The Classic Tales Podcast

By B.J. Harrison

Listen to a podcast, please open Podcast Republic app. Available on Google Play Store.


Category: Literature

Open in Apple Podcasts


Open RSS feed


Open Website


Rate for this podcast

Subscribers: 885
Reviews: 6


 May 3, 2020

ADN
 Jul 31, 2019
love it! excellent work from BJ

Lindsay Hall
 May 22, 2019
I could listen to these for hours ... and I do!

Me
 Jan 19, 2019
amazing!!

April
 Nov 11, 2018
Amazing! Love listening to you. Thank you!

Description

Every week, join award-winning narrator B.J. Harrison as he narrates the greatest stories the world has ever known. From the jungles of South America to the Mississippi Delta, from Victorian England to the sands of the Arabian desert, join us on a fantastic journey through the words of the world's greatest authors. Critically-acclaimed and highly recommended for anyone who loves a good story with plenty of substance.

Episode Date
Ep. 686, Scaramouche, Part 5 of 12, by Raphael Sabatini
01:19:51

Will Andre-Louis’ portrayal of Scaramouche save the show? Raphael Sabatini, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Thank you to all of our financial supporters. With us giving away so much free material during this time of the pandemic, we need your help more than ever. Thank you so much for stepping up, and helping to keep us going strong.

In case you haven’t already, feel free to take advantage of our free titles. I tried to have something for everyone, from several genres, and geared for all ages. Please click on over to our FREE section, and enjoy. There’s a slink to the free material in the description for this week’s episode.

You can find the free audiobooks here:

https://tinyurl.com/wfrphaw

App users can hear a poem from John Donne, an Anglican cleric who wrote secular as well as religious poetry.

Thank you to Annie, from the Join us in France Podcast, who helped with the pronunciations of the French names and phrases for this week’s episode. If you’re interested in France at all, you should check out her show. It’s fantastic.

So here’s the story so far:

Andre-Louis, a privileged lawyer from Gavrillac, is on a mission to speak out for the downtrodden.  After speaking out in Rennes and later at Nantes, he is on the run from the law, who wish to take him to task for inciting rebellion. He runs across some travelling players, and is eventually blackmailed to play the part of Scaramouche in tonight’s show.

And now, Scaramouche, Part 5 of 12, by Raphael Sabatini

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.comand become a financial supporter!

Jul 03, 2020
Ep. 685, Scaramouche, Part 4 of 12, by Raphael Sabatini
01:08:14

How will the show go on, when the headliner Scaramouche is fantastically injured? Raphael Sabatini, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Thank you to all of our financial supporters. With us giving away so much free material during this time of the pandemic, we need your help more than ever. 5 bucks a month really goes a long way, right now. Thank you so much for helping us stay afloat.

In case you haven’t already, feel free to take advantage of our free titles. I get so happy when I see someone has downloaded the free audiobook titles, especially new customers. I tried to have something for everyone, from several genres, and geared for all ages. Please click on over to our FREE section, and enjoy. There’s a slink to the free material in the description for this week’s episode.

You can find the free audiobooks here:

https://tinyurl.com/wfrphaw

App users can hear a poem from Thomas Nashe, a lyric selection from his comedy, Summer’s Last Will and Testament, first published in 1592, during a time when the plague was still flaring up in hot spots from time to time around Europe.

Thank you to Annie, from the Join us in France Podcast, who helped with the pronunciations of the French names and phrases for this week’s episode. If you’re interested in France at all, you should check out her show. It’s fantastic.

So here’s the story so far:

Andre-Louis, a privileged lawyer from Gavrillac, is on a mission to speak out for the downtrodden, especially the poor who have fewer rights than the nobles. After speaking out in Rennes and later at Nantes, he is on the run from the law, who wish to take him to task for his harsh words. As he’s hiding in a barn, he happens upon some traveling players. He joins their band as a carpenter and laborer.

And now, Scaramouche, Part 4 of 12, by Raphael Sabatini

Tap here to go to http://www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

 

Jun 26, 2020
Ep. 684, Scaramouche, Part 3 of 12, by Raphael Sabatini
01:21:28

After delivering a fiery call to arms, who will help Andre-Louis evade capture? Raphael Sabatini, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Thank you to all of our financial supporters. With us giving away so much free material during this time of the pandemic, we need your help more than ever. 5 bucks a month really goes a long way, right now. Thank you so much for helping us stay afloat.

In case you haven’t already, feel free to take advantage of our free titles. I get so happy when I see someone has downloaded the free audiobook titles, especially new customers. I tried to have something for everyone, from several genres, and geared for all ages. Please click on over to our FREE section, and enjoy. There’s a slink to the free material in the description for this week’s episode.

You can find the free audiobooks here:

https://tinyurl.com/wfrphaw

App users can hear Sonnet 116 from William Shakespeare in their special features this week. This is the final sonnet from the bard we’ll be sharing.

Well, we didn’t’ win an Independent Audiobook Award for The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It was seriously amazing to see all of the top talent that I was nominated with. Some of the top names in the business. Thank you so much for helping us to create such a noteworthy audiobook.

Thank you to Annie, from the Join us in France Podcast, who helped with the pronunciations of the French names and phrases for this week’s episode. If you’re interested in France at all, you should check out her show. It’s fantastic.

A couple of notes on this week’s episode: Omnis Omnibus means “all everyone” in Latin.

Also, the second portion of the book is called “The Buskin”. Now, you costumers might know a buskin to be a laced boot reaching halfway or more to the knee, and you’d be right. However, there is a second meaning which is in reference to tragedy – especially a tragedy in the Greek drama tradition. This latter definition is the one Sabatini references.

So here’s the story so far:

Andre-Louis, a privileged lawyer from Gavrillac, is on a mission to speak out for the downtrodden, especially the poor who have fewer rights than the nobles. Beginning with the deaths of Mabey, then his friend Phillipe, and finally the two protesters that were killed at Rennes during a demonstration, Andre-Louis has become the person chosen to deliver the message of defiance from Rennes to the town of Nantes. This is where we begin today.

And now, Scaramouche, Part 3 of 12, by Raphael Sabatini

Tap here to go to http://www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

 

Jun 19, 2020
Ep. 683, Scaramouche, Part 2 of 12, by Raphael Sabatini
01:18:31

How will Andre-Louis find satisfaction for the murder of his friend, when the law fails him? Raphael Sabatini, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Thank you to all of our financial supporters. With us giving away so much free material during this time of the pandemic, we need your help more than ever. We’re actually feeling another wave of the virus here in Utah, and things are still pretty topsy-turvy. Thank you so much for helping us stay afloat.

In case you haven’t already, feel free to take advantage of our free titles. I get so happy when I see someone has downloaded the free audiobook titles, especially new customers. I tried to have something for everyone, from several genres, and geared for all ages. Please click on over to our FREE section, and enjoy. There’s a slink to the free material in the description for this week’s episode.

You can find the free audiobooks here:

https://tinyurl.com/wfrphaw

App users can hear Sonnet 94 from William Shakespeare in their special features this week.

Friday, we’ll find out if The Hunchback of Notre Dame wins an Independent Audiobook Award. As of the posting of this episode, I don’t know the result. I’ll be sure to let you know during next week’s episode.

Thank you to Annie, from the Join us in France Podcast, who helped with the pronunciations of the French names and phrases for this week’s episode. If you’re interested in France at all, you should check out her show. It’s fantastic.

Last week, we met our hero, Andre-Louis, a lawyer who was born into the upper-ish classes, and sympathized with them. His friend, Phillipe de Vilmorin, was a seminarist, and was seeking redress of grievances for a poor gameskeeper, Mabey, who had been killed for taking a pheasant from a trap on the Marquis de la Tour d’Azyr’s land. The Marquis had ordered that Mabey be shot, and Phillipe was seeking some settlement for poor Mabey’s widow and children.

It seems the injustice in this week’s episode strikes home rather sharply.

And now, Scaramouche, Part 2 of 12, by Raphael Sabatini

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Jun 12, 2020
Ep. 682, Scaramouche, Part 1 of 12, by Raphael Sabatini
01:11:51

Will Andre-Louis help to bring justice for the murder of a poor peasant? Raphael Sabatini, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Thank you so very much to all of our supporters who have stepped up and helped us out during this tricky time. And thank you to all of our supporters who have pledged to help us on a monthly basis, so we can keep going strong. We couldn’t do it without you, we really couldn’t.

In case you haven’t already, feel free to take advantage of our free titles. I get so happy when I see someone has downloaded the free audiobook titles, especially new customers. I tried to have something for everyone, from several genres, and geared for all ages. Please click on over to our FREE section, and enjoy.

You can find the free audiobooks here:

https://tinyurl.com/wfrphaw

App users can hear another sonnet from William Shakespeare in their special features this week.

Next Friday, we’ll find out if The Hunchback of Notre Dame wins an Independent Audiobook Award. The awards ceremony is being held remotely. I’m up against some of the best voices in the business, so the likelihood of winning is slim. But it’s been an honor to be a finalist for this prestigious award.

Okay, so before we begin Scaramouche, I need to let you know why I chose to do this book.

I’ve been prepping this book for months. I read it years ago, I listened to an audiobook of it a few months ago, and I contacted Annie from the Join Us In France Podcast to help me with the pronunciation of the French terms and phrases. I had no idea that this would debut in such a politically charged climate.

I wanted to do a swashbuckler over the summer - something with a dash of derring-do. I revisited The Three Musketeers, and remembered how I don’t like The Three Musketeers. That book is too misogyny forward for my comfort. I sure wouldn’t want my boys acting like those guys.

So, I decided on a swashbuckler from Raphael Sabatini, who also wrote Captain Blood. Though this week’s episode when we introduce the characters is largely politically oriented, the entire novel is not.

It is a story about a man who begins his life thinking one way, and the journey that changes him. It’s about how humans can learn and change for the better. The politics is just the backdrop. Like a lot of our stories, it’s probably one you’ve heard about, but never read. I hope you like it.

And now, Scaramouche, Part 1 of 12, by Raphael Sabatini

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Jun 05, 2020
Ep. 681, The Hostelry of Mr. Smith, by Stephen Leacock
01:00:20

Of the plethora of Mr. Smith’s ideas, is there one that will save his business? Stephen Leacock, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Thank you so all of our listeners and supporters who really stepped it up last week. Our crisis is averted, and it looks like we’re going to be okay. I am overwhelmed with the response. We’ve sold our 5 lifetime access passes, but I’ll keep the one-year pass up for another week. Things got pretty real there, for a while. Thank you so very much for helping us to dodge that bullet.

In case you haven’t already, feel free to take advantage of our free titles. I get so happy when I see someone has downloaded the free audiobook titles, especially new customers. I tried to have something for everyone, from several genres, and geared for all ages. Please click on over to our FREE section, and enjoy.

You can find the free audiobooks here:

https://tinyurl.com/wfrphaw

App users can hear a sonnet from William Shakespeare in their special features this week. I failed to mention it in the brouhaha, but last week was a poem from Christopher Marlowe.

Today’s story is from the Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock. It’s tricky with the pandemic still in our faces, it’s made it very tricky to choose what stories to do, and this one is a quirky little odd one. There are a few things that drew me to this story.

First, I love Leacock’s description of the town of Mariposa. With so many of our local festivities cancelled this summer, I felt like hearing about life in a small town would do us good right now.

Secondly, I like how Leacock’s protagonist, Mr. Smith, is not a perfect guy. He does some good things, and some kind of dumb things. And it seems like the environment of the town actually determines which of his scattered ideas make it all the way to fruition. It’s almost like Leacock has created this town as a kind of character with its own set of motivations, and we kind of watch and see how Mr. Smith fares inside.

And now, The Hostelry of Mr. Smith, by Stephen Leacock

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

 

May 29, 2020
Ep. 680, A Death in the Desert, by Willa Cather
01:05:16

Why does a brotherly resemblance bring a woman to tears? Willa Cather, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Well our loss is your gain. We’ve come into some rather grim news lately, and it looks like we need to raise some immediate funds. This is something I’ve tried to put off, and now the wolf, as Bertie Wooster would say, is at the door.

So, in order to cope with this sudden need to raise some funding, and to keep The Classic Tales Podcast going to see a brighter day, I’m going to do something I’ve never done before – offer unlimited access to download everything at the store.

As most of you know, if you’ve sampled the free offerings we’ve been giving away for the pandemic, these titles are worth a fair bit of green. In fact, if you load your cart up with all of the free items now available, it’s over a hundred dollars.

Imagine if you could have it all. Literally.

So, for the next two weeks, I’m going to offer two new items for sale – the first is a 1 year pass for unlimited access to the complete inventory available at classictalesaudiobooks.com. The second is a lifetime pass.

For your life, or mine, whichever one of us dies first. Because I’m not stopping until then.

And here’s another thing, I have around 100 titles that are in limbo. They aren’t on the podcast, and they aren’t in the store. They will be trickling in over the next year.

Tap here to purchase a one-year access pass to The Classic Tales Library of titles.

 

Tap here to purchase lifetime access to The Classic Tales Library of titles. 

I’m actually putting a cap on the lifetime pass. There will only be five lifetime passes available.

These two products will be available for only two weeks. We need a certain amount to cover this crisis. Hopefully we’ll reach the goal by then, and we’ll all be able to move forward.

I hate to do this, especially now. I started the podcast because I wanted to provide something that would have been useful to me as a kid. If I had access to an audiobook of The Scarlet Letter when I had to read it as a junior, my confidence and self-esteem wouldn’t have taken the hit that it did. School, reading, life, pandemics, they are all hard enough. If I had had access to a solid recording that might have sparked my imagination, this dark period that still haunts me 30 years later, might not have happened.

I wanted to be someone who could help that kid. That’s why I do what I do. 13 years later, and I’ve recorded 570 books. If you can, please click on over to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com, and support us however you can.

I’m still keeping up the free stuff up. Please don’t worry about that.

You can find the free audiobooks here:

https://tinyurl.com/wfrphaw

I love stories of the American West. When I ran across this one by Willa Cather, it just felt like it was the right time to share it. We needed something more literary, I thought. I hope you like it.

And now, A Death in the Desert, by Willa Cather.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

May 22, 2020
Ep. 679, The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb, by Agatha Christie
38:40

Why is Hercule Poirot suddenly giving credence to the superstitions of Ancient Egypt? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going. At this time of quarantine and adjustment, their help is particularly helpful.

I hope you’re taking advantage of the titles available for free during the pandemic. Please visit www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and go to the home from school – free category to download a selection of titles for all ages, including adventure, mysteries, classic romance, and fantasy.

Feel free to pick up the free audiobooks even if you are not in school, have no kids, or just need something to help you get through the day. If listening to a solid story can help you out, please be our guest.

Thanks again to our financial contributors. It is the monthly and bulk subscriptions that are largely keeping us afloat right now, as we are giving a lot of stuff away. Thank you for helping us to stay strong, and hopefully help to lighten the load of those who are hit particularly hard right now. Every donation helps.

You can find the free audiobooks here:

https://tinyurl.com/wfrphaw

I’m so excited that The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been named as a finalist for the Independent Audiobook Awards. These awards are about the highest achievement for an Indie audiobook publisher like myself. I’m very thrilled to be a finalist.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

For those of you with the Classic Tales app, you can hear a poem by Sir Thomas Wyatt in the special features section for this week’s episode. He was credited with introducing Italian sonnet forms to English Literature in the 1530s.

And now, The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb, by Agatha Christie.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

May 15, 2020
Ep. 678, Leave it to Psmith, part 10of10, by P.G. Wodehouse
51:41

Where do the robbers, lovers, frauds, and secretaries all wind up? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going. At this time of quarantine and adjustment, their help is particularly helpful.

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well in this crazy time. I also hope you’re taking advantage of the titles available for free during the pandemic. Please visit classictalesaudiobooks.com and go to the home from school – free category to download a selection of titles for all ages, including adventure, mysteries, classic romance, and fantasy. I’ll likely be adjusting the name of the category soon to Pandemic Titles, since the pandemic is still going strong, but we are winding down the school year.

With that being said, feel free to pick up the free audiobooks even if you are not in school, have no kids, or just need something to help you get through the day. If listening to a solid story can help you out, please be our guest.

Thanks again to our financial contributors. It is the monthly and bulk subscriptions that are largely keeping us afloat right now, as we are giving a lot of stuff away. Thank you for helping us to stay strong, and hopefully help to lighten the load of those who are hit particularly hard right now. Every donation helps.

You can find the free audiobooks here:

https://tinyurl.com/wfrphaw

I’m so excited that The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been named as a finalist for the Independent Audiobook Awards. These awards are about the highest achievement for an Indie audiobook publisher like myself. I’m very thrilled to be a finalist.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

As I mentioned last week, The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius is on hold right now. It was a great adventure, but we’re moving on, and we’ll now be featuring a classic poem in the special features in the Classic Tales App. We’re starting with ballads, which are basically anonymous storytelling songs. So again, I need to correct myself for saying that last week’s poem was written by Sir Patrick Spens. Nope. Wrong. Sir Patrick Spens is the name of this week’s poem, about a ship that wrecks at sea. Both last week’s and this week’s poems are anonymous.

And now, Leave it to Psmith, part 10 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

May 08, 2020
Ep. 677, Leave it to Psmith, part 9of10, by P.G. Wodehouse
01:01:35

What does Eve Halliday find when she ransacks Psmith’s secret hideaway? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going.

I’m sorry about the snafu with last week’s episode. I checked the wrong box, and instead of the episode dropping Friday morning, it was available for a few hours on Thursday, then fell off the feed. Brilliant. Sorry about that. We’re only in season 14. You think I’d know better.

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well in this crazy time. I also hope you’re taking advantage of the titles available for free during the pandemic. Please visit www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and go to the home from school – free category to download a selection of titles geared for grades K-12. I’ll be adding more titles soon. You can find a link to the free material in the description for today’s episode.

I have also added three new titles now available for free – Captain Blood, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and A Room With A View . Feel free to snap up these titles for free, and hopefully they can help keep your wits sharp at this trying time.

Thanks again to our financial contributors. It is the monthly subscriptions that are largely keeping us afloat right now, as we are giving a lot of stuff away. Thank you for helping us to stay strong, and hopefully help to lighten the load of those who are hit particularly hard right now. Every donation helps.

You can find the free audiobooks here:

https://tinyurl.com/wfrphaw

I’m so excited that The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been named as a finalist for the Independent Audiobook Awards. These awards are about the highest achievement for an Indie audiobook publisher like myself. I’m very thrilled to be a finalist.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius is taking longer than I expected. I’ve already done over 50 episodes, and I’m only about halfway through. So, we’re shelving that project. The special features of the app will now include a famous poem. I’ll go through my classic poetry books, and read a short poem for the special features. This week is Lord Randal, by Sir Patrick Spens. Bob Dylan fans may find it interesting as the structure is similar to “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”.

And now, Leave it to Psmith, part 9 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

May 01, 2020
Ep. 676, Leave it to Psmith, part 8of10, by P.G. Wodehouse
01:02:14

Has the Efficient Baxter discovered the hiding place of the stolen necklace? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going.

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well in this crazy time. I also hope you’re taking advantage of the titles available for free during the pandemic. Please visit classictalesaudiobooks.com and go to the home from school – free category to download a selection of titles geared for grades K-12. I’ll be adding more titles soon. You can find a link to the free material in the description for today’s episode.

I have also added three new titles now available for free – Captain Blood, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and A Room With A View . Feel free to snap up these titles for free, and hopefully they can help keep your wits sharp at this trying time.

Thanks again to our financial contributors. It is the monthly subscriptions that are largely keeping us afloat right now, as we are giving a lot of stuff away. Thank you for helping us to stay strong, and hopefully help to lighten the load of those who are hit particularly hard right now. Every donation helps.

You can find the free audiobooks here:

https://tinyurl.com/wfrphaw

I’m so excited that The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been named as a finalist for the Independent Audiobook Awards. These awards are about the highest achievement for an Indie audiobook publisher like myself. I’m very thrilled to be a finalist.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

If you have the Classic Tales app, you can listen to more of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in the special features area.

And now, Leave it to Psmith, part 7 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Apr 25, 2020
Ep. 675, Leave it to Psmith, part 7of10, by P.G. Wodehouse
01:06:04

Who did Eve Halliday meet in Market Blandings who has absolutely turned her against our bemonacled hero? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going.

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well in this crazy time. I also hope you’re taking advantage of the titles available for free during the pandemic. Please visit classictalesaudiobooks.com and go to the home from school – free category to download a selection of titles geared for grades K-12. You can find a link to the free material in the description for today’s episode.

I have also added three new titles now available for free – Captain Blood, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and A Room With A View. Feel free to snap up these titles for free, and hopefully they can help keep your wits sharp at this trying time.

Thanks again to our financial contributors. It is the monthly subscriptions that are largely keeping us afloat right now, as we are giving a lot of stuff away. Thank you for helping us to stay strong, and hopefully help to lighten the load of those who are hit particularly hard right now. Every donation helps.

You can find the free audiobooks here:

https://tinyurl.com/wfrphaw

 

I’m so excited that The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been named as a finalist for the Independent Audiobook Awards. The winners will be announced in June; typically they are a part of the Hear Now, Voice Over festival in Kansas City. I know they are working hard to put together a remote, quarantine friendly presentation this year. I’m really excited to see how it turns out.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

If you have the Classic Tales app, you can listen to more of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in the special features area.

And now, Leave it to Psmith, part 7 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Apr 17, 2020
Ep. 674, Leave it to Psmith, part 6of10, by P.G. Wodehouse
01:14:27

How does Psmith greet the newest visitor to Blandings, who just introduced himself as Ralston McTodd? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going.

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well in this crazy time. Please take advantage of the free selections available at classictalesaudiobooks.com, in the category Home from School-FREE. Use these titles to escape, and keep your wits sharp during the coronavirus outbreak.

Thanks again to our financial contributors. It is the monthly subscriptions that are largely keeping us afloat right now, as we are giving a lot of stuff away. Thank you for helping us to stay strong, and continue to share the best books with those who need it. Every donation helps.

Again, if you need some comfort, or literary nourishment, I have made a selection of titles available for free during the pandemic. Please visit classictalesaudiobooks.com and go to the home from school – free category to download a selection of titles geared for grades K-12. I’ll be adding more titles soon. 

You can find the free audiobooks here:

https://tinyurl.com/wfrphaw

I’m so excited that The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been named as a finalist for the Independent Audiobook Awards. Annie also shared the announcement during her latest Join Us In France podcast episode. Thanks for the amazing introduction, Annie!

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

If you have the Classic Tales app, you can listen to more of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in the special features area.

And now, Leave it to Psmith, part 6 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Apr 10, 2020
Ep. 673, Leave it to Psmith, part 5of10, by P.G. Wodehouse
01:02:39

How can Psmith reconcile Ms. Halliday to the fact that he is, at least in name only, the same Ralston McTodd that has broken the heart of her school chum? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going.

I hope you all are safe and well during this unprecedented outbreak. Hopefully you are taking advantage of the special selection of titles I have made available for free. I have received many messages that they have helped many parents and children who have found a lot of time on their hands lately. I’m so glad I can help.

Thanks again to all of our financial contributors. This is a very direct way that your support has been paid forward to help many during this crisis. Thank you so much for helping to keep our heads above water.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been named as a finalist for the Independent Audiobook Awards. It is such an honor to be among these incredibly talented narrators.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Classic Tales Merchandise store: 

If you have the Classic Tales app, you can listen to more of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in the special features area.

Once again: as a response to the COVID-19/ Corona virus outbreak, I am giving away for free a selection of my audiobooks geared for grades K-12 through the website. This is to help those who find themselves with kids at home from school during this difficult time.

Please tell your friends, family, or anybody who could benefit from this service. You can find the link to the free material in the description of today’s episode.

You can find the free audiobooks here:

And now, Leave it to Psmith, part 4 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Apr 03, 2020
Ep. 672, Leave it to Psmith, part 4of10, by P.G. Wodehouse
46:39

Who, precisely, is snoring lustily on the train to Blandings with a stealthy handkerchief over his face? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going.

I hope you all are safe and well during this unprecedented outbreak. Hopefully you are taking advantage of the special selection of titles I have made available for free. I have received many messages that they have helped many parents and children who have found a lot of time on their hands lately.

I will be adding more titles to the Home from School – FREE category of the website as the crisis continues, so feel free to check back from time to time.

Thanks again to all of our financial contributors. This is a very direct way that your support has been paid forward to help many during this crisis. Thank you so much for helping to keep our heads above water.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Classic Tales Merchandise store: http://tee.pub/lic/yl9wRRWqhnY

If you have the Classic Tales app, you can listen to more of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in the special features area.

Once again: as a response to the COVID-19/ Corona virus outbreak, I am also giving away for free a selection of my audiobooks geared for grades K-12 through the website. This is to help those who find themselves with kids at home from school during this difficult time.

Please tell your friends, family, or anybody who could benefit from this service. 

You can find the free audiobooks here:

https://tinyurl.com/wfrphaw

And now, Leave it to Psmith, part 4 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Mar 27, 2020
Ep. 671, Leave it to Psmith, part 3of10, by P.G. Wodehouse
01:03:49

Lord Emsworth meets a poet, and yet incredibly winds up inviting someone completely different to Blandings Castle. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going.

I have been approached by one of my distributors who distributes my audiobooks to schools, and I have been able to offer all of my audiobooks to schools for free for a limited time, to help during the Corona virus outbreak.

I can do this because of your support. Since I am largely a one-man band, I can move quickly in allowing my audiobooks to be made free to schools during this crisis.

This can happen because our listeners, and especially our financial supporters. Thank you for your financial support for The Classic Tales, so that when things like this happen, we can respond quickly.

