The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Better Late than Never from Album 9: Just in Time. In this episode Robyn Jacobs has developed a habit for being fashionably late, but gets a taste of what life would be like if her tardiness turned into an epidemic. You can read the review below.
Today the Adventures in Odyssey team was again in the studio in California recording shows for the next season of the Odyssey Adventure Club. This time they worked on a two-part episode called "The Boat People," written and directed by Phil Lollar. OAC adventures often team up with Christian organizations and charities, and this show features World Vision. The episode is based on the true story of a Vietnamese family in the 1970s as they tried to escape the country to make a new home in the United States. Longtime AIO fans will know that Whit's son Jerry died in Vietnam during the war. This new episode promises to provide us some scenes with "a deeply emotional John Avery Whittaker," as well as a mysterious "startling revelation." Also in this show is a new character to Odyssey named Renee Carter. Renee is a non-Christian college student from Scotland who arrives to intern at Whit's End and first appears in the upcoming episode "Things Not Seen," which also airs on the OAC next year. Could she become a regular character on the show? Time will tell. You can find more information and tons of photos and videos of the cast and crew from these latest recording sessions on the official AIO Facebook page. And to find out how to listen to OAC-exclusive monthly episodes, get access to the entire archive of past Adventures in Odyssey shows, daily devotions, and much more, visit odysseyadventureclub.org.
The Parker family is back for Season 3 of the Odyssey Adventure Club. Today the actors recorded an upcoming episode entitled "Un-Tech the Halls," which will air on the OAC in 2016. This show takes place at Christmas time and follows the Parkers as they go on an outing to cut down a live Christmas tree. It includes the return of the Parker kids' grandma, Lucia Ortaga, who we last heard from in 2013 on Album 57: A Call to Something More. This recording session also marks a milestone for the character of Matthew Parker, who is now being voiced by actor Justin Felbinger. He was previously played by Gunnar Sizemore from Album 58 to Album 59, and the character was originally voiced by Zach Callison. You can check out plenty of photos of the cast and crew on the official Adventures in Odyssey Facebook page. The Odyssey team also recorded another OAC adventure today, this one called "Things Not Seen." This episode "will introduce a brand-new character to the world of Odyssey." The character is named Renee D. Carter and is a non-Christian "computer-savvy college student from Scotland beginning an internship at Whit's End." All these exciting episodes and more will be available to hear exclusively on the Odyssey Adventure Club next year.
For the next few days the Adventures in Odyssey team is back together in the studio in California recording some new shows. During this latest session they're working on episodes for Season 3 of the Odyssey Adventure Club, which will air in 2016. One upcoming episode written by Dave Arnold and directed by Phil Lollar will be called "The Journal of John Avery Whittaker," which will take a look at Whit's past. You can check out the Official AIO Facebook page for photos of the session, including a snapshot of the script, and pictures of the actors playing the young Jack Allen and the young Whit, as well as those voicing Whit's grandfather Jackson, his father Harold, his stepmother Fiona, and his stepsister Charlotte. You'll be able to hear this show and more next year on the club if you sign up at oaclub.org. Also recorded today was an episode titled "The Good Soil," which tells the true story of real-life missionary Dr. William Leslie. This adventure was written and directed by Phil Lollar and is set in the Congo.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Joel McCrary, the voice of Simon Jones. He talks about his roles on various shows and movies, including The Princess Diaries, Kickin' It, Over the Hedge and Charlotte's Web. Joel also discusses the advantages of voice acting, how working as a writer has affected his acting, how he first got involved with Adventures in Odyssey, playing some interesting characters on the show B-TV: To Tell the Truth and much more. Plus we hear Joel's audition for his first episode in Album 51: Take it From the Top. Listen to the podcast interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of What Happened to the Silver Streak? from Album 9: Just in Time. In this episode young Traci Needlemeyer's model train car mysteriously disappears, and Curt Stevens points a suspicious finger at Michelle Terry, a girl with a reputation for taking things that don't belong to her. You can read the review below.
Besides Adventures in Odyssey episodes and devotions, a membership in the Odyssey Adventure Club gives you access to lots of different Focus on the Family content, including the three audio dramas in The Last Chance Detectives series, as well as the three films produced. And now for a limited time OAC members will be able to read the novel Canyon Quest, which serves as a prequel to the show. The first six chapters are up on the club as of July 16th and more will be uploaded every Thursday until the book is completed and the mystery is solved. But make sure you don't delay your summer reading too long. Canyon Quest will only be available to read on the OAC through October 1st. After that it'll be more difficult to get your hands on this out-of-print book. If you're thinking about checking it out, you can read the novel's summary here:
Fans will learn how the Last Chance Detectives club was formed in Canyon Quest, the prequel to the Last Chance Detectives series. When Mike Fowler and his mom move to the dilapidated small town of Ambrosia in the Arizona desert, he is still agonizing over the loss/disappearance of his dad in the Gulf War. Determined to ferret out the truth about his dad's fate, Mike begins studying books on detective work. As a mystery crops up in Ambrosia, Mike is drawn into the case and, in the process of solving it, comes to know Ben Jones, Wynona Whitefeather, and Spence Martin. Their success together in this adventure leads them to form—at the book's conclusion—the Last Chance Detectives.
