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.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse appear as scientists, following in the footsteps of the famed inventor and ice cream emporium owner John Avery Whittaker, and work tirelessly to push the boundaries of audio drama for the sake of pure science. After years of relentless research, they are ready to announce their latest breakthrough. Watch the video podcast below, and stay tuned to the end to hear yet another exciting announcement.
The voting for the AIO Update's latest poll question has ended and it's time to announce the final results. We asked Adventures in Odyssey fans who their favorite character in the Washington family was, and we got a big response. The Washingtons first appeared right after the Novacom Saga ended, in the episode The Toy Man on Album 39, and last appeared on Album 50. For this poll question, in first place came Marvin Washington, with over a third of the votes cast. In second place was the dad, Ed, and in third place was cousin Xavier.
Marvin Washington has been in a total of thirty-four episodes, more than any other Washington family member. And unlike any other, Marvin was also voiced by different actors over the years. He was first played by Kyle Massey in The Toy Man, but by his second episode, called The American Revelation, he was already being voiced by a new actor, Jordan Calloway, who played him for twelve shows. And then actor Kendre Barry made his debut as Marvin in Sunday Morning Scramble on Album 43. As we're thinking about the Washingtons, it seems appropriate at this time to remember the actor who voiced the mother Elaine, J. Karen Thomas, as she passed away in March 2015. Do you miss the Washington family? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section. And thank you to everyone who participated in this poll question. A new AIO Update poll will be posted online soon.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, we get to listen to a free episode, For Trying Out Loud from Album 39. In this episode Wooton Bassett wants to help Edwin Blackgaard with an upcoming production. Meanwhile, Liz Horton tries to find something—anything—she can do better than others. After the episode, hosts Bob and Jesse interview sound designer Allen Hurley. He talks about working with Dr. James Dobson at Focus on the Family, doing various voice acting parts for AIO, recording sound effects in a dumpster, and much more. Check out the podcast interview and free episode.
The AIO Blog has released a new interview with writer Phil Lollar, the co-creator of Adventures in Odyssey. Phil talks about his brand-new audio series Iliad House, Austin Peachey's acting role, the twenty-year journey it took to get the show off the ground, the recording process, the sound effects used for the train travelling through time, and his ideas for future episodes. They also discuss the new book series based on the Blackgaard saga, another book series coming out about young John Avery Whittaker, Phil's recent return to Adventures in Odyssey, the character of Dale Jacobs, B-TV episodes without Bernard Walton, the upcoming Focus on the Family cruise, letters from the fans, his work on other shows, and much more. You can check out the interview below.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview writer Kathy Buchanan and sound designer Jonathan Crowe, who worked on the finale of Album 61, A Very Bassett Wedding, Parts 1 and 2. They talk about coming up with ideas for the show, the early planning stages with Paul McCusker, wedding traditions, and humorous moments between Penny's parents. They also discuss the sound design process, building the sound effects of a scene, the future of Wooton and Penny's marriage, and more. Check out the podcast interview.
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.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview writer Bob Hoose and sound designer Nathan Jones, both of whom worked on the latest Album 61 episode, The Key Suspect. They talk about the new character Suzu from Japan, how her personality and detective skills differ from Emily and Matthew, doing research for writing the show, and an upcoming two-part mystery. They also discuss microphone placement in the recording studio, creating the feel of space with sound, the musical score, crafting the sound effects for this episode, and more. Plus, we hear a preview of Wooton and Penny's wedding. Check out the podcast interview.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Atticus Shaffer, the voice of Morrey Rydell, a new character who appears in two episodes on Album 61: Without a Hitch, Parker for President and The Key Suspect. They talk about Atticus telling his story at various events as a child, his first acting role on CBS, how he got his name, playing the character Brick on the sitcom "The Middle," and more. They also discuss his transition from camerawork to voiceover, his busy schedule, how his Christian faith affects his work, his medical condition, and we even hear a clip from Atticus's audition. You can check out the podcast interview.
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.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview writer and director Phil Lollar. They talk about how the team decides when it's time to introduce new characters to the show, the creation of Renee D. Carter, the interesting connection to the original Star Trek series, Renee's love of mathematics, and the inspiration from French philosopher René Descartes. Phil also discusses Renee's puppy, her skepticism of Christianity and spirituality, her Scottish accent, the actor behind her voice, and he gives a couple clues about the future of her character. Check out the podcast interview.