And thank you for your continued financial support during this crisis. It helps our little family, as well.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Classic Tales Merchandise store: http://tee.pub/lic/yl9wRRWqhnY

If you have the Classic Tales app, you can listen to more of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in the special features area.

As I mentioned, as a response to the COVID-19/ Corona virus outbreak, schools should have access to my library of titles for free through their libraries.

I am also giving away for free a selection of my audiobooks geared for grades K-12 through the website. This is to help those who find themselves with kids at home from school during this difficult time.

I’m happy to report that over a hundred people have availed themselves of this service, amounting to over a thousand dollars donated. Please help us help those who may benefit from some free audiobooks that may help educate and entertain those stuck at home. Please share our link, located in the show’s full description, to any family or friends you may know who could benefit from these free audiobooks.

You can find the free audiobooks here:

https://tinyurl.com/wfrphaw

And now, Leave it to Psmith, part 3 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

 

Tap for a selection of FREE audiobooks for kids at home during the COVID-19/Corona virus outbreak

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

Mar 20, 2020
Ep. 670, Leave it to Psmith, part 2of10, by P.G. Wodehouse
01:13:47

Upon seeing Eve Halliday stranded in the London rain, Psmith springs into action with an umbrella – never minding that it isn’t his. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going.

If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member.

By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. It’s a seriously great deal, and helps us to keep doing what we’re doing. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Classic Tales Merchandise store: 

If you have the Classic Tales app, you can listen to more of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in the special features area.

Recently, it came to my attention that you can listen to the audiobooks purchased through the website on the Audible app. If you purchase a book from classictalesaudiobooks.com, first, download it to your computer, either Windows or Mac. Second, sync your device using iTunes, and send the audiobook to your device. Finally, open the Audible app and tap the “iTunes” tab at the top, where it says “Cloud/Device/iTunes”. The audiobook should show up there, and you can use all the listening features of the Audible app.

And now, Leave it to Psmith, part 2 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Mar 13, 2020
Ep. 669, Leave it to Psmith, part 1of10, by P.G. Wodehouse
01:01:00

How could Freddy Threepwood possibly raise £3,000 to help a dear relative? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going.

If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member.

By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. It’s a seriously great deal, and helps us to keep doing what we’re doing. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Classic Tales Merchandise store: 

Today’s story is by P.G. Wodehouse, and begins the novel Leave it to Psmith (the ‘P’ is silent): part 2 of the Blandings Castle series. The first in the series was Something New, where we met Lord Emsworth, Freddy Threepwood, Beach, Baxter and many others. I’ve tried to keep the character voices consistent with Something New, which we did back in 2014.

A note on the title: Wodehouse has placed the letter “P” in front of the name “Smith”, for reasons which will be explained later on. In the audiobook format, you don’t see that, and miss out on the joke.

And so, rather than try to enunciate “Psmith”, for the audiobook version, I’ll add the term: “The ‘P’ is silent” when it seems appropriate. This is simply to try to convey in audio form, the joke that those who are reading visually get to enjoy.

And now, Leave it to Psmith, part 1 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

Mar 06, 2020
Ep. 668, Beyond the Broken Glacier, by Robert W. Chambers
01:21:39

What exactly lies beyond the treacherous and previously impassable Canadian glacier? Robert W. Chambers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going.

If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member.

By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. It’s a seriously great deal, and helps us to keep doing what we’re doing. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Classic Tales Merchandise store: 

Today’s story is by Robert W. Chambers, whose most famous collection of short stories, The King in Yellow, influenced many writers of weird fiction in his day, including H.P. Lovecraft.

I’ve taken the liberty of naming today’s story, “Beyond the Broken Glacier”. It comprises chapters 6 to 8 in his book In Search of the Unknown. This book consists of several stories about strange, fabled and unknown creatures encountered by a secretary of the Zoological Gardens in Bronx Park.

We heard the first story in this collection a while ago: “The Harbor Master”, which inspired the film The Creature From the Black Lagoon. The story has some playful humor, and also touches on the lost world genre with I am rather fond of. I hope you enjoy it.

And now, Beyond the Broken Glacier, by Robert W. Chambers.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Feb 28, 2020
Ep. 667, The Lady With The Dog, by Anton Chekhov
55:18

How much influence can an unremarkable woman have on a womanizing, well-to-do banker? Anton Chekhov, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going.

If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member.

By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. It’s a seriously great deal, and helps us to keep doing what we’re doing. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Classic Tales Merchandise store: 

App users can hear more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in their special features.

Today’s story is by the master of the short story: Anton Chekhov. Now, I’ve known of this story for years. It’s one of his most famous. But when I read it years ago, it scared me. It seemed like it was a story the legitimized illicit infidelity, and it freaked me out.

Now that I’m a little older, and hopefully a little wiser, I could look at it more objectively. I was amazed at what I found.

The infidelity in the story is simply a vehicle. The theme of the story is essentially: the black and white world we live in is constructed for us by others, and cannot make us happy. Only when we dare to look at and live in the gray area, and choose to live life on our own terms can we be happy.

Dmitri is a wealthy banker. He did it all right – married young, has kids, and is successful in his vocation – banking. And he hates it. He lives a black and white life. He knows his infidelities are wrong, and categorizes them as such. His “white” life above board dissatisfies him, so he delves into the “black” from time to time.

Then he meets Anna, the lady with the dog. Notice how with her, everything is described as gray. Her eyes, her dress, even the town where she lives is enigmatic, only described as “S---“ And she lives behind a gray fence. In her foray with Dmitri into the “black” area, she’s not okay with it. She doesn’t like it. She belongs in the gray area.

I don’t want to go too into detail, but the reason this story hit me with such force now, is that I can now see it’s truth. If I had a vocation like banking, or worked in a cubicle, and had to sign the card for Bill in accounting’s birthday, and talk over the ramen in my cup in a break room that smells like microwaved bad breath, etc. etc., I would go crazy. I’d probably make good money, and have things like health insurance, retirement, and stock options, but I’d be dead inside.

Cilla told me when we first got married that she needed to live in the gray area, and it changed my life. Living in the gray, outside the clear cut boundaries of work, school, business, etc., and scrapping work as a freelance artist for 19 years, then trying to eke out a living by making audiobooks of classic literature is about the most crazy, off the rails way to raise a family and make a career. But I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s infinitely rewarding, but it’s so complicated and difficult. Nobody would choose this unless they had to. But once you allow yourself to live in the gray area, you have to stay. Because you know what it’s like in the black and white world, and it’s just not for you.

The last line of the story is: “…the most complicated and difficult part of it was only the beginning.”

Yes. People don’t just live complicated and difficult lives just because. Their reasons are their own. And they are complicated. But for them, it’s worth it.

And now, The Lady With The Dog, by Anton Chekhov.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Feb 21, 2020
Ep. 666, Schalken the Painter, by J. Sheridan LeFanu
01:01:12

What manner of man is the mysterious Vanderhausen, and why does he keep his face hidden? J. Sheridan LeFanu, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going.

If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Classic Tales Merchandise store: 

App users can hear more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in their special features.

And now, Schalken the Painter, by J. Sheridan LeFanu.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Feb 14, 2020
Ep. 665, The Red Silk Scarf, by Maurice Leblanc
59:37

Can Arséne Lupin really solve a murder before the police even have a victim? Maurice LeBlanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going.

If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member.

By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. It’s a seriously great deal, and helps us to keep doing what we’re doing. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Classic Tales Merchandise store: 

App users can hear more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in their special features.

Do you love binging The Classic Tales Podcast? How about 36 hours of fantastic stories, curated and narrated for you? The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Five is now available for only $19.99 at our website at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com.

I’ve optimized the audiobook for listening on mobile devices. Each chapter or story has customized artwork, and you can easily navigate from story to story when you want to listen again. This artwork-enriched edition of the audiobook is only available at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com -you won’t be disappointed.

Today’s story is by Maurice Leblanc, whose magnificent gentleman burglar is visiting us again. We heard from him earlier in September with The Infernal Trap. If you’d like more of Lupin’s adventures, feel free to check out our website. The first two novels of the series are available.

And now, The Red Silk Scarf, by Maurice Leblanc.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Feb 07, 2020
Ep. 664, Transformation, by Mary Shelley
58:30

What happens when an Italian profligate makes a deal with an unusual magician? Mary Shelley today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going.

If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member.

By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. It’s a seriously great deal, and helps us to keep doing what we’re doing. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Classic Tales Merchandise store: 

Today’s story begins with a quote from Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. App users can hear the entire epic poem in their special features.

Do you love binging The Classic Tales Podcast? How about 36 hours of fantastic stories, curated and narrated for you? The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Five is now available for only $19.99 at our website at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com.

I’ve optimized the audiobook for listening on mobile devices. Each chapter or story has customized artwork, and you can easily navigate from story to story when you want to listen again. This artwork-enriched edition of the audiobook is only available at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com -you won’t be disappointed.

Today’s story is by Mary Shelley. Many of you may be familiar with the story of how Frankenstein was created. Lord Byron had rented a house in Geneva, Switzerland, along with John Polidori, and Mary and Percy Shelley. It was dark and stormy the whole time. After a while, they had a contest to see who could write the best ghost story. John Polidori wrote “The Vampyre”, which was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And Mary Shelley wrote a short story called “Transformation”, which she later developed into the novel Frankenstein.

I always felt I was missing something about the origin of Frankenstein. Knowing that it came from a short story, and was fleshed out makes more sense. That being said, it is anything but a watered down version of our favorite flat-topped monster.

And now, Transformation, by Mary Shelley.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Jan 31, 2020
Ep. 663, The Witch Caprusche, by Elizabeth F. Ellet
29:20

What must Ruscha do to secure the magic word that kills when it’s uttered? Elizabeth F. Ellett, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going.

If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. Each week, I strive to bring you a classic selection that is relevant, well written, and entertaining. If you can’t tell, I love what I do. I love discovering so many amazing stories and sharing them with you. But to continue to do this, I need your help.

By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. It’s a seriously great deal, and helps us to keep doing what we’re doing. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Classic Tales Merchandise store: 

Do you love binging The Classic Tales Podcast? How about 36 hours of fantastic stories, curated and narrated for you? The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Five is now available for only $19.99 at our website at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com.

I’ve optimized the audiobook for listening on mobile devices. Each chapter or story has customized artwork, and you can easily navigate from story to story when you want to listen again. The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Five -you won’t be disappointed.

Today’s story is by Elizabeth Ellett. Her grandfather was a General in the Revolutionary War, and she grew up imbued with patriotic as well as religious feelings, which nourished her mind. She had a thirst for learning, and at the age of 16 was married to Dr. William H. Ellet, a Professor of Chemistry at Columbia College. In the college, she took advantage of the opportunities of education, and soon rose to prominence.

She began to write for the magazines, or periodicals of the time, and the name of Mrs. Ellet became recognized in literary circles.

Like George Eliot, she also gained a reputation for translating. In 1848, she published her most important work: “The Women of the American Revolution”.

Today, Ellet is perhaps known best for the scandal she leaked about Edgar Allan Poe’s rumored affair with Frances Sargent Osgood when both were married to other people. Leaking this story didn’t help her at all.

Poe maligned her in the press, knocked her writings, accused her of plagiarism, and even referred to her as “short and fat”. In print.

Today’s story was taken from a Danish folk tale that Ellet has spiced up with lively characters and wonderful atmosphere. It’s on the short side, but delivers some wonderful chills along the way.

And now, The Witch Caprusche, by Elizabeth F. Ellet.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Jan 24, 2020
Ep. 662, The Mystery of the Blue Jar, by Agatha Christie
50:26

Shouts of “Murder!” yield a mind-bending mystery. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going.

If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

Do you love binging The Classic Tales Podcast? How about 36 hours of fantastic stories, curated and narrated for you? The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Five is now available for only $19.99 at our website at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com.

The novels of this anthology include mystery with The Mysterious Case at Styles, featuring Hercule Poirot, adventure with The Mark of Zorro, literary romance with A Room With A View, dystopian Science Fiction with Anthem, by Ayn Rand, and fantasy with The Snow Queen, by Hans Christian Andersen. Over a dozen other short stories and poems round out this outstanding collection of classics.

I’ve optimized the audiobook for listening on mobile devices. Each chapter or story has customized artwork, and you can easily navigate from story to story when you want to listen again. The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Five -you won’t be disappointed.

And now, The Mystery of the Blue Jar, by Agatha Christie.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Jan 17, 2020
Ep. 661, The Lifted Veil, part 2 of 2, by George Eliot
01:03:26

Will Latimer’s existence change dramatically when his clairvoyance is supplanted with visions of the future? George Eliot, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going.

If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Classic Tales Merchandise store: 

I am working on an initiative to make The Classic Tales audiobooks free for public schools. Thank you to everyone who has visited the website, purchased audiobooks, or recommended or reviewed us. It all goes a long way!

Anything you can do to help us to grow and sustain ourselves will help us put the classics into the ears of the next generation. Thank you.

And now, The Lifted Veil, Part 2 of 2, by George Eliot.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Jan 10, 2020
Ep. 660, The Lifted Veil, part 1 of 2, by George Eliot
01:10:01

Are the dreamlike musings of a sensitive intellectual truly predictive, or merely the result of an overactive imagination? George Eliot, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to our 340 members who support us regularly. Each episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is initially downloaded over 10,000 times in the course of a week from the time it’s released, and we are so grateful for all of our supporters who have stepped up and helped to sustain us. 2020 marks the beginning of our 14th season, and we’d love to keep on going.

If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

I am working on an initiative to make The Classic Tales audiobooks free for public schools. Thank you to everyone who has visited the website, purchased audiobooks, or recommended or reviewed us. It goes a long way!

Anything you can do to help us to grow and sustain ourselves will help us put the classics into the ears of the next generation. Thank you.

This week we are showcasing the amazing work of George Eliot, the pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans. A good friend of mine, Morag Kawasaki, did a recent research project showcasing the role of women in romantic and Victorian literature. George Eliot/Mary Ann Evans came up time and time again as the most important female author at this time. Some key takeaways were: women weren’t judged against the published men of the time, they were only reviewed against each other.

They were also held to a much higher standard than the male writers of the time. Also, Eliot not only spoke but translated four languages: English, German, Greek and Hebrew.

Henry James, when writing about her novel Middlemarch, pointed to the ‘constant presence of thought, of generalizing instinct, of brain’ and he paid passionate tribute to Eliot’s ‘intellectual vigor, her immense facility, her exemption of cerebral lassitude’”.

Today’s story is about an intellectual, who, after suffering an illness, realizes he has gained the ability to read the thoughts of those around him. His name is Latimer, which means ‘one who interprets Latin’. Even this person’s name is indicative of understanding that which is hidden to most others.

The command of the language, and this ability of Eliot’s to see what others don’t are elegantly evident. I hope you like it.

App users can read Morag’s entire research project, The Journey of the Romantic & Victorian Female Author in their special features for this week’s episode.

And now, The Lifted Veil, Part 1 of 2, by George Eliot.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Jan 03, 2020
Ep. 659, The Murder on the Links, part 7 of 7, by Agatha Christie
01:04:42

If the mystery has wrapped up so nicely, why does Poirot still feel like something is not right? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Classic Tales Merchandise store: 

App users can find more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in their special features for this week’s episode.

I am working on an initiative to make The Classic Tales audiobooks free for public schools. Thank you to everyone who has visited the website, purchased audiobooks, or recommended or reviewed us. It goes a long way!

Anything you can do to help us to grow and sustain ourselves will help us put the classics into the ears of the next generation. Thank you.

And now, The Murder on the Links, part 7 of 7, by Agatha Christie

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Dec 27, 2019
Ep. 658, The Murder on the Links, part 6 of 7, by Agatha Christie
01:05:22

What does Poirot mean when he says that there isn’t just one crime, but two? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Classic Tales Merchandise store: 

App users can find a special Christmas bonus in their special features for this week’s episode.

I am working on an initiative to make The Classic Tales audiobooks free for public schools. Thank you to everyone who has visited the website, purchased audiobooks, or recommended or reviewed us. It goes a long way!

Anything you can do to help us to grow and sustain ourselves will help us put the classics into the ears of the next generation. Thank you.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone.

And now, The Murder on the Links, part 6 of 7, by Agatha Christie

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - visit The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Dec 20, 2019
Ep. 657, The Murder on the Links, part 5 of 7, by Agatha Christie
01:15:29

Why is young Jack Renauld under suspicion for murdering his father? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

Time is about up if you’d like some Classic Tales merchandise for Christmas. If you’d like an Erudite Troglodyte hoodie, or a Pride and Prejudice tote bag, there’s only a couple of days left to have them in time for Christmas.

Tap here to go to The Classic Tales Merchandise store

 

App users can still find bite size portions of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in their special features.

Finally, I’d like to talk a bit about a new project.

High school, and I’m not a great reader. For my AP History class, I had to read The Scarlet Letter. It was arguably the worst experience with a book I’d had up to that moment. I was so lost and frustrated. I wanted to read the classics so badly. I could tell there was something amazing there that was hidden from me. But I couldn’t get to it.

Fast-forward ten years or so, and I discover audiobooks. It was literally life changing. Suddenly, the whole world of the classics is open to me, and I can enjoy The Three Musketeers, David Copperfield, Jane Eyre, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. All of these stories I had always wanted to read, I could now enjoy with a little help from a narrator.

I want to other kids who might be struggling to have the same experience.

So that’s why I’m working on an initiative to make my library of Classic Tales free for all public schools. It’s a tricky plan, but I really don’t want other kids to struggle like I did. If they have ready access to these productions, I think I can help to prevent that. But I need your help.

Please become a supporting member, or purchase one of our larger one-time support options. If you can’t do that, please leave us a review, or tell your friends about us. I want to make this free for kids and schools with limited resources. So anything you can do to help us to grow and sustain ourselves will help us put the classics into the ears of the next generation. Thank you.

 

And now, The Murder on the Links, part 5 of 7, by Agatha Christie

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Dec 13, 2019
Ep. 656, The Murder on the Links, part 4 of 7, by Agatha Christie
01:09:43

Why does Hercule Poirot suddenly decide that he absolutely must travel to Paris? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

We actually have physical merchandise this year. If you’re a Classic Tales fan, we’ve got t-shirts, hoodies, stickers and more at our online merchandise store. Do you know an Erudite Troglodyte? Maybe you know a Jane Austen fan, who would like a Pride and Prejudice tote bag. How about a hoodie from The Count of Monte Cristo, or Wuthering Heights? Click on the link in the description for this episode to get a unique gift for the literary lover in your life.

 

Tap to go to The Classic Tales Merchandise store 

 

And now, The Murder on the Links, part 4 of 7, by Agatha Christie

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

 

 

Dec 06, 2019
Ep. 655, The Murder on the Links, part 3 of 7, by Agatha Christie
01:10:12

Why is Hercule Poirot seemingly ignoring some apparently critical evidence that M. Giraud recently discovered? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

For CyberMonday, we actually have physical merchandise this year. If you’re a Classic Tales fan, we’ve got t-shirts, hoodies, stickers and more at our online merchandise store. Do you know an Erudite Troglodyte? Maybe you know a Jane Austen fan, who would like a Pride and Prejudice tote bag. How about a hoodie from The Count of Monte Cristo, or Wuthering Heights? Click on the link in the description for this episode to get a unique gift for the literary lover in your life.

The Classic Tales Merchandise store:

http://tee.pub/lic/yl9wRRWqhnY

 

And now, The Murder on the Links, part 3 of 7, by Agatha Christie

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to visit The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Nov 29, 2019
Ep. 654, The Murder on the Links, part 2 of 7, by Agatha Christie
01:14:24

What can the hotshot detective from Paris reveal about the case that eludes the great Hercule Poirot? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame has now been released in its entirety. If you are a current supporter of the podcast, and have not received the email an corresponding link for the entire audiobook, please send an email to: support@thebestaudiobooks.com and I’ll get you squared away.

Do you know a student, teacher or researcher who studies a lot? If you’re looking for the perfect gift for them, look no further – for they are Erudite Troglodytes. Intellectual Cave Dwellers. Click on the link in the description for this episode to get an Erudite Troglodyte t-shirt, coffee mug, tote bag or even a sticker for the Erudite Troglodyte in your life. It’s a one of a kind gift that is only available at the Classic Tales online store. I have two shirts, and I wear them all the time!

Well, it looks like I didn’t win any of my SOVAS nominations. But that’s okay. We’ll keep plugging along. Thank you for all of your support.

And now, The Murder on the Links, part 2 of 7, by Agatha Christie

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Nov 22, 2019
Ep. 653, The Murder on the Links, part 1 of 7, by Agatha Christie
58:23

Hercule Poirot receives an urgent message that a man is in danger, and that he must come at once. But will he arrive too late? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame has now been released in its entirety. If you are a current supporter of the podcast, and have not received the email an corresponding link for the entire audiobook, please send an email to: support@thebestaudiobooks.com and I’ll get you squared away.

Cyber Monday approaches, and I’m working on a special gift in the merchandise store. If you know of someone who reads, researches, or studies in rooms, libraries, or labs for extensive periods of time, it sounds like you know an intellectual cave dweller, or and Erudite Troglodyte. Check out my new design at our merchandise store if you have an Erudite Troglodyte in your life. The design makes a great shirt, coffee mug or tote bag.

I’ll find out this weekend if I happen to win an award from the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences. I’m very excited, and I’ll be sure to let you know if any awards come my way. I’ll also let you know if one of the many other amazing nominees took home the prize. It’s been a thrilling journey, and I’m very humbled to be competing with these amazing narrators and podcasters.

This week we will begin a mystery from Agatha Christie that will take us to the end of the year – The Murder on the Links. Hercule Poirot has been portrayed many times on stage, screen and television. My favorite Poirot is Peter Ustinov, and my favorite Poirot film is “Evil Under the Sun”. If you haven’t seen it, you should check it out. It stars James Mason, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Roddy McDowell and many others.

And now, The Murder on the Links, part 1 of 7, by Agatha Christie

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

Hear us on roku:

Nov 15, 2019
Ep. 652, An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, by Louisa May Alcott
49:49

When the parents are suddenly called away from the farm, the children decide to make a Thanksgiving Dinner surprise. What could possibly go wrong? Louisa May Alcott, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be released this weekend. All current supporters - keep an eye on your inboxes for an email from us with a downloadable link. If you haven’t received an email by Tuesday, please reach out to support@thebestaudiobooks.com. Sometimes the email list can be wonky. I hope you like it!

The next title to be released as a bonus for supporters will be The Ghost Kings, by H. Rider Haggard. It’s one of his most well written, and underappreciated treasures, where he integrates his trademark lost world adventure with supernatural mysticism.

Supporters who donate at the $5/month level with receive two bonus titles/year. Hunchback will count as two, because of its length. Most titles will be around 8-10 hours in length. Supporters who donate at the $10/month level or more will receive three titles.

Well, I’ll be going to the SOVAS awards next week, so we’re releasing one of our favorite titles from the archives this week. We’re going to start a mystery novel next week that will take us to the end of the year, and I didn’t want to split it up. 

The Society of Voice Arts and Sciences has nominated The Classic Tales Podcast as Best Podcast of 2019. Not sure if we’ll win, but the SOVAS awards are a big deal. There aren’t a ton of awards for voice acting, and it will be fun to see some of the heroes who have inspired me over the years. Some of whom I’m actually competing with. The two thrillers I’m nominated for are going up against some A list talent. It’s such an incredible honor to be nominated.

And now, An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, by Louisa May Alcott

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Nov 08, 2019
Ep. 651, The Ebony Frame, by Edith Nesbit
35:08

What haunting mystery lurks inside the ebony frame? Edith Nesbit, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. 

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

We are in the final stages of postproduction for The Hunchback of Notre Dame. We’re working on nailing down the original introduction from Annie Sargent, and putting the final spit and polish on the files. It should be worth the wait!

Be sure to keep your subscription current, as I’ll be sending the entire audiobook to all current supporters.

We dropped the show a day early so that you can still have a scary story to keep you company this Halloween. App users can discover The Screaming Skull, by F. Marion Crawford in their special features. Marcus Aurelius will continue in November.

And now, The Ebony Frame, by Edith Nesbit

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

  

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Oct 31, 2019
Ep. 650, Bambi, part 4of4, by Felix Salten
01:20:59

Why is the hound considered a traitor to the forest creatures? Felix Salten, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is recorded and proofed. The artwork is done as well. Now, I have to record the pickups, drop in the edits, and do the final mixing of the audio and blah, blah, blah. There’s still a ways to go, but we’re getting very close. Be sure to keep your subscription current, as I’ll be sending the entire audiobook to all current supporters.

Next week, I’ll announce what the next bonus title is going to be. I’ve already got it picked out.

If you’re dying for some horror stories during Halloween season, App users can discover a scary story in the special features during the month of October. This week, we feature The White Maniac, by Mary Fortune. Marcus Aurelius will continue in November.

And now, Bambi, part 4 of 4, by Felix Salten.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

  

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

  

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Oct 25, 2019
Ep. 649, Bambi, part 3of4, by Felix Salten
01:07:23

How does Bambi negotiate the twists and turns of growing up without his mother? Felix Salten, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

 We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

I only have a few chapters left to record of The Hunchback of Notre Dame I have one of my proofers going through it now, and I hope to have it available soon. Be sure to keep your subscription current, as I’ll be sending the entire audiobook to all current supporters. This was quite a feat, and I’m excited to see it coming to successful close.

Again! We’ve been nominated for a SOVAS award! Best Podcast of 2019 , along with TWO nominations in the thriller audiobook category– can you believe it? The awards gala is on November 17th. Hopefully the stars will align so I can walk the red carpet. Previous winners in other categories include Lily Tomlin, James Earl Jones, Scott Brick, and Sigourney Weaver. It’s a pretty prestigious award, and I’m very excited.