Over the past few days the AIO Update has been posting the cover artwork of various upcoming Adventures in Odyssey releases, including Album 60: Head Over Heels, Volume 3 in the Candid Conversations with Connie book series, and Book 17: In Fear of the Spear in the Imagination Station book series. And now Tyndale House has unveiled the summaries describing these new products. (Thanks to The Odyssey Scoop for releasing these summaries first.) If you've already listened to Album 59: Taking the Plunge, which is available for digital download, check out the summary for Album 60: Head Over Heels here:
Love me . . . love me not? In the world of Odyssey, life’s issues rarely come together without a hitch. For Penny and Wooton, the answer to a marriage proposal leads to even more questions. Will Wooton meet with Penny’s family’s approval? And will Penny believe the best about Wooton even after the evidence seems to pile up against him? Meanwhile, others in town are asking questions of their own: The Parker family wonders if Mom will ever learn how to ride a bike, Whit unexpectedly questions whether his daughter should move to town, and Emily wonders how an unknown hero is thwarting the robberies across town. Throw caution to the wind and find the answers as the folks in Odyssey jump head over heels into the path of truth and discernment.
Adventures in Odyssey's Imagination Station series has a few new releases on the way. In September a boxed set of the first six books will be released and then in May of next year an omni-book featuring books 10 to 12 will come out. But in terms of individual book releases, there's finally some news on that front as well. The next installment in the series will be called Book 17: In Fear of the Spear. The title features an internal rhyme, similarly to the previous release, Book 16: Doomsday in Pompeii. In Fear of the Spear is written by Marianne Hering and will be available in stores in January 2016. As you can tell from the cover artwork, this story features the characters Patrick and Beth on an adventure in the jungle. You can come back to read the book's summary when it is posted online.
If you want to catch up with what's been happening in the Imagination Station series lately, you can read the first chapter of Book 16: Doomsday in Pompeii in this free download. Or if you're thinking about starting the series from the beginning, you can read Book 1: Voyage with the Vikings here.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of The Big Broadcast from Album 9: Just in Time. In this episode Whit and Tom reopen the Kids' Radio studio with the Good Samaritan story. You can read the show's full review below.
Focus on the Family is currently releasing a book series inspired by Adventures in Odyssey called Candid Conversations with Connie. The first volume came out in October 2014 and was dubbed "a girl's guide to growing up." Take a look at some of its content in this free download. The second volume was released in March 2015 and was advertised as "a girl's guide to boys, peer pressure, and cliques." You can download the first chapter of that book for free here. And now the cover for volume three has been designed. The cover artwork features Connie Kendall filming an episode of B-TV in front of a green screen, which if you look closely at the image in the camera is switched out for a background image of Whit's End. This latest release in the series is being called "a girl's guide to entertainment, body image, and social media," and it will be out in stores in January 2016. Have you read the other two volumes in the Candid Conversations with Connie series? What did you think of them? You can leave your feedback in the comments section below.
Two days ago it was announced that Album 59: Taking the Plunge was finally available for digital download. And today we have an exciting update about the next album from Adventures in Odyssey. The title of the next release will be Album 60: Head Over Heels and it will feature six episodes about "truth and discernment." The cover image is framed by a red border, similarly to Album 54. And it would appear that someone, possibly Eva Parker, is speeding through town on her bike. She is wearing earmuffs and a thick coat, which might indicate that the summer our favorite characters enjoyed in Album 58 is probably over and that it's about to get colder in Odyssey. Album 60 will air on the Odyssey Adventure Club in December, be available for digital download in February, and then release on CD in March. The album's summary and episode titles have yet to be released. Check back on the AIO Update as more info becomes available. What do you think of Album 60's artwork and title? Please leave a comment down below.
Composer John Campbell's instrumental scores from all twelve of the exclusive Odyssey Adventure Club episodes of Season 1 have been posted online today. This music album has twelve tracks, one for each adventure in Season 1. The episodes' scores have varying lengths, from two minutes to four and a half minutes long. From the pulsing African rhythms of The Launch and the iconic western swells of The Lone Lawman, to the gentle Asian strings of The Drop Box and the warm yuletide tunes of The Perfect Gift and All by Myself, this instrumental album will have you reliving all your favorite moments from the club. The OAC has also announced that soon there will be a new feature which will allow members to listen to a whole album continuously without having to individually select each episode. To listen to this music album and also gain access to an archive of almost 800 Adventures in Odyssey episodes, sign up at oaclub.org.
