A scuba-diving adventure leads to an unlikely investigation as Wooton and Penny try to find the owner of a camera they discovered at the bottom of Trickle Lake. And that’s not the only long-hidden secret being uncovered in Odyssey!
When Whit sends Olivia and Matthew on an Imagination Station adventure to Old Testament days, the pair discovers that their heroes have unpleasant dark sides too. The Jones & Parker Detective Agency investigates an author’s long-lost final manuscript and discovers that the mystery may be bigger than they ever imagined. And after Buck laments his lack of family connections, Eugene takes him on a road trip to find more about the boy’s bewildering personal history.
It's been almost a month since we revealed the cover art and title of Album 64: Under the Surface. And now today fans can finally read the album's summary. (Thanks to the AIO Wiki for getting to this news first). Album 64, which will contain six episodes, releases on CD in April 2018. You can read all about the exciting shows coming up on Adventures in Odyssey in the album summary below.
The digital download of Album 63: Up in the Air in now available for preorder from Amazon, and that means fans can listen to a 30-second preview of each of the six episodes included, all the way from Find a Penny to Crash Course. Plus, we can now confirm that Album 63 will contain three bonus tracks: the full song of "I'm In The Deep End Over You," the behind-the-scenes story of the episode Have a Heart, and an extra sketch called Roman AD Agency that couldn't be included in the episode B-TV: Revenge. Album 63 comes out on the AIO Club this month, digital download in August, and on CD in September. Check out the episode previews.
The next Imagination Station book, Inferno in Tokyo, is set to be released this October. But now we know where the series is headed after that. Book 21 will feature a story in 1920s New York and will be entitled Adventure in the Big Apple. The book will be released in March 2018 and the cover art has just been unveiled. (Credit to the AIO Wiki for posting this first). The artwork appears to be different style than previous Imagination Station books, but the story inside is written by Marianne Hering, an author who has been writing for the series since book one. Check out the book's summary:
The adventure continues as Patrick and Beth end up in New York City in 1928 as inventor Nikola Tesla is embroiled in a patent conflict with fellow inventor Thomas Edison.
Today the AIO Update is proud to reveal the title and cover art for another upcoming release from Adventures in Odyssey, Album 64. The new album will be entitled Under the Surface and will be released on CD in April 2018. Thanks to Focus on the Family for this news update. Album 64 will contain a total of six episodes about heroes, secrets, and more. The artwork by Gary Locke features Wooton, Penny, Whit and Eugene on what looks like an exciting underwater adventure. If April 2018 seems like a long ways away, just remember that Album 63: Up in the Air is scheduled to come out on the AIO Club this month and on CD in September.
The trailer for Lamplighter Theatre's upcoming release The Giant Killer is now online. Check out the audio drama's summary: "The battle continues to rage, moment by moment and day by day. But must we meet the enemy blindfolded? In order to conquer, we must face the enemy; to crush opposition, we must see the real foe. Through this allegorical tale, we’ll be better equipped to recognize and slay the Giants who confront us. We’ll break through the web of Sloth, climb out of the pit of Selfishness, choke up the fount of Anger, flee the lurking-place of Untruth, and triumph over our enemy, Pride. Join faithful knight Fides as he takes on life’s battle and follows Lady Wisdom. Through her strength and guidance, he unleashes the power to attempt the impossible! If you feel that you have nothing firm upon which to lay hold, grasp the strong cord of Love as your means of safety and deliverance." It is available for preorder.
The Blackgaard Chronicles is a brand-new book series based on the escapades of Dr. Regis Blackgaard, an infamous Adventures in Odyssey villain and longtime nemesis of Mr. Whittaker. The books will of course feature scenes that happened in the radio drama, but they will also explore never-before-revealed events which went on behind the scenes. If you thought you knew the whole Blackgaard story, be prepared to find out a whole lot more. The first novel, titled Opening Moves, is written by AIO co-creator Phil Lollar and will be released in stores in September. Are you planning on picking up a copy? Let us know in the comments section.