If you’re dying for some horror stories during Halloween season, App users can discover a scary story in the special features during the month of October. This week, we feature The Squaw, by Bram Stoker. Marcus Aurelius will continue in November.

I discovered a connection between my son Basil, Bambi, and Frankenstein! Okay, so the third Frankenstein film, Son of Frankenstein (1939), starred Basil Rathbone as Wolf von Frankenstein, and Donnie Dunagan as his son, Peter von Frankenstein. This is where it gets crazy – little Donnie Dunagan is the voice of young Bambi in the Disney film, and I named my son after Basil Rathbone. Son of Frankenstein is also the last time Boris Karloff would play the monster. Yeah, I think if you look hard enough, you find connections kind of anywhere.

And now, Bambi, part 3 of 4, by Felix Salten.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

  

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Oct 18, 2019
Sample of DUST -a new premium science-fiction podcast
07:10

Hi this is BJ Harrison, and I wanted to tell you about a new premium audio science fiction podcast - DUST.

 

These guys reached out to me, and asked me to listen to what they’re doing, and I was blown away. The quality is top notch – the writing, acting, and sound design, all of it. It’s a fun and immersive listening experience.

 

The first season of the DUST Podcast is called Horizons .

 

Horizons is an anthology of immersive science fiction audio dramas ranging from classic tales by pioneers of the genre, like Philip K. Dick and Ray Bradbury, to thought-provoking stories from the emerging voices of today.

 

So today, we’re going to listen to a five-minute sampling of the first episode– Genborn.

 

If you like what you hear, you can listen to the rest of Genborn, and listen to the second episode right now, by subscribing on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.

 

They will release episodes weekly through November.

 

So without further ado, here’s a sample of DUST:

 

Tap here to subscribe to DUST

 

Oct 16, 2019
Ep. 648, Bambi, part 2of4, by Felix Salten
01:23:23

What could two leaves possibly have to say to each other? Felix Salten, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. 

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

Thank you for your patience over the last little while. I’m scheduling to have some new releases coming soon to the website. Keep an eye open for some new titles!

Now, if you’re dying for some horror stories during Halloween season, App users can discover a scary story in the special features during the month of October. This week, we feature The Burned House, by Vincent O’Sullivan. Marcus Aurelius will continue in November.

In today’s episode of Bambi, things get pretty real, especially in the last chapter. It might be upsetting to younger readers, so keep a sharp eye out for that. 

Also, in today’s episode, the deer run into some elk. Now, in the Disney movie, I thought that Bambi was the chosen one, and a prince among deer. But in the original book, the adult deer are related to as princes and the adult elk are kings. Bambi is awed by the elk calling to each other in the night. Salten’s description of the elk call is brilliant. Here’s what a wild elk call sounds like, in case you’ve never heard one:

I think one of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever recorded is Chapter 8 of Bambi, with the two leaves. I hope you enjoy it.

 

And now, Bambi, part 2 of 4, by Felix Salten.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Oct 11, 2019
Ep. 647, Bambi, part 1of4, by Felix Salten
01:18:38

Why is Bambi forbidden to enter the meadow during the daytime? Felix Salten, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

 Surprise! We’re doing the complete book of Bambi for the month of October. And to kick things off, I’ve created some really fun artwork that is available at the merchandise store. I got a Bambi long sleeved tee shirt, and I just love it. If you like the artwork I design for the Classic Tales covers, please check it out!

Go to the merchandise store by tapping here 

We’d also like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

Now, if you’re dying for some horror stories during Halloween season, App users can discover a scary story in the special features during the month of October. This week, we feature The Ring of Toth, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Marcus Aurelius will continue in November.

I’m pleased to announce that The Society for Voice Arts and Sciences has nominated The Classic Tales Podcast as one of the Best Podcasts of 2019. I’m also nominated for two thrille audiobooks I’ve done. It’s such an honor to be nominated at all, and to be nominated three times is outrageous. Thank you for listening to the podcast, and telling your friends. Apparently, we still go it!

Now, I had always heard that the original Bambi was much edgier and darker than the Disney film, but I had never read it. It just came into the public domain this year, so I thought I’d give it a go. I was blown away. It’s written so beautifully, so poetically. But there is a deeper, resounding philosophy as the creatures are forced to face their own mortality in so many ways. I

t reads more like Watership Down or Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. But there is no substitute for reading the original, unabridged work. Once Bambi starts to understand the way things work, things start to get really real.

I had to do it in October, because in Utah, our kids actually get out of school for the deer hunt.

And now, Bambi, part 1 of 4, by Felix Salten.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Oct 04, 2019
Ep. 646, The Bell and the Fog, by Gertrude Atherton
01:10:08

What happens when an author fills is the seemingly simple gaps in the history of a girl who lived 200 years ago? Gertrude Atherton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

I don’t know about you, but I love wearing t-shirts that are literary. I’ve been adding to the designs in our merchandise store. If you like the artwork I design for the Classic Tales covers, please check it out! 

Go to the merchandise store by tapping here 

We’d also like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. 

And app users can check out more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in their special features.

Today’s episode is by the prolific Gertrude Atherton. We heard another of her stories earlier in March – The Dead and the Countess.

Today’s story, The Bell and the Fog, is a well-crafted short story with some gothic elements. It takes place on a large English estate, there are hints of darkness and the occult here and there, but the style of the writing, and the subtlety of the strong women is what I particularly enjoyed.

And now, The Bell and the Fog, by Gertrude Atherton

 

Tap here to become a monthly supporter of The Classic Tales!

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Sep 27, 2019
Ep. 645, The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe
55:23

Is there, in fact, a curse on the actual House of Usher, or just the inhabitants? Edgar Allan Poe, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

I don’t know about you, but I love wearing t-shirts that are literary. I guess it’s kind of my thing, if I have one. If you like the artwork I design for the Classic Tales covers, please check out our merchandise store. They are having a sale right now! 

Go to the merchandise store by tapping here 

We’d also like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

And app users can check out more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in their special features.

For the rest of September, we will be stocking up on scary stories, because we have a special seasonal title for October this year.

This story, the original Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe, hasn’t been released through the podcast before. And this recording is one I did for an anthology of classic horror stories recently released on Audible: The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Creepy Classics.

A group of local audiobook narrators get together once a month for lunch to talk shop and shoot the breeze. It’s so great to be able to talk to people who understand all the tricks and pitfalls with this crazy vocation of narrating audiobooks. 

Today’s episode is one of the stories in the anthology that we created. Audie Award-winner Nancy Peterson spearheaded the project, and it was very fun to collaborate with these amazing colleagues. You can check out the complete anthology here: 

And now, The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

  

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

Tap here to get early access to the Airr app, and share your favorite snippets of the episode with your friends! Share on Twitter @bjharrisonaudio, and your clip might be on the show!

  

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

 

  

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Sep 20, 2019
Ep. 644, The Infernal Trap, by Maurice Leblanc
56:11

How could Arséne Lupin possibly steal 50,000 francs in France, when he was apparently in New York at the time? Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

You can also purchase our app, or shop for t-shirts and other merchandise. Links can be found in the notes to today’s episode.

If you have the Classic Tales App, check your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.

We’d also like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

I’ve gotten slammed with work this week, and I wasn’t able to get any of Hunchback recorded. I’ll let you know how next week goes. I apologize for the delay. While recording Hunchback is one of the highlights of my week, it unfortunately has to take a back seat to the work that pays.

And if you like today's story, I have the first two audiobooks of the Arséne Lupin series available at the website. www.classictalesaudiobooks.com  

And now, The Infernal Trap, by Maurice Leblanc

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to get early access to the Airr app, and share your favorite snippets of the episode with your friends! Share on Twitter @bjharrisonaudio, and your clip might be on the show!

  

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

  

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Sep 13, 2019
Ep. 643, The Four Just Men, part 4of4, by Edgar Wallace
55:51

How can The Four Just Men accomplish their nefarious plan – in spite of the herculean precautions of Scotland Yard? Edgar Wallace, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

You can also purchase our app, or shop for t-shirts and other merchandise. Links can be found in the notes to today’s episode. 

If you have the Classic Tales App, check your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. 

We’d also like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is coming along. I’ve been a little under the weather this week, and I only got half an hour recorded. But I’m back at it. I’d like to send out Part One next week, so keep an eye on your inboxes. I still have a few more hours to record until we are finished. 

Please make sure your membership status is current, as I will be sending the completed audiobook out to all current financial supporting members.

I’m going to be at the Fan X Comic Con in Salt Lake City! I’ll be on a panel called: The Life Changing Magic of Embracing your Inner Nerd. It will be on Saturday the 7th at noon. Apparently, I’m a bit of an authority on nerding loud and proud. If you’re in town, drop by. I’d love to see you, and I have stickers!

 

And now, The Four Just Men, part 4 of 4, by Edgar Wallace.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to get early access to the Airr app, and share your favorite snippets of the episode with your friends! Share on Twitter @bjharrisonaudio, and your clip might be on the show!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

   

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Sep 06, 2019
Ep. 642, The Four Just Men, part 3of4, by Edgar Wallace
01:23:23

Will the Four Just Men be caught when they deliver their final threat in person? Edgar Wallace, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

You can also purchase our app, or shop for t-shirts and other merchandise. Links can be found in the notes to today’s episode.

If you have the Classic Tales App, check your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.

We’d also like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is coming along. I’m going to release this in two shots, as a Part One and Part Two, since it runs around 20 hours. So keep an eye open for Part One.

Please make sure your membership status is current, as I will be sending the completed audiobook out to all current financial supporting members. 

I’m going to be at the Fan X Comic Con in Salt Lake City! I’ll be on a panel called: The Life Changing Magic of Embracing your Inner Nerd. It will be on Saturday the 7th at noon. Apparently, I’m a bit of an authority on nerding loud and proud. If you’re in town, drop by. I’d love to see you, and I have stickers!

And now, The Four Just Men, part 3 of 4, by Edgar Wallace.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to get early access to the Airr app, and share your favorite snippets of the episode with your friends! Share on Twitter @bjharrisonaudio, and your clip might be on the show!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Aug 30, 2019
Ep. 641, The Four Just Men, part 2of4, by Edgar Wallace
01:13:53

Why is one of the Four Just Men being treated as a prisoner amongst his fellow conspirators? Edgar Wallace, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

You can also purchase our app, or shop for t-shirts and other merchandise. Links can be found in the notes to today’s episode.

If you have the Classic Tales App, check your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. 

We’d also like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is coming along. It’s tricky to try and sneak in a few hours to record over the weekend. I’m going to release this in two shots, as a Part One and Part Two, since it runs around 20 hours. So keep an eye open for Part One.

Please make sure your membership status is current, as I will be sending the completed audiobook out to all current financial supporting members.

And now, The Four Just Men, part 2 of 4, by Edgar Wallace.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to get early access to the Airr app, and share your favorite snippets of the episode with your friends! Share on Twitter @bjharrisonaudio, and your clip might be on the show!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

  

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Hear us on roku:

 

Aug 23, 2019
Ep. 640, The Four Just Men, part 1of4, by Edgar Wallace
01:15:16

How does a vigilante group styling themselves The Four Just Men raise the stakes against an inflammatory act of Parliament? Edgar Wallace, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

You can also purchase our app, or shop for t-shirts and other merchandise. Links can be found in the notes to today’s episode.

If you have the Classic Tales App, check your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.

We’d also like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor.

This week we have another sponsor: AudioFile Magazine. They have an amazing podcast that highlights the best of the best in audiobooks. Their episodes are frequent, and run around 5 minutes long. Continue listening after the story to hear an entire episode of their podcast: Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is coming along. I’m running a little behind this week. It’s tricky to try and sneak in a few hours to record over the weekend. I’m going to release this in two shots, as a Part One and Part Two, since it runs around 20 hours. So keep an eye open for Part One.

Please make sure your membership status is current, as I will be sending the completed audiobook out to all current financial supporting members.

Today’s story is Edgar Wallace who co-wrote the groundbreaking story of King Kong with Merriam C. Cooper. Wallace was a prolific author, and at the time of his death, was known as “The King of Thrillers”. 

When Wallace finished writing The Four Just Men, he was sure he had a hit. The problem was, nobody else thought so. He couldn’t get it published. So, he self published it, and decided to advertise the novel on an unprecedented scale. He came up with a bold advertising gimmick: a £500 reward was offered to any reader who could guess how the murder in the novel was committed. Wallace was working for The Daily Mail newspaper at the time, and here he published the serialized version of the story along with the competition.

Well, it didn’t work out quite like he’d anticipated. While the book did well, it didn’t do that well. Furthermore, Wallace wasn’t quite as clever as he thought. Some people were guessing the ending. After three months, Wallace still hadn’t recouped his advertising investment, and he had more contest winners than he was planning for. So, the official list of winners kind of went unpublished, which kind of made a lot of people lose trust in The Daily Mail, which is really a bad thing when you’re, you know, a news source.

In the end, Wallace had to borrow £5,000 from his boss, so the newspaper could save face with their readers. Wallace’s working relationship with the paper soured after that, when it became evident that Wallace was in no hurry to pay the money back. But while the publishing of The Four Just Men was a bit of a fiasco, it did establish Wallace’s name as a writer.

The reason I chose this story was because while I was reading it, I was constantly fighting with myself. This was Wallace’s intention. Of The Four Just Men, he said, “The most lawless of us would hesitate to defend them, but the greater humanitarian could scarcely condemn them.” We aren’t supposed to be completely for or against them.

The story takes place before the two World Wars, when anarchists were big news in Europe. Today, we would likely dub them terrorists. They are vigilantes, who seek their own version of justice from the world. I hope you like it.

Warning: there are a couple offensive racial epithets in today’s episode, including the “n” word. 

And now, The Four Just Men, part 1 of 4, by Edgar Wallace.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

Tap here to get early access to the Airr app, and share your favorite snippets of the episode with your friends! Share on Twitter @bjharrisonaudio, and your clip might be on the show!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store! 

 

Aug 16, 2019
Ep. 639, The Rival Mechanicians, by Lydia Maria Child
43:24

What misfortune occurs when an ancient watchmaker pits his two protégés against each other? Lydia Maria Child, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for $8 off any digital audiobook download. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

There are many other ways you can also support the podcast, through purchasing our app, merchandise, or telling your friends about us. Links can be found in the notes to today’s episode.

If you have the Classic Tales App, check your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. That’s still a thing.

You and also rate and review us at Spotify or Apple Podcasts. 

And the items in our FREE category have been changed, so head on over to the website for some free audiobooks.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is coming along. I’m actually using a combination of several translations to record this audiobook, as I’m using three at the same time. The one from J. Carroll Beckwith is the main one, but I’m also using the traditionally used anonymous translation as well as another audio version for additional reference. I have around four more hours to record.

Please make sure your membership status is current, as I will be sending the completed audiobook out to all current financial supporting members. 

Today’s story is by Lydia Maria Child, who lived from 1802 to 1880. She was best known for her stand against slavery and for her promotion of the rights of Native Americans. The musical version of her Thanksgiving poem, “Over the River and Through the Woods”, is still sung by children today.

Her story, “The Rival Mechanicians” has been lauded as one of the finest science fiction tales from the first half of the nineteenth century. The Western Literary Messenger declared it to be “above praise”, when it was first published in 1847.

There are so many diverse and profound elements to the story, however, I think I’ll let it speak for itself.

And now, The Rival Mechanicians, by Lydia Maria Child.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to get early access to the Airr app, and share your favorite snippets of the episode with your friends! Share on Twitter @bjharrisonaudio, and your clip might be on the show! 

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

  

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

  

Hear us on roku:

Aug 09, 2019
Ep. 638, The People of the Black Circle, part 4of4, by Robert E. Howard
56:49

How can Khemsa’s dying words about following a golden thread possibly help Conan defeat the evil Master of Yimshah? Robert E. Howard, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for $8 off any digital audiobook download. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

There are many other ways you can also support the podcast, through purchasing our app, merchandise, or telling your friends about us. Links can be found in the notes to today’s episode.

You and also rate and review us at Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

And the items in our FREE category have been changed, so head on over to the website for some free audiobooks.

I’m very excited to announce that Annie, from the Join Us In France podcast, has agreed to write a special introduction for the Classic Tales Audiobook edition of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She is a licensed historian and tour guide, and her insights into the history of the Notre Dame cathedral will deepen the experience of the audiobook.

After searching many different translations, the one I landed on by J. Carroll Beckwith was only published in a very limited edition of only 1000 copies. But it is by far the best I’ve come across.

Please make sure your supporter status is up to date, so you don’t miss out on this amazing production. Once it’s done, I’ll be sending the entire 20 hour-long audiobook to all current supporters.

This week we finish our story of Conan. It’s got some pretty gruesome violence, and the misogyny is back, too. The violence is pretty obvious, but parents might also want to stop and talk about the misogyny. If we point it out and talk about it, we can make sure it stops.

And now, The People of the Black Circle, Part 4 of 4, by Robert E. Howard.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to get early access to the Airr app, and share your favorite snippets of the episode with your friends! Share on Twitter @bjharrisonaudio, and your clip might be on the show!

  

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

  

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Aug 02, 2019
Ep. 637, The People of the Black Circle, part 3of4, by Robert E. Howard
51:26

How can Conan possibly prevail against the wizards of the Black Circle? Robert E. Howard, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for $8 off any digital audiobook download. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

There are many other ways you can also support the podcast, through purchasing our app, merchandise, or telling your friends about us. Links can be found in the notes to today’s episode.

If you have the Classic Tales App, check your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. That’s still a thing.

You and also rate and review us at Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

And thank you, Spotify, for featuring us again on your curated Mind Massage playlist.

Hunchback is coming along nicely, and I’ll be recording another episode on Saturday. I’d like to get it done by the end of September. So, please make sure your supporter status is up to date, so you don’t miss out on this amazing production. Once it’s done, I’ll be sending the entire 20 hour-long audiobook to all current supporters.

And now, The People of the Black Circle, Part 3 of 4, by Robert E. Howard.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter! 

 

Tap here to get early access to the Airr app, and share your favorite snippets of the episode with your friends! Share on Twitter @bjharrisonaudio, and your clip might be on the show!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

https://www.amazon.com/author/bjharrison

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

  

Hear us on roku:

 

 

 

Jul 26, 2019
Ep. 636, The People of the Black Circle, part 2of4, by Robert E. Howard
56:50

Will Conan and Yasmina escape the magical machinations of the man in the green turban? Robert E. Howard, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for $8 off any digital audiobook download. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

There are many other ways you can also support the podcast, through purchasing our app, merchandise, or telling your friends about us. Links can be found in the notes to today’s episode.

If you have the Classic Tales App, check your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. That’s still a thing.

You and also rate and review us at Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

And thank you, Spotify, for featuring us again on your curated Mind Massage playlist.

Hunchback is coming along nicely, and I recorded another episode today. Wow, that is an amazing story. I have 6 hours left. I’d like to get it done by the end of September. So, please make sure your supporter status is up to date, so you don’t miss out on this amazing story.

As with other titles we’ve done in the past, today we’re going to run into some things that are problematic. We haven’t run into this much misogyny before, but I simply can’t let this go without calling it out. There is a part in the story where Conan is way out of line, and decides to give himself liberties without Yasmina’s consent. I don’t want to get all preachy, but parents, this is a good chance to pause the story and talk to your kids, maybe.

 

And now, The People of the Black Circle, Part 2 of 4, by Robert E. Howard.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to get early access to the Airr app, and share your favorite snippets of the episode with your friends! Share on Twitter @bjharrisonaudio, and your clip might be on the show!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Hear us on roku:

 

Jul 19, 2019
Ep. 635, The People of the Black Circle, part 1of4, by Robert E. Howard
01:07:06

Will Conan the Cimmerian help Yasmina avenge her kingly brother’s death? Robert E. Howard, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for $8 off any digital audiobook download. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

If you have the Classic Tales App, check your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.

If you’d like to share a snippet of today’s show with your friends, join us in beta testing the Airr app. Links can be found in the show notes.

We also have a merchandise store where you can get shirts and tote bags with your favorite Classic Tales Covers. Again, links are in the show notes.

And check us out on Spotify – our new podcast partner.

We’re still chipping away at Hunchback. It’s on its way. Be sure you don’t miss is, and become a monthly supporter. Once it’s ready, I’ll send an email out to all of our current supporters. If you’ve let your membership lapse, be sure and resubscribe.

And by the way, the only reason I’m being skittish about announcing a release date for Hunchback is simply because I don’t know how much more of my time I can throw toward it. I’m not trying to be like an enigmatic jerk, but at this point, it’s kind of what I can commit to. I can get it done in the near future, send it out to the supporters and move on.

I hope you don’t mind. If you have any suggestions, feel free to send me an email at support@thebestaudiobooks.com

Today we are dipping our toe into the world of Conan the Cimmerian. Now, I decided to do this book for a couple reasons.

1) Howard’s Conan series was a very important chapter in the history of fantasy. Many authors continued the series after Howard’s death – over 50 novels and dozens of short stories of Conan were written by authors other than Howard.

2) This method of story telling, using the cycle of the hero and using larger than life archetypal characters, is something that we have largely moved away from. I’ll explain it in Star Wars:

         So, in the original trilogy, you had the archetypal characters: The hero, the damsel in distress, the adventurer, the evil villain. This collection of characters are seen in millions of stories, and resonate with something deep within us. This is how storytelling has been done for centuries. This Conan story is a fantastic example of this method.

Today, we tend to demand that our characters are more nuanced, complicated, and multi-faceted. The stories that follow the same traditional pattern, using the archetypal characters, seem to not do too well. And so this Conan story is an interesting look at how it used to be done, and hopefully if parts ring a bit shallow, we can realize that we’ve become more developed in our storytelling nowadays.

And now, The People of the Black Circle, Part 1 of 4, by Robert E. Howard.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

  

Tap here to get early access to the Airr app, and share your favorite snippets of the episode with your friends! Share on Twitter @bjharrisonaudio, and your clip might be on the show!

  

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

  

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Jul 12, 2019
Ep. 634, The Importance of Being Earnest, part 4of4, by Oscar Wilde
33:37

What shocking truths does Lady Bracknell discover (and reveal)? Oscar Wilde, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. 

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for $8 off any digital audiobook download. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today.

If you have the Classic Tales App, check your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.

If you’d like to share a snipped of today’s show with your friends, join us in beta testing the Airr app. Links can be found in the show notes. Tap here to try the Airr app

We also have a merchandise store where you can get shirts and tote bags with your favorite Classic Tales Covers. Again, links are in the show notes. Tap here to go to the merch store

And check us out on Spotify – our new podcast partner

Okay, I think I’m back in a place where I can begin production on The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and finish the story. There are still 8 hours to record, so it will take a while, but it is happening.

I’m going to try a new thing, though. I’m going to wait until it’s totally complete, and then send out a link to a free copy in one email to all of the current Classic Tales supporters. I will not announce when this will happen, and it will be a one-time type of situation. 

So if you’ve let your membership lapse for whatever reason, It’s time to get back in the game. Thank you so much for your support.

And now, The Importance of Being Earnest, Part 4 of 4, by Oscar Wilde.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to get early access to the Airr app, and share your favorite snippets of the episode with your friends! Share on Twitter @bjharrisonaudio, and your clip might be on the show!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Jul 05, 2019
Ep. 633, The Importance of Being Earnest, part 3of4, by Oscar Wilde
45:25

When all of it comes out, who is, in fact, engaged to Ernest? Oscar Wilde, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you’ve enjoyed The Classic Tales over the years, please consider becoming a supporting member. Making a monthly donation really helps us to create a support flow we can count on. If you can step up with just $5/month, that really helps us keep moving forward. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a monthly supporter. You’ll get a monthly code good toward any digital audiobook download, as a ‘thank you’ gift. It’s a great deal, and a great feeling. Thank you so much. 

And for those of you with the Classic Tales App, check out your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius - just enough to wet your whistle. In the app, tap on the box with a bow on the left when you play the episode. That’s the special features area.

If you’re a regular listener of The Classic Tales Podcast, perhaps you've heard me read a passage that really stands out to you. One of the limitations of podcasts as a format is that there has not been a great way to save those brief moments for yourself or share them with other people in your life that would enjoy them.

Beta testing for the Airr app is going well, and there’s a new update for it which smoothes things along nicely. It’s a handy tool to share Oscar Wilde’s pithier moments with your friends on social media. Share your AirrQuote with me on my twitter feed, @bjharrisonaudio, and I might give you a shout out and feature you on the podcast! How many have done it yet? Nobody. So the odds are in your favor! You can find a link to the Airr app in the show notes for this episode.

Also, be sure to check us out on Spotify! They are beginning to feature us here and there, and we appreciate it.

Okay, so now we are back to episode 2 of The Importance of Being Earnest. Here’s the story so far:

Jack Worthing is known as Jack in the country, and Ernest in town. He has invented a reprobate brother whom he’s given the name of Ernest. His best friend, Algernon, likewise has an imagined acquaintance named Bunbury, whom he visits when he wants to escape the tedium of town.

Jack is in love with Gwendolyn, Angernon’s cousin. But Gwendolyn’s mother, Lady Bracknell, is not to be overlooked. After giving Jack the third degree, it is discovered that Jack doesn’t know who his parents are, and that he was discovered as an infant in a handbag in a railway station. After recommending that Jack acquire some parents post haste, Lack Bracknell has left Jack standing dumbfounded, while Algernon plays the piano in the adjoining room.

