It was last month that we told you that The Chronicles of Narnia Collector's Edition from Focus on the Family Radio Theatre had been released. That set contains all seven audio dramas based on the books from C.S. Lewis' beloved series, plus a full color map of the world of Narnia. It's available now at a great price and would make a fantastic Christmas gift. But if you'd rather not buy all the Narnian tales in one collection, you'll be glad to know that the individual stories are being repackaged with new and beautiful covers. These new CDs should be available for purchase in stores around May 2015. Which version are you planning on getting? What do you think of these new cover designs? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
The summary for the upcoming book Jones & Parker Case Files has already been revealed and now we have the front cover to show you. It features Odyssey's top two kid detectives, Emily Jones and Matthew Parker, who debuted with their first case in the episode Game for a Mystery in Album 51: Take It from the Top in 2010. You may recognize some of the stories included in the book if you have a Clubhouse Magazine subscription because sixteen of the best mysteries from the magazine have been compiled into this collection. The authors are Christopher P. N. Maselli and Bob Hoose. It is currently set to be released in May 2015.
Album 59: Taking the Plunge is still quite a ways away and we already have the title, the cover image, the summary and we know that it will include only six episodes of Adventures in Odyssey on 2 CDs, instead of the regular twelve episodes on 4 CDs. But does that automatically mean that six episodes have been cut? Not necessarily. There are already some preliminary reports floating around that the AIO team plans to start releasing two albums a year with six episodes each. That means twelve episodes will be released on regular albums and twelve on the Odyssey Adventure Club, for a total of twenty-four a year. That's quite good news. We'll let you know when this has all been officially confirmed. Stay tuned for further updates.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Elijah, Parts 1 & 2 from Album 6: Mission: Accomplished. In this latest episode Robyn Jacobs and Jack Davis journey in the Imagination Station to meet Queen Jezebel, King Ahab, and a powerful prophet named Elijah. Read our full episode review below.
At this point we know very little information about Adventures in Odyssey's next collection, Album 59: Taking the Plunge. It was only a few days ago that we found out it would only have six episodes instead of twelve. It's still unclear whether future albums will follow suit. But today we at the AIO Update can reveal the summary for Album 59. Please be aware, it contains spoilers from Album 58: The Ties That Bind. Do not read it unless you have already listened to all fourteen parts of Album 58. If you have heard the finale, then feel free to check out the summary for Album 59 below. This next album is scheduled to be released in August 2015.
On this week's video edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse take us behind the scenes to the production side of Album 58: The Ties That Bind. The sound designers Christopher Diehl, Nathan Jones, and Rudy Haerr talk about creating a crowd of zombies, the train room scene, and the part when Vance's friends beat up Buck Oliver. Plus, we hear from the AIO actors who share what family means to them. You can check out the video podcast.
Adventures in Odyssey has tried many different formats in the past, including the split episodes. Those were eventually discontinued. And now, the team is trying something new again. Get ready for the first split album. It has been announced that Album 59: Taking the Plunge will only feature six episodes instead of the regular twelve. But don't worry, these shows will not be like the old split episodes. They will each have a normal runtime. Thanks to the Odyssey Scoop for finding this story. Album 59 will be available on the OAC in August 2015. The album will deal with themes such as "exploring commitment and conflict." It will include just 2 CDs and have over two hours of audio entertainment. This marks the first time the Odyssey Adventure Club's exclusive episodes will surpass the number of episodes being released on regular albums. Season Two of the OAC will air in 2015 and feature the normal twelve adventures. What do you think about the decision to produce half the usual album episodes next year? You can leave a comment down below.
Today's next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Heatwave from Album 6: Mission: Accomplished. In this episode Jack Davis, bored during a summer heatwave, turns into a private detective to uncover the mystery of an oddball kid with an armload of lumber. You can read our full episode review below.