The Adventures in Odyssey Bible, which the AIO producers announced on an edition of the Official Podcast earlier this year, is almost here. The Bible will be using the text of the New International Readers Version and will include extras such as Candid Conversations with Connie, devotionals, and over three hundred references to AIO episodes. Thanks to the AIO Wiki and whitsend.org for posting all this information first. A preview of the AIO Bible will appear on the AIO Club in July and the book will be available in stores this summer. Check out the official summary:
Discover the great adventure of knowing God and following Jesus everyday with the new Adventures in Odyssey NIRV Bible from Focus on the Family. Join Whit and Connie as they apply what the Bible can mean to you. Explore word searches with Jason, uncover fun facts with Wooton and learn about the books of the Bible from Eugene. Plus, jump into the Imagination Station and see your favorite bible stories come to life in comic book action. Your favorite friends from Odyssey will have you wanting to read the Bible more!
Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! is currently airing on the radio and online, and you can check whitsend.org weekly to catch the latest episodes. But what is going to happen next on Adventures in Odyssey? Album 63: Up in the Air will be released on CD this October, and now the front cover art has just been unveiled. As you can see, it features Wooton and Penny skydiving. Album 63 will include six episodes about friendship and integrity. The episodes will be titled Find a Penny, Parts 1 & 2, Friend or Foe, Have a Heart, B-TV: Revenge, and Crash Course. You can check out the album summary below.
Things are definitely up in the air in Odyssey! First, Wooton Bassett returns from his honeymoon with two problems—Penny is missing and he’s lost his memory! While Whit, Connie, and Jason try to help Wooton find Penny, Buck Oliver rescues Jules from a crash course of disaster. And a mystery is solved only after Emily and Matthew’s friendship is threatened. You’ll learn the meaning of true friendship and integrity in six episodes of heart-changing, risk-taking adventure!
Album 63 features a new writer, Sam Suksiri, who wrote the episode B-TV: Revenge, and has previously done an episode for the AIO Club, A Perfect Testimony. Thanks to the AIO Wiki for posting this new cover artwork first.
Writer and director Paul McCusker, who previously worked on Adventures in Odyssey, has just produced another audio drama for Augustine Institute Radio Theatre. The first production, Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi, was released last year. And now the latest story, The Trials of Saint Patrick is available in a 4-CD set, which includes a 24-page discussion guide. You can check out the trailer and also read the summary below.
The Trials of Saint Patrick is the epic story of one man’s spiritual odyssey through hardship, loss, mercy, and forgiveness. Dramatized with a fresh boldness by the Augustine Institute Radio Theatre, the characters will come alive through the talents of dozens of accomplished, award-winning actors, combined with cinematic sound effects and music. Your imagination will be quickened. Your heart will be inspired.
A big thanks to Audio Theatre Central for posting this news first.
If you're not a member of the AIO Club and you haven't yet picked up a copy of Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! on CD or digital download, today is an exciting day. The first episode of Album 62, Connie the Counselor, airs today on the radio and online. In this episode Eugene reluctantly agrees to allow Connie to test out her budding counseling skills on him for a psychology class assignment. Meanwhile, Buck and Jules try to find something to keep them entertained around Odyssey. All six episodes of Album 62 will be airing over the coming weeks. The finale, titled Legacy, Part 2, will air on May 6th. But make sure you keep checking back at whitsend.org every week to keep up because episodes only stay online for seven days.
Book 19 in the popular Imagination Station series, Light in the Lions' Den, appeared in stores last month. That means its time to look ahead to see what the series has in store for the future. We now know that the next installment in the book series will be titled Inferno in Tokyo, and will follow Patrick and Beth as they enter 1920s Japan. And we also have access to the dramatic front cover artwork, featuring a flaming tornado. The book has been written by Marianne Hering and will be released in October. You can check out the story's summary below:
The Imagination Station has been malfunctioning for several adventures now, handing out the wrong gifts and traveling unexpected paths. Patrick and Beth must use their courage, strength, and resilience to help others and survive dangers as they travel through time and space and get caught up in the 1923 earthquake, tsunami, and fire that devastated Tokyo, Japan.
