On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Bob Hoose and Christopher Maselli, authors of the new book called the Jones & Parker Case Files, which includes sixteen mysteries being investigated by the town of Odyssey's two youngest detectives, Emily Jones and Matthew Parker. The authors talk about writing for Clubhouse Magazine, the fun of reading solve it yourself mysteries, the role of an editor, dealing with writer's block, and a whole lot more. You can check out the podcast interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of An Act of Mercy from Album 8: Beyond Expectations. In this episode Tom Riley forgives Rodney Rathbone for trying to steal some of his apples, but then when given a chance to forgive someone else, Rodney doesn't pass on the act of mercy. You can read all about it our review below.
It's been four years since the AIO Update was founded on May 20th, 2011. Just for reference, that was while Album 53: The Green Ring Conspiracy was airing on the radio for the very first time. Adventures in Odyssey has since produced five more albums and is on its second season of exclusive episodes available on the Odyssey Adventure Club. This website began first as a place to post the latest AIO news updates and album info. Now it has many more regular features, including poll questions, editorials, episode reviews and helpful video clips. One of our more recent additions is Place of Wonder, where we have been continually posting original Adventures in Odyssey fan fiction stories. The various series being written are titled "The Malachi Letters," "Lost Album 51 Stories," and "The Future, Today." As the site's founder, I can't wait to see how the AIO Update continues to grow and change over time. To stay up-to-date with all the new and exciting things going on here, make sure to like us on Facebook, add us on Google+ and follow us on Twitter. And please consider taking our 2015 Survey, which is just five short questions on what you think about this site. Thank you so much for continuing to visit the AIO Update and for leaving valuable comments.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Suspicious Minds from Album 8: Beyond Expectations. In this episode money mysteriously disappears from the cash register at Whit's End, and Connie and Eugene are determined to find the perpetrator. You can read our review below.
If you're not in the Odyssey Adventure Club and you missed the premiere of Album 59, this new podcast is for you. On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, we get to hear the first episode of Album 59: Taking the Plunge for free. It is called First Things First and it picks up where Album 58 left off. Plus, hosts Bob and Jesse interview writer and director Paul McCusker about the cliffhanger at the end of The Ties That Bind, the development of this latest album, and the new characters being introduced. Paul also previews some of the exciting storylines that are coming up. And finally, Bob and Jesse reveal all the episode titles in Album 59. You can check out the free episode and podcast interview.
Just in time for the premiering of Album 59: Taking the Plunge on the OAC, Focus on the Family has finally released the much-anticipated Android app for members of the Odyssey Adventure Club. You can download it for free today, although you still need to have a club account to access its many features. If you're looking to try out the OAC, you can currently use the promo code "BUCK" to get your first month for only $1. Previously only Apple users had an app to access the club, but now many more fans will be able to listen to Adventures in Odyssey on their mobile devices. Not only does the app give you all the benefits of the club, such as the unlimited streaming of any episode, but it also allows you to download up to five episodes onto your device which you can listen to at any time, even if you lose internet access. Head over to Google Play and download the OAC's Android app.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Curious, Isn't It? from Album 8: Beyond Expectations. In this episode friends Ben and Esther overhear a conversation and come to believe that Mr. Whittaker is getting married. You can read all about it in our review below.
The opening episode of Album 59: Taking the Plunge, titled First Things First, has just premiered online on the Odyssey Adventure Club. This new album will contain a total of six episodes, the rest of which will be released on the club on a weekly basis over the next five weeks. It picks up where Album 58: The Ties That Bind left off, so to avoid spoilers you will definitely want to listen to that 14-parter before checking out these new episodes. After you've done that, you can read two new summaries for Album 59 below.
Why is Connie feeling anxious about the future? Why is Buck hanging out with Vance's gang? Discover what brought Penny to town, the latest on the "Let's Get Together Festival," and what happens when "Deputy" Meltsner gets his first case.
