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?
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of A Mission for Jimmy from Album 6: Mission: Accomplished. In this episode Jimmy Barclay is annoyed when he's put in charge of raising money for church missions. His attitude changes after he has a dream that gives him a glimpse of what it's like to be a missionary in a foreign country. Check out our review below.
If you've been following the Adventures in Odyssey Facebook page recently, you may be under the false impression that Album 59: Taking the Plunge will have twelve episodes but will be split into two six-episode sets. The Facebook page has wrongly said that these sets will be labelled Album 59a and Album 59b. Despite these reports, we at the AIO Update can finally confirm that this is not the case. Both Album 59 and Album 60 will be released in 2015 and both will have six episodes. There will be no split albums as has been done in the past. Album 44, for example, was originally released as Album 44a and Album 44b, but then re-released as a twelve-episode set. There is no indication that Album 59 and Album 60 will be ever re-released at some point together as a single set. They will likely remain separate and distinct albums. Album 59 will be available to listen to on the Odyssey Adventure Club in May, and available for purchase via digital download in July and on CD in August. And then Album 60 will come later in the year. That means we can look forward to twelve OAC episodes and twelve regular episodes next year.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of But, You Promised from Album 6: Mission: Accomplished. In this episode Robyn leaves her bike unlocked at the mall, and it is stolen. She lies to her parents about her carelessness to keep from getting into trouble. You can read the review below.
This year the Odyssey Adventure Club released twelve exclusive episodes to its members. And now Adventures in Odyssey fans who aren't currently part of the club have a chance to hear what they've been missing. A new sampler CD set for release in May 2015 will include The Chosen One, Parts 1 & 2, from Album 47, as well as the exclusive OAC adventure called The Drop Box, which aired in November of this year. In this episode Whit and Eugene meet a local pastor in South Korea whose home is overflowing with children. What on earth is going on? Why are women abandoning their babies? And how can Whit and Eugene help? Based on the amazing true story of Pastor Lee Jong-rak, The Drop Box will pull at your heartstrings as it celebrates one man’s courage and the value of each and every life. This dramatic story has also been made into an upcoming documentary film. You can watch the trailer below.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk with Barbara Niles, the voice of the school teacher Ms. Adelaide. She first appeared in Album 52: Cause & Effect and makes her most recent appearance in Album 58: The Ties That Bind. Barbara talks about her discovery of voice over, why she became known as the muffin lady after her first audition, and how she keeps Ms. Adelaide likable and multidimensional. She also discusses being introduced to theater and more. Plus, we hear a preview of the next episode on Album 58. You can check out the podcast interview.
Audio Theatre Central, the podcast dedicated to family-friendly audio drama, has released a new interview with Nate Jones, a sound designer and recording engineer for Adventures in Odyssey. Nate talks about some of the strange things he uses to create certain sounds, how the sound design impacts the listener's imagination, and the extreme lengths he took to record the sound of a pickup truck for The Green Ring Conspiracy. He also discusses the unique approach he took to create the sound of the OAC episode called The Lone Lawman, his work on Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, and more. Check out the audio interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of the show That's Not Fair from Album 6: Mission: Accomplished. In this episode Connie, Oscar, and Robyn complain to Whit about how they are being treated unfairly. Whit pulls some strings to show them what it's like to be treated with absolute fairness. You can check out our full episode review below.
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.
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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.
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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.