Also, this April Adventures in Odyssey will be re-releasing its 90 Devotions of Kids in a quality imitation leather edition, which was previously available only in paperback.
In 2012 Adventures in Odyssey celebrated its 25th anniversary and held its first Get in the Show contest, in which kids were invited to send in their auditions to be an actor on the show. Shona Kennedy won the contest and appeared as Jules Kendall, Connie's half-sister, on Album 57, as well as subsequent episodes. Now Focus on the Family is launching the Get in the Show contest again this year for AIO's 30th anniversary. Kids ages 6 to 15 can audition for a chance to win a trip for four to the Bahamas during the Focus on the Family 40th Anniversary Cruise in November 2017. During the cruise, the grand prize winner will perform live with Adventures in Odyssey actors during the 30th Birthday Live Show. Audition submissions will be accepted starting June 1, 2017. This contest is only open to residents of the United States. Check out the full contest rules here.
Adventures in Odyssey is also releasing a new CD sampler this year titled Get in the Show! and will include three full episodes and a bonus track featuring the Get in the Show theme song by musician Phil Joel. The episodes included on the CD will be about relationships, friendship and compassion.
Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! is now available in stores on CD. You can get it for $10.99 on CBD or $14.54 on Amazon. And that means the album's back cover design has been completed. From the image you can see that each episode has its theme listed. On this CD set you'll find episodes about relationships, compassion, family, contentment, new beginnings, and spiritual preparedness. Plus, there are deleted scenes and extra songs included in the bonus features. Are you collecting Adventures in Odyssey albums on CD? Let us know how you listen to AIO in the comments below.
It's less than a month until Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! airs on the radio and online on April 1st, but that doesn't mean it's too early to be looking ahead to Album 63. The title of Album 63 has just been revealed to be: Up in the Air. It will include a total of six episodes about "friendship and compassion." The CD will be released on October 17, 2017, but will likely begin airing on the AIO Club this summer. So far we know that the first episode will be called Find a Penny. You can also read Album 63: Up in the Air's summary below:
Things are definitely up in the air in Odyssey! First, Wooton Bassett returns from his honeymoon with two problems―Penny is missing and he’s lost his memory! While Whit, Connie, and Jason try to help Wooton find Penny, Buck Oliver rescues Jules from a crash course of disaster. And a mystery is solved only after Emily and Matthew’s friendship is threatened. You’ll learn the meaning of true friendship and integrity in six episodes of heart-changing, risk-taking adventure!
Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! aired on the Adventures in Odyssey Club in December, and it is now finally available via digital download. Here's the album summary: "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!" The digital download contains six episodes and four bonus tracks, including a deleted scene. You can purchase Album 62 for $9.99 from iTunes, $9.99 from Focus on the Family, and $6.99 from Amazon. The two-disc CD set will release in March and the first episode will air on the radio and online April 1st.
If you're a fan of Adventures in Odyssey's scarier mystery episodes, like The Case of the Secret Room or The Mysterious Stranger, then you definitely won't want to miss out on the Father Gilbert Mysteries. The former Scotland Yard detective turned Anglican priest Father Louis Gilbert tackles some intense spiritual issues and appears in a total of nine Focus on the Family audio productions, which you can buy altogether in a CD set. The stories are recommended for slightly older listeners. And on top of that, author Paul McCusker has so far released two Father Gilbert novels, which feature brand-new original mysteries. The first novel is called The Body Under the Bridge, and if you haven't had the chance to check it out, the publisher has now posted the first few chapters online for free. Read them here: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3. The second novel in the series is also now available in stores. It is titled Death in the Shadows and you can read its first chapters here: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3.