Meanwhile, Algernon goes to Jack’s country house masquerading as Jack’s profligate brother Ernest. Introducing himself as such, he woos and is quickly engaged to young Cecily, Jack’s ward.

When Jack arrives, he demands that Algernon leave, and he feigns to do so. In the mean time, Gwendolyn has traveled to Jack’s house in the country, and meets Jack’s ward, Cecily. Again, Cecily is engaged to Algernon, who introduced himself as Ernest. And Gwendolyn is still persuaded that Jack’s name is Ernest, as she only knows him when he is in London.

And now, The Importance of Being Earnest, Part 3 of 4, by Oscar Wilde.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to get early access to the Airr app, and share your favorite snippets of the episode with your friends! Share on Twitter @bjharrisonaudio, and your clip might be on the show!

  

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

 

Jun 28, 2019
Ep. 632, The Importance of Being Earnest, part 2of4, by Oscar Wilde
52:26

Though Jack announces that his brother Ernest is dead, what happens when his brother himself appears at Jack’s country home? Oscar Wilde, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you’ve enjoyed The Classic Tales over the years, please consider becoming a supporting member. Making a monthly donation really helps us to create a support flow we can count on. If you can step up with just $5/month, that really helps us keep moving forward. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a monthly supporter. You’ll get a monthly code good toward any digital audiobook download, as a ‘thank you’ gift. It’s a great deal, and a great feeling. Thank you so much.

And for those of you with the Classic Tales App, check out your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius - just enough to wet your whistle. In the app, tap on the box with a bow on the left when you play the episode. That’s the special features area.

If you’re a regular listener of The Classic Tales Podcast, perhaps you've heard me read a passage that really stands out to you. One of the limitations of podcasts as a format is that there has not been a great way to save those brief moments for yourself or share them with other people in your life that would enjoy them.

Beta testing for the Airr app is going well, and there’s a new update for it which smoothes things along nicely. It’s a handy tool to share Oscar Wilde’s pithier moments with your friends on social media. Share your AirrQuote with me on my twitter feed, @bjharrisonaudio, and I might give you a shout out and feature you on the podcast! How many have done it yet? Nobody. So the odds are in your favor! You can find a link to the Airr app in the show notes for this episode.

Also, be sure to check us out on Spotify! They are beginning to feature us here and there, and we appreciate it!

Okay, so now we are back to episode 2 of The Importance of Being Earnest. Here’s the story so far:

Jack Worthing is known as Jack in the country, and Ernest in town. He has invented a reprobate brother whom he’s given the name of Ernest. His best friend, Algernon, likewise has an imagined acquaintance named Bunbury, whom he visits when he wants to escape the tedium of town.

Jack is in love with Gwendolyn, Angernon’s cousin. But Gwendolyn’s mother, Lady Bracknell, is not to be overlooked. After giving Jack the third degree, it is discovered that Jack doesn’t know who his parents are, and that he was discovered as an infant in a handbag in a railway station. After recommending that Jack acquire some parents post haste, Lack Bracknell has left Jack standing dumbfounded, while Algernon plays the piano in the adjoining room.

And now, The Importance of Being Earnest, Part 2 of 4, by Oscar Wilde.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to get early access to the Airr app, and share your favorite snippets of the episode with your friends! Share on Twitter @bjharrisonaudio, and your clip might be on the show!

  

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

  

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

  

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Jun 21, 2019
Ep. 631, The Man Who Lived Backwards, by Charles F. Hall
51:27

Where, (and when) does Dr. Nikolai Rostof disappear to while teaching a classroom full of children? Charles F. Hall, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you’ve enjoyed The Classic Tales over the years, please consider becoming a supporting member. We really need your help right now. Making a monthly donation really helps us to create a support flow we can count on. If you can step up with just $5/month, that really helps us out. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a monthly supporter. You’ll get a monthly code good for $8 toward any digital audiobook download, as a ‘thank you’ gift. It’s a great deal, and a great feeling. Thank you so much.

And for those of you with the Classic Tales App, check out your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius - just enough to wet your whistle. In the app, tap on the box with a bow on the left when you play the episode. That’s the special features area.

If you’re a regular listener of The Classic Tales Podcast, perhaps you've heard me read a passage that really stands out to you. One of the limitations of podcasts as a format is that there has not been a great way to save those brief moments for yourself or share them with other people in your life that would enjoy them.

Join us in beta testing the Airr app, and sharing your favorite Classic Tales moments with your friends on social media. Share your AirrQuote with me on my twitter feed, @bjharrisonaudio, and I might give you a shout out and feature you on the podcast! You can find a link to the Airr app in the show notes for this episode.

We’re also on Spotify, who has recently featured our show on one of their curated podcast playlists, “Mind Massage”. Check us out on Spotify!

And now for something completely different.

I am heading out of town with my family this week, and so we’re bringing you a rare story from the vaults.

C.S. Lewis wrote, in his preface to The Great Divorce: “I must acknowledge my debt to a writer whose name I have forgotten and whom I read several years ago in a highly coloured American magazine. The unbendable and unbreakable quality of my heavenly matter was suggested to me by him, although he used the fancy for a different and more ingenious purpose. His hero traveled into the past and there very properly found raindrops that would pierce him like bullets and sandwiches that no strength would bite because, of course, nothing in the past can be altered. If the writer of that story ever reads these lines I ask him to accept my grateful acknowledgment.”

Lewis was wrong about the story appearing in an American magazine. In fact, it appeared in a short-lived British Magazine, Tales of Wonder. And it’s small wonder that the author’s name slipped Lewis’ mind. He published two stories for this obscure magazine in 1938, and then disappeared. Today’s story is the first, and the one that Lewis referred to as influencing his writing in such a unique way.

This recording was originally released in 2011, in Season Five of The Classic Tales Podcast.

Rest assured, we will return to The Importance of Being Earnest next week. 

And now, The Man Who Lived Backward, by Charles F. Hall.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to get early access to the Airr app, and share your favorite snippets of the episode with your friends! Share on Twitter @bjharrisonaudio, and your clip might be on the show!

  

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

  

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Jun 14, 2019
Ep. 630, The Importance of Being Earnest, Part 1 of 4, by Oscar Wilde
48:05

Who is the owner of the mysterious cigarette case? The answer is anything but simple. Oscar Wilde, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you’ve enjoyed The Classic Tales over the years, please consider becoming a supporting member. Making a monthly donation really helps us to create a support flow we can count on. If you can step up with just $5/month, that really helps us out. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a monthly supporter. You’ll get a monthly code good for $8 toward any digital audiobook download, as a ‘thank you’ gift. It’s a great deal, and a great feeling. Thank you so much.

And for those of you with the Classic Tales App, check out your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius - just enough to wet your whistle. In the app, tap on the box with a bow on the left when you play the episode. That’s the special features area. 

If you’re a regular listener of The Classic Tales Podcast, perhaps you've heard me read a passage that really stands out to you. One of the limitations of podcasts as a format is that there has not been a great way to save those brief moments for yourself or share them with other people in your life that would enjoy them.

That's why I'm excited to announce that I’m experimenting with a great new tool, Airr, that lets you save and share the best moments of Classic Tales episodes. Their app lets you capture the moments that stand out to you while listening, and then send these clips to your friends or share them on social media.

Airr is a free, iPhone app that is currently in private beta. Now, this isn't a paid sponsorship or an ad of any sort. Instead, the founders are working with me to give Classic Tales listeners early access to the app, which launches publicly this August. You can sign up for early access through the link, which I will also link in the show notes.

And, perhaps most importantly, I want all of you to share your favorite moments from Classic Tales with me! If you use Airr and tweet your favorite moment from the latest episodes @bjharrisonaudio, you might just appear on a Classic Tales episode. Each week, before the story begins, I’ll shoutout the fan who submitted my favorite moment, read their accompanying tweet, and play their clip on the show!

This week we are doing a play that I have adapted into the audiobook format. I’ve done this before with Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Coriolanus. I think I’m finally hit my stride. I’m very happy with the way this turned out. I hope you enjoy it.

And now, The Importance of Being Earnest, Part 1 of 4, by Oscar Wilde.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to get early access to the Airr app, and share your favorite snippets of the episode with your friends! Share on Twitter @bjharrisonaudio, and your clip might be on the show!

 

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Jun 07, 2019
Ep. 629, The Undertakers, by Rudyard Kipling
01:01:54

What is the secret desire that needles the reptilian mind of the Mugger of Mugger-Ghaut? Rudyard Kipling, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you’ve enjoyed The Classic Tales over the years, please consider becoming a supporting member. Making a monthly donation really helps us to create a support flow we can count on. If you can step up with just $5/month, that really helps us out. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a monthly supporter. You’ll get a monthly ‘thank you’ code toward any digital download, to help to expand your library of classic audiobooks. It’s a great deal, and a great feeling. Thank you so much.

 People are picking up Pride and Prejudice tote bags, and t-shirts of The Count of Monte Cristo. Check out our merchandise store! Links can be found in the episode’s details.

And for those of you with the Classic Tales App, check out your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius - just enough to wet your whistle. In the app, tap on the box with a bow on the left when you play the episode. That’s the special features area.

This week, we hear from Rudyard Kipling. Today’s story comes from the second of his Jungle Book stories.

Not sure if it’s super well known or obvious, but Kipling was a bit of a racist and misogynist. He truly believed that the white man was superior. You can see it in his writing in his attitude toward the indigenous people of India, and the way he depicts the women in this story.

When I run into stuff like this, I don’t think it’s right to ignore it. I also don’t want to cut out the objectionable parts, and pretend that these things didn’t happen. They did. And I think if we look at them and talk about them, it helps to keep them from recurring. I also think it helps to keep these attitudes from gaining acceptance through the revisiting of these pieces.

And now, The Undertakers, by Rudyard Kipling.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

  

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

  

Hear us on roku:

 

 

May 31, 2019
Ep. 628, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 8of8, by Sax Rohmer
01:10:51

What sinister secret hides in the underground passages of Graywater Park? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

 

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

 

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Have you noticed that some other podcasts who say that still have a break in the middle of the episode and a bunch of messages from sponsors? That’s fine for them, but not for me. Years ago, I wanted to make sure that nothing distracted from the story, and so instead of chasing down sponsors, I’ve tried to take care of my listeners.

 

In fact, if you’re a $5/month sponsor for most podcasts, they give you nothing. I mean, you help to keep the podcast going, which is what it’s all about, but with your $5/month donation, you get a monthly “Thank You” code that allows you to essentially get an audiobook from our online store. There’s also a bunch of free stuff on our website you’re more than welcome to download.

 

So, yeah, maybe I don’t need to bust out a code for website credit with a $5/month donation, but I do. Because I appreciate your donation to keep us running. Thank you so much.

 

And so if you have enjoyed The Classic Tales over the years, if you feel that this is a good service, if they have made you think about things you otherwise maybe wouldn’t have, please go to classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member.

 

 

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius continue in the special features of this week’s episode in the Classic Tales App. In the app, tap on the box with a bow on the left when you play the episode. That’s the special features area. It’s like a present!

Today we conclude our series of The Hand of Fu-Manchu, by Sax Rohmer.

As with last week, and during the run of this series, as you run into objectionable stuff today, feel free to talk about it with your friends. Point out the problems with your kids. Racism and misogyny thrive in the darkness. Let’s clean this out of our culture through honest and informed discussion.

And now, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 8 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

  

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

  

Hear us on roku:

 

 

May 24, 2019
Ep. 627, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 7of8, by Sax Rohmer
01:14:35

A Medusa, a secret meeting, and a murder – can Petrie and Smith decipher these clues before it’s too late? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This year, we’ve had the entire novel of “The Inimitable Jeeves”, a collection of scary stories, and now we’re winding up “The Hand of Fu-Manchu”. The choice of stories is actually quite a complex kind of art. There are many people who do similar things now, who simply look for the most downloaded public domain books, or similar lists. But I’ve actually read these books. I love them, if you couldn’t already tell. They mean so much to me, and I love to share them with you.

These titles may not all be at the top of the highbrow book lists. But I believe they all have something to offer. They all mark a point where we once were as a culture. And as history repeats itself, as it invariably does, I find it poignant to revisit the tales written from ages past to instruct those struggling with the same struggles.

If you have enjoyed The Classic Tales over the years, if you feel that this is a good service, if they have made you think about things you otherwise maybe wouldn’t have, please go to classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member. With the burning of the Notre Dame cathedral, I’d really like to finish up The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Please become a supporting member, and help us to start up the Enchiridion again.

Again, the website is classictalesaudiobooks, all one word, dot com.

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius continue in the special features of this week’s episode in the Classic Tales App. In the app, tap on the box with a bow on the left when you play the episode. That’s the special features area. It’s like a present!

Today we continue our series of The Hand of Fu-Manchu, by Sax Rohmer.

As with last week, and during the run of this series, as you run into objectionable stuff today, feel free to talk about it with your friends. Point out the problems with your kids. Racism thrives in the darkness. Let’s clean this out of our culture through honest and informed discussion.

 

And now, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 7 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

May 17, 2019
Ep. 626, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 6of8, by Sax Rohmer
01:09:48

What is the secret of the hashish den in the Café de L’Egypte? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so much to those who have stepped up recently and donated at the website. If you can step up with $5/month, that will really help us out. We’ll give you a thank you code in return to help your audiobook library of the classics continue to grow. Everybody wins, and you get to throw in your voice of support in keeping the Classic Tales Podcast going strong. Thank you so much for your support.

Please step up and donate to the podcast by going to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com.

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius continue in the special features of this week’s episode in the Classic Tales App. In the app, tap on the box with a bow on the left when you play the episode. That’s the special features area. It’s like a present!

Today we continue our series of The Hand of Fu-Manchu, by Sax Rohmer.

As with last week, and during the run of this series, as you run into objectionable stuff today, feel free to talk about it with your friends. Point out the problems with your kids. Racism thrives in the darkness. Let’s clean this out of our culture through honest and informed discussion.

 

And now, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 6 of 7, by Sax Rohmer.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

  

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

  

Hear us on roku:

 

 

May 10, 2019
Ep. 625, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 5of7, by Sax Rohmer
58:58

What does the cryptic cypher ZAGAZIG mean, and how can it be used to set a trap for Fu-Manchu’s minions? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. We’re currently struggling a little bit to keep up on our bills to keep the podcast going strong. If you can step up with $5/month, that will really help us out. We’ll give you a thank you code in return to help your audiobook library of the classics continue to grow. Everybody wins, and you get to throw in your voice of support in keeping the Classic Tales Podcast going strong. Thank you so much for your support.

Please step up and donate to the podcast by going to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com.

 

I recently ordered a long sleeve t-shirt of The Island of Dr. Moreau and a short sleeve tee of Treasure Island. I’m very happy with them. Now, my boys want one, too. Links to our merchandise store, and my invention of the hybrid audiobook are available in the description for this episode.

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius continue in the special features of this week’s episode in the Classic Tales App. In the app, tap on the box with a bow on the left when you play the episode. That’s the special features area. It’s like a present! 

Today we continue our series of The Hand of Fu-Manchu, by Sax Rohmer. 

As with last week, and during the run of this series, as you run into objectionable stuff today, feel free to talk about it with your friends. Point out the problems with your kids. Racism thrives in the darkness. Let’s clean this out of our culture through honest and informed discussion.

 

And now, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 5 of 7, by Sax Rohmer.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

  

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

May 03, 2019
Ep. 624, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 4of7, by Sax Rohmer
01:08:10

Why has Sir Baldwin Frazer, England’s most celebrated brain surgeon, been kidnapped by the Si Fan? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Thank you so much for your support. Since we first started in 2007, this podcast has been downloaded over 20 million times. We are still in the top 5% of all podcasts, and we’ve helped thousands of people become more familiar with the best books ever put to paper. Many thanks to all of you who have stepped up and donated over the years.

Please chip in by going to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com.

If you can step up with $5/month, that really goes a long way. I just love the ‘thank you’ code system we’ve got going. I’ve always tried to over deliver, and when it comes to saying ‘thank you’, I like to go all out. Thank you so much for helping us out.

Again, the website is classictalesaudiobooks, all one word, dot com.

We also have a merchandise store, and my invention of the hybrid audiobook you can check out. Links for all of these are available in the description for this episode.

I hope you are enjoying the bite size portions of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. The Meditations are being released exclusively through the special features on the Classic Tales App. In the app, tap on the box with a bow on the left when you play the episode. That’s the special features area. It’s like a present!

Today we continue our series of The Hand of Fu-Manchu, by Sax Rohmer.

As with last week, and during the run of this series, as you run into objectionable stuff today, feel free to talk about it with your friends. Point out the problems with your kids. Racism and misogyny thrive in the darkness. Let’s see where we were, and clean this out of our culture through honest and informed discussion.

For those of you who like epic World War III sagas, continue listening after the end of the episode to hear a special sneak peek of a book I have recorded that just recently hit the virtual shelves at Audible. Don’t miss “Battlefield Pacific”, by James Rosone and Miranda Watson. Military adventure that’s profanity free. It’s special to me because it’s also my 500th audiobook.

And now, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 4 of 7, by Sax Rohmer.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Apr 26, 2019
Ep. 623, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 3of7, by Sax Rohmer
55:55

What critical and deadly mystery surrounds the golden pomegranates? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Making a monthly donation really helps us to create a support flow we can count on. If you can step up with $5/month, that really helps us out. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a monthly supporter. You’ll get a monthly ‘thank you’ code for any digital download. It’s a great deal, and a great feeling. Thank you so much.

You can also purchase t-shirts and stuff at our merchandise store, and check out the Hybrid Audiobook - the audiobook that’s embedded in a printed book that I’ve invented and patented. Links can be found in the episode’s details.

And for those of you with the Classic Tales App, check out your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius - just enough to wet your whistle. In the app, tap on the box with a bow on the left when you play the episode. That’s the special features area.

Today we continue our series of The Hand of Fu-Manchu, by Sax Rohmer. You can pick up the first two titles at our website for under $8 each.

As with last week, and during the run of this series, as you run into objectionable stuff today, feel free to talk about it with your friends. Point out the problems with your kids. Racism and misogyny thrive in the darkness. Let’s see where we were, and clean this out of our culture through honest and informed discussion.

For those of you who like supernatural mysteries, continue listening after the end of the episode to hear a special sneak peek of a book I have recorded that just recently hit the virtual shelves at Audible. It’s called “The Keeper”, by T.F. Allen. It’s a page turning thriller with a twist of the supernatural. Now available at Audible.com – just search for “The Keeper”.

Tap here to find "The Keeper", by T.F. Allen on Audible

 

And now, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 4 of 7, by Sax Rohmer.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

  

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Apr 19, 2019
Ep. 622, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 2of7, by Sax Rohmer
51:24

What devilry lurks in the shady dive commonly known as the Joy Shop? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Making a monthly donation really helps us to create a support flow we can count on. If you can step up with $5/month, that really helps us out. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a monthly supporter. You’ll get a monthly ‘thank you’ code for any digital download. It’s a great deal, and a great feeling. Thank you so much.

You can also purchase t-shirts and stuff at our merchandise store, and check out the Hybrid Audiobook - the audiobook that’s embedded in a printed book that I’ve invented and patented. Links can be found in the episode’s details.

And for those of you with the Classic Tales App, check out your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius - just enough to wet your whistle. In the app, tap on the box with a bow on the left when you play the episode. That’s the special features area.

Today we continue our series of The Hand of Fu-Manchu, by Sax Rohmer. It is the third in the Fu-Manchu series, and you can pick up the first two titles at our website for under $8 each.

As with last week, and during the run of this series, as you run into objectionable stuff today, feel free to talk about it with your friends. Point out the problems with your kids. Racism and misogyny thrive in the darkness. Let’s see where we were, and clean this out of our culture through honest and informed discussion.

And now, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 2 of 7, by Sax Rohmer.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Apr 12, 2019
Ep. 621, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 1of7, by Sax Rohmer
54:54

Why has Sir Gregory Hale kept to his room for two weeks in such a paroxysm of frantic paranoia? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Making a monthly donation really helps us to create a support flow we can count on. If you can step up with $5/month, that really helps us out. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a monthly supporter. You’ll get a monthly ‘thank you’ code for any digital download. It’s a great deal, and a great feeling. Thank you so much.

You can also purchase t-shirts and stuff at our merchandise store, and check out the Hybrid Audiobook - the audiobook that’s embedded in a printed book that I’ve invented and patented. Links can be found in the episode’s details.

And for those of you with the Classic Tales App, check out your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius - just enough to wet your whistle. In the app, tap on the box with a bow on the left when you play the episode. That’s the special features area.

Today we begin our series of The Hand of Fu-Manchu, by Sax Rohmer. It is the third in the Fu-Manchu series, and you can pick up the first two titles at our website for under $8 each.

Now, before we jump in, I really need to say a word about the material. The Fu-Manchu series is basically built around the racist idea of a Yellow Peril. This term is used to express Western fears about East Asian Immigration, and builds on the fear to concoct an idea that someday the East Asians may get too much political and economic power – too much for the existing people in power, that is.

Sax Rohmer was quite a craftsman, using many devices from Sherlock Holmes and other popular detective stories, and integrating them with the contemporary British fear of the immigrants from the East. Seriously, by the time you’re a few minutes in to any Fu-Manchu story, you’re steeped in some serious Chinaphobia.

That being said, you may wonder why I chose to do this title? The reason is that I really think this needs to be looked at and talked about. When we brush racist history under the rug, or try to ignore it, it doesn’t make it go away. It empowers it. It enables it. And we really shouldn’t pretend that it didn’t happen. In coupling his page-turning popular writing with literally vilifying an entire race of people, The Fu-Manchu series brought Chinaphobia into the mainstream. We shouldn’t be okay with that.

And so, as you run into some objectionable stuff today, talk about it with your friends. Point out the problems with your kids. Let’s see where we were, and clean this out of our culture through honest and informed discussion.

If you’d like to learn more, check out Dr. Fu-Manchu and the Rise of Chinaphobia, by British educationalist and writer, Sir Christopher Frayling. 

And now, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 1 of 7, by Sax Rohmer.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

  

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

  

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Apr 05, 2019
Ep. 620, The Bell of St. Sépulcre, by M. P. Shiel
30:56

What happens when a person hears the tolling of the bell that still hangs in the ruins of St. Sépulcre? M.P. Shiel, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. The monthly donation really helps us to create a support flow we can count on. If you can step up with $5/month, that really helps us out. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a monthly supporter. You’ll get a monthly ‘thank you’ code for any digital download. It’s a great deal, and a great feeling. Thank you so much.

You can also purchase t-shirts and stuff at our merchandise store, and check out the Hybrid Audiobook - the audiobook that’s embedded in a printed book that I’ve invented and patented. Links can be found in the episode’s details.

And for those of you with the Classic Tales App, check out your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius - just enough to wet your whistle. In the app, tap on the box with a bow on the left when you play the episode. That’s the special features area.

Today we finish our journey into the purveyors of the ghost story. Next week, we will begin a multipart series of The Hand of Fu-Manchu, book three in the Fu-Manchu series by Sax Roemer. I tell you this now, so you can get caught up if you need to, and listen to the first two books. I’ve priced both The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu, and The Return of Fu-Manchu at 7.99 each. So you can use a coupon code to pick them up, if you haven’t already done so.

In case you can’t tell, I’m a little under the weather today. But fear not, I have another short story I recorded earlier from M.P. Shiel, which fits the bill nicely.

And now, The Bell of St. Sépulcre, by M.P. Shiel.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

  

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Mar 29, 2019
Ep. 619, The Dead and the Countess, by Gertrude Atherton
39:51

Why are the dead suddenly restless in a quiet graveyard in Brittany? Gertrude Atherton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. 

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. The monthly donation really helps us to create a support flow we can count on. If you can step up with $5/month, that really helps us out. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a monthly supporter. You’ll get a monthly ‘thank you’ code for any digital download. It’s a great deal, and a great feeling. Thank you so much.

You can also purchase t-shirts and stuff at our merchandise store, and check out the Hybrid Audiobook - the audiobook that’s embedded in a printed book that I’ve invented and patented. Links can be found in the episode’s details.

And for those of you with the Classic Tales App, check out your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius - just enough to wet your whistle. In the app, tap on the box with a bow on the left when you play the episode. That’s the special features area.

Today we continue our theme highlighting some of the masters of the ghost story.

Gertrude Atherton was a prolific American author, who lived from 1857 to 1948, and frequently set her novels in her home state of California.

She wrote novels as well as short stories, supernatural horror stories, essays, and articles for magazines and newspapers on such issues as feminism, war, and politics. Today’s story is elegant in so many ways. I hesitate to say more than that. I was thrilled when I discovered Gertrude Atherton. If this is your first introduction into her work, I hope you enjoy it.

And now, The Dead and the Countess, by Gertrude Atherton.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

  

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store! 

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Mar 22, 2019
Ep. 618, Xélucha, by M.P. Shiel
32:57

Who is the mysterious woman who bewitches our hero? Has she enchanted him before? M.P. Shiel, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. The monthly donation really helps us to create a support flow we can count on. If you can step up with $5/month, that really helps us out. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a monthly supporter. You’ll get a monthly ‘thank you’ code toward any digital download. It’s a great deal, and a great feeling. Thank you so much.

You can also purchase t-shirts and stuff at our merchandise store, and check out the Hybrid Audiobook - the audiobook that’s embedded in a printed book that I’ve invented and patented. Links can be found in the episode’s details.

And for those of you with the Classic Tales App, check out your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius - just enough to wet your whistle.

Now, during the month of March, we continue to explore the masters of the ghost story.

