On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk with actor Chad Doreck, the voice of Hadley Bassett, Wooton's cousin, who first appears in Album 58: The Ties That Bind. Chad talks about his most memorable guest appearances on TV, how his singing career started at church, and how he turns characters with annoying traits into likable people. He also tells us how he created Hadley's voice and gives listeners a preview of what's coming up next in Album 58. You can check out the podcast interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Connie Goes to Camp, Parts 1 & 2 from Album 5: Daring Deeds, Sinister Schemes. In this episode Connie writes to her mom about her wild week at Camp What-A-Nut and about a difficult decision involving Lucy Cunningham-Schultz. You can read the episode review below.
The Odyssey ScoopCast has posted part three of their audio interview with Katie Leigh, who voices Connie Kendall on Adventures in Odyssey. Katie discusses the different changes that happened to Connie in Album 57: A Call to Something More, Connie's evolution from a teenager to an adult, the future of the show, and more. Check out the podcast interview.
When Album 58: The Ties That Bind first became available for download at the beginning of this month there was a slight technical issue. The last episode was only about 22 minutes long and cut off in the middle of a scene. Well now that issue has finally been solved. Part 14 of the newest Adventures in Odyssey album can now be downloaded in all its glory, all 33 minutes of it! You can find it on both iTunes and Christian Book Distributors. If you already bought the download and received the shorter version, you can email Focus on the Family at email@example.com and they will send you a free brand-new replacement file of that episode in the days to come.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of A Bite of Applesauce from Album 5: Daring Deeds, Sinister Schemes. In this episode Eugene and Connie, against Whit's express orders, tamper with a top secret computer room—and the mysterious program Applesauce is unleashed. Read the episode review below.
In July we revealed the summary for Book 16 in the Imagination Station series and today we can post the front cover. Doomsday in Pompeii is written by Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker and the story follows Patrick and Beth as they try to escape the city of Pompeii before Mount Vesuvius erupts. You can click on the cover image to see a higher resolution. This upcoming Adventures in Odyssey book will be available for purchase in stores in January 2015. What do you think of this cover design? Let us know in the comments. Meanwhile, Book 15: Surprise at Yorktown has been slightly delayed and will now release this November instead of October.
The Odyssey ScoopCast has just put out the second part of their interview with Katie Leigh, the voice of Connie Kendall on Adventures in Odyssey. Katie talks about getting to know the writer Torry Martin, transitioning from audio to video acting, working alongside Jess Harnell, and how her new book is coming along. You can listen to the podcast interview.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk with actor Gunnar Sizemore, the new voice of Matthew Parker. He talks about stepping into the role of Matthew in Album 58: The Ties That Bind, coming from a family of actors, rock climbing, learning Chinese, playing the drums, even appearing in a Christian short film and more. You can check out the podcast interview.
Members of the Odyssey Adventure Club have already had a chance to listen to the latest album but for those fans who were hoping to download this new Adventures in Odyssey set, the wait is now over! Album 58: The Ties That Bind is now available for purchase from iTunes for just $17.99, a good price considering it's the same cost as any other album and yet it contains a total of fourteen episodes (two more episodes than usual) in addition to bonus features such as deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes interviews. Album 58 begins airing on the radio and online on September 6th and the 5-disc CD package will be released sometime in early October. For those who have already heard Album 58, please avoid leaving spoilers in the comments.
UPDATE: There have been some technical issues discovered with the final episode available for download. It is incomplete and ends abruptly before the story is over. We will let you know when this has been fixed.
UPDATE 2: This issue has been fixed. You can now download Album 58 on both iTunes and Christian Book Distributors. If you already bought the download and received the shorter version, you can email Focus on the Family at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will send you a free brand-new replacement file of that episode in the days to come.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of An Encounter with Mrs. Hooper from Album 5: Daring Deeds, Sinister Schemes. In this episode Donna Barclay, on a trip to a nursing home, meets the stubborn and cantankerous Mary Hooper and learns a lesson about compassion. You can read the episode review below.
The AIO Blog has just announced a new contest for which they want you to try and create your very own Adventures in Odyssey style meme. You could win the Our Favorites CD set, which includes 24 of the actors all-time favorite episodes ever produced, or a copy of Wooton's Whirled History: A Blend of Bravery, which includes 6 historical episodes with brand-new introductions from Wooton Bassett. You must be a resident of the 48 continental United States to enter. Check out all the contest details.
Brock Eastman, former Odyssey Adventure Club producer, is the author of the Sages of Darkness book series. What are the books all about? Brock describes Sages of Darkness as a fast-paced, exciting, and suspenseful action-packed series which focuses on 15-year-old Taylor Rivers who has just learned of his father's membership in a secret demon hunting society. Now he must take up the mantle and banish the evil sages that walk the earth back to the depths of hell. The first book, HowlSage, was originally released in 2011 and the sequel, BlizzardSage, was going to be released in 2012 before the publisher decided to stop printing fiction altogether. So now Brock has launched a Kickstarter campaign to re-release the first book, finally publish the sequel, and then release the third book in the series, CrimsonSage. And he needs your support to do it. You can find out all the information about how to back this exciting project here.
Last year we told you about the first audio drama in The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty series, Under Drake's Flag, and now we have news that the next production in the series is available for preorder. In Freedom's Cause follows the story of the Scottish hero William Wallace and, though not affiliated with Focus on the Family, it was contributed to by Adventures in Odyssey crew members such as recording engineer Mark Drury, sound designer Rob Jorgensen, composer John Campbell, writer John Fornof and casting director Philip Glassborow. And its cast features some people you might recognize as well. It stars actors such as Billy Boyd (Pippin from The Lord of the Rings), Joanne Froggatt (Anna from Downton Abbey), Skandar Keynes (Edmund from The Chronicles of Narnia), and James Cosmo (Campbell from Braveheart). In Freedom's Cause comes out in early November. You can preorder your own digital download or CD set of the two-hour audio drama here.
The Odyssey ScoopCast has released the first installment of their interview with Katie Leigh, the voice behind Connie Kendall on Adventures in Odyssey. Katie talks about attending the MasterWorks Festival, the new book she's been working on, a roadshow called Fort Blanket Revue where she, Will Ryan and Phil Lollar bring Odyssey to the fans, and much more. Check out the interview.
Ken Wytsma has released an interview with Adventures in Odyssey writer Paul McCusker on his blog. They talk about the book C. S. Lewis & Mere Christianity: The Crisis That Created a Classic, and the drama C.S. Lewis At War. Paul also discusses how he first got to know Lewis' work, how World War II impacted Lewis, the effect Lewis' legacy has had on the world, and much more. You can read the text interview.