Acclaimed Adventures in Odyssey writer and director Paul McCusker is asking for prayers for his wife, Elizabeth, who is currently in hospital recovering from back surgery. The surgery took place on October 17th and right now she is still experiencing some pain and discomfort. According to the doctor she may be able to leave hospital and return home soon. Paul says he expects a long recovery process. We know he would greatly appreciate the support of the Odyssey community during this time. Please remember Paul's family in your prayers.
Recording in California for season two of the Odyssey Adventure Club is still underway and just today the Adventures in Odyssey team announced on Facebook the name of a new upcoming OAC episode called "Hidden Gems." Directed by Phil Lollar and engineered by Jonathan Crowe, this next adventure will follow Olivia Parker as Mr. Whittaker takes her on a ride in the Imagination Station back to biblical times. It will feature characters such as King Josiah, and Balaam and his donkey. You can see photos of the AIO cast and crew from both this recording session and previous ones here. Nine episode titles from season two of the OAC have been revealed so far. You can find more information here.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of The Price of Freedom from Album 6: Mission: Accomplished. In this episode a school teacher maligns 10-year-old Kirk McGuinty's war hero father and the battle he fought in, the Vietnam War. Kirk's mother and Whit step in to set things straight. You can read our full episode review below.
In July we announced the upcoming release of The Chronicles of Narnia Collector's Edition from Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, which contains all seven audio dramas on 19 CDs. At the time the new set was scheduled to come out in early 2015, but since then things have been moving more quickly. The CD set is now already available for preorder and should arrive in stores sometime this month. And besides featuring almost 22 hours of top-quality family-friendly audio entertainment, this special collector's set also contains a beautiful color map of the world of Narnia. It's the perfect gift to pick up for your family and friends this Christmas season. Look for it at your local Christian bookstore very soon.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk with writer Kathy Buchanan about the release of the first Candid Conversations with Connie book for girls. It features stories about Connie, Penny, Emily and Olivia. And Bob and Jesse also talk with Shona Kennedy, the winner of the Get in the Show contest and the voice behind Jules Kendall, Connie's half-sister. Shona discusses her recent appearances on both Album 57 and Album 58, her singing career, plus her parents even join in to talk about how they first started listening to Odyssey. You can check out the podcast interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of The Battle, Parts 1 & 2, the finale of Album 5: Daring Deeds, Sinister Schemes. In this latest episode Dr. Blackgaard's quest to steal Applesauce reaches its peak as he and crony Richard Maxwell take control of the computer at Whit's End. You can read our episode review below.
It's now October and that means that the physical CD package of Album 58: The Ties That Bind is finally available in stores. You can also order it from Amazon or CBD. It contains all 14 episodes and behind the scenes material on 5 CDs. If you're only listening to the radio broadcasts of these episodes, it's important to note that the album version of The Ties that Bind contains extra scenes which were too long to broadcast. The final episode, for example, is over 33 minutes long on the album version. This extended version can also be heard on the Odyssey Adventure Club or via digital download. And while you're listening to Album 58, why not take the opportunity to send in your questions to The Whit's End Podcast for an upcoming interview with writer Paul McCusker. The deadline for sending in questions has been extended to November 1st. You can submit your questions about Album 58 through their contact page.
The Whit's End Podcast has released an interview with Brock Eastman, former Odyssey Adventure Club producer and co-host of Adventures in Odyssey's Social Shout Out. Brock talks about the book series he is writing, Sages of Darkness, and his Kickstarter project to finance it. He also discusses CrimsonPulse Media, the rewards he has lined up on Kickstarter, his position at Compassion International and more. You can check out the podcast interview.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Our Best Vacation Ever from Album 5: Daring Deeds, Sinister Schemes. In this episode the Barclays take the best vacation they've ever had—without leaving Odyssey! You can read our full episode review below.
The newest album is all about God's design for family and that's why Whitsend.org has just launched The Ties That Bind Essay Contest in which they're asking Adventures in Odyssey fans the question "What does family mean to you?" Your answer should be just 100 words or less. Winners will be announced in November and will receive Album 58 and an AIO T-shirt. You must live in the United States to enter. You can check out all the contest details.
The Cryin' Brian Dern Blog has released an audio interview with Adventures in Odyssey composer John Campbell. John talks about his relationship with the AIO team, how scoring music for Focus on the Family Radio Theatre is slightly different, and how he has been able to master many different styles. He also discusses how technology has changed, how he first started composing, and much more. You can listen to the interview below or download it for yourself from The Cryin' Brian Dern Blog.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk with actor Robby Bruce, the voice of Buck Oliver. He first appeared in 2011 in Album 53: The Green Ring Conspiracy and has now returned for Album 58: The Ties That Bind. Robby discusses when he first became a fan of the show and how Buck was based off of the two classic characters Oliver Twist and Huckleberry Finn. He also talks about Buck's journey in the latest album and his character development. Plus, we hear a preview of The Ties That Bind, Part 5. Check out the podcast interview.
Many Adventures in Odyssey fans also listen to Focus on the Family Radio Theatre productions. You probably heard that their latest drama, C.S. Lewis at War, dramatized the surprising story behind Mere Christianity. And besides that they have produced countless other stories as audio dramas, including an original series called the Father Gilbert Mysteries. A total of nine Father Gilbert episodes have been produced so far. But while we're waiting for more audio dramas, the universe of Father Gilbert is expanding into the realm of literature. According to writer Paul McCusker's Facebook page, three new novels are currently in the works which will feature Father Gilbert, the former Scotland Yard detective turned Anglican minister. They will be published by Lion Hudson and the first book of the three is scheduled to be released in late 2015.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of The Nemesis, Parts 1 & 2 from Album 5: Daring Deeds, Sinister Schemes. In this latest episode the mysterious and evil Dr. Regis Blackgaard arrives in town to open what he calls an "amusement house" for children. When it seems he won't win the city council's approval to build, he resorts to questionable methods to open his shop. Read our full episode review below.
It's our big announcement. Today the AIO Update is proud to release a brand-new feature called Place of Wonder, a section for creative writing. This will be a place where we will post new original fan fiction about the world of Adventures in Odyssey. Place of Wonder is part of the AIO Update but it has its own URL to distinguish it from the editorials and episode reviews on this site, which are grounded within the official canon of Odyssey. Fan fiction, on the other hand, pushes the limits of canon and its creativity is driven by fans. We hope you enjoy the current fan fiction already online, including the first installment of a series called "The Malachi Letters." If you would like to submit your own fan fiction you can do so as well. But please be as family friendly as possible. Fan fiction, unfortunately, is often associated with romance, and we want to limit that kind of content on this site. Find out more details for submitting your own fan fiction here. And keep in mind that no one expects submissions to be perfectly written in every way. Place of Wonder is for developing your own unique voice. The goal of this site feature is to give AIO fans a place to practice storytelling and showcase their talents as they improve over time.
Now, how will this new feature impact the AIO Update? In some ways, nothing will change. For those of you who do not want to see news posts about AIO fan fiction on this site, don't worry. Place of Wonder has its own separate news feed and no future fan fiction postings will be appearing on the AIO Update's main news page. But for those of you who are interested in creative writing about Adventures in Odyssey, then our Place of Wonder section will be always be here for you to enjoy.