Matthew Phipps Shiel , who lived from 1865-1947, was a prolific British writer of West Indian descent. His work was lauded by both H.G. Wells and H.P. Lovecraft as essential to the development of weird fiction. Shiel’s dark imagination continues to influence writers of supernatural fiction to this day. I hope you enjoy today’s story of a courtesan who returns to torment her tormentor.

And now, Xélucha, by M.P. Shiel

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Hear us on roku:

 

 

Mar 15, 2019
Ep. 617,The Middle Toe of the Right Foot, by Ambrose Bierce
43:05

Duels, death and chicanery all cavort with cynical discipline in two stories by the devil’s lexicographer. Ambrose Bierce, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. The monthly donation really helps us to create a support flow we can count on. If you can step up with $5/month, that really helps us out. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a monthly supporter. You’ll get a monthly ‘thank you’ code for any digital download. It’s a great deal, and a great feeling. Thank you so much.

You can also purchase t-shirts and stuff at our merchandise store, and check out the Hybrid Audiobook - the audiobook that’s embedded in a printed book that I’ve invented and patented. Links can be found in the episode’s details.

And for those of you with the Classic Tales App, check out your special features for more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius - just enough to wet your whistle. 

And finally, we are now on the Roku network. If you have a Roku, which is kind of like Chromecast, where you plug it into your tv, and can stream media, you can now listen to The Classic Tales through your Roku. We are on the Audiobooks Network Channel. A link is also in the show details. Alice in Wonderland is available to stream for free on The Audiobook Networks.

And now for something completely different. Ambrose Bierce is kind of like Mark Twain without a filter. His gift for writing is undeniable, but his stories always have a biting wit that sometimes can bite pretty deep.

For the month of March, we’ll be having Moonlight March, where we’ll be featuring writers who have a distinct proficiency in the medium of the ghost story. Today we’ll have first a bit of a jocular tale called “The City of the Gone Away”, followed by the chiller, “The Middle Toe of the Right Foot”.

H.P. Lovecraft said of Bierce, “Virtually all of Bierce’s tales are tales of horror; and whilst many of them treat only of the physical and psychological horrors within Nature, a substantial proportion admit the malignly supernatural and form a leading element in America’s fund of weird literature”. 

And now, The City of the Gone Away, and The Middle Toe of the Right Foot, by Ambrose Bierce.

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to check out The Hybrid Audiobook - Developed and Patented by B.J. Harrison

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Listen to us on Roku:

 

 

Mar 08, 2019
Ep. 616, The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 9of9, by P.G. Wodehouse
45:10

Bertie and Bingo both find themselves knee deep in the proverbial consommé, and Jeeves must rally round before we come to our ripping finish. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and watch your library of classics bloom and grow. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Thanks again for your generous support.

You can also purchase t-shirts, tote bags and other merchandise with your favorite Classic Tales covers on them at our merchandise store.

And finally, we have the hybrid audiobook: a creation of my own invention, where an audiobook is embedded within the pages of a printed book. Links can be found in the description for this episode.

We have had a few developments at The Classic Tales this last week. I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with the Roku technology, but I may have some news about this in the up and coming weeks. Should be fun.

Also, I’m going to begin producing regularly special content for those who have the Classic Tales App. In the special features, you’ll find every week, a brief audio segment of a longer poetical or philosophical work.

I’ve noticed that there is something about hearing poetry or listening to the amazing scholars from the past that really hits a special note deep down inside. Now, the problem is, they can wear out their welcome pretty quickly. And so, we’re going to have just a smattering of the good stuff on the reg, as it were. We are going to start with The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.

Marcus Aurelius was one of the stoic philosophers, as was Epictetus who penned the most famous Enchiridion. Now, the thing that really struck me about the Meditations is when I discovered that these incredible, uplifting and memorable words were not written for the annals of history. They weren’t written for his contemporaries, or even his family’s perusal. These meditations were written for Aurelius and Aurelius himself. These are the intimate innerworkings of an incredible mind, written as he travelled from battlefield to battlefield. And through his triumphs and his losses, he records his meditations for his own later contemplation.

Enough’s as good as a feast. So if you have the app, check out your special features. I hope you like it.

 

And now, The Inimitable Jeeves, part 9 of 9, by P.G. Wodehouse

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

Mar 01, 2019
Ep. 615,The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 8of9, by P.G. Wodehouse
41:12

Will Bertie’s incorrigible cousins forever be foisted upon him? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and watch your library of classics bloom and grow. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Thanks again for your generous support.

We also have several other ways to support the podcast.

You can also purchase t-shirts, tote bags and other merchandise with your favorite Classic Tales covers on them at our merchandise store. 

And finally, we have the hybrid audiobook: a creation of my own invention, where an audiobook is embedded within the pages of a printed book. Links can be found in the description for this episode.

Now with The Classic Tales, you also get a thank you/coupon code as a bonus. You can go to the website and get unabridged classic audiobooks for a buck or two more. Or a few more short stories to round out your month. This is how your library can grow, basically effortlessly. It’s really a great little system that keeps us going strong.

And now, The Inimitable Jeeves, part 8 of 9, by P.G. Wodehouse

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

  

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

Feb 22, 2019
Ep. 614, The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 7of9, by P.G. Wodehouse
46:14

Will Bingo edge out a rival for the affections of his latest amour? Jeeves thinks this one’s a winner. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and watch your library of classics bloom and grow. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Thanks again for your generous support.

We also have several other ways to support the podcast. If you’re a business owner, and you would like me to develop a podcast for your business, please send me an email at: bj@thebestaudiobooks.com.

You can also purchase t-shirts, tote bags and other merchandise with your favorite Classic Tales covers on them at our merchandise store.

And finally, we have the hybrid audiobook: a creation of my own invention, where an audiobook is embedded within the pages of a printed book. Links can be found in the description for this episode.

Now, I thought I’d just walk through why the subscription system is such a great way to support the podcast. I mean, I support podcasts for $5/month, and I consider it a great direct investment in the talent and dedication to those who are podcast producers. For us at least, $5/month is super manageable.

Now with The Classic Tales, you also get a thank you/coupon code as a bonus. You can go to the website and get unabridged classic audiobooks for a buck or two more. Or a few more short stories to round out your month. This is how your library can grow, basically effortlessly. It’s really a great little system that keeps us going strong.

Well, you probably noticed that the number of parts changed in today’s title. Usually I’m better at this, but I wanted to take old Pelham Grenville Wodehouse as I found him. And so, I’ve been splitting the podcast episodes up when I got to a good stopping place. The problem was, when I got to part 6 of 7, I still had 30% of the book left. So, we’ll just keep stretching out the good times, if you don’t mind.

And now, The Inimitable Jeeves, part 7 of 9, by P.G. Wodehouse

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

 

Feb 15, 2019
Ep. 613, The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 6of7, by P.G. Wodehouse
01:16:51

Will Bertie’s cousins pull off their scheme of rigging a betting pool for lengthy country sermons? Well, what could go wrong? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and watch your library of classics bloom and grow. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Thanks again for your generous support.

We also have several other ways to support the podcast. If you’re a business owner, and you would like me to develop a podcast for your business, please send me an email at: bj@thebestaudiobooks.com 

You can also purchase t-shirts, tote bags and other merchandise with your favorite Classic Tales covers on them at our merchandise store.

And finally, we have the hybrid audiobook: a creation of my own invention, where an audiobook is embedded within the pages of a printed book. Links can be found in the description for this episode.

Now, I thought I’d just walk through why the subscription system is such a great way to support the podcast. I mean, I support podcasts for $5/month, and I consider it a great direct investment in the talent and dedication to those who are podcast producers. For us at least, $5/month is super manageable.

Now with The Classic Tales, you also get a thank you/coupon code as a bonus. You can go to the website and get unabridged classic audiobooks for a buck or two more. Or a few more short stories to round out your month. This is how your library can grow, basically effortlessly. It’s really a great little system that keeps us going strong.  

And now, The Inimitable Jeeves, part 6 of 7, by P.G. Wodehouse 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Feb 08, 2019
Ep. 612,The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 5of7, by P.G. Wodehouse
43:40

Bingo Little is in love…again. Will he secure the affections of the latest woman of his dreams, even through he must wear a disguise? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and watch your library of classics bloom and grow. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Thanks again for your generous support 

We also have several other ways to support the podcast. If you’re a business owner, and you would like me to develop a podcast for your business, please send me an email at: bj@thebestaudiobooks.com.

You can also purchase t-shirts, tote bags and other merchandise with your favorite Classic Tales covers on them at our merchandise store.

And finally, we have the hybrid audiobook: a creation of my own invention, where an audiobook is embedded within the pages of a printed book. Links can be found in the description for this episode.

Now, I thought I’d just walk through why the subscription system is such a great way to support the podcast. I mean, I support podcasts for $5/month, and I consider it a great direct investment in the talent and dedication to those who are podcast producers. For us at least, $5/month is super manageable.

Now with The Classic Tales, you also get a thank you/coupon code as a bonus. You can go to the website and get unabridged classic audiobooks for a buck or two more. Or a few more short stories to round out your month. This is how your library can grow, basically effortlessly. It’s really a great little system that keeps us going strong.

 

And now, The Inimitable Jeeves, part 5 of 7, by P.G. Wodehouse 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

  

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

Feb 01, 2019
Ep. 611,The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 4of7, by P.G. Wodehouse
44:43

Will Bertie succeed in keeping Cyril Bassington-Bassington off the New York stage, or will Aunt Agatha begin careening pots of the old rancid? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and watch your library of classics bloom and grow. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Thanks again for your generous support.

We also have several other ways to support the podcast. If you’re a business owner, and you would like me to develop a podcast for your business, please send me an email at: bj@thebestaudiobooks.com.

You can also purchase t-shirts, tote bags and other merchandise with your favorite Classic Tales covers on them at our merchandise store.

And finally, we have the hybrid audiobook: a creation of my own invention, where an audiobook is embedded within the pages of a printed book. Links can be found in the description for this episode.

Well, you’ve probably noticed something. The Inimitable Jeeves has a lot of stories you may have heard before. Apparently, Wodehouse originally released them

as short stories, then finessed them a bit and put them into one large volume, naming it The Inimitable Jeeves. So I hope you don’t mind revisiting a few of these stories. Today’s episode coincides with the book “Jeeves and the Chump Cyril”. I still love it.

And now, The Inimitable Jeeves, part 2 of 7, by P.G. Wodehouse

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

Jan 25, 2019
Ep. 610,The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 3of7, by P.G. Wodehouse
01:05:21

Will Bertie’s scheme to help Bingo Little come off without a hitch, or are there many more spring-ready hitches hiding in the bushes? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and watch your library of classics bloom and grow. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Thanks again for your generous support. 

I had the opportunity last week of chatting with Rob Walsh, podcasting guru and executive at Libsyn, the largest podcast hosting company. We took a look at my statistics, and it seems that The Classic Tales Podcast is in the top 5% of all current podcasts. Like, all of them. There are 639,000 currently updated podcasts, and mine is in the top 5%. Congratulations for listening to a winner!

Rob also mentioned that the largest genre of new podcasts is business podcasts. I asked what he meant. He said that the podcast is to businesses what websites were 13 years ago. Everybody needs one, and everyone’s getting one. It gives your business a voice, and creates a unique space where you can engage with your clients and customers.

Your clients love to hear how you develop your product, or come up with your ideas. They’d love to hear to describe your creative process, or how you overcame crazy obstacles. Hey, I know content creation, and I can help make it happen.

So if you’d like to have a podcast for your business, let me help you. I can help to develop, write, record and set up your very own podcast. And the kind folks at Libsyn have worked out a deal with me where if you hire me to help to set up your podcast, you can get your first TWO months of podcast hosting free.

Maybe you’re a writer wanting to expand your readership. Maybe you’re a new company with an amazing product. Maybe you’d like to polish your brand with added sophistication. Podcasting can take you to the next level, and I can help you get there.

If you would like me to develop a podcast for your business, please send me an email at: bj@thebestaudiobooks.com. Only a limited number of slots are available. I’d love to work with you.

And now, The Inimitable Jeeves, part 3 of 7, by P.G. Wodehouse

 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter! 

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

Jan 18, 2019
Ep. 609,The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 2of7, by P.G. Wodehouse
43:31

How can Jeeves help to keep Aunt Agatha from hounding Bertie to marry, when he’s turned frosty about a certain scarlet cummerbund? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Thanks again for your generous support.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but do you know why you don’t hear a whole bunch of credits at the end of the show? That’s because this show is a bit of a one-man band.

Where other podcasts and shows have artists to come up with the artwork, producers to choose the content, directors to direct and actors to narrate the piece, copywriters to write any additional copy, proofing editors to proof the audio against inconsistencies, audio engineers to mix the audio, marketers to load the podcast and announce the show on social media, and run the website, well, here at The Classic Tales, we just have one person to do all of that. Just lil’ old me.

And we have just started our 13th season.

So if you’re wondering why you don’t hear of any amazing sponsors or partners, that’s because there aren’t any.

And when you subscribe to pay $5 or $10 a month. That money doesn’t go to some corporate account we’re hiding on the sly. If there’s any left over after covering the expenses of the podcast, I buy groceries with it. Seriously, I do. I did it today.

Thank you so much for supporting the podcast, and my efforts to bring these amazing stories to life.

And now, The Inimitable Jeeves, part 2 of 7, by P.G. Wodehouse 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

 

Jan 10, 2019
Ep. 608, The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 1of7, by P.G. Wodehouse
40:11

How can Jeeves help Bertie’s friend Bingo Little get out of the soup? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Again, thank you so much! 

And if you’re in the mood for more hands on stuff, we also have our merchandise store, where you can order t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags and other merchandise sporting your favorite Classic Tales covers.

And you can also check out our new innovation: The Hybrid Audiobook by clicking in the link in the show notes.

Thank you again for your generous support.

Today we celebrate the end of the 20-year freeze of the public domain. Four days ago, The Inimitable Jeeves entered the public domain, along with two Agatha Christie novels, and works by Edith Wharton and many, many others. And going forward, every year more will be released, and soon the works of Steinbeck, Hemingway and others will be free to produce through the podcast. It’s gonna be great!

It’s been so fun to revisit my old friends Wooster and Jeeves.

And now, The Inimitable Jeeves, part 1 of 7, by P.G. Wodehouse

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

Jan 04, 2019
Ep. 607,The Harbor Master, by Robert W. Chambers
01:04:18

Could there really be a man with gills like a fish, which haunts the harbors in the North? Robert W. Chambers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Again, thank you so much.

Today’s story is found in the first five chapters of the book, In Search of the Unknown, by Robert W. Chambers. The book contains several stories like the one we will hear today, about scary creatures that show up when you least expect it.

I figured we’d round out the year with a good monster story. Couldn’t hurt, right?

Thanks for supporting the podcast.

And if you’re in the mood for more hands on stuff, we also have our merchandise store, where you can order t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags and other merchandise sporting your favorite Classic Tales covers.

And you can also check out our new innovation: The Hybrid Audiobook by clicking in the link in the show notes.

Thank you again for your generous support.

And now, The Harbor Master, by Robert W. Chambers

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

Dec 28, 2018
Ep. 606, A Christmas Carol, Part 3of3, by Charles Dickens
01:19:57

A Christmas Carol comes to its spirited conclusion. Charles Dickens, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Again, thank you so much.

We have a new title! The Christmas Stories of Charles Dickens is now available at classictalesaudiobooks.com. This collection is over 12 hours long, and includes three novellas: A Christmas Carol, A Cricket on the Hearth, and The Chimes. It also includes the short story, The Goblins Who Stole A Sexton, and the little book he wrote especially for his children: The Life of Our Lord.

Some of the audio was recorded in my original studio, and some of these stories will be updated. A Christmas Carol will be rerecorded in its entirety, and the first part we will hear shortly. Once it’s done, I’ll update the title with the new material, and everyone who has already purchased The Christmas Stories of Charles Dickens a link to the new edition of the book, including the new material. So pick it up, and know that as the new material is updated, we’ve got you covered.

And if you’re in the mood for more hands on stuff, we also have our merchandise store, where you can order t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags and other merchandise sporting your favorite Classic Tales covers.

And you can also check out our new innovation: The Hybrid Audiobook by clicking in the link in the show notes.

Thank you again for your generous support.

And now, A Christmas Carol, Part 2 of 3, by Charles Dickens 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

Dec 21, 2018
Ep. 605, A Christmas Carol, Part 2of3, by Charles Dickens
01:17:54

Ebenezer Scrooge sees visions of his past and present, and A Christmas Carol continues. Charles Dickens, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Again, thank you so much.

We have a new title! The Christmas Stories of Charles Dickens is now available at classictalesaudiobooks.com. This collection is over 12 hours long, and includes three novellas: A Christmas Carol, A Cricket on the Hearth, and The Chimes. It also includes the short story, The Goblins Who Stole A Sexton, and the little book he wrote especially for his children: The Life of Our Lord.

Some of the audio was recorded in my original studio, and some of these stories will be updated. A Christmas Carol will be rerecorded in its entirety, and the first part we will hear shortly. Once it’s done, I’ll update the title with the new material, and everyone who has already purchased The Christmas Stories of Charles Dickens a link to the new edition of the book, including the new material. So pick it up, and know that as the new material is updated, we’ve got you covered.

And if you’re in the mood for more hands on stuff, we also have our merchandise store, where you can order t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags and other merchandise sporting your favorite Classic Tales covers.

And you can also check out our new innovation: The Hybrid Audiobook by clicking in the link in the show notes.

Thank you again for your generous support.

And now, A Christmas Carol, Part 2 of 3, by Charles Dickens

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

 

Dec 14, 2018
Ep. 604, A Christmas Carol, Part 1of3, by Charles Dickens
50:15

Ebenezer Scrooge. Jacob Marley. Bob Cratchit. The most classic Christmas story of all is revisited. Charles Dickens, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Again, thank you so much.

We have a new title! The Christmas Stories of Charles Dickens is now available at classictalesaudiobooks.com. This collection is over 12 hours long, and includes three novellas: A Christmas Carol, A Cricket on the Hearth, and The Chimes. It also includes the short story, "The Goblins Who Stole A Sexton", and the little book he wrote especially for his children: The Life of Our Lord.

Some of the audio was recorded in my original studio, and some of these stories will be updated. A Christmas Carol will be rerecorded in its entirety, and the first part we will hear shortly. Once it’s done, I’ll update the title with the new material, and everyone who has already purchased The Christmas Stories of Charles Dickens a link to the new edition of the book, including the new material. So pick it up, and know that as the new material is updated, we’ve got you covered.

And if you’re in the mood for more hands on stuff, we also have our merchandise store, where you can order t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags and other merchandise sporting your favorite Classic Tales covers.

And you can also check out our new innovation: The Hybrid Audiobook by clicking in the link in the show notes.

Thank you again for your generous support.

And now, A Christmas Carol, Part 1 of 3, by Charles Dickens 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

 

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Dec 07, 2018
Ep. 603, The Circular Staircase, Part 9of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart
39:53

We come to the end of The Circular Staircase, but not without a final burst of terror. Mary Roberts Rinehart, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Again, thank you so much.

Do you know why the longer titles like The Count of Monte Cristo, Plutarch’s Lives and Dracula are broken down into smaller parts? It’s so that you can get the most mileage out of your “thank-you” codes! Years ago, I did a book for Audible called Happy Money. It basically broke down the best way to spend your money, if you want it to bring you more happiness. One way is to pay for things like vacations in small ways throughout the year, and then when you go on them, they’re already paid for! There’s no big financial strain, and you can focus on simply having fun!

That’s kind of my approach with the monthly donation and thank-you codes. You choose a plan that works for you, and then when you need them, you have them! The strain of paying for your audiobooks is lessened in a way that works for you! And all of the funds go to keeping the podcast up and running.

And if you’re in the mood for more hands on stuff, we also have our merchandise store, where you can order t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags and other merchandise sporting your favorite Classic Tales covers.

And you can also check out our new innovation: The Hybrid Audiobook by clicking in the link in the show notes.

Thank you again for your generous support.

And now, The Circular Staircase, part 9of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Nov 30, 2018
Ep. 602, The Circular Staircase, Part 8of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart
01:06:31

All is revealed. Well, some of it, anyway. The lines start coming together fast, and many questions are answered. Mary Roberts Rinehart, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Again, thank you so much.

Recently, I received an email from someone who just discovered our podcast and became a supporter. She wrote:

"I was so delighted to find your podcast. I really enjoy audio books, but purchasing new book recordings is prohibitively expensive. I tried Librivox, and I thought it was a very noble effort. But sadly, there appears to have been no quality control, and the majority of the narrations are just not pleasant listening.

The big surprise for me, though, was services like Audible. They have ‘professional’ readers, but which they often mean the actual writer or a ‘name’ actore. Sad to say, these skills do not necessarily carry over into narration. I’ve come to realize that narration is a skill unto itself and you are a master at it.

Thank you for providing this very reasonably priced way to receive high quality audio books."

Thank you, Janis, for you put into words exactly what I’m trying to do with The Classic Tales. I want to make the classics approachable and affordable. Here’s an example of how affordable it can be. Say you sign up to pay $5/month. Hopefully that amount is nominal enough that you won’t really feel it.

Well, in return, you get a thank-you code for $8/month. The codes last a year. You go on a road trip. You can go and get 3 audiobooks for a couple extra bucks. These same 3 books, if bought through Audible, would have cost you $45 if you used your Audible monthly credits. They cost you an extra 6 bucks, after 3 payments of $5 you likely didn’t even feel. The rest was already paid for.

This isn’t a hole in the system – this IS the system.

Set it up, don’t even worry about it, and when you need it, it’s there.

Of course, we also have our merchandise store, where you can order tshirts, hoodies, tote bags and other merchandise sporting your favorite Classic Tales covers.

And you can also check out our new innovation: The Hybrid Audiobook by clicking in the link in the show notes.

And thank you again for your generous support.

And now, The Circular Staircase, part 8of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Nov 23, 2018
Ep. 601, The Circular Staircase, Part 7of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart
58:38

Secrets, secrets, secrets. Everybody has so many secrets. It’s a wonder something doesn’t come out – especially when “accidents” occur. Mary Roberts Rinehart, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Again, thank you so much.

I’m pleased to announce the release of the first Hybrid Audiobook – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. How do I know it’s the first? Because I invented it. I even have patent pending status on it. A hybrid audiobook is a printed book that contains an audiobook embedded within its pages. Using your smartphone, scan the QR code at the beginning of each chapter, and listen as a narrator reads every word to you. It’s like Whispersync, but for physical, printed books! Looking for an unusual gift for a book lover? How about the world’s first Hybrid Audiobook? Links to the demo video and the product itself at Amazon are in the show notes. Check it out and give it a try!

Of course, we also have our merchandise store, where you can order tshirts, hoodies, tote bags and other merchandise sporting your favorite Classic Tales covers.

And don’t forget our online audiobook store, at classictalesaudiobooks.com, where supporters can use their coupon codes and save $8 off any downloadable audiobooks.

And thank you again for your generous support.

And now, The Circular Staircase, part 7of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Tap here to check out a video about Hybrid Audiobooks!

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

Nov 16, 2018
Ep. 600, The Circular Staircase, Part 6of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart
46:09

A boy, a ladder, and a burning. The plot continues to thicken around the circular staircase. Mary Roberts Rinehart, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Again, thank you so much.

Tune in next week for our big news!

In the meantime, I’m pleased to announce the advent of the Classic Tales Merchandise store. Looking for a gift for a book lover? How about a hoodie of The Island of Dr. Moreau? Or a tote bag with the artwork from Pride and Prejudice? Or an Arséne Lupin sweatshirt? Check out or new merchandising store, and set yourself up for some super fun gift giving. I just love wearing stuff that’s literary in nature. It seems like it’s so hard to find anything. I’m creating 60 different designs from the covers of Classic Tales titles. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? The Man Who Knew Too Much? Treasure Island? Wuthering Heights? We’ve got you covered.

And now, The Circular Staircase, part 6of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

Nov 09, 2018
Ep. 599, The Circular Staircase, Part 5of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart
01:05:12

After a scandal at the inquest, Miss Rachel predicts that Arnold Armstrong’s murder isn’t the end of the affair – it’s just the beginning! Mary Roberts Rinehart, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Again, thank you so much.

Our big announcement is still a couple weeks out, but it’s in the works!

In the meantime, I’m pleased to announce the advent of the Classic Tales Merchandise store. Looking for a gift for a book lover? How about a hoodie of The Island of Dr. Moreau? Or a tote bag with the artwork from Pride and Prejudice? Or an Arséne Lupin sweatshirt? Check out or new merchandising store, and set yourself up for some super fun gift giving. I just love wearing stuff that’s literary in nature. It seems like it’s so hard to find anything. I’m creating 60 different designs from the covers of Classic Tales titles. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? The Man Who Knew Too Much? Treasure Island? Wuthering Heights? We’ve got you covered.

Now, we have Long John Silver in the studio again to tell us the story so far:

Thank ye, sir. The story so far: Rachel Innes, and elderly spinster, and her two charges, Gertrude and Halsey, have rented a large house with a circular staircase for the summer in New England. Gertrude is in love with a clerk at the Trader’s Bank named Jack Bailey. Halsey is in love with Louise Armstrong, whose family owns the house they have rented, by thunder. A day after they arrive, gunshots ring out at three in the morning. Miss Rachel rushes out to find the dead body of a stranger at the foot of the circular staircase. The stranger turns out to be Arnold Armstrong, whose father, Paul Armstrong, owns the everloving Trader’s Bank that houses all of Halsey and Gertrude’s inheritance, and where Jack Bailey is a clerk.

