New episodes from Adventures in Odyssey are on the way. Album 67: More Than Meets the Eye is currently airing on the AIO Club and will be available on CD and digital download this fall. And now thanks to Amazon and CBD, we know the title and summary of Album 68. This next album will be called Out of the Blue and is available for preorder already. Here's the summary: "Jaws drop and eyes are opened at the surprises happening around the town of Odyssey. Everyone is finding or learning something unexpected! When Connie’s roommate Jillian sets out to find a job, the hunt takes her all over town. But whether it’s destroying a window display at Triple J Antiques, causing chaos at Odyssey General Hospital, or trying her hand at meteorology, she just can’t catch a break. Will she ever find the perfect fit for her unique skills? Meanwhile, Penny and Wooton have a wonderful surprise to share when her parents come for a visit—if they can ever find the right time to tell them. And Wyatt resorts to using extraordinary methods when he uses a lie detector to show his sister Bridget how much he misses hanging out with her. But the biggest surprises won’t be revealed until you listen to these six adventures. Don’t miss a single twist, turn, or bombshell in Odyssey!"
The first episode of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast came out in September 2006, almost thirteen years ago. The show has gone on to release 300 episodes, featuring AIO news and interviews, and is still going strong. Now Focus on the Family is launching a new podcast about Average Boy, one of Clubhouse Magazine's favorite characters. The Official Average Boy Podcast will be hosted by Jesse Florea, who also hosts the Official AIO Podcast, and comedian Bob Smiley. According to the description, the podcast will encourage children and parents to laugh and learn about God together. The 13 episodes of season 1 cover topics such as technology, reading the Bible, handling peer pressure, finding identity in Christ, sibling relationships and being part of God's body. You can listen to the podcast promo.
Since moving on from Focus on the Family a few years ago, former Adventures in Odyssey writer and director Paul McCusker has been producing audio dramas for the Augustine Institute. His new production is entitled The Legends of Robin Hood and is now available for purchase on Amazon and AIR Theatre. It comes out on May 20th, just a few days from now. Here's the summary: "Hero. Outlaw. Faithful. Rogue. Champion. Vigilante. How do you fight for justice when the laws are unjust? Where are the lines between a righteous cause and hate-filled revenge? The child of a reputable family and a faithful son of the Church, Robert of Locksley had no intention of becoming an outlaw. But the relentless cruelty and tyranny by the elite nobility of England demanded that someone rise up to give answer. And so Robert of Locksley became Robin Hood, a man thrown into a fierce struggle to balance his deep faith with a call to action in a violent age. Featuring over 60 actors, cinematic sound and original music, The Legends of Robin Hood is an exciting 12-part audio drama from the award-winning Augustine Institute. Bold and inspiring, the Augustine Institute's audio dramas take storytelling to a whole new level of sound that quickens the imagination and inspires the heart."
The Legends of Robin Hood features six hours of entertainment. Previous Augustine Institute productions include Brother Francis, Trials of Saint Patrick, and Ode to Saint Cecilia.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview sound designer Nathan Jones about working on the recent Album 66 episode B-TV: Trinity. Nathan talks about how the soundscape of a B-TV show differs quite a bit in style from a normal AIO show, the difference between Foley and sound effects, searching sound effects libraries, and working with composer John Campbell. They also discuss putting together all the sound effects for the submarine, the importance of reverb in each scene, as well as the upcoming AIO club episode B-TV: Idolatry. Plus, we hear a preview of The Long End, Part 2, which airs this Saturday. Check out the podcast interview.
Unfortunately, a number of the Album 67 episode titles and descriptions we posted on April 6th were incorrect. They were the result of an old April Fool's Day prank on another site, which made its way to the AIOWiki. Sorry for the confusion. We now have the corrected list of episodes in Album 67: More Than Meets the Eye. You'll notice that a few of the episode titles are the same as before, while others have been changed.
Voice actor Aria Curzon, who played Mandy Straussberg on Adventures in Odyssey, is currently working on her debut musical album. But she needs your help to do it. Aria has set up a GoFundMe page to spread the word and get backing for her project. Here's how Aria describes the upcoming album: "It's my number one mission in life to help others who battle depression, anxiety, and all other kinds of mental/enotional unrest, with a musical statement that spreads an infectious level of peace, joy, and beauty. I want you to be able to play my album, and feel like a smile is spreading through your soul. My goal is to take my favorite selections from the genres I have the highest affinity for (Musical Theatre, Americana, Gospel, Jazz) and finally use the gifts I do have to sprinkle a little more happiness into this world." The album's release date is set for March 2020. But it may not happen unless it gets funded. There are different rewards for various funding levels. For example, if you donate at least $7 you'll get the album as a digital download when it comes out. Donate $750 and you'll get to sing a duet with Aria herself. Head over to the GoFundMe page to contribute to this project.