Wooton's unexpected marriage proposal to Penny triggers a lot of soul searching around Odyssey. Penny wants to know what it means to be committed to someone for the rest of her life. Connie can't be sure how their relationship as friends will change. Meanwhile, Wooton is looking into rebuilding his house, but runs into conflict with the neighbors. Eugene uses his computer talents to help the Odyssey Police solve a mystery at the bank. And Buck becomes entangled with Vance's gang in a way that looks like trouble. Where will it all lead? Join the folks in Odyssey as they take the plunge to learn about commitment, discernment, expectations, resolving conflict, family legacies and more.
If you're not in the OAC, you'll be able to purchase a digital download of Album 59 in July. The CD package, which will contain 2 discs, will be released in August, and then all the episodes will air on the radio and online beginning in September. Even though this is the first full album to contain only six episodes, Focus on the Family is still committed to producing twenty-four Odyssey episodes a year. Twelve will be exclusive to the Odyssey Adventure Club, and twelve others will be released on regular albums. That means we can look forward to the release of Album 60, which will have another six episodes, sometime this fall. Besides being the first to hear the latest from Adventures in Odyssey, an OAC membership also gives you access to every previously released album, including special collections such as The Lost Episodes, Passages: Darien's Rise, The Truth Chronicles, Family Portraits, The Officer Harley Collection, the animated video series, and the Spanish version of the show called Aventuras en Odisea. You can sign up for all these benefits and much more at oaclub.org.
We at the AIO Update love to hear Adventures in Odyssey fans' feedback, whether that's in the comments section, via email, on social media, or through our poll questions. It's great to keep in contact with people who share a passion for Odyssey. We want that to continue, so this year we've decided to try something new and launch a short survey to gather your thoughts about this website. We want to make sure the AIO Update is tailored to the interests and needs of our dedicated readers. So we've posted just five questions to find out what you like best about the site and how it can be improved for the future. All responses submitted will be anonymous. Thank you so much for visiting the site and taking the time to add your voice to the discussion. You can take the 2015 Survey today.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of First Love from Album 8: Beyond Expectations. In this episode Connie falls in love for the first time with a guy named Jeff Lewis, who turns out to be a non-Christian. You can read the full review below.
On May 2nd, 1955, exactly 60 years ago, author C.S. Lewis published the book The Magician's Nephew. It was in fact the sixth book to be published in The Chronicles of Narnia series, but chronologically it takes place first before the rest of the books. As you probably know, Focus on the Family's Radio Theatre has produced many different and enjoyable audio dramatizations over the years, including adaptations of all seven Narnia books. And if you don't already own them or you just want to update your collection, now could be the time to do it. As of this month the repackaged versions of The Chronicles of Narnia dramas featuring new cover artwork are now available in stores and online. You can order yourself a complete set from Christian Book Distributors.
Actor Earl Boen, the voice of both Regis and Edwin Blackgaard on Adventures in Odyssey, hasn't appeared on the show since Album 50 in 2008. But if you listen closely to the latest exclusive episode from the Odyssey Adventure Club, which is called B-TV: To Tell the Truth, you might hear him on there. Earl does not return to play Edwin Blackgaard, but he does voice a new character called "Mr. Falsehood" during a B-TV sketch. You'll have to listen to the episode to find out more. Now is a great time to join the club and catch up on the 17 exclusive adventures that have been released so far. The club also includes the return of the Officer Harley episodes, Family Portraits, the Last Chance Detectives, and more. And speaking of returns, co-creator of AIO Phil Lollar returned to write and direct this new truth-themed OAC episode, the first B-TV episode since 2008. Phil even got in front of the microphone to voice a few characters. This occasion marks the first time he's voiced someone other than reporter Dale Jacobs since Album 53 in 2011. Have you listened to B-TV: To Tell the Truth? What did you think of Earl Boen's performance? Leave a comment below.