Here be some other clues, by thunder. Halsey’s revolver was found in the tulip bed outside. Thomas, an old servant, speaks of hearing ghosts making noises at night. A servant, Rosie, was attacked while bringing dishes from the servant’s quarters at night, and the attacker then went and cleared off the broken shards from the roadway. Also, a terrified cook has thrown a blanket at Halsey and scampered off into the night.

Then here sits the real nub o’ the thing – The Tavern Bank goes under. Seems that someone has stolen over a million dollars worth of bonds that can be used to get loans for more money elsewhere. Halsey and Gertrude’s money is gone. Jack Bailey is arrested, and Paul Armstrong, who owns The Tavern Bank, dies like a dog in California. Is that plain as mud?

Last week we discovered that Louise Armstrong had left her mother in California, and took fever at the tail end of her journey. She didn’t know her brother had been shot, and her father had sickened and died in California. Then Louise announces that she’s to marry a Doctor Walker, who is building on the Armstrong estate. In the meantime, someone has sneaked into the house in the wee hours, and Louise is now missing, by thunder! Now, l et’s sit back and take a listen to:

The Circular Staircase, part 5of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart. 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

Nov 02, 2018
Ep. 598, The Circular Staircase, Part 4of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart
01:07:14

The ghost begins to move again in the small hours, and strange and curious discoveries seal Halsey’s fate. Mary Roberts Rinehart, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Again, thank you so much.

We have an amazing announcement coming soon, about a brand new product that will be available. In fact, it’s so new and unique that I’ve patented it. More details coming soon!

And since we’ve gone some time since our last visit to the house of the circular staircase, we have the famous pirate Long John Silver in the studio, who is going to do a quick recap of the story so far.

Thank ye, sir. The story so far: Rachel Innes, and elderly spinster, and her two charges, Gertrude and Halsey, have rented a large house with a circular staircase for the summer in New England. Gertrude is in love with a clerk at the Trader’s Bank named Jack Bailey. Halsey is in love with Louise Armstrong, whose family owns the house they have rented, by thunder. A day after they arrive, gunshots ring out at three in the morning. Miss Rachel rushes out to find the dead body of a stranger at the foot of the circular staircase. The stranger turns out to be Arnold Armstrong, whose father, Paul Armstrong, owns the everloving Trader’s Bank that houses all of Halsey and Gertrude’s inheritance, and where Jack Bailey is a clerk.

Here be some other clues, by thunder. Halsey’s revolver was found in the tulip bed outside. Thomas, an old servant, speaks of hearing ghosts making noises at night. A servant, Rosie, was attacked while bringing dishes from the servant’s quarters at night, and the attacker then went and cleared off the broken shards from the roadway. Also, a terrified cook has thrown a blanket at Halsey and scampered off into the night.

Then here sits the real nub o’ the thing – The Tavern Bank goes under. Seems that someone has stolen over a million dollars worth of bonds that can be used to get loans for more money elsewhere. Halsey and Gertrude’s money is gone. Jack Bailey is arrested, and Paul Armstrong, who owns The Tavern Bank, dies like a dog in California. Is that plain as mud?

What’s to do now? The kids have lost their money, Gertrude’s beau is in jail, and the evidence suggests that Arnold Armstrong was shot by someone standing on the circular staircase. But what are the servants doing smuggling blankets and china around at night? Let’s sit back and take a listen to:

The Circular Staircase, part 4of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Oct 26, 2018
Ep. 597, The Colour Out of Space, by H.P. Lovecraft
01:25:48

After a meteorite strikes near a farmhouse outside of Arkham, strange things begin to happen. While the scientifically minded speak of discovering a new element, locals sense something more sinister is in the air. H.P. Lovecraft, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. I’ve gone through and created many more options to support the podcast, so if you can swing more on the monthly side, or want to give us a single donation, you can find an abundance of options at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com. Each donation comes with a monthly “thank-you” code.

This week, we are taking a departure from our murder mystery, and going to another part of New England – Arkham, Massachusetts. You have probably noticed that there is a bit of a black hole with some of the previous episodes of The Classic Tales Podcast. Though we are currently in the middle of season twelve, only seasons 1-4 have been released as complete collections. Why is this? Well, because to format the new audio, correctly label the files, write and record new opening and closing credits is not at the very, very top of my list. It’s there, just not at the top. Got to put out too many fires first.

And so, we are opening the archives and releasing a story that was originally released in July 2016 as a two-part episode. I’ve combined both of the parts into one for today’s episode. This story was actually one of Lovecraft’s own favorites. I hope you enjoy it. We’ll resume the mystery of the circular staircase next week.

And now, The Colour Out of Space, by H.P. Lovecraft.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Oct 19, 2018
Ep. 596, The Circular Staircase, Part 3of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart
57:17

Edgar Allan Poe joins us in our murder mystery, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. I’ve gone through and created many more options to support the podcast, so if you can swing more on the monthly side, or want to give us a single donation, you can find an abundance of options at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com. Each donation comes with a monthly “thank-you” code.

Seriously, thank you so much for your support. With the changes that I’ve made, and the uptick in donations, we are making headway. We still have a long way to go, but things are getting better. Thank you so very much.

Today’s episode will take our murder mystery by Mary Roberts Rinehart to the next level, and the plot will definitely thicken.

Afterwards, it struck me how much I’ve missed a good, strong, terrifying story for Halloween. And so we’ll also hear from Edgar Allan Poe. I hope you enjoy my reading of The Tell-Tale Heart. It was a bestselling audiobook at the iTunes store in 2008. It still gives me chills.

And now, The Circular Staircase, Part 2of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Oct 12, 2018
Ep. 595, The Circular Staircase, Part 2of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart
01:01:44

Clues, secret passages and mysterious packages rear their inconvenient heads. It’s making the job of hoodwinking the authorities more and more difficult. Mary Roberts Rinehart - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. I’ve gone through and created many more options to support the podcast, so if you can swing more on the monthly side, or want to give us a single donation, you can find an abundance of options at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com. Each donation comes with a monthly “thank-you” code.

Seriously, thank you so much for your support. With the changes that I’ve made, and the uptick in donations, we are making headway. We still have a long way to go, but things are getting better. Thank you so very much.

One of the challenges of these “golden age” mysteries is that it can be pretty difficult to distinguish between the characters. In listening to several audiobook versions of classic mystery novels, this is the thing that really becomes more and more evident. I hope today’s meeting with Detective Jamieson works for you.

I’d also like to shine a bright spotlight on the racism in this story, too. When I record audiobooks, my main emphasis is always to do my best to get the author’s message through in the recording. But with the scripting of Thomas, I’ve tried to make him more dignified than the author probably intended.

And now, The Circular Staircase, Part 2of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

Oct 05, 2018
Ep. 594, The Circular Staircase, Part 1of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart
57:35

A spunky spinster and her niece and nephew rent a nice country house for the summer. But when shots ring out at three in the morning, their vacation takes a tragic turn . Mary Roberts Rinehart - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. I’ve gone through and created many more options to support the podcast, so if you can swing more on the monthly side, or want to give us a single donation, you can find an abundance of options at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com.

And just so you know where your donation money is going, today I we had a dental emergency. My daughter had a really bad cavity that needed immediate attention. I don’t know how you guys are, but when you’re already tight, something like a dental emergency can be really, really stressful monetarily. But since we’ve had a recent uptick in contributions at the website, I was able to pay for my daughter’s dental work because of your donations.

So while it’s fine to get your audiobooks at the bigger stores, when you support The Classic Tales Podcast and Audiobooks, you help to make my daughter’s smile a little brighter. And daddy breathes a little easier. Thank you so much for your support. The website again is www.classictalesaudiobooks.com

I’ve read several stories and novels in an attempt to really get a good story to do next. I have a ton of ideas, but I always look for something that really speaks to me. After weeks of study, I found it. Mary Roberts Rinehart was a bestselling Golden Age Mystery writer, predating Agatha Christie by several years. She is actually known as the American Agatha Christie. The Circular Staircase, the story that begins today, pioneered the “Had I but known” style of mystery, where a first-person narrator laments his or her action, which precipitates another unfortunate series of actions. It’s great fun where you have a fun character with a disdainful opinion of detectives.

Ogden Nash parodied the Had I But Known school in his poem: “Don’t Guess, Let Me Tell You”

Had-I-But-Known narrators are the ones who hear a stealthy creak at midnight in the tower where the body lies, and, instead of locking their door or arousing the drowsy policeman posted outside their room, sneak off by themselves to the tower and suddenly they hear a breath exhaled behind them,

And they have no time to scream, they know nothing else till the men from the D.A.'s office come in next morning and find them.

...

And when the killer is finally trapped into a confession by some elaborate device of the Had I But Known-er some hundred pages later than if they hadn’t held their knowledge aloof,

Why, they say, why Inspector I knew all along it was he but I couldn’t tell you, you would have laughed at me unless I had absolute proof.

And now, The Circular Staircase, Part 1of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

Sep 28, 2018
Ep. 593, Deathworld, Part6of6, by Harry Harrison
01:01:43

Jason leads a suicide mission against immeasurable odds. But if they are successful, it might mean a new chance for life and happiness on Deathworld. Harry Harrison - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month, and get a monthly coupon code for $8 off any digital audiobook. 

For those of you who are collectors, The Secret Adversary is now available as an audiobook at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com. Check out the website, and add this and many others to your audiobook collection.

And now, Deathworld, part 5of6, by Harry Harrison.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Sep 21, 2018
Ep. 592, Deathworld, Part5of6, by Harry Harrison
01:08:03

The separate battling entities of Deathworld are beginning to converge, and Jason realizes that sometimes lies must be used to secure any semblance of hope. Harry Harrison - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month, and get a monthly coupon code for $8 off any digital audiobook.

For those of you who are collectors, The Secret Adversary is now available as an audiobook at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com. Check out the website, and add this and many others to your audiobook collection.

And now, Deathworld, part 5of6, by Harry Harrison.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

Sep 14, 2018
Ep. 591, Deathworld, Part4of6, by Harry Harrison
01:09:31

We meet the grubbers, and the complex quandaries of Deathworld’s origins begin to come to light. Harry Harrison - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month, and get a monthly coupon code for $8 off any digital audiobook.

Thank you so much for your support. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long until, “something turns up”, as Mr. Micawber would say. In case you haven’t heard, the Enchiridion is suspended, as is the production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Once “something turns up”, I plan on completing Hunchback, and releasing it in its entirety to all of our supporters. Thanks for hanging in there with us.

And if you have any suggestions, or have any stories you’d like to hear on The Classic Tales Podcast, please feel free to let us know. Send your suggestions to bj@classictalesaudiobooks.com.

And now, Deathworld, part 4of6, by Harry Harrison.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

Sep 07, 2018
Ep. 590, Deathworld, Part3of6, by Harry Harrison
59:34

Jason’s investigations meet insurmountable obstacles. Yet there is one clue that may hold the key to the mystery of Deathworld. Harry Harrison - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month, and get a monthly coupon code for $8 off any digital audiobook.

Thank you so much for your support. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long until, “something turns up”, as Mr. Micawber would say. In case you haven’t heard, the Enchiridion is suspended, as is the production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Once “something turns up”, I plan on completing Hunchback, and releasing it in its entirety to all of our supporters. Thanks for hanging in there with us.

And if you have any suggestions, or have any stories you’d like to hear on The Classic Tales Podcast, please feel free to let us know. Send your suggestions to bj@classictalesaudiobooks.com.

And now, Deathworld, part 3of6, by Harry Harrison.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Aug 31, 2018
Ep. 589, Deathworld, Part2of6, by Harry Harrison
01:17:05

Jason dinAlt experiences the double gravity of Pyrrus – and the aggressive training that it takes to live in of a world that has waged a war against humanity. Harry Harrison - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month, and get a monthly coupon code for $8 off any digital audiobook.

Thank you so much for your support. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long until, “something turns up”, as Mr. Micawber would say. In case you haven’t heard, the Enchiridion is suspended, as is the production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Once “something turns up”, I plan on completing Hunchback, and releasing it in its entirety to all of our supporters. Thanks for hanging in there with us.

And if you have any suggestions, or have any stories you’d like to hear on The Classic Tales Podcast, please feel free to let us know. Send your suggestions to bj@classictalesaudiobooks.com.

And now, Deathworld, part 2of6, by Harry Harrison.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

Aug 24, 2018
Ep. 588, Deathworld, Part1of6, by Harry Harrison
59:09

Jason dinAlt is a psionic gambler who uses his erratic abilities to tip the odds in his favor. He is made an offer he can’t refuse by a man who is waging a war – not with another army, but with a planet. Harry Harrison - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month, and get a monthly coupon code for $8 off any digital audiobook.

We have some new developments at the website. First of all, you can find us also by going to classictalesaudiobooks.com! So if that’s easier to remember, feel free to update your browser bookmarks. www.classictalesaudiobooks.com

We’ve also updated our website! I’ve been working on this for a long while, now, and we finally have a brand new look. I still need to redo the store side of things, and we’ll get there eventually. I really like how clean it is, and the artwork for each of the titles really has a chance to shine.

So visit us at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and see what all the fuss is about. I think you’ll like it!

And now for something completely different…

Today’s story was originally released serially in the magazine Astounding Science Fiction in 1960. Harry Harrison was originally an illustrator, and worked on two series for EC Comics: Weird Fantasy, and Weird Science. He was also the main writer for the Flash Gordon comic strip during the 1950s and 1960s. He wrote under many pseudonyms as a science fiction writer, and eventually became known for his Stainless Steel Rat series, and for his novel Make Room! Make Room! This latter was the inspiration behind the Charleton Heston film Soylent Green.

But his best-known work is contained in fast-moving parodies, homages, or even straight reconstructions of traditional space-opera adventures. Deathworld is an excellent example of this parody style. For while it is written in the style of the sci-fi pulp hack, there is also a streak of deeper meaning to the discerning reader. His work often juxtaposed the thinking man with the man of force.

And now, Deathworld, part 1of6, by Harry Harrison.

Aug 17, 2018
Ep. 587, The Mysterious Key and What It Opened, part 2of2, by Louisa May Alcott
01:13:27

An unknown stranger is introduced, who looks just like the vanished Paul. What secret life has he been living? And what does The Mysterious Key open? Louisa May Alcott - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month, and get a monthly coupon code for $8 off any digital audiobook.

We have some new developments at the website. First of all, you can find us also by going to classictalesaudiobooks.com! So if that’s easier to remember, feel free to update your browser bookmarks. www.classictalesaudiobooks.com.

We’ve also updated our website! I’ve been working on this for a long while, now, and we finally have a brand new look. I still need to redo the store side of things, and we’ll get there eventually. I really like how clean it is, and the artwork for each of the titles really has a chance to shine.

So visit us at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and see what all the fuss is about. I think you’ll like it!

And now, The Mysterious Key and What It Opened, part 1of2, by Louisa May Alcott.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

Aug 10, 2018
Ep. 586, The Mysterious Key and What It Opened, part 1of2, by Louisa May Alcott
01:00:31

Louisa May Alcott is back with “blood and thunder”. She gives us a tale of a boy with mysterious secrets and suspect agendas - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month. Thank you so much for all of our friends who have become supporters, sent us encouraging emails, and left stellar reviews. We’ll keep on plugging away, and

When Louisa May was 19, she took a job as a companion to a young woman, sister of James Richardson, a lawyer in Dedham, Massachusetts. The old gentleman described the job as requiring some light housework, but that she should be regarded as one of the family. The reality was that the light housework was rather heavy, the sister was rarely seen, and Mr. Richardson attempted to woo with poetry an unimpressed young Louisa. When Louisa protested and delivered an ultimatum, the situation worsened. After seven weeks of drudgery, she left. She was paid four dollars, which the outraged Alcotts returned. Louisa May later wrote about the incident in “How I Went Out to Service”. Doubtless this event fuelled much of the anger and frustration that burns bright in many of Louisa’s “blood and thunder” tales. The first of which, entitled “Pauline’s Passion and Punishment”, won a contest that paid her one hundred dollars for its publication. Her “blood and thunder” tales sold for fifty to seventy-five dollars each. They were published under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard.

I can just see Jo from Little Women reading this story aloud to her sisters, maybe before she got the message to “write what you know”. If you liked the first of Alcott’s “blood and thunder” tales that we did back in January, The Mysterious Key and What It Opened shouldn’t disappoint.

And now, The Mysterious Key and What It Opened, part 1of2, by Louisa May Alcott.

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

Aug 03, 2018
Ep. 585, The Secret Adversary, Part 9 of 9, by Agatha Christie
45:25

Tommy and Tuppence’s adventures come to a cataclysmic conclusion. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

Thank you so much – all of you who have stepped up and become supporters of the podcast, especially those of you who took action during this past week in our last ditch effort to save The Enchiridion. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more evident that my expansion to doing The Enchiridion was overly ambitious, and I’m going to need to stop producing it.

I will finish The Hunchback of Notre Dame at some point in the future, and when I do, I’ll send the complete book in its entirety to all of our supporters. But right now it’s time to take stock of the situation and reevaluate the best way to move forward.

The coupon code system works really well. I really like giving so much back to my supporters – that is so important to me. So that’s not going to change. But as far as producing more than The Classic Tales Podcast at this point, we’re just going to have to put those plans on hold.

Again, thank you so much for all of our friends who have become supporters, sent us encouraging emails, left stellar reviews and even called me with their encouraging words. We’ll keep going, and we will expand to revisiting The Enchiridion as soon as we can justify the production cost. I’m not going anywhere; we’re just bringing the bonus content back into the realm of reality.

Thank you so much for your support.

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 9 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

Jul 27, 2018
Ep. 584, The Secret Adversary, Part 8 of 9, by Agatha Christie
01:06:29

The twists and turns continue, and Mr. Brown strikes in the place we are least expecting. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

Thank you so much – all of you who have stepped up and become supporters of the podcast, especially those of you who took action during this past week in our last ditch effort to save The Enchiridion. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more evident that my expansion to doing The Enchiridion was overly ambitious, and I’m going to need to stop producing it.

I will finish The Hunchback of Notre Dame at some point in the future, and when I do, I’ll send the complete book in its entirety to all of our supporters. But right now it’s time to take stock of the situation and reevaluate the best way to move forward.

The coupon code system works really well. I really like giving so much back to my supporters – that is so important to me. So that’s not going to change. But as far as producing more than The Classic Tales Podcast at this point, we’re just going to have to put those plans on hold.

Again, thank you so much for all of our friends who have become supporters, sent us encouraging emails, left stellar reviews and even called me with their encouraging words. We’ll keep going, and we will expand to revisiting The Enchiridion as soon as we can justify the production cost. I’m not going anywhere; we’re just bringing the bonus content back into the realm of reality.

Thank you so much for your support.

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 8 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

Jul 20, 2018
Ep. 583, The Secret Adversary, Part 7 of 9, by Agatha Christie
57:48

Jane Finn is recovered, and her story leads to many incredible discoveries. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

Well, it’s time to get a little real. I’ve been crunching some numbers, (something I don’t do too often), and I’ve discovered something that I thought I’d pass on. It’s kind of critical to the future of the podcast.

Like most of you, I can only work for so many hours in a month. I’ve come to discover that reserving the production time that it takes me to record 4 hours of audiobook content for The Enchiridion and 4 hours of Classic Tales Podcast content is actually costing me $1,000 every month. I don’t know about you, but for me, that’s not very sustainable.

I know that a lot of the podcasts you might listen to probably have big sponsors, or grants, or something that keeps them up and going when the listeners can’t ante up. But I don’t have that. If I don’t have enough supporters, I lose. I hate to say it, but there it is. Believe me, I hate to say it.

Now, I don’t want to cut back on anything. I have some amazing stuff coming up for both The Classic Tales Podcast and The Enchiridion. But I really need your help. If you haven’t already, please become a monthly supporter for 5 or 10 dollars a month. You’ll get a coupon code for 8 to 17 dollars off any audiobook in the store, and access to a 4 hour long portion of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Please don’t think that someone else will step in and do it. I need your help. If you’ve found any value from the podcast over the years, please step up and help us out. I can’t really afford to lose $1,000 a month, every month. I’m not asking for a huge commitment, and I’m not looking to get rich here. I just don’t want to fall any more behind.

And if you’re not in a position to become a supporter at this time, please rate and review us on iTunes, and recommend us to your friends. That is also a big help.

Thank you so much for your support.

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 7 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

Jul 13, 2018
Ep. 582, The Secret Adversary, Part 6 of 9, by Agatha Christie
01:00:03

Tuppence strikes out to find Tommy, while Tommy’s adventures unfurl. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

One of the things that I really love about producing The Classic Tales Podcast is the wide range of stories I can present. I love that we can spend a couple of months with 4 middle-aged women in The Enchanted April, and then do a string of short stories about monsters. We can jump from the jungle with Tarzan to the desert sands of the Arabian Nights. We savor the nonsense of Lewis Carroll and the wit of P.G. Wodehouse. We’ve even delved into the world of Shakespeare, and plunged into the depths of Jules Verne.

Wherever you listen – in your car, during your commute, on a trip, driving your kids to soccer, knitting, napping, or producing artwork, The Classic Tales Podcast can brighten your day, give you cause to contemplate, and maybe appreciate the world of literature just a little bit more. That’s what I mean by awakening your better self. We look at the world a little differently when we look through the eyes of literature. Studies have shown that people who read fiction tend to be more compassionate. Seriously, what more could you ask for?

Please help to keep us fully funded. Click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com, and become a supporting member for only $5 a month. You’ll gain access to our premium content in The Enchiridion, and enjoy a coupon code for $8 off any audiobook, every month. If you’ve enjoyed the podcast, if you’ve talked about it, if a story has stuck in your mind for a few days after you’d heard it, please consider helping us out. Thank you so much for helping us out.

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 6 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

Jul 06, 2018
Ep. 581, The Secret Adversary, Part 5 of 9, by Agatha Christie
36:37

Dark times loom ahead as the trail goes cold, and the light leading them to Tommy gets dimmer and dimmer. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

One of the things that I really love about producing The Classic Tales Podcast is the wide range of stories I can present. I love that we can spend a couple of months with 4 middle-aged women in The Enchanted April, and then do a string of short stories about monsters. We can jump from the jungle with Tarzan to the desert sands of the Arabian Nights. We savor the nonsense of Lewis Carroll and the wit of P.G. Wodehouse. We’ve even delved into the world of Shakespeare, and plunged into the depths of Jules Verne.

Wherever you listen – in your car, during your commute, on a trip, driving your kids to soccer, knitting, napping, or producing artwork, The Classic Tales Podcast can brighten your day, give you cause to contemplate, and maybe appreciate the world of literature just a little bit more. That’s what I mean by awakening your better self. We look at the world a little differently when we look through the eyes of literature. Studies have shown that people who read fiction tend to be more compassionate. Seriously, what more could you ask for?

Please help to keep us fully funded. Click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com, and become a supporting member for a one time payment of $60. You’ll access to The Enchiridion content, and 12 coupon codes throughout the year. If you’ve enjoyed the podcast, if you’ve talked about it, if a story has stuck in your mind for a few days after you’d heard it, please consider helping us out. If we can get 100 people to step up in the month of July, we should be where we need to be. Thank you so much for helping us out.

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 5 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Jun 29, 2018
Ep. 580, The Secret Adversary, Part 4 of 9, by Agatha Christie
34:49

Tuppence’s adventures continue in this week’s harrowing episode. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

As I was doing a search on Audible on a lazy Sunday afternoon, I decided to do a search for the bestselling Lewis Carroll Titles. I was awestruck. Of the top five bestselling Lewis Carroll titles at Audible, I had narrated two of them, including the one at the #1 spot! Who were the other narrators? Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Plummer and Jim Dale. Yeah, amazing to be in such austere company.

And so, thank you to all of our supporters who have helped to support the podcast and the platform where I can continue to do my best to do justice to these amazing stories. They deserve a first class treatment. Apparently we’re on the right track. Thank you so much for your help.

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 4 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Jun 22, 2018
Ep. 579, The Secret Adversary, Part 3 of 9, by Agatha Christie
01:28:55

Tuppence enters domestic service, as the Young Adventurers continue their search for Jane Finn. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

 Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This week marks the 11-year anniversary of The Classic Tales Podcast. For those of you who have become supporters in any way along this wild journey, thank you so much for your reviews, ratings, and financial support.

I started this podcast with a single idea in mind – I wanted to make the classics approachable. I wanted people who otherwise would never open a book to get exposed to the amazing wonderland of classic literature. For me, audiobooks were the answer. I had a hard time reading in school. Like, seriously struggled. I wanted to read the amazing stories I’d heard about, like Treasure Island and The Count of Monte Cristo and Shakespeare, but I just couldn’t. I. just. couldn’t. It was like my brain was broken or something. I had a terrible reading experience in high school struggling through The Scarlet Letter. There was no way I could understand that book. I probably read all of the words in it three times over, but I still didn’t understand what was going on. No matter how hard I tried, and I tried HARD.

So, the years go by, and I find myself in a job where I can listen to audiobooks while I work, and my world changed. Suddenly – it really was suddenly, like when a bolt of lightening hits, the world of literature opened up to me. Now, I could learn about all of these wonderful people and places, and experience all of their adventures, complete and unabridged. It was incredible, and it made me very happy.

A few more years go by, and I’ve plowed through the initial blast of Robert Louis Stevenson, Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, Henry James, Thomas Hardy and all of their colleagues that were housed on tape at my local library. Now, I have a small acting background, and it struck me more and more that what made a good audiobook was a good narrator, as well as good writing. I realized that some of these audiobooks would be a lot better if they had a better narrator. I mean, sometimes it was like the football coach was reading me The Scarlet Letter again. Yikes. It feels like there’s some amazing stuff that’s getting lost by the wayside, here.