Adventures in Odyssey's latest release, Album 59: Taking the Plunge, was heard first by the members of the Odyssey Adventure Club. And now that it's July the digital download is finally available. You can purchase Album 59 for $10.99 on iTunes or $6.93 on Amazon. This set includes six new episodes which pick up after the cliffhanger at the end of Album 58, as well as a bonus track to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album. The CD set will contain two discs and come out in August, while the episodes will begin airing on the radio and online in late September. How do you plan on listening to this latest release? Leave a comment down below. And please remember to avoid discussing potential spoilers.
You can also listen to the first episode on Album 59, called First Things First, for free on the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast. It includes an interview with writer and director Paul McCusker. Check out the podcast.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview longtime composer John Campbell. John talks about his process of scoring the music for AIO episodes, the various instruments from different parts of the world he has access to with current technology, his work on the Odyssey shows The Thankstaking Story, The Bible Network, The Lone Lawman, and a lot more. John also discusses creating character themes for Buck Oliver and Connie Kendall, and writing futuristic music for the Odyssey Adventure Club show Drake the Cosmic Copper. You can listen to the podcast interview.
Mr. Whittaker's invention the Inspiration Station debuted with Album 51: Take It From the Top in 2010. And now this year Adventures in Odyssey fans will be treated to the machine's second adventure. The episode will be titled Walter's Flying Bus, based off a children's book of the same name, and will be released on the Odyssey Adventure Club in October. It's already been confirmed that it will include the characters Camilla Parker and John Avery Whittaker. And now artist Gary Locke has posted a preview of the artwork for the upcoming show. It's quite a colorful piece with plenty of signs of life. If you look closely at the bottom right of the first image, you'll see Whit and Camilla standing there, although they have been blurred out in this version. The storybook the episode is based on is summarized here: "Walter finds an abandoned bus and together with the hopes and dreams of his friends, and a little work, the engine soon roars to life! The children realize their dreams are not only inspirational but they have the power to carry them to what they desire most, families that will love them forever." Are you excited about the return of the Inspiration Station? What do you think of this new artwork? You can write out your thoughts in a comment down below. And to listen to Walter's Flying Bus when it comes out in October, don't forget to sign up for your own Odyssey Adventure Club membership at oaclub.org.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Two Sides to Every Story from Album 9: Just in Time. In this episode Jimmy and Donna Barclay tell their parents two different versions of how their TV caught fire. Read the review below.
The AIO Blog has just released an interview with actor Townsend Coleman, the voice of Jason Whittaker on Adventures in Odyssey. Townsend talks about wanting to be a voice actor growing up, working in theater, his move to Los Angeles, and which actors he looks up to. He also discusses having fun in the studio recording Odyssey, voicing the character the Stiletto in Album 53: The Green Ring Conspiracy, what he hopes Jason will do in the future and much more. You can listen to the full interview below.
The Odyssey Adventure Club keeps expanding with more content. Last April it added a new collection of shows from the Spanish language version of AIO, called Aventuras en Odisea, and most recently the club aired all six episodes from Album 59: Taking the Plunge early, plus a bonus video from the recording studio. Now the AIO Update has news that on July 8th the first musical album from composer John Campbell will be available online for streaming to all OAC members. This album of musical scores will feature the soundtracks you've heard before in the adventures from Season 1 of the OAC's exclusive episodes, from The Launch to All By Myself. At this time the club will not include the music from other Adventures in Odyssey episodes. Are you excited to hear the Season 1 soundtrack on the Odyssey Adventure Club? You can write your comments down below.
If you've been following this site you've probably heard about the upcoming Father Gilbert novel by Paul McCusker entitled The Body Under the Bridge. The front cover that was posted a few weeks ago was only an early version and now the final cover design for the book has been released. What do you think of this darker, more detailed design? Leave your thoughts in a comment down below. This book is already available for pre-order and is scheduled to come out in January 2016. The next two books in this Father Gilbert trilogy are tentatively titled All Desires Known and Malevolence, although that is subject to change. The Body Under the Bridge promises to be an exciting adventure full of intrigue, family rivalries, death, and of course, mystery. You can check out the novel's summary here:
A former Scotland Yard detective, Father Gilbert knows about death. But, now a priest of a modest Anglican church in the small town of Stonebridge, he didn't expect it to show up like this - in the suicide of a man who threw himself off the church tower, and in the discovery of a two-hundred-year-old body beneath an ancient bridge. The deaths are linked. The mummified corpse under the bridge, a murder victim, reignites a centuries-old battle between two local families - the Todds and the aristocratic Hayshams. Then both David Todd and Lord Haysham begin to act strangely. They are fearful for reasons they won't explain. When Lord Haysham is murdered, David Todd is the prime suspect. But Todd is acting maniacal, claiming great forces of evil are at work. An entire history of violence and depravity begins to emerge - interweaving the history of several local families with a secret occult society that engages in Black Masses. Has the Society emerged again?