The Imagination Station book series is targeted at younger readers and features adventures to all kinds of exciting places throughout history, from the story of David and Goliath to Nazi Germany's occupation of Holland in World War II. Recently the writers have been developing a three-part story arc set during the American Civil War. The first two books are already available in stores. It all begins with Freedom at the Falls, which features our main characters Patrick and Beth as they help conduct escaping slaves along the Underground Railroad to freedom. In the sequel, Terror in the Tunnel, a band of assassins plan to meet Lincoln in Baltimore and end his presidency before it starts. The three-part story arc will conclude with the book Rescue on the River. Here's the summary: "Cousins Patrick and Beth attend Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration and discover that their friend’s brother Kitch is a slave in South Carolina. The cousins search for Kitch as they travel down the Combahee River with Harriet Tubman. They help with the secret mission of the Second South Carolina Volunteers, an African American unit. Will they be able to find and rescue Kitch?" The book comes out in October of this year.
The Young Whit book series, written by experienced Adventures in Odyssey veterans Phil Lollar and Dave Arnold, explores the past of the show's main character, John Avery Whittaker. And it's definitely a wild ride. Book One, The Traitor's Treasure, features a ten-year-old Johnny Whittaker who finds himself in a mystery of missing Confederate gold and the question of whether Johnny’s ancestor was the coward and thief who stole it, as everyone believes. Book Two, The Shroud of Secrecy, comes out this April and involves a mystery surrounding a supposedly haunted mansion. And now we know the title of the third book in the series, The Thieves of Barrymore. Here's the summary: "Johnny’s family adjusts to his stepmother Fiona’s blindness due to a riding accident. Johnny and his father, Harold, also discover more about the old journal and the mysterious cloth that seems to heal people miraculously. Meanwhile, Johnny and his friend Emmy investigate as mysterious strangers move into town. Are the strangers planning to rob the town’s bank?" The book will be released in November.
The Blackgaard Chronicles is a new book series from Adventures in Odyssey. It retells the saga of Dr. Regis Blackgaard and his cronies with new scenes and never-before-revealed drama. First came the book Opening Moves, which covers the beginning of Blackgaard's escapades in the town of Odyssey, while the sequel Pawn's Play covers the events of the episodes Connie Goes to Camp and Eugene's Dilemma. And just next month the third book in the series, Cross-Check, will be released. It is based on the two-part episode The Nemesis. And now we have more information about the next addition, titled Rook's Ruse. The cover art has been unveiled, thanks to the AIOWiki. It features the character Richard Maxwell trapped at Blackgaard's Castle. The book will be released later this fall and covers the two-part episode The Battle, the epic conclusion to Album 5. Phil Lollar, the writer of the series, promises plenty of surprises along the way.
It was just a month ago that we learned the title of Album 67, More Than Meets the Eye. Today we have more news. The cover art for the album was recently posted on Amazon. Thanks to the AIOWiki for the update. The album includes six episodes on trust, sacrifice, and forgiveness. So far we know two potential episode titles: A Sacrificial Escape, as well as a musical episode called Icky, Kat, Balty, and Bones. Plus, the album summary has also been revealed: "Mystery and intrigue abound as Emily and Matthew are trapped inside an unfinished escape room in the basement of Whit’s End. Meanwhile, the Odyssey High School Football team heads toward the state championship and deals with unexpected challenges." Album 67: More Than Meets the Eye is expected to be released on the AIO Club in July of this year and then come out via digital download, CD, and radio airings this fall.
Album 66: Trial by Fire hasn't aired on the radio yet. That'll happen next month, along with the CD release. But now the digital download of the album is finally available on iTunes, and you know what that means. As of today you can now hear a 30-second preview of each episode on the album, from Much Ado About Jealousy to The Long End, Parts 1-3. Plus, there's a deleted scene you can preview as well. The album features the next exciting installment in Buck Oliver's adventures, so if you're wary about spoilers you may want to stay away for now. But if you can't wait, you may as well purchase the download for $9.99. Check out the episode previews on iTunes.
John Avery Whittaker is Adventures in Odyssey's main character. We know him today as a wise, grandfatherly inventor and ice cream shop owner. But what was he like as a kid? In a new book series called Young Whit we get to hear more about all of little Johnny's childhood adventures. The first book in the series, The Traitor's Treasure, is already available in stores. The mystery in this first book involves Confederate gold missing since the end of the Civil War and the question of whether Johnny’s ancestor was the coward and thief who stole it, as everyone believes. The sequel, The Shroud of Secrecy, comes out in April. Find out more in our new video promo below.