Now, it’s 2007. My friend introduces me to podcasting. I have no ipod. I have no computer. I have a Walkman. Books on tape, right? He says, “No, this is the future. You do it at home, and send it around the world.” It sounded like a miracle. Turns out, it was.

I posted three episodes, and they went viral. My friend had to explain to me what that meant. People around the world loved what I was doing. And people were listening to books they never would have cracked open without this podcast. When I think of the kid who put down Frankenstein because it was too hard all those years ago, I think, this is AWESOME! People are amazing!

Thank you for being an integral part of that experience. Let’s keep going, and see what’s next!

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 3 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Jun 15, 2018
Ep. 578, The Secret Adversary, Part 2 of 9, by Agatha Christie
01:01:19

Tommy and Tuppence’s adventures continue, as they discover a new ally, and a nest of villains. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

The second portion of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is making its way to our supporters. You can become a supporter, and enjoy a monthly installment of this epic adventure for only $5/month. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store! The month-to-month $5 contributions really help keep us afloat. It’s tough to sell something that is expensive to produce, but available for free. I have tried to keep the podcast going with the listener in mind. I’ve always shied away from putting ads in the middle of the episode, or pelting you with a ton of ads at the beginning or end. Once the story starts, I want to keep you in the moment. This is the only way we raise funds to keep the show rolling. And you get so much in return. So, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a great feeling and it’s a terrific value. Thank you for your support.

And if you’d like to go the a la carte route, you can pick up the Enchiridion episodes of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for $5 each at the website.

Finally, I wanted to touch on a few tech notes. For those of you attempting to download the files using an Android phone, please download the app called “Smart Audiobook Player”, and open it after you’ve downloaded the audiobook file. It will do a quick search of your phone, and pull up any audiobook files. You can also find the audiobooks in your downloads folder. Once you locate your download, it will play it just fine.

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 2 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Jun 08, 2018
Ep. 577, The Secret Adversary, Part 1 of 9, by Agatha Christie
01:06:42

Tommy and Tuppence are two old friends who are having some hard luck after the war. But once they form the company of Young Adventurers, LTD, adventure comes knocking. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

The second portion of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is making its way to our supporters. You can become a supporter, and enjoy a monthly installment of this epic adventure for only $5/month. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store! The month-to-month $5 contributions really help keep us afloat. It’s tough to sell something that is expensive to produce, but available for free. I have tried to keep the podcast going with the listener in mind. I’ve always shied away from putting ads in the middle of the episode, or pelting you with a ton of ads at the beginning or end. Once the story starts, I want to keep you in the moment.

This is the only way we raise funds to keep the show rolling. And you get so much in return. So, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a great feeling and it’s a terrific value. Thank you for your support.

And if you’d like to go the a la carte route, you can pick up the Enchiridion episodes of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for $5 each at the website.

The Tommy and Tuppence stories are a lesser-known vein of books and stories by Agatha Christie. Probably because they are overshadowed by her other titan sleuths, such as Hercule Poirot and Miss Marbles. It is also one of the rare occasions where Ms. Christie embarks on a story of adventure and espionage. With her typical catchy prose and dialogue, The Secret Adversary is the first of the series, sets up the adventures of Tommy and Tuppence: a dynamic duo who do not disappoint.

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 1 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Jun 01, 2018
Ep. 576, The Crystal Egg, by H.G. Wells
48:44

In an aging bric-a-brac shop, a certain crystal egg has suddenly become so important, the shop owner has declared it not for sale. For, only he knows the crystal egg's mystifying secret. H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

This week, the second portion of The Hunchback of Notre Dame will begin making its way to our supporters. You can become a supporter, and enjoy a monthly installment of this epic adventure for only $5/month. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store! The month-to-month $5 contributions really help keep us afloat. It’s tough to sell something that is expensive to produce, but available for free. I have tried to keep the podcast going with the listener in mind. I’ve always shied away from putting ads in the middle of the episode, or pelting you with a ton of ads at the beginning or end. Once the story starts, I want to keep you in the moment. This is the only way we raise funds to keep the show rolling. And you get so much in return. So, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a great feeling and it’s a terrific value. Thank you for your support.

And if you’d like to go the a la carte route, you can pick up the Enchiridion episodes of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for $5 each at the website.

A quick note about todays story: please keep in mind that this bit of visionary fiction was written 121 years ago, in 1897. The mainstream technological advances at this time included the invention of Bayer’s Aspirin, Marconi’s wireless, Diesel’s Engine, and Edison’s Kinetoscope, the precursor of the movie projector. These things were not mainstream, just barely invented. Queen Victoria was still on the throne, and the world got around with horses and buggies. It seems like the world of iPhones, internet, computers, email, space travel, sustainable energy, and crypto currency belongs on another planet. But while living in this horse and buggy world, Wells crafted today’s story.

And now, The Crystal Egg, by H.G. Wells 

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

May 25, 2018
Ep. 575, When the World Was Young and Moon-Face, by Jack London
01:02:13

Jack London delivers two stories. One of psychology, the other of murder, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

The first four hours of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is now making its way to our supporters. You can be a part of this epic adventure for only $5/month. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store! The month-to-month $5 contributions really help keep us afloat. It’s tough to sell something that is expensive to produce, but available for free. Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of things, and I’ve tried to keep the podcast free from gratuitous advertisements. I know it might work with other shows, but I’ve always shied away from putting ads in the middle of the episode, or pelting you with a ton of ads at the beginning or end. Once the story starts, I want to keep you in the moment. This is the only way we raise funds to keep the show rolling. And you get so much in return. So, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a great feeling and it’s a terrific value. Thank you for your support.

For years, I thought that Jack London was a one trick pony. Tell me again about the Klondike. I can’t get enough of sled dogs – how did you know? But he was so much more. Apparently, he wrote 1000 words every day. And some of it was simply amazing. We’ve discovered his amazing power in the mystery genre with The Leopard Man’s Story. He also wrote amazing science fiction, horror, and psychological fiction. Today, he explores the amazing powers of the mind in our first story, When the World Was Young. Then he gives us a tour-de-force of psychological horror with the story Moon-Face.

And now, When the World Was Young and Moon-Face, by Jack London.

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

May 18, 2018
Ep. 574, The Sign of the Shadow, by Maurice LeBlanc
50:06

Arséne Lupin’s curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers a strange picnic. Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

The first four hours of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is now making its way to our supporters. You can be a part of this epic adventure for only $5/month. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store! The month-to-month $5 contributions really help keep us afloat. It’s tough to sell something that is expensive to produce, but available for free. Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of things, and I’ve tried to keep the podcast free from gratuitous advertisements. I know it might work with other shows, but I’ve always shied away from putting ads in the middle of the episode, or pelting you with a ton of ads at the beginning or end. Once the story starts, I want to keep you in the moment. This is the only way we raise funds to keep the show rolling. And you get so much in return. So, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a great feeling and it’s a terrific value. Thank you for your support.

From The Pink Panther movies to Ocean’s 8, we love our super smart burglars. Maurice Leblanc pioneered this concept when he created Arséne Lupin, Gentleman Burglar. While he’s sharp enough to run circles around the greatest detectives,(including Sherlock Holmes) there’s no malice in his mischief. And he often champions the cause of those who have no one to advocate for them, as we see in today’s story.

And now, The Sign of the Shadow, by Maurice LeBlanc.

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

May 11, 2018
Ep. 573, The Return, and The Second Generation, by Algernon Blackwood
39:20

Two stories by Algernon Blackwood explore the subtle mysteries of the mind, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

The first four hours of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is now making its way to our supporters. You can be a part of this epic adventure for only $5/month. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store! The month-to-month $5 contributions really help keep us afloat. It’s tough to sell something that is expensive to produce, but available for free.

Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of things, and I’ve tried to keep the podcast free from gratuitous advertisements. I know it might work with other shows, but I’ve always shied away from putting ads in the middle of the episode, or pelting you with a ton of ads at the beginning or end. Once the story starts, I want to keep you in the moment. This is the only way we raise funds to keep the show rolling. And you get so much in return. So, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a great feeling and it’s a terrific value. Thank you for your support.

H.P. Lovecraft revered Algernon Blackwood as one of his masters. Blackwood has an uncanny ability to point out “the overtones of strangeness in ordinary things and experiences.” We get a sense of this dissection of ordinary things in our first story, “The Return”. In “The Second Generation”, the building blocks of the story are delivered in a simple yet masterful way. I hope you enjoy it.

And now, “The Return” and “The Second Generation”, by Algernon Blackwood.

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

May 04, 2018
Ep. 572, Ball of Fat, Part 2of2, by Guy de Maupassant
48:56

The demand for a sacrifice is made, and the social positions of each member of the party demonstrate much as to what is expected of them. Guy de Maupassant, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

 Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame will begin its release on the 28th of April. You can be a part of this epic adventure, and receive a 3-4 hour-long installment of the audiobook of the novel for only $5/month. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store! It’s not the amount of the purchase that helps keep us alive, it’s the month-to-month $5 contribution that really helps keep us afloat. With your support we can continue to create 4 hours of The Classic Tales Podcast content every month AND 3-4 hours of premium content. And you also get a coupon for $8 off anything in the store! That’s quite a lot for a small monthly contribution. Seriously, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a terrific value and everybody wins!

Last week, we met 10 passengers who were trying to make their way across enemy lines, and back to safety in France. We had the rich count and countess. There was also the manufacturer and his wife, M and Mme Carre-Lamadon. We also had the money-minded wine merchants, M and Mme Loiseau. Two penurious nuns, the boisterous democrat Cornudet, and the spunky courtesan nicknamed Ball-of-Fat made up the rest of the party. In last week’s episode, we saw the courtesan Ball-of-Fat, or Boule de Suif, share her provisions with all of the party, when there were no other food stuffs to be had during their long journey. They made quite a party of it all. They arrived finally at the halfway point, a ramshackle inn at Totes. And after a lively dinner, they all went to bed.

And now, “Boule de Suif, or Ball-of-Fat, Part 2 of 2”, by Guy de Maupassant

 Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Apr 27, 2018
Ep. 571, Ball of Fat, Part 1of2, by Guy de Maupassant
57:30

10 strangers embark on a perilous journey across occupied France. But the darkest part of their adventure has nothing to do with the soldiers. Guy de Maupassant, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter.  Thank you very, very much for your support.

This is the last week to pick up the entirety of Emma, and also be primed and ready for the next audiobook in the Enchiridion: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo. And for only $5/month, you’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store, and you also get access to The Enchiridion, our special premium line of audiobooks. Seriously, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a terrific value and everybody wins!

To learn how you can be a financial supporter of the podcast, click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. And if you ever need more time to download your items or run into any trouble, simply respond to any of the emails we send out connected with your order. All the responses come to me, and I’ll get you squared away in no time. Again, thank you so much.

Today’s story is one that I have been saving up for many years. Back when I began the podcast in 2007, I started reading more authors who excelled in the short story department. This is when I discovered Guy de Maupassant. His horror stories are absolutely terrifying, and his other short stories are absolutely magnificent.

As I read this story again after all these years, I was amazed at all the different dynamics he created and describes in this coach for travellers. It has a gritty realism, and reveals some profound character traits in some unlooked for places.

The main character of the story is referred to by her nickname: Boule de Suif, which is French for Ball-of-Fat, or Tallow Ball. See, there isn’t really a solid translation of the name into English. I prefer the French appellation. To me it feels more like a name rather than a hole in the translation.

And now, “Boule de Suif, or Ball-of-Fat, Part 1 of 2”, by Guy de Maupassant

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter! 

Apr 20, 2018
Ep. 570, The Descent of Man, by Edith Wharton
53:22

An extremely cerebral scientist writes a satire on modern morality, and is shocked when it is taken seriously. Edith Wharton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter. Thank you very, very much for your support.

Emma, by Jane Austen is now completed and released. Now is your last chance to pick up the entirety of Emma, and also be primed and ready for the next audiobook in the Enchiridion: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo. And for only $5/month, you’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store. Seriously, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a terrific value and everybody wins! We’ve also added 10 new titles to the store, and are working to make our entire backlog of titles available for you.

To learn how you can be a financial supporter of the podcast, click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. And if you ever need more time to download your items or run into any trouble, simply respond to any of the emails we send out connected with your order. All the responses come to me, and I’ll get you squared away in no time. Again, thank you so much.

Today’s story raises the question usually posed in an artistic or creative sense: Is a creative individual a sellout if he/she creates something in order to get paid, rather than truly following their own creative instinct and abilities to the fullest for their own merit? Is it a real piece of music, art, writing, etc. when someone else is paying for it? But then, is it only true art when the artist starves? Can there be a happy medium where true art can be produced, and the artist not starve and still maintain their integrity?

But today’s story takes it even further. Today’s tale is about a scientist. And so now we wonder how many inventions, medical advances, and scientific breakthroughs could have happened if the scientist were truly left to be purely a scientist, and not have to worry about earning a living? It’s a tricky balance, and I don’t know think there’s an easy answer.

And now, “The Descent of Man”, by Edith Wharton

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Apr 13, 2018
Ep. 569, The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion, by Thomas Hardy
50:06

A melancholy German Hussar creates an intensifying spiral of conflict for a secluded country girl. Thomas Hardy, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter. Thank you very, very much for your support.

Emma is now completed and released. Now is your last chance to pick up the entirety of Emma, and also be primed and ready for the next audiobook in the Enchiridion: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store. Seriously, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a terrific value and everybody wins! We’ve also added 10 new titles to the store, and are working to make our entire backlog of titles available for you.

To learn how you can be a financial supporter of the podcast, click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. And if you ever need more time to download your items or run into any trouble, simply respond to any of the emails we send out connected with your order. All the responses come to me, and I’ll get you squared away in no time. Again, thank you so much.

Today’s tale was based on a true story. Hardy was actually told this story by one of the last people to have actually witnessed it, and the evidence at the end is stated exactly as it now reads in the town registrar’s office. In his preface to the 1896 edition of Life’s Little Ironies, which featured “The Melancholy Hussar”, Hardy states:

“A story-teller’s interest in his own stories is usually independent of any merits or demerits they may show as specimens of narrative art; turning on something behind the scenes, something real in their history, which may have no attraction for a reader even if known to him – a condition by no means likely. In the present collection ‘The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion’ has just such a hold upon myself for the technically inadmissible reasons that the old people who gave me their recollections of its incidents did so in circumstances that linger pathetically in the memory.”

Apparently the 90-year-old woman who told this story to Hardy pointed out the actual spots where “such and such” happened, and it made an incredible impression on him. So much so that we are still exploring the story 124 years later.

And now, “The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion”, by Thomas Hardy

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Apr 06, 2018
Ep. 568, The Darling, by Anton Chekhov
35:49

Anton Chekhov opens up the question of identity, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter. Thank you very, very much for your support.

Emma is now completed and released. Now is your last chance to pick up the entirety of Emma, and also be primed and ready for the next audiobook in the Enchiridion: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store. Seriously, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a terrific value and everybody wins! We’ve also added 10 new titles to the store, and are working to make all of our backlog of titles available for you.

To learn how you can be a financial supporter of the podcast, click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. And if you ever need more time to download your items or run into any trouble, simply respond to any of the emails we send out connected with your order. All the responses come to me, and I’ll get you squared away in no time. Again, thank you so much.

Today, Anton Chekhov poses the question of our identity. What does our identity consist of? Where does it come from? Is it merely an accumulation of our geography, our upbringing, our religious affiliation, our schooling or lack thereof, and our profession? Or is it something more? Is it important to even have one, and if so, why?

Today’s story is about a person whose identity is wound up in many of these things. I hope you like it. If you’re like me, you’ll want to listen to it again and see what you missed on the first go ‘round.

And now, “The Darling”, by Anton Chekhov

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

 

Mar 30, 2018
Ep. 567, Love Among the Chickens, part 6of6, by P.G. Wodehouse
34:18

The storm breaks, and Love Among the Chickens concludes. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter. Thank you very, very much for your support.

Emma is nearing its conclusion, and we will be releasing the final installment next month. If you’re coming late to the Emma party, you are in luck. You can become a financial supporter today for 5 dollars per month, and gain access to all four portions of Emma that we’ve released so far- and the next one, of course, going forward. And, you also get a coupon code that is good for 8 dollars off anything in the store.

Based on the results of the survey we sent out a few weeks ago, the next title that we will be producing for The Enchiridion is Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Did you know that at one time the style of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was considered outdated, old fashioned and undesirable? There was actually a large movement to have it torn down which was gaining momentum. One man saved the cathedral from destruction. That man was Victor Hugo. When he heard about this movement to destroy Notre Dame, he decided to stand against it, and wrote the novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Once the book was released, the crusade to destroy this magnificent edifice died flat.

If you become a supporting member today, you’ll instantly receive 4 out of 5 parts of Emma, then next month receive the final part of Emma. In May, you’ll gain access to the episodic release of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and all the while, you’ll get a monthly coupon code for 8 dollars off of our expanding library of titles.

To learn how you can be a financial supporter of the podcast, click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. And if you ever need more time to download your items or run into any trouble, simply respond to any of the emails we send out connected with your order. All the responses come to me, and I’ll get you squared away in no time. Again, thank you so much.

And now, Love Among the Chickens, part 6 of 6, by P.G. Wodehouse

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Mar 23, 2018
Ep. 566, Love Among the Chickens, part 5of6, by P.G. Wodehouse
43:43

Turns are given to far too many tables, as Love Among the Chickens continues. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. Thank you very, very much for your support.

If you’re coming late to the Emma party, I have good news for you. You can become a financial supporter today for 5 dollars per month, and gain access to all four portions of Emma that we’ve released so far- and the next one, of course, as going forward. And, you also get a coupon code that is good for 8 dollars off anything in the store.

I’m also going to start having a monthly featured title on sale for under $8, so you can put those coupons to good use.

We are coming up on the one-year anniversary of The Enchiridion in April. Since we started this premium service, we will have produced the entirety of Allan Quatermain, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Emma. That’s around 70 hours of additional content on top of the weekly podcast we were able to produce thanks to you. We’re trying to make your donation dollars stretch, but we need all the help we can get.

To learn how you can be a financial supporter of the podcast, click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. And if you ever need more time to download your items or run into any trouble, simply respond to any of the emails we send out connected with your order. All the responses come to me, and I’ll get you squared away in no time. Again, thank you so much.

And now, Love Among the Chickens, part 5 of 6, by P.G. Wodehouse

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Mar 16, 2018
Ep. 565, Love Among the Chickens, part 4of6, by P.G. Wodehouse
01:01:01

Many cats are let out of many bags, and help is discovered in a most unusual place. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. Thank you very, very much for your support.

 

I hope you all had a chance to take the survey asking what title you would like us to do next for the Enchiridion. If you missed it, I’m putting a link to the survey in the notes for this episode. Thank you so much for your input. It really helps us steer The Classic Tales in the direction that works best for you!

We are coming up on the one-year anniversary of The Enchiridion in April. Since we started this premium service, we will have produced the entirety of Allan Quatermain, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Emma. That’s around 70 hours of additional content on top of the weekly podcast we were able to produce thanks to you. We’re trying to make your donation dollars stretch, but we need all the help we can get.

To learn how you can be a financial supporter of the podcast, click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. And if you ever need more time to download your items or run into any trouble, simply respond to any of the emails we send out connected with your order. All the responses come to me, and I’ll get you squared away in no time. Again, thank you so much.

And now, Love Among the Chickens, part 4 of 6, by P.G. Wodehouse

 

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Tap here to take the survey on what you’d like us to produce next for The Enchiridion!

 

Mar 09, 2018
Ep. 564, Love Among the Chickens, part 3of6, by P.G. Wodehouse
59:06

Risky business is surreptitiously done with fantastic results…for now. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. Thank you very, very much for your support.

If you’re coming late to the Emma party, I have good news for you. You can become a financial supporter today for 5 dollars per month, and gain access to all four portions of Emma that we’ve released so far- and the next one, of course, as going forward. And, you also get a coupon code that is good for 8 dollars off anything in the store.

Financial supporters will also be receiving an email with a survey asking what title they would like us to do next in the Enchiridion. I’ll be sending that out tomorrow, so keep an eye on your inboxes and vote on the title you’d like to hear!

Recently I looked over how well these longer titles sell, and it hit me how it really would be impossible to do any of these longer titles outside the podcast if it weren’t for the monthly financial supporters. Sure, I could do them through the podcast, but then The Count of Monte Cristo would have taken all year. Thanks again for being a crucial component in bringing these titles to life.

To learn how you can be a financial supporter of the podcast, click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. And if you ever need more time to download your items or run into any trouble, simply respond to any of the emails we send out connected with your order. All the responses come to me, and I’ll get you squared away in no time. Again, thank you so much.

And now, Love Among the Chickens, part 3 of 6, by P.G. Wodehouse

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Mar 02, 2018
Ep. 563, Love Among the Chickens, part 2of6, by P.G. Wodehouse
01:11:52

Strangers on a train meet up again, and new acquaintances are…developed. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

So, I had a listener send me an email, and he was like, “Ok, let me get this strait – for 5 dollars a month, I can get Emma, like all the parts, and a credit for $8 off anything in the store? How long do the credits last?” I could see that he was maybe looking for a “catch” – smart guy! I replied and said that the credit is issued as a monthly coupon code, and it is good for a year from the time of its release. And also that, yes, you can have all of Emma and an 8 dollar code for 5 dollars a month. He’s now a financial supporter. Thanks, Will!

Financially supporting the podcast not only helps us keep the podcast up and running, it also helps to grease the Harrison Family’s wheels. I remember when I was an art student, and I learned about what freelancing was. My initial reaction was, “That’s the dumbest thing ever! Who would do that?” Well, 22 years later I still do it. And the trickiest part of working as a freelancer is keeping a steady stream of funds. See, even if I do the work, sometimes the mail breaks down, or hurricanes hit, or things get miscommunicated. It’s just the nature of the freelancing beast. And so having a monthly resource I can lean on from time to time really helps when the road gets bumpy. And sometimes things can get pretty bumpy. Thank you so much.

To learn how you can be a financial supporter of the podcast, click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. And if you ever need more time to download your items or run into any trouble, simply respond to any of the emails we send out connected with your order. All the responses come to me, and I’ll get you squared away in no time. Again, thank you so much.

And now, Love Among the Chickens, part 2 of 6, by P.G. Wodehouse

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Feb 23, 2018
Ep. 562, Love Among the Chickens, part 1of6, by P.G. Wodehouse
01:02:29

Famous bombastic borrower Stanley Featherstonehough Ukridge is convinced that his complete ignorance of farming gives him a particular advantage in the subject. And he persuades his wife and his mild-mannered chum to start a chicken farm with him. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

So, I had a listener send me an email, and he was like, “Ok, let me get this strait – for 5 dollars a month, I can get Emma, like all the parts, and a credit for $8 off anything in the store? How long do the credits last?” I could see that he was maybe looking for a “catch” – smart guy! I replied and said that the credit is issued as a monthly coupon code, and it is good for a year from the time of its release. And also that, yes, you can have all of Emma and an 8 dollar code for 5 dollars a month. He’s now a financial supporter. Thanks, Will!

Financially supporting the podcast not only helps us keep the podcast up and running, it also helps to grease the Harrison Family’s wheels. I remember when I was an art student, and I learned about what freelancing was. My initial reaction was, “That’s the dumbest thing ever! Who would do that?” Well, 22 years later I still do it. And the trickiest part of working as a freelancer is keeping a steady stream of funds. See, even if I do the work, sometimes the mail breaks down, or hurricanes hit, or things get miscommunicated. It’s just the nature of the freelancing beast. And so having a monthly resource I can lean on from time to time really helps when the road gets bumpy. And sometimes things can get pretty bumpy. Thank you so much.

To learn how you can be a financial supporter of the podcast, click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. And if you ever need more time to download your items or run into any trouble, simply respond to any of the emails we send out connected with your order. All the responses come to me, and I’ll get you squared away in no time. Again, thank you so much.

Today’s story is the first part of a new P.G. Wodehouse series! I’ve been kicking this title around in my head for a while now. When I listened to an audio version of it, I thought, “You know, this could be really funny with a little twist.” Also, a satirical book featuring a bombastic blowhard who thinks that his absolute lack of experience makes him uniquely qualified…. well let’s just say I thought this was a strangely timely tale. I hope you like it.

And now, Love Among the Chickens, part 1 of 6, by P.G. Wodehouse 

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Feb 16, 2018
Ep. 561, The Hanging Stranger, by Philip K. Dick
41:31

Something simply out of the ordinary turns into an unspeakable horror. Philip K. Dick, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion series of Emma, by Jane Austen continues this month. If you came late to the show, and you don’t have all 3 parts of Emma that we’ve done so far, please send an email to support@thebestaudiobooks.com, and we’ll set you up with a link to all parts we’ve released so far. Even if you just became a member, I’d love for you to have the whole story. Send us an email and we’ll hook you up.

If you’re a monthly supporter, you’ll receive a healthy portion of Emma every month until its completion. Please click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member today. You can subscribe for $5 or $10 a month and receive the monthly members-only content of The Enchiridion, and get coupon codes for up to $17 dollars off any of our titles. It’s seriously a great deal, and a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks.

Today’s story is from science fiction titan Philip K. Dick. It was originally published in Science Fiction Adventures Magazine in December 1953. I’d like to note that many of the understated opinions and prejudices found in this story are products of the time. The hero of the story is verbally abusive to his wife and children, and even gets physical with his kids. The fact that this story is produced by The Classic Tales does not mean that we condone these behaviors or prejudices. Parents, it might be a good chance to talk with you kids about how far we’ve come!

