On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Nathan Carlson, the voice of the classic character Richard Maxwell. He talks about his favorite couple of episodes to work on, acting alongside Earl Boen as the legendary Dr. Regis Blackgaard, and his take on Richard Maxwell's arc and ultimately his character's redemption. They also discuss some acting strategies for playing the villain, and Nathan's work on the kids program Jungle Jam & Friends. Head over to whitsend.org to check out the podcast interview.
Last month we announced that Captain Absolutely, created by Adventures in Odyssey's own Wooton Bassett, was soon going to appear in a new comic book available in stores. The book compiles the comic strips previously released in Clubhouse Magazine over the years. And today we can reveal the comic book's front cover art. You can click on the image to see it in high resolution. This upcoming Captain Absolutely book releases on April 1st, 2017, and will include a total of 112 pages featuring the adventures of Wooton's popular superhero. You can listen to Captain Absolutely's origin story in the episode The Truth Be Told, available on The Truth Chronicles.
In January of this year the first novel featuring the popular audio drama character Father Gilbert was released. The Body Under the Bridge, written by Paul McCusker, begins where the nine-part Focus on the Family Radio Theatre series left off, bringing fans more original stories featuring the the former Scotland Yard detective. Now the sequel is on its way. Its working title, All Desires Known, has been changed to Death in the Shadows, and the front cover has just been revealed. As usual, Adventures in Odyssey listeners should be aware that the Father Gilbert Mysteries are created for an older, more mature audience. Check out the book's summary:
When Father Gilbert traded in his detective’s badge for an Anglican priest’s collar, he never expected he would be pulled into a different kind of mystery – the mystery of the spiritual world. Even attending a conference in a seaside town provides no escape as he has yet another supernatural encounter, this time with a murdered girl who worked at a local massage parlour. Details of the murder lead Father Gilbert to approach the police with clues in common with other cases, bringing him into contact with a detective from his days with Scotland Yard. Meanwhile, a local monastery has been vandalized, with grotesque images and profane graffiti defacing the altar and walls. The head of the monastery, from whom Father Gilbert received spiritual direction a couple of years before, is distressed by the attack, accusing the local sex trade industry of retaliating against his outspoken stand against it. Then, one of the brothers at the monastery is found dead in the local red light district. All evidence points to his having been a regular at a massage parlour – the same one where the murdered girl had worked. Intertwined within this web is a young woman who sees the same apparitions that Father Gilbert thought only he could see, plus an obstinate runaway, a distraught father, and a deep corruption pervading the town. And, whether he likes it or not, Father Gilbert is at the centre of it all.
Death in the Shadows releases in the United States in November 2016. There will be a third installment in the Father Gilbert book series, and currently its working title is Malevolence.
The Odyssey Adventure Club is a place online where members have access to every single Adventures in Odyssey episode on-demand, including exclusive monthly episodes not available anywhere else, and much more. When the club was first created, it cost $15 a month. Since then, prices have come down. There are currently three payment plans to choose from. You can join for $9.99 a month paying on a month-to-month basis, $9.49 a month paying every six months (totaling $56.94), or $8.99 per month paying on an annual basis (totaling $107.88). But what if you're not sure if the club is right for your family? Now there's a new option for you. Focus on the Family is offering a free 14-day trial of the OAC, where you'll have unlimited access to everything on the club without having to make a single payment. Then you'll be able to make an informed decision about whether you want to join in the future and financially support the production of new AIO episodes. Get your free two week trial at oaclub.org/trial.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Justin Felbinger, the third voice of Matthew Parker, who first appeared on Album 60. He talks about getting into acting in theater, voiceover and on film, the ways in which he's similar to Matthew, and joining the Parker family cast. They also discuss some details about the upcoming episodes Parker for President, and The Key Suspect, which will be included on Album 61, and The Grass is Always Greener, from Album 62. Check out the podcast interview.
In February 2015 we announced on the AIO Update that Adventures in Odyssey writer and director Paul McCusker had left Focus on the Family and taken the position of Senior Director of Content Creation at the Augustine Institute. Now we have exciting news that Paul has teamed up with producers Dave Arnold and Philip Glassborow to create a new audio drama called Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi, featuring the voice talents of David Suchet, Harry Lloyd, Raffey Cassidy, Geoffrey Palmer, and many more. The drama will release in November and be available via radio broadcast and for purchase on CD and digital download. You can read an excerpt from the official press release here:
Denver’s Augustine Institute has announced a major new initiative in audio and radio production called Augustine Institute Radio Theatre (A.I.R. Theatre). Employing the highest quality production in sound, music and voice-talent, A.I.R. Theatre will present a variety of stories from a mix of genres to provide inspiration and entertainment for the entire family.