There's some exciting Adventures in Odyssey news out today. Although Album 66: Trial by Fire has yet to air on the radio, we're now learning new information about the next album. Thanks to the blog Welcome to Odyssey, we can reveal that the title of Album 67 will be More Than Meets the Eye. This news was apparently revealed in an email from an Adventures in Odyssey writer and director, none other than Nathan Hoobler himself. Nathan also mentioned that "one of the themes is that things aren’t always what they seem" and that one of the episodes is currently titled A Sacrificial Escape. Also, there will be a multi-part episode, the character of Wyatt from Album 65 will return at some point, and the Morrie Rydell saga will continue. Album 67: More Than Meets the Eye is expected to release on the AIO Club in July of this year and then come out via digital download, CD, and radio airings this fall.
In the past Adventures in Odyssey albums had four CDs each, and recently the packaging was altered so that new album releases have just two CDs and a total of six episodes. That's not a lot if you're thinking about going on a road trip for spring break. But never fear. A new special collection called the Adventures in Odyssey Megapack is on its way. It will include a whopping total of seventy-five episodes on twenty-five CDs. That's over thirty hours of family-friendly entertainment. Invest in this spectacular super-sized set of beautifully produced Odyssey episodes and you'll never have another boring carpool drive again! You can immerse yourself in imagination-stretching, faith-building fun with Connie, Eugene, and the whole gang at Whit's End. This special collection will be released on March 1st and is currently available for preorder.
If you haven't had a chance to pick up your own copy of the first two books in the new Blackgaard Chronicles series, there's no better time than now. The books take another look at the schemes of Dr. Regis Blackgaard from a new angle, filling in the gaps that the audio series skipped over. Book one is called Opening Moves and book two is Pawn's Play. And book three, Cross-check, will be released on March 5th, less than a month away. Want to find out more about the book series? The Adventures in Odyssey team is probably the best qualified to discuss this subject. Go ahead and check out the video below to hear from writer Phil Lollar and others about these new and exciting books from Focus on the Family.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, members of the Odyssey team stop by to answer fan questions about Album 65: Expect the Unexpected and Album 66: Trial by Fire. The podcast features executive producer Dave Arnold, producer Nathan Hoobler, and writer/director Phil Lollar. They discuss releasing the 25th anniversary live show, the inspiration behind the episode The Toy, and replacing the actor of David Parker. They also talk about the various episode plots in Album 66, Jason Whittaker, being recognized in public, Morrie's parents, and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
There is a new special CD collection coming out from Adventures in Odyssey next year. You can see the cover art on the left. The set is called Camp on It and features fourteen previously released episodes about growing strong in your faith. Here's the description: "Join your friends from Odyssey on a special journey of imagination, excitement and discovery. Be inspired by 14 faith-building Adventures in Odyssey audio dramas, and explore 14 days of devotions to help you embark on a lifelong journey with Jesus and live out your faith in practical ways. It’s the most amazing adventure ever!" This special collection will be released in May 2019. At this point we don't yet know which episodes will be included. The set is currently available for preorder from Amazon and CBD.
Porchlight Family Media, the same network that brings you the podcast Audio Theatre Central every month, has launched a new audio drama called Greenhorn Tales. Greenhorn Tales is a show about two young guys, Cam and Nick, living in the small community of Bristol. They share an apartment and are desperately trying to be adults, but are not quite succeeding. They are complete greenhorns at adult life. So far Porchlight Family Media has released the series pilot, titled Moving, Motorcyles and Marching Bands. In the pilot episode of this series, we find Nicholas and Cameron on moving day. As they make their way to secure their new apartment it seems like everyone and everything in town is doing its best to keep them from getting to the Riverview Apartments on time. Right now you can listen to the first episode for free.
Album 65: Expect the Unexpected just finished airing on the radio and online, and next up is Album 66: Trial by Fire. It will soon be available on the AIO Club later this month, come out on digital download in February, and then on CD in March. Here is the summary for Album 66: "After years of searching for his true identity, Buck Oliver may finally get some answers when a painting from his mother suddenly shows up in Odyssey. But along with clues about his family, he also is subjected to the dangers of his past. Elsewhere the Parkers are forced to evacuate their home, and Connie and Jules face roommate troubles. Dramatic conclusions and fresh beginnings abound in these six entertaining and inspiring adventures in Odyssey!" And now, thanks to the AIOWiki, we know the episode titles and descriptions as well:
Last year Focus on the Family released the Adventures in Odyssey Bible. The translation it uses is the New International Readers Version, which is perfect for readers in AIO's target age range of 8-12. In addition to the biblical text, the AIO Bible also includes plenty of Odyssey content such as Whit's Wisdom, Candid Conversations with Connie, Wooton's Fun Facts, Jason's Jargon, book introductions from Eugene, colorful illustrations and maps, and more. And now, a New Testament edition has been released, including all the extra Odyssey-related special features. It is currently available for purchase, just in time for Christmas.