Phil Lollar, the co-creator of Adventures in Odyssey, has come out with a new audio drama called Iliad House. The show follows fourteen-year-old orphan Jesse Davidson, who has come to live 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. If you're interested in time travel, political intrigue, secret societies, and supernatural battles, this show is for you. Kickstarter backers got a chance to hear it earlier this month, and now the first season is available to the general public for purchase. It includes six episodes: First Impressions, Time Train, Visions of Reality, Blood Money, Open War, and The Clearing. You can get the digital download for $14.99 or the 2-CD set for $21.99 plus shipping.
Former Adventures in Odyssey writer and director Paul McCusker is releasing a new high-quality audio drama called Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi, which is being put out by Augustine Institute Radio Theatre. The drama was written by Paul McCusker, produced by Dave Arnold, and the musical score was composed by Jared DePasquale, who in the past has scored Focus on the Family Radio Theatre dramas such as Les Miserables, Little Women, The Hiding Place, and At the Back of the North Wind. Make sure you watch the video trailer of this new drama about St. Francis. It includes 10 episodes on 5 CDs, plus a 24-page discussion guide, and is currently available for pre-sale. It will officially release on November 15th. You can check out the summary below:
If you think you know Francis of Assisi, you’re in for a surprise. Discover the astonishing life of Brother Francis, the fun-loving son of wealth and privilege who gave up everything for the sake of Christ. As a young soldier, he encountered suffering. As a victim of war, he began a search for inner meaning that would redirect his life. As a holy beggar, he embraced lepers, shook hands with the Pope, debated a Sultan, and touched the lives of millions.
In other audio drama news, Lamplighter Theatre is currently offering fans a free download of their new release The Haunted Room for a limited time. This special deal is only available from now through October 31st.
The Adventures in Odyssey cast and crew were in California this week to finish up recording episodes for Season Four of the Odyssey Adventure Club, which will air in 2017. We learned that Whit's End intern Renee Carter will appear in at least two episodes: Angels in Horsehair, as well as The Legend of Sperry McGerk, an Imagination Station adventure back to Odyssey's history during the time of the Civil War. Besides Sperry McGerk, the cast includes a Confederate general, an escaped slave, and the mayor of Odyssey. Camilla and Matthew Parker, Buddy Norman, and a dinosaur hunter named Reginald Bone will appear in an episode called A Perfect Testimony, written by a new writer, Sam Suksiri.
The team also recorded the multi-part episode There and Back Again, where Whit and Jason travel to New Zealand and run into a mystery that must be solved and family ties that must be mended. The show will include Nick Smouse, Jay Smouse's father, who works as a scientist. When questioned whether Jay Smouse himself would be returning for this episode as well, the AIO Facebook page simply replied with a smiling emoji, and hinted that a mysterious actor traveling from London would be in the episode. And of course, we know that Whit Hertford, who plays Jay, recently moved to London, so it's fair to assume Jay Smouse will indeed be making an appearance. We last heard from Jay in the OAC episode Take It on Trust, but his last time on a regular album outside of the club was on Album 58.
It was also mentioned that the upcoming two-part musical called Legacy, which will be included on Album 62, will not only feature Jules Kendall, but also "a singing Buck Oliver." You can check out the AIO Facebook page for plenty of photos and videos from this latest batch of newly recorded episodes.
The Focus on the Family team is working on a brand new book series for Adventures in Odyssey fans called The Blackgaard Chronicles. Thanks to Austin Peachey of the AIO Blog for bringing this news to our attention. Although Dr. Regis Blackgaard has long been dead, his appearances on AIO are still some of people's most memorable episodes to this day. And now with this book series readers will get the chance to experience those same adventures in a new medium. According to Clubhouse Magazine, with these books we will be able to finally "relive those classic battles between good and evil in book form—with fresh insights and special scenes that didn't appear in the audio dramas." The series is being written by the creators of Adventures in Odyssey and will be available first to Odyssey Adventure Club members starting in November, before the books begin releasing to the general public at a later date.