The Adventures in Odyssey team will be back in the recording studio this week, starting Tuesday morning. So far we know writers/directors Nathan Hoobler and Phil Lollar will be in attendance, and host Chris Anthony will show up this week as well. It's very possible the cast and crew will resume where they left off last time, and continue recording new episodes for Season Four of the Odyssey Adventure Club. We also know that the character Renee D. Carter, voiced by Amy Pemberton, will be returning for this latest recording session. Renee will appear in a new episode that features her love for horses and animals in general. Also coming up this week, writer/director Phil Lollar will be interviewed on the next edition of the Official Podcast, and Album 61: Without a Hitch will finally air on the radio this Saturday with the first episode, The Feud of Mason County. Stay tuned for updates on all these stories and more in the days ahead.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse are interviewed by the hosts of Audio Theatre Central, JD, Roy and Andrew. They talk about how they first got involved with different Focus on the Family magazines, when they first started to listen to AIO, playing parts on Odyssey episodes, shows that have made them laugh and cry, and which characters resonate with them. Bob and Jesse also discuss how the Official Podcast first began ten years ago, their favorite podcast moments, what it's like watching the cast and crew record episodes in the studio, the Odyssey Adventure Club, their hobbies outside of work and more. Check out the podcast interview.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Stuart Allen, the voice of Leonard "Buddy" Norman in the new Odyssey Adventure Club episode A Predicament of Biblical Proportions. Stuart talks about how he decides whether or not to read all the way through a script ahead of time, a moment in recording studio where he was given direction, a challenging scene to do, and how he manages to keep his energy up. Stuart also discusses moving to California to start his acting career, experimenting with voices outside of his comfort zone, and gives us a sampling of some of the accents he can do. Plus we hear a clip from Stuart's episode, in which he plays Buddy, an awkward boy with an overactive imagination who moves to Odyssey and has his faith put to the test. Check out the podcast interview.
The official CD release date for Album 61: Without a Hitch is coming up soon, so it's about time the back cover was revealed. As you can see from the list of episodes, this album's themes include the value of reading scripture, competition, integrity, secrets and marriage. This is the third time Wooton Bassett has appeared on the back cover of an album, the previous two being Albums 52 and 54. Have you ordered this new release on CD, or are you planning on listening to it when the episodes air on the radio? Or have you already heard them all via the Odyssey Adventure Club? However you listen these days, its always exciting for fans everywhere to see that new high-quality Adventures in Odyssey shows keep coming out.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Sage and Erin Bolte, the voices of Robyn and Melanie Jacobs. They talk about the story behind the episode Karen, acting alongside Hal Smith, having their father Chuck Bolte work as executive producer and act as George Barclay, and pursuing careers other than acting. They also discuss God's calling, how their kids now listen to the show, and more. Plus, hear a preview of the latest Odyssey Adventure Club episode. Check out the podcast interview.
While it seems like Focus on the Family Radio Theatre is going through a long hiatus at the moment, fans of high quality audio drama still have much to be thankful for. Lamplighter Theatre has recently released two new audio productions, The Haunted Room and A 'Strordinary Maid. And now Heirloom Audio Productions have announced the title of their seventh audio drama. So far they've produced Under Drake's Flag, In Freedom's Cause, With Lee in Virginia, The Dragon and the Raven, Beric the Briton, and The Cat of Bubastes. The next in the Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty series will be a thrilling tale called In the Reign of Terror. Here's the story's summary:
Return to the tumultuous days of the French Revolution with this captivating tale of adventure and courage. Join Harry Sandwith, a young Englishman, as he accepts a job as a companion to the sons of a French marquis. Follow Harry and his aristocratic friends as they're swept from their idyllic life at a country estate to the riotous streets of Paris and the very gates of the Bastille. Can Harry rescue the marquis' family from imprisonment and certain death at the hands of the merciless mob?
In the Reign of Terror is currently scheduled to be released this October.
Adventures in Odyssey's most recent album release, Album 61: Without a Hitch, is now available to listen to via digital download on Amazon for $6.23. It's $9.99 from iTunes and FOTF. You can also preorder the CD set from Christian Book Distributors, which releases in October. And of course, all the episodes have already been available for streaming on the Odyssey Adventure Club for some time now. The album contains six episodes, including stories about a decades-old family feud, another appearance from Buck Oliver, a new Jones and Parker mystery, Wooton and Penny's chaotic journey to the altar, and more. The Album 61 digital download also features a bonus track called Behind the Scenes of A Very Bassett Wedding. And coming up will be Album 62: Let's Put on a Show!, which releases on CD in March.