note is the bonus material that will be included on this upcoming Adventures in Odyssey collection. If you purchase Album 58, not only will you have access to all fourteen episodes, but you'll also get an 11-page discussion guide, interviews with the producers and even deleted scenes. The CD set will include a total of five CDs instead of the usual four. Album 58 is currently airing on the Odyssey Adventure Club but will be available for purchase outside the club in September and October.
If you're familiar with Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, you've probably heard about their audio drama productions of all seven books from C.S. Lewis' popular series, The Chronicles of Narnia. We have news that these dramas are being repackaged once again into a brand new collector's edition that will be available for purchase in February 2015. If you don't already own these high-quality productions for yourself, we recommend you take advantage of this opportunity to get this beautiful set. You can read the product description below.
The classic stories of C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia come to life through this beautifully boxed collection of fully dramatized audio adventures. Produced by Focus on the Family's acclaimed Radio Theatre, The Chronicles of Narnia includes all seven of the original stories. Recorded in London with an all-star cast of England's brightest talent from the stage and screen, an original orchestral score, and cinema-quality digital sound design, this innovative recording provides over 22 hours of entertainment for the entire family. Recommended for ages 8 years and older; 22 hours on 19 CDs.
The Inner Tube, the podcast for content creators, has just put out the second part of their interview with Adventures in Odyssey writer Torry Martin, the creator of the popular character Wooton Bassett. During the episode Torry talks with Josh and Kevin and gives some tips on how to network, reveals things to avoid, gives some helpful examples, and more. Check out the podcast interview.
In this special June edition of the Social Shout Out, you can watch the hosts Brock Eastman and Evan Reedall not answering Adventures in Odyssey fans' questions, but goofing off in a blooper reel instead. Check out the full video below featuring different funny unaired clips from past SSO episodes.