The upcoming Christian film, Beyond the Mask, now has a release date. It will come out in theaters on April 6th, 2015. The film, scripted by Adventures in Odyssey writer Paul McCusker, follows Will Reynolds, a former assassin for the British East India Company, as he seeks to redeem his past by thwarting a plot against a young nation's hope for freedom. It promises to be a revolutionary new family friendly movie that brings history to life in a faith-filled adventure celebrating grace, liberty, and the true freedom that can only be found in Christ. You can head over to the website beyondthemaskmovie.com to find out how to become a theater captain in your local area so you can host your own screening of the movie when it comes next year. You can also follow updates on the film's Facebook page.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Good Business from Album 6: Mission: Accomplished. In this latest episode Robyn Jacobs thinks she can earn money the "easy" way by starting her own business, but she soon learns it's not so easy after all. Read our episode review below.
If you've ever been to a live Adventures in Odyssey show you know just how much fun it can be. But not everyone who has wanted to attend AIO's live shows over the years has been able to make the trip. So now Fort Blanket Revue is launching to bring the live shows to you. It will take your favorite Odyssey actors on tour to perform live on stage. These shows will include audience participation, retellings of classic AIO stories, brand new sketches, songs and a Q&A with the actors afterwards. You'll get to meet people like Katie Leigh (voice of Connie Kendall), Will Ryan (voice of Eugene Meltsner), Phil Lollar (writer and voice of Dale Jacobs), Jess Harnell (voice of Wooton Bassett), Andre Stojka (voice of Mr. Whittaker), and Chris Anthony (the host). Does this sound like an event you would want to have at your church or community center? Upcoming venues and performance information will be posted on Fort Blanket Revue's Facebook page. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to find out how Fort Blanket Revue can come to your area to perform.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk with writer Marianne Hering about the 15th book in the Imagination Station series, Surprise at Yorktown, which concludes a three-book story arc all about the Revolutionary War. She also discusses the research that goes into the series, the creation of the artwork, the animals that are often included, and the next book. Bob and Jesse also interview actor Dan Hagen, the voice of Jacques Henri on Adventures in Odyssey. He talks about first getting into acting, how acting in video games differs from other forms, and his experience with audio drama. Dan also discusses how he first got involved with AIO, the many roles he has played and more. Plus, we hear an episode preview. You can check out the podcast interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of A Prisoner for Christ from Album 6: Mission Accomplished. In this episode Mr. Whittaker sends young Nicholas Adamsworth on an exciting Imagination Station adventure to meet an escaped slave named Onesimus and an apostle named Paul. You can read our full episode review below.
Besides posting Adventures in Odyssey news updates, poll questions, and episode reviews, the AIO Update also creates editorials. These are articles that deal with all kinds of issues about the past, present and future of the show. Our latest editorial is about Bible stories on AIO and is called Into Revelation. In this instance the word revelation refers to the scriptures, which is God's revelation to us. The Bible reveals God's character and his design for humanity. This editorial discusses a few stories from the Bible that have not been told on Odyssey before, but that I think deserve to be made into episodes. After you've read it, please leave a rating out of 10. You can also submit your own suggestions for future editorials. Your ideas are always welcome on this site.
Another episode title for season two of the Odyssey Adventure Club has been revealed. This one will be called "A Daughter's Love." It is written and directed by Phil Lollar and is based on a true story. According to the AIO Facebook page, in this upcoming episode a new character named Min visits Odyssey from Singapore and tells Connie Kendall and Camilla Parker the bittersweet and ultimately redemptive story of her relationship with her father. You can check out the photos from the recording sessions for all the episodes coming out on the OAC in 2015 here. We also have exciting news that the multi-parter called "The Cure", which follows Wooton Bassett on his trip back to Alaska, also features missionary pilot Jeff Lewis, Connie's first love who first appeared in Album 8 and recently returned to the show in Album 57. The Cure has also been confirmed to be a three-part story. Are you a member of the Odyssey Adventure Club? Leave a comment down below.
We have more news from the recording session at Salami Studios. Today the Adventures in Odyssey team is recording a two-part episode written and directed by Dave Arnold called "The Cure." It is currently scheduled to air on the OAC next February and March. In partnership with the non-profit organization Carry the Cure, this episode takes place in Alaska and is of course centered on Wooton Bassett. According to the AIO Facebook page, this story will be based on actual events and features characters such as an acquaintance from Wooton's childhood named Will, a champion Iditarod musher named Lewis and his estranged teenage son, Logan. The episode will include the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which happens every year in Alaska. It may also feature a cameo appearance from Focus on the Family Vice President Jim Mhoon.
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.