John Avery Whittaker's most popular invention never seems to get old. The Imagination Station continues to entertain and educate Adventures in Odyssey fans today, whether that's in an audio adventure or in print. This October the 18th book in the Imagination Station series, Trouble on the Orphan Train, comes out. And beyond that, the writers have future escapades planned. Today we know the title for book 19. It will be called Light in the Lion's Den and marks the series' return to a biblical history tale, retelling the story of the prophet Daniel in Babylon. The book will be released in February of next year. Check out the summary:
When they step into the Imagination Station, kids experience an unforgettable journey filled with action-packed adventure. With each book, readers are whisked away with cousins Patrick and Beth to embark on a new journey around the world and back in time.
Wooton Bassett's comic book hero Captain Absolutely first appeared on Adventures in Odyssey on The Truth Chronicles in 2008, and you might remember he most recently fought off the evil Lord Gargantuan Foulspleen on Album 56. And in September 2012 he made his comic strip debut in Clubhouse Magazine, which immediately became a regular feature. If you thought that was cool, then you'll be excited to know that those comics are now being collected together into a new Captain Absolutely book, where you can read all the way through from his origin story to his present day adventures. The comic book will release in April 2017. You can read the summary below:
After a computer explosion at the library, Josiah King takes cover in a room full of Bibles. He reads God’s Word for the first time that night, and (with the help of mysterious radioactive fumes) is transformed into a superhero—Captain Absolutely. He embarks on a battle for truth and justice, pitted against his ultimate nemesis, the notorious Dr. Relative.
It's an exciting day for Adventures in Odyssey fans. We have already seen the cover and summary for the upcoming Album 61: Without a Hitch. And now the cover art for the show's next release, Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! has been completed. As you can tell, it features some of your favorite characters looking like they came straight out of the wild west. The album will contain six episodes about "relationships and new beginnings." It releases on CD in March 2017, but it will likely air first on the Odyssey Adventure Club some months prior. What do you think of the cover design? You can write a comment below. And don't forget to read Album 62's summary:
Adventures in Odyssey has provided high-quality, character-building entertainment through audio drama for nearly thirty years. Your entire family will love the next installment as the town of Odyssey gets ready to put on a show! With over two hours of entertainment, these episodes find the folks of Odyssey learning about relationships, friendship, and compassion. Jules Kendall feels like she’s in the spotlight and has to live up to everyone’s expectations. Buck Oliver pretends to understand Eugene and Katrina’s faith. A mysterious visitor to the antique shop isn’t all he seems as he searches for a clue to a father’s final words. And a group of traveling singers put on the rootin-est, tootin-est, Wild Westiest musical extravaganza Odyssey has ever seen! Sit back and enjoy the show!
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse go on a wild adventure of their own within Focus on the Family's Colorado Springs headquarters as they bring us this year's Avery Awards, featuring your favorite parts from both Album 59: Taking the Plunge and Album 60: Head Over Heels. This is the first Averies to cover two albums, but of course it still only deals with twelve episodes in total as the most recent albums only have six episodes each. The awards show recognizes this past season's funniest and most suspenseful moments, as well as the best in sound design, acting, and more. Hear it all when you check out the full podcast.
Just weeks after co-star Alan Young, the voice of Jack Allen, passed away last month, Janet Waldo, the voice of Joanne Allen has also passed away. They were both 96. Janet acted on Adventures in Odyssey for over twenty years and played a total of six characters. Besides voicing the indispensable Joanne Allen, co-owner of J & J Antiques with her husband Jack, Janet also played the mother of Lawrence Hodges in seven episodes. You can find all three of Janet's last episodes as Joanne Allen on Album 56, which are titled Great Expectations and Home Again, Parts 1-2. Janet was also interviewed on Episode 54 of the Official Podcast.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Amy Pemberton, the voice of Renee D. Carter, a newcomer to AIO who first appears in the new Odyssey Adventure Club episode Things Not Seen. Amy talks about her first day in the recording studio, some of Renee's backstory, the character's interests and skills, and her favorite acting job. She also discusses her music career, what she hopes Odyssey fans will take away from her performance, and advice for aspiring actors. Plus, we hear a preview of Renee's first episode. Listen to the podcast interview.
You could argue that because the popular radio drama Adventures in Odyssey exists in a world with crazy futuristic inventions like the Imagination Station, the Room of Consequence, the Transmuter, and the Inspiration Station, the entire show could be categorized as science fiction. But even if you don't go that far, it would be pretty difficult not to recognize that the show writers have a special appreciation for the science fiction genre. That's why we've created this latest poll question, which asks fans what their favorite science fiction episode of Odyssey is. The first option is Someone to Watch Over Me, selected for its unforgettable space battle between Jimmy Barclay and the relentless villain called Grim. The second option is Terror from the Skies, in which an imminent alien invasion throws both Lawrence and Jimmy into a panic. Then there's the classic show Hidden in My Heart, featuring a short spoof of Star Trek. Another option is Gloobers, in which Dwayne and Jared find themselves inside a video game battling against countless slimy foes. And finally, the most recent science fiction episode to date is Drake the Cosmic Copper, set 100,000 years in the future. Choose your favorite of these five episodes when you vote here.
