The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of The Reluctant Rival from Album 7: On Thin Ice. In this latest episode Whit's grandchildren, Monty and Jenny, arrive in Odyssey for Christmas. An orchestra leader discovers Jenny's exceptional musical ability, which leads to Jenny's rivalry with another musician. Read our review below.
It's time again for another edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast. This time the hosts Bob and Jesse talk to actor Zach Callison, the first voice of Matthew Parker. (Gunnar Sizemore now voices Matthew). Zach talks about his voice change, his favorite two-part episode, and his other work outside of Odyssey, including a role in the film Mr. Peabody and Sherman. He also discusses what it's like to perform on stage, his hobbies, and his return to AIO as a different character in the show Follow Me, the latest exclusive episode on the Odyssey Adventure Club. You can check out the audio interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of The Very Best of Friends from Album 7: On Thin Ice. In this episode it's the anniversary of Karen Crosby's death and Donna Barclay struggles over the loss of her close friend. You can go ahead and read our full episode review below.
You may be aware that Adventures in Odyssey writer and director Paul McCusker is a C.S. Lewis enthusiast, having dramatized a number of his works for Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, including all seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, and the story behind Mere Christianity. Paul also wrote a helpful companion book to that latest audio drama called C.S. Lewis & Mere Christianity: The Crisis That Created a Classic. If you're interested in the life of the Christian apologist, academic and novelist C.S. Lewis, you will probably want to pick up a copy of a new book coming out this summer called Women and C.S. Lewis: What His Life and Literature Reveal for Today's Culture. Commissioned by the C.S. Lewis Foundation, this book examines Lewis’s personal relationships with women, the treatment of women in his writings, and asks if Lewis’s views are relevant or out of touch for the twenty-first century. It will be a collection of opinion pieces and will feature contributions from a number of people, including Odyssey writer Paul McCusker. In the U.S. it is currently scheduled to be released on July 1st, 2015. You can preorder it from Amazon.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Isaac the Insecure from Album 7: On Thin Ice. In this episode young Isaac Morton doubts himself when he is assigned to do a report with the much more popular Jack Davis. You can read our full episode review below.
It's the new year and that means the Odyssey Adventure Club is already celebrating its first anniversary this month. And just in time for the occasion, the AIO Update has released an editorial called The Perfect Club. This latest opinion piece offers some more reflections on the OAC and its impact on Adventures in Odyssey fans. It builds on what we've said in our previous editorials while at the same time offering a fresh perspective on the subject. After you've read this editorial, feel free to give it a rating out of 10. You can also leave a comment on this news post and even submit your own suggestions for editorials that we should write in the future. A big thanks to everyone who keeps returning to the AIO Update for our new content. It's great to know people are enjoying the site.
The new audio series from Adventures in Odyssey co-creator Phil Lollar, called Iliad House, has now entered into post-production. According to an update from Phil, the recording process for the six-part pilot episode has been completed and the voice tracks have been edited together. Sound effects and music are next. When they are completed, all six parts will be released at the same time. Iliad House follows the character of fourteen-year-old orphan Jesse Davidson, who lives with his emotionally-distant and peculiar uncle Christopher Portalis in the Iliad House, a mysterious old mansion on an island off the east coast of the United States. Just when Jesse is finally getting used to living on the island, he discovers that the old abandoned train he and his friends have been using as a clubhouse for the past year can actually move—through time! You can check out the series' Facebook page for all the latest info.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk to Bob Vernon and John Fornof about the creation of Focus on the Family's The Last Chance Detectives, the well-known film and audio series which follows a group of kids solving mysteries in their town of Ambrosia. They discuss the recurring theme of truth in the series, the filming process in Arizona, the decision to include the AIO character Jason Whittaker and much more. We also hear a preview of Follow Me, this month's exclusive episode available only on the Odyssey Adventure Club. You can check out the podcast interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of The Treasure of LeMonde!, the last show included on Album 6: Mission: Accomplished. In this episode Robyn and Connie find a hidden attic at Whit's End and stumble upon a forgotten mystery involving an old pipe organ, a greedy professor, and "the greatest treasure." You can read our full episode review below.
The Whit's End Podcast has today released the conclusion to their audio interview with Paul McCusker, a writer and director on Adventures in Odyssey. Paul discusses the future of the Parker family, the Perilous Pen plot, the organization Hand Up, Connie Kendall's possible future career, the creation of Hadley Bassett, the cliffhanger at the end of Album 58: The Ties That Bind, the upcoming episodes in Album 59: Taking the Plunge, and the role of Buck Oliver on the show. Paul also talks about Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, and the new Father Gilbert Mysteries books he's writing. Check out the interview.