It was less than two weeks ago that we first told you about the upcoming book, Adventures in Oddity, and now things are moving along quite quickly. Katie Leigh, the voice of Connie Kendall on Adventures in Odyssey, has just announced that this new book written with costar Will Ryan, the voice of Eugene Meltsner, is now available for preorder on her website. The book will release on July 1st, but right now fans have a chance to participate in a pre-sale special in which the first 100 orders will be autographed by the authors. The book starts at $19.95, but you can pay $39.95 if you want a personal phone call from either Katie Leigh or Will Ryan included. You might even opt for the $59.95 package, in which you receive not only the personal phone call but also an edition of the book with two of Will Ryan's drawings that have been hand-colored by the authors. Which option are you thinking of choosing? You can check out all the order possibilities here.
It's time again for another exciting edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast. This time hosts Bob and Jesse interview Bill Pagaran, the founder of Carry the Cure, which is the Christian organization in Alaska recently featured on the Odyssey Adventure Club. Bill talks about the true story behind the three-part episode The Cure, growing up in Alaska, his love of music and why he started his ministry. He also discusses how he and his son got involved with Odyssey and the club. Plus, we get to hear a preview of the next OAC episode, which airs in May and features the return of B-TV. You can check out the podcast interview.
The audio drama themed podcast Audio Theatre Central has released a new episode in which they interview Katie Leigh, the voice behind Connie Kendall on Adventures in Odyssey. The interview starts around the 9 minute mark. Katie Leigh talks about the content that will be included in the new book she's written with Will Ryan, the voice of Eugene Meltsner, entitled Adventures in Oddity. She also comments on the book's fun, humorous feel and talks about planning to record the audio book version in the future. You can check out the full podcast interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of A...is for Attitude from Album 8: Beyond Expectations. In this episode Connie Kendall starts to think that simply having a positive attitude can solve all of life's problems. Have you heard this story? You can check out our review below.
You might have noticed a change on our news feed today. We at the AIO Update have decided to switch over to a new comment hosting service called Disqus, which is widely used on other sites. It's the same system The Odyssey Scoop and the AIO Wiki use in fact, so if you've made an account to comment on there before, it'll work here too. But if you haven't yet, it's very easy to make an account. You can even use your Facebook, Twitter or Google account to do so. Now you won't have to enter in your email information every time you want to post a comment because the system will keep you signed in across any website you visit. This will make it much easier to keep track of who's posting what, and especially to verify when a moderator posts an official comment. The only downside to this switch is that all previous comments which were made using the old system will no longer appear on the website. But we're confident that making it easier than ever before to leave a comment will help foster more discussion on the AIO Update. What do you think about this? Why not leave a comment down below in our new comments section powered by Disqus.
The Odyssey Adventure Club is a place online where fans can listen to any AIO episode that has been released, including monthly club adventures which are exclusive to OAC members. And now the membership benefits just got better. The first volume of Spanish language episodes has been released on the club. It features thirteen episodes of Aventuras en Odisea, which have been adapted from the English shows such as Whit's Flop, The Life of the Party, Connie Comes to Town, Promises, Promises, Nothing to Fear, The Tangled Web, Recollections, Mike Makes Right, The Quality of Mercy, Gotcha!, A Change of Hart, Rumor Has It, and Honor Thy Parents. Volumes 2 and 3 are on their way and will be posted on the OAC later this year. Do you know Spanish? Let us know what you think of this new adaptation. You can sign up for your Odyssey Adventure Club membership at oaclub.org.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of the show Bad Luck from Album 8: Beyond Expectations. In this story Robyn Jacobs thinks she's got bad luck after she throws away a chain letter. You can go ahead and check out our full episode review below.
Actors Will Ryan and Katie Leigh, who we know as the voices of Eugene Meltsner and Connie Kendall on Adventures in Odyssey, have been working on a book together for fans of the show. The new release will be titled Adventures in Oddity and is described as "A humorous celebration of Will and Katie's friendship and work together on Adventures in Odyssey and beyond! (new artwork and just a little silliness too!)" The book will also feature a forward written by Phil Lollar, co-creator of AIO and current writer and director for the show. Certain details haven't been finalized yet, but we'll let you know as soon as more information becomes available. Let us know in the comments if you'd consider purchasing this behind-the-scenes book written by the actors. Have you read similar books, such as the Official Guide? Tell us your favorite parts from that book and what you're most excited about for this upcoming book.