Fans of Adventures in Odyssey will be glad to know that in recent years Christian audio drama has been making a comeback. For instance, Heirloom Audio Productions has created five fantastic dramas of the highest quality, all based on books by G.A. Henty. The titles adapted so far are Under Drake's Flag, In Freedom's Cause, With Lee in Virginia, The Dragon and the Raven, and Beric the Briton. And there's more to come. Up next is The Cat of Bubastes, an exciting tale of mystery, intrigue and suspense set in Egypt. It releases this summer. Here's the story's summary:
The sacred cat of Bubastes has accidentally been slain; now young Chebron must pay for the offense with his own life, as this is the law of the Pagans in Egypt, 1250 BC. Chebron, the son of an Egyptian high priest, flees for his life, taking his sister Mysa, one of the household slaves Amuba, and several companions with him. They escape through closely guarded Egyptian exits only to find themselves in unfamiliar and dangerous lands inhabited by a very different culture of people. Along the way, the roving band of refugees encounters and befriends a Hebrew girl, who exposes them to very strange ideas, including the worship of the "one true God."
The nineteenth poll question at the AIO Update has closed and the final results are in. Fans were asked what their favorite Bernard Walton flashback episode was and they chose Prequels of Love from Album 48: Moment of Truth. You can listen to The Conscientious Cross-Guard on Album 13 and The Girl in the Sink on Album 42.
The episode Prequels of Love aired just before Valentine's Day in 2007 and is full of comedic moments. We get to hear Bernard meeting his wife Maude while she's dressed in a chicken costume, and then his subsequent choking incident. The episode not only adds to Bernard's backstory, it also delves into the love lives of John and Jenny Whittaker, and Doris and Bart Rathbone. Thanks for participating in this poll. And you can always leave your own suggestions for future poll questions.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Natalie Babbitt Taylor, the voice of Jenny Roberts. She talks about working in theater, getting contacted by Focus on the Family, playing a blind character, recording the exciting three-part episode The Perfect Witness, and her favorite shows. She also discusses performing at various Disneyland locations, working at a Christian school, advice for kids interested in pursuing acting, and much more. Plus, we hear a clip of the new Odyssey Adventure Club episode The Good Soil. Check out the podcast interview.
Actor Alan Young, the one and only voice of Jack Allen on Adventures in Odyssey for eighteen years, has passed away. He appears in nearly 100 episodes and his exceptional voice talent will live on for as long as people still listen to AIO. Besides playing the beloved, calm and gracious grandfatherly character Jack Allen, you'll also recognize him as Donovan, Jason's boss at the NSA in the epic two-parter A Name, Not a Number (Album 22), the Mystic Mountain Lion in The Great Wishy Woz (Album 35), and Mr. Welch in It's a Pokenberry Christmas (Album 31). Alan Young was interviewed on two editions of the Official Podcast. You can listen to him on Episode 38 and Episode 173.
It's been three months since Book 17: In Fear of the Spear came out, in which readers had the chance to follow Patrick and Beth on an intense adventure in the Amazon jungle. And now there's more news on the 18th book in the Imagination Station series, which releases in October 2016. It will be called Trouble on the Orphan Train. Here's the summary: "Patrick and Beth arrive on an orphan train, heading west. They befriend an orphan who is falsely accused of being part of a train robbery. No one will adopt the child. Patrick and Beth stay with their new friend until the end of the line. All the while, they search for Eugene, who is missing somewhere in time." As you can tell from the cover art, this next book promises to be every bit as exciting as the previous installments in the series. Do you read the Imagination Station books? Write a comment down below. What do you think of this latest cover design?
The Eugene Sings musical albums were originally released in 2005, around the same time that the Adventures in Odyssey episode Odyssey Sings aired. But these two special albums, which together contain a total of 36 songs (including two bonus songs), have been unavailable for a few years now. That could change, however, if fans of Eugene Meltsner and his ukulele tunes make their voices heard now. Audio Theatre Central has put together a poll where you can declare your support for Eugene Sings to be re-released. After you've voted, take the time to share the poll online to make as many AIO fans as possible aware of this opportunity. With enough support, these musical albums could very well be made available once again. So make sure to check out the poll question.
Heirloom Audio Productions has been releasing high quality audio dramas based on G.A. Henty's epic adventure books over the last few years, with titles like Under Drake's Flag, In Freedom's Cause, With Lee in Virginia, and The Dragon and the Raven. Now comes their fifth installment in the series: Beric the Briton. This tale of the Roman invasion of ancient Britannia remains one of G.A. Henty’s most popular novels of all time. Join Beric and his best friend Bodouc as they live the adventure of a lifetime – captured by the Romans, trained as gladiators, and placed in the service of Emperor Nero himself! When the story of a mysterious “Christus” begins to circulate the Roman Empire, Beric and Bodouc are forced to confront their pagan past. Will the two young prisoners be able to overcome their thirst for revenge and discover the source of true forgiveness? You can order your own copy as a CD or digital download at bericthebriton.com.