In 2010 the Parker family was introduced to Adventures in Odyssey in the episode The Inspiration Station, Part 1, which is included on Album 51: Take It from the Top. Various family members have since appeared in every single album after that time, including in the first season of the Odyssey Adventure Club, and all three kids have undergone a change in their voice actors at one time or another. Since they've become such an important part of the show, we at the AIO Update have decided to create a new poll question asking AIO fans who their favorite Parker family member is. You can choose either the older daughter Olivia, the son Matthew, the youngest daughter Camilla, the father David, the mother Eva or even the grandmother Lucia, also known Abuelita. We've chosen to exclude lesser known characters from this poll such as Rosalita and Orlando because they have appeared just once and only in the background. Who is your favorite character in the Parker household? Cast your vote here.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Operation: Dig-Out from Album 6: Mission: Accomplished. In this episode an elderly British gentleman named Reginald Duffield arrives in Odyssey to keep a promise he made to Whit many years ago after a World War II battle. You can read the episode review below.
Our 16th poll question has now ended and the final results are in. We at the AIO Update asked Adventures in Odyssey fans what their favorite Thanksgiving-themed episode was and they arrived at a perfect three-way tie. The episodes Thank You, God (Album 3), Thanksgiving at Home (Album 7) and A Thankstaking Story (Album 52) each received seven votes.
Thank You, God from Album 3: Heroes was the very first Thanksgiving episode on the show and featured Mr. Whittaker telling the story of his stepmother and how he became a Christian. Thanksgiving at Home from Album 7: On Thin Ice was the second Thanksgiving episode and the only one to include the Barclay family. It featured Donna and Jimmy telling the story of the pilgrim's first Thanksgiving in America. And finally, A Thankstaking Story from Album 52: Cause & Effect was the newest Thanksgiving episode as of the start of this poll question in September 2014. A big thanks to all who participated in this latest Adventures in Odyssey poll question. We will have a new poll posted online soon.
The AIO Blog has launched a new contest for fans of radio drama. You can enter to win the grand prize of The Chronicles of Narnia Collector's Edition from Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, which contains 22 hours of entertainment on a total of 19 CDs. The second place prize is the ninth album in the audio drama series Jonathan Park, and the third place prize is the pilot episode of a new series called Witnesses, which features the voice talents of Adventures in Odyssey co-creator Phil Lollar. All you have to do to enter is submit an essay about radio drama before January 10th, 2015. Make sure you check out all the details at the Adventures in Odyssey Blog.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, we hear a free episode perfect for the holiday season. In A Lamb's Tale, from Album 43: Along for the Ride, the Odyssey crew is involved in six interwoven stories about Christmas. Tamika goes to great lengths to retrieve a stuffed lamb, Nick Mulligan tries to find out why Mike decided to pass up a great job opportunity, Mark Horton attempts to live his life in the best way he can, and much more. You can listen to the free episode.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Rescue from Manatugo Point from Album 6: Mission: Accomplished. In this episode a mysterious letter from England reminds Mr. Whittaker of a remarkable adventure he had in the South Pacific during World War II. You can read our episode review below.
The Whit's End Podcast has released the first part of their new interview with Adventures in Odyssey writer and director Paul McCusker. Paul talks about the original Odyssey novels, the ending of The Labyrinth in Album 55: The Deep End, the expansive world of Odyssey canon, the Odyssey Adventure Club, the relationship between Connie and Jason, and his approach to the latest set in the series, Album 58: The Ties That Bind. You can check out the podcast interview.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of The Ill-Gotten Deed from Album 6: Mission: Accomplished. In this episode middle-schooler Calvin is fed up with his brother, so Whit tells him the story of another pair of brothers—Horace and Grover McAlister—who fought over land their father left for them in his will. You can read our full episode review below.
This next editorial from the AIO Update is called The Family Chronicles and discusses some of the themes which connect the special collection called The Truth Chronicles with Adventures in Odyssey's latest release, Album 58: The Ties That Bind. The last part of Album 58 just finished airing on the radio and online last Saturday so if you have not yet finished listening to it, you may want to do so to avoid any potential spoilers. After you've read this editorial, you can leave your feedback by either commenting on this post or giving a rating out of 10. You can also submit your own suggestions for future editorials. Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas!
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey podcast, the hosts Bob and Jesse announce the beginning of the Avery Awards and then talk with writer and director Paul McCusker about the future of the show. The interview contains Album 58: The Ties That Bind spoilers, so do not listen unless you have already heard all 14 episodes. Paul talks about Album 59: Taking the Plunge and the many different storylines which will carry on from the previous album. He also discusses a new books series that might be coming out in the future. Plus, we hear a scene from this month's Odyssey Adventure Club exclusive episode, All By Myself. Check out the podcast interview.
Album 59 will appear on the OAC in May, come out on digital download in July, release on CD in August and then air on the radio and online beginning in September. How you do plan on listening to the next album?