And now, The Hanging Stranger, by Philip K. Dick

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Feb 09, 2018
Ep. 560, Behind a Mask, part 4 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott
01:18:29

We finally see behind the mask, and Louisa May Alcott’s “blood and thunder” tale comes to its shocking conclusion, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion series of Emma, by Jane Austen continues this month. If you came late to the show, and you don’t have all 3 parts of Emma that we’ve done so far, please send an email to support@thebestaudiobooks.com, and we’ll set you up with a link to all parts we’ve released so far. Even if you just became a member, I’d love for you to have the whole story. Send us an email and we’ll hook you up.

If you’re a monthly supporter, you’ll receive a healthy portion of Emma every month until its completion. Please click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member today. You can subscribe for $5 or $10 a month and receive the monthly members-only content of The Enchiridion, and get coupon codes for up to $17 dollars off any of our titles. It’s seriously a great deal, and a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks.

And now, Behind a Mask, or A Woman’s Power, part 4 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Feb 02, 2018
Ep. 559, Behind a Mask, part 3 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott
01:10:21

A tableau vivant sets the perfect scene for Jean Muir’s greatest, albeit silent, performance. Louisa May Alcott, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion series of Emma, by Jane Austen continues this month. If you’re a monthly supporter, you’ll receive a healthy portion of this audiobook every month until its completion. Please click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member today. You can subscribe for $5 or $10 a month and receive the monthly members-only content of The Enchiridion, and get coupon codes for up to $17 dollars off any of our titles. It’s seriously a great deal, and a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks.

Today’s portion of the novel contains a tableau, short for tableau vivant, in French, which means literally living picture. A tableau is a depiction of a scene usually presented on a stage by silent and motionless costumed participants, often duplicating a famous painting.

And now, Behind a Mask, or A Woman’s Power, part 3 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott

 

Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

 

Jan 26, 2018
Ep. 558, Behind a Mask, part 2 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott
01:03:45

Tensions rise as all at the Coventry estate feel “little” Muir’s presence. Louisa May Alcott, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion series of Emma, by Jane Austen continues this month. If you’re a monthly supporter, you’ll receive a healthy portion of this audiobook every month until its completion. Please click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member today. You can subscribe for $5 or $10 a month and receive the monthly members-only content of The Enchiridion, and get coupon codes for up to $17 dollars off any of our titles. It’s seriously a great deal, and a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks.

And now, Behind a Mask, or A Woman’s Power, part 2 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott

Jan 19, 2018
Ep. 557, Behind a Mask, part 1 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott
59:49

All in the Coventry household are curious about the new governess, little Jean Muir. But is the slight and frail girl all she seems to be? Louisa May Alcott, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion series of Emma, by Jane Austen continues this month. If you’re a monthly supporter, you’ll receive a healthy portion of this audiobook every month until its completion. Please click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member today. You can subscribe for $5 or $10 a month and receive the monthly members-only content of The Enchiridion, and get coupon codes for up to $17 dollars off any of our titles. It’s seriously a great deal, and a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks.

Louisa May Alcott grew up in an environment of education. Her father was one of the great Transcendentalists, and his friends Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were frequent visitors. Bronson Alcott was a philosopher and educator, whose aim was to “awaken the soul” of the pupil. He did this through the then controversial method of being courteous and gentle, rather than doling out draconian punishments to his students. He also included physical education, art, music, and nature study in his curriculum, at a time when these subjects were not taught. Unfortunately, his methods did not catch on, and were considered peculiar. He struggled to keep his schools open, closing his last school before he reached the age of 40. Many of Alcott’s original methods are established principles in the school systems of today.

The Alcott family was pretty poor, though they had such distinguished neighbors. Bronson would do odd jobs as a handyman when the opportunities arose, but money was pretty tight. They lived largely on the charity of others.

When Louisa May was 19, she took a job as a companion to a young woman, sister of James Richardson, a lawyer in Dedham, Massachusetts. The old gentleman described the job as requiring some light housework, but that she should be regarded as one of the family. The reality was that the light housework was rather heavy, the sister was rarely seen, and Mr. Richardson attempted to woo with poetry an unimpressed young Louisa. When Louisa protested and delivered an ultimatum, the situation worsened. After seven weeks of drudgery, she left. She was paid four dollars, which the outraged Alcotts returned. Louisa May later wrote about the incident in “How I Went Out to Service”. Doubtless this event fuelled much of the anger and frustration that burns bright in many of Louisa’s “blood and thunder” tales. The first of which, entitled “Pauline’s Passion and Punishment”, won a contest that paid her one hundred dollars for its publication. Her “blood and thunder” tales sold for fifty to seventy-five dollars each. They were published under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard.

And now, Behind a Mask, or A Woman’s Power, part 1 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott

Jan 12, 2018
Ep. 556, The Mummy's Curse, by Louisa May Alcott
29:33

The Mummy’s Curse, by Louisa May Alcott. Today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion series of Emma, by Jane Austen continues this month. If you’re a monthly supporter, you’ll receive a healthy portion of this audiobook every month until its completion. Please click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member today. You can subscribe for $5 or $10 a month and receive the monthly members-only content of The Enchiridion, and get coupon codes for up to $17 dollars off any of our titles. It’s seriously a great deal, and a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks.

Bronson Alcott called his scribbling daughter “An arsenal of powers”, and he certainly was right. While most modern readers connect her with the quiet domestic and moral life found in Little Women, what may don’t understand is that for many years prior to writing her opus, she wrote many, many thrillers leaning to the Gothic style of horror. She called them her “blood and thunder” books. In a letter to Alf Whitman she revealed her plan for being published with a periodical called The Ledger:

“I intend to illuminate The Ledger with a blood & thunder tale as they are easy to compose & are better paid than moral…works.”

She was a ravenous reader, and at a very young age devoured the works of Dickens, Irving, Dante, Shakespeare, Hawthorne and others. The Scarlet Letter was one of her favorite books. We’ll delve further into Alcott’s blood and thunder tales in the weeks to come. Don’t miss it!

And now, Lost in a Pyramid, or The Mummy’s Curse, by Louisa May Alcott

Jan 05, 2018
Ep. 555, The Flowering of the Strange Orchid, by H.G. Wells
22:49

Winter Wedderburn has only one thing to occupy his time – the cultivating of rare and exotic orchids. One day he comes across a strange orchid with an especially exotic history. H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion series of Emma, by Jane Austen continues this month. Like most of you, December was insanely busy, so this month’s Enchiridion is a bit short, but we’ll make up for it in the months to come.

If you’re a monthly supporter, you’ll receive a healthy portion of this audiobook every month until its completion. Please click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member today. You can subscribe for $5 or $10 a month and receive the monthly members-only content of The Enchiridion, and get coupon codes for up to $17 dollars off any of our titles. It’s seriously a great deal, and a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks. 

And now, The Flowering of the Strange Orchid, by H.G. Wells

Dec 29, 2017
Ep. 554, A Journey in Search of Christmas, Part 2 of 2, by Owen Wister
37:27

A cowpuncher in Denver gets more than he bargained for when he started his search for Christmas. Owen Wister, Today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. This episode is made possible by our supporting members. Many, many thanks to those of you who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of December is part 1 of Emma, by Jane Austen. Supporters will receive a healthy portion of this audiobook each month until its completion as well as a coupon code for up to $17 off anything in our online store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It’s a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks, and support the production of more high quality content found on our podcast and website. The price is as low as 5 dollars a month. Please become a supporting member today.

Now, you’ve probably already picked up on this, but one of the themes of today’s story is how initial judgments can be wrong. When we first meet Lin McClean, we are introduced to the Governor’s low opinion of the cowboy. When we meet the boot-blacking boys in Denver, they come off as a bunch of hooligans. It’s interesting to note how much there is lurking under the surface in each of these cases. And in my limited experience, this is usually the case. There is usually a lot more to folks than may be apparent at first glance. At least that seems to be the case of some cowpunchers and boot-blacking boys in Denver, at Christmastime.

And now, A Journey in Search of Christmas, Part 2 of 2, by Owen Wister

Dec 22, 2017
Ep. 553, A Journey in Search of Christmas, Part 1 of 2, by Owen Wister
40:09

Back in the days of the Old West, a cowpuncher rolls into town after twelve weeks on the trail. Learning that it’s Christmastime, strange cogitations begin work their magic. Owen Wister, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion content for December is now available. It is part 1 of a 5 part series of Emma, by Jane Austen.

If you’re a monthly supporter, you’ll receive a healthy portion of this audiobook every month until its completion. Please click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member today. You can subscribe for $5 or $10 a month and receive the monthly members-only content of The Enchiridion, and get coupon codes for up to $17 dollars off any of our titles. It’s seriously a great deal, and a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks.

And now, A Journey in Search of Christmas, Part 1 of 2, by Owen Wister

Dec 15, 2017
Ep. 552, A Christmas Tree and a Wedding, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
23:27

While people watching at a Christmas party, a young man observes the connection between people and things, and between innocence and wealth. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion content for December is now available. It is part 1 of a 5 part series of Emma, by Jane Austen.

If you’re a monthly supporter, you’ll receive a healthy portion of this audiobook every month until its completion. Please click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member today. You can subscribe for $5 or $10 a month and receive the monthly members-only content of The Enchiridion, and get coupon codes for up to $17 dollars off any of our titles. It’s seriously a great deal, and a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks.

I could say a lot about today’s story, but I don’t want to editorialize. I really want Dostoyevsky’s story to speak for itself. Perhaps it suffices to say that this is not your typical feel good Christmas story. When Dostoyevsky writes a Christmas story, there is a distinct absence of Christmas cheer, but a good helping of philosophy.

And now, A Christmas Tree and a Wedding, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Dec 08, 2017
Ep. 551, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 5of5, by Sheridan LeFanu
01:04:46

The Room in the Dragon Volant comes to its horrifying conclusion. Sheridan LeFanu - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion content for December is now available. It is part 1 of a 5 part series of Emma, by Jane Austen.

If you’re a monthly supporter, you’ll receive a healthy portion of this audiobook every month until its completion. Please click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member today. You can subscribe for $5 or $10 a month and receive the monthly members-only content of The Enchiridion, and get coupon codes for up to $17 dollars off any of our titles. It’s seriously a great deal, and a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks.

We also have four new titles available: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, The Call of the Wild, The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter, and The Wind in the Willows. Click on over and pick up these gems today!

I’d like to clear up something that I said a few weeks ago about the Salon des Glaces in Versailles. I was totally out on that one. Apparently, the word glace in this instance is translated as mirrors, and refers to the Hall of Mirrors, which is a common tourist destination at Versailles.

How did I get this so incredibly wrong? I recently toured the Opera House in Paris, and they had a Galerie des Glaces in that building. During the tour, the audio guide stated that that area is where opera attendants would go to refresh themselves with ice cream after the show. So that’s where I went wrong. Sorry about that.

Also, in today’s story, the term noyau refers to a liqueur made of brandy flavored with fruit kernels. You probably knew that, but I had to look it up, so I thought I’d pass it along.

And now, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 5 of 5, by Sheridan LeFanu.

Dec 01, 2017
Ep. 550, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 4of5, by Sheridan LeFanu
01:01:02

The Flying Dragon rears its shadowy head, and the Dragon Volant begins to work its strange form of magic. Sheridan LeFanu - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

I’m pleased to announce that there is now monthly $10 option to support the podcast and Classic Tales Library. If you subscribe for $10 a month, you will receive the monthly Enchiridion content, and a monthly coupon code for $17 off anything in the store. This is a fantastic way to support the podcast, and supercharge your inventory of classic audiobooks. The codes last for a year from the time they are issued. So click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and upgrade your membership today.

And here’s a quick note: If you are already a monthly contributor and would like to upgrade to the $10 amount, go ahead and buy the $10 subscription, then go into your account and edit your subscription preferences. Feel free to send an email to support@thebestaudiobooks.com and have us double check on your status, if you like. We’re happy to help. And thank you for supporting The Classic Tales!

We also have four titles that will be soon be available in the next couple of days. The new titles are: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, The Call of the Wild, The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter, and The Wind in the Willows.

And now, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 4 of 5, by Sheridan LeFanu.

Nov 24, 2017
Ep. 549, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 3of5, by Sheridan LeFanu
01:03:25

A mysterious magician tells of things no other human can know, and the Dragon Volant’s past begins to unfold. Sheridan LeFanu - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

If you are looking at a top-notch way to expand your audiobook library of the classics, becoming a supporting member is seriously a great way to go. Each of the monthly coupon codes is good for one year since the time it is issued. And so, if you’re going on a trip and you need a great audiobook, you can get many of our longer titles for free using your coupons. Some are a few dollars over 8 dollars, but many are under. For instance, one supporter went and picked up Captain Blood, Huckleberry Finn and Wuthering Heights using her coupon codes, and the cost of it all was only 5 dollars after using her coupon codes.

On top of the codes, you also get a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook. This month we finish up 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Next month we begin Jane Austen’s Emma.

And you help to keep The Classic Tales Podcast going strong.

And you get all this for $5/month. Thank you so much for stepping up and showing your support.

In today’s story, the palanquin mentioned might be a little confusing. At least, it confused me when I first read this story. It’s an enclosed litter borne on the shoulders of men by means of poles. It can also be simply lifted enough to miss the ground – like the conveyance of the Witch of the Waste in Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle.

Also, the Grand Galerie des Glaces is a special room where guests would often go and partake of ice cream and other cool refreshment. Glaces is “ice cream” in French. The Phantom of the Opera’s Opera House in Paris also has a Galerie des Glaces. But I can’t see the phantom digging in to some sherbet, though.

 

And now, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 3 of 5, by Sheridan LeFanu.

Nov 17, 2017
Ep. 548, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 2of5, by Sheridan LeFanu
56:11

Nightmares lead to midnight scuffles, and a late night departure produces more eerie adventures. Sheridan LeFanu - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of November is the final of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The final installment is nearly 5 hours long. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

The next story we will be tackling in the Enchiridion will be Emma, by Jane Austen. So if you’ve been on the fence about becoming a supporter, now is a great time to join. Austen’s seminal novel about matchmaking is one of her finest, and supporting listeners can hear the Classic Tales version first.

And now, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 2 of 5, by Sheridan LeFanu.

Nov 10, 2017
Ep. 547, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 1of5, by Sheridan LeFanu
55:04

Sheridan LeFanu’s Gothic novella of a haunted hotel in newly post-Napoleonic Paris. Today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of November is the final of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The final installment is almost 5 hours long. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

Today’s story is by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu, who was one of the great pioneers of the gothic novel and short story. He is likely best known for his novella, Carmilla, which spotlighted female vampirism. His short stories are very rich in the gothic tradition, and his novel Uncle Silas is also very satisfying.

In today’s portion of the tale, we meet our narrator and hero, Robert Beckett, who is a wealthy young Englishman who is travelling to Paris right after the battle of Waterloo. We also meet some of the main characters of the story. By the way, Dragon Volant in this instance means “Flying Dragon”.

And now, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 1 of 5, by Sheridan LeFanu.

Nov 03, 2017
Ep. 546, The Doll's Ghost, by F. Marion Crawford
33:58

Mr. Puckler is a doll doctor, and the dolls he repairs become very, very lifelike. F. Marion Crawford, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of October is the third of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

Today’s story is by F. Marion Crawford, and is included in his collection of short stories, Wandering Ghosts. This collection also includes the stories, “The Screaming Skull”, and “The Blood Is The Life” that we enjoyed last Halloween. If you missed these stories, be sure to download them from the podcast feed before the end of the month.

Did you ever have a doll that you were secretly scared of? My Grandma B had a monkey you would wind up and it would bang two symbols together and roll its bloodshot eyes while baring its teeth. Old School. Who would make such a thing nowadays? She was Austrian, and this story of a kindly old German doll maker reminded me of her, and that horrible monkey.

And now, The Doll’s Ghost, by F. Marion Crawford.

Oct 27, 2017
Ep. 545, Lamia, by John Keats
47:49

Blood-sucking. Hypnotizing. Shape shifting. Magical. Is this a vampire? No. It’s a Lamia. John Keats, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of October is the third of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

The Lamia is the predecessor to the modern vampire. She is originally from Greek Mythology. Lamia was a mistress of the God Zeus. After a run-in with Zeus’ jealous wife Hera, Lamia was turned into a monster that devours children, resembling a snake.

Mothers throughout Europe used to frighten their children with stories of the Lamia, in hopes to induce good behavior.

Later traditions refer to many Lamiae. These were folkloric monsters similar to vampires and succubae that seduced young men and fed on their blood.

Today’s tale is a narrative poem composed of rhyming couplets. It tells the story of a rather sympathetic Lamia who is granted human form by the God Hermes. The major source of Keats’ material for the poem was a brief passage in Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy, published in 1621. It tells of the marriage of a 25 year old philosopher, Menippus Lycius, to “a phantasm in the habit of a fair gentlewoman”.

And now, Lamia, by John Keats.

Oct 20, 2017
Ep. 544, Phantoms, by Ivan Turgenev
01:29:54

What happens when a Russian literary titan crafts a vampire story? Unsettling elegance. Ivan Turgenev, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of October is the third of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

The Enchanted April, Allan Quatermain, Pride and Prejudice, Herland and At The Mountains of Madness are now available for purchase at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Thanks to your support, we are working on getting all of our titles available through the website. This process isn’t free or simple, which is why it’s taken so long. Thanks again for your support.

Ivan Turgenev was more famous than Leo Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky during his lifetime, though now the roles seem largely reversed. Like Charles Dickens, Turgenev wrote about the injustices to poor people. This had a tendency to bring down on him the wrath of the Russian government, who harassed him incessantly. He finally got fed up with it all, and eventually fled Russian and settled down in Germany. Today’s story was first published in 1864, just a few months after Turgenev left Russia.

And now, Phantoms, by Ivan Turgenev.

Oct 13, 2017
Ep. 543, The Second Variety, part 2of2, by Philip K. Dick
48:44

The Second Variety is revealed. Philip K. Dick, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of October is the third of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

And now, The Second Variety, part 2 of 2, by Philip K. Dick

Oct 06, 2017
Ep. 542, The Second Variety, part 1of2, by Philip K. Dick
01:07:49

Will mankind become a victim to its own compassionate tendencies? Philip K. Dick, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of October is the third of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

We are currently getting over 80 titles ready for the store, so keep an eye on your inboxes. I’ll send out an announcement when the new titles “hit the shelves”.

Today’s story is by Philip K. Dick, author of many stories that have become blockbusters, including Minority Report, Blade Runner, and The Man in the High Castle. A pioneer in modern science fiction, Dick’s works tend to have pretty serious themes, such as today’s story. Though it’s great science fiction adventure, the underlying theme remains amazingly relevant for today: Will the fall of mankind occur because we are victims to our own compassion? Or will it happen because of our destructive tendencies? How are the two connected?

And now, The Second Variety, part 1 of 2, by Philip K. Dick

Sep 29, 2017
Ep. 541, The Magic Mirror, by George MacDonald
54:59

A poor student discovers an antique mirror with a terrible secret. George MacDonald, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of September is the second of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

We are currently getting over 80 titles ready for the store, so keep an eye on your inboxes. I’ll send out an announcement when the new titles “hit the shelves”.

Today’s story is by George MacDonald, and is a standalone story found in his novel Phantastes: A Faerie Romance. First published in 1858, it was MacDonald’s first novel. In 1916, C.S. Lewis picked up a copy of this book at a railway bookstall. Lewis would later write: “I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master; indeed, I fancy that I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him.” When asked in 1962 to list the top 10 books that had influenced his attitude toward writing and his philosophy of life, Lewis put Phantastes in the #1 slot.

MacDonald was very familiar with German fairy tales, or märchen. Phantastes was one of the first such books originally written in English.

And now, The Magic Mirror, by George MacDonald

 

Sep 22, 2017
Ep. 540, The Dying Detective, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
40:36

Sherlock Holmes lies in the grip of a deadly illness. There is only one person in this world that can save him, and it’s not Dr. Watson. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. With much heartfelt gratitude, we thank those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of September is the second of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep this running, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

We are currently getting over 80 titles ready for the store. Follow us on Facebook to see our progress!

And now, The Dying Detective, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sep 15, 2017
Ep. 539, The Wedding Ring, by Maurice LeBlanc
42:35

A boy is kidnapped, and a woman framed. Only the superhuman acumen of Arséne Lupin can thwart the catastrophe. Maurice Le Blanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. With much heartfelt gratitude, we thank those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of September is the second of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion and an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep this running, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

Arséne Lupin is a type of character known as a gentleman burglar. His exploits rival the likes of Father Brown and Sherlock Holmes. Though he’s usually on the wrong side of the law, he always seems to champion those interests where the law isn’t always the best place to go for justice. Today’s story is found in the collection: The Confessions of Arséne Lupin.

And now, The Wedding Ring, by Maurice LeBlanc.

Sep 08, 2017
Ep. 538, The Purloined Letter and The Leopard Man's Story, by Edgar Allan Poe a
58:43

Journey through the history of mystery with Edgar Allan Poe and Jack London, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by its listeners. With much heartfelt gratitude, we thank those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of September is the second of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion and an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep this running, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

Today, we’re going to take a bit of a journey. Edgar Allan Poe is widely acknowledged as being the one who invented the armchair detective/mystery genre. The Gold Bug, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and today’s story of The Purloined Letter are among his great achievements in creating a genre which others went on to perfect. Though The Purloined Letter isn’t the first of his mystery creations, you can still see how Poe is still feeling out how to explain how he arrived at his conclusions. It’s not perfect. But it’s an interesting window into the mind of how the mystery genre was created. The Purloined Letter was first published in 1844. Nearly 60 years later, in 1903, Jack London wrote our second tale, The Leopard Man’s Story. Notice how far the genre has come. London had the likes of Doyle, Chesterton, Collins and many others to learn from. But the way he introduces his story, cultivates it, and delivers the solution to the mystery is nothing short of elegant. I hope you enjoy this journey through the history of mystery.

Sep 01, 2017
Ep. 537, The Metamorphosis, Part 3 of 3, by Franz Kafka
48:55

Gregor Samsa’s adventure as a giant verminous bug reaches its conclusion. Franz Kafka, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by its listeners. With much heartfelt gratitude, we thank those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of August is the first of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion and an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep this running, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

It’s back to school time, and I’d like to extend a huge and hearty “Thank You” to all of the teachers out there. My fourth grade teacher was Mrs. Hannum. When I was in third grade, and I saw how strict she was when her class would come to the school assemblies, she scared me to death. I found out she was going to be my teacher, and I thought I was going to die. After my first day of school, my opinion totally changed. She was so fun and kind. And later that year, she read out loud the entirety of Tom Sawyer. It was amazing. She did the southern drawl of Aunt Polly perfectly, at least to my fourth grade ears. I know there are a lot of reasons to praise and enjoy Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer, but when I think of Tom Sawyer, especially Aunt Polly’s opening lines, I hear my fourth grade teacher. I heard it years later when I recorded Tom Sawyer as an audiobook. And I hear it now.

Thank you for being teachers and educators, and opening up to us the wide world and its wonders. I’m sure there are times when it seems like nothing sinks in, but some things we literally remember forever.

And now, The Metamorphosis, Part 3 of 3, by Franz Kafka.

Aug 25, 2017
Ep. 536, The Metamorphosis, Part 2 of 3, by Franz Kafka
48:30

Life as a giant verminous bug proves to be more and more problematic for Gregor, and the entire Samsa family. Franz Kafka, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

 

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

 

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by its listeners. With much heartfelt gratitude, we thank those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

 

The Enchiridion for the month of August is the first of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion and an $8 credit for anything in the store. It onlys costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep this running, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

 

Now, a quick word or two about Franz Kafka and The Metamorphosis. Most people consider The Metamorphosis to be a highly autobiographical work. Maybe Franz Kafka never woke up turned into a bug, but he probably felt like he did. Why? He was a German in Czech Prague, he was a Jew in a pretty virulently anti-Semitic place and time, he was sickly, he had serious issues with his dad, he was a failed businessman. The list goes on. It seems like every day he had a mountain of pain to deal with. He was made to feel “lesser-than” his whole life, and what’s lower than a verminous bug?

 

We kind of just want to give him a hug. This insect isn’t a cute little ladybug or butterfly. It’s a gross, slime trail leaving, brown goop spewing little monster of a vermin. It’s even portrayed as being malicious and evil, as we’ll see today.

 

And now, The Metamorphosis, Part 2 of 3, by Franz Kafka.

Aug 18, 2017
Ep. 535, The Metamorphosis, Part 1 of 3, by Franz Kafka
46:27

One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that he had been turned into a giant verminous bug. Franz Kafka, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by its listeners. With much heartfelt gratitude, we thank those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of August is the first of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Most all of the English editions of this book in current circulation have a slightly abridged version of the text. We have secured a new, unabridged version of Verne’s seminal classic, and are pleased to announce that the final version will be around 16 hours, all told.

It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member, and in return you get a monthly credit for $8 off anything in the store, and access to the monthly Enchiridion. Thank you for your support.

And now, The Metamorphosis, Part 1 of 3, by Franz Kafka.

Aug 11, 2017
Ep. 534, Peter Pan, part9of9, by J.M. Barrie
44:37

Peter Pan must face a real mother, and finally consider again the idea of growing up. Peter Pan, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by its listeners. With much heartfelt gratitude, we thank those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of August is the first of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Most all of the English editions of this book in current circulation have a slightly abridged version of the text. We have secured a new, unabridged version of Verne’s seminal classic, and are pleased to announce that the final version will be around 16 hours, all told.

It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member, and in return you get a monthly credit for $8 off anything in the store, and access to the monthly Enchiridion. Thank you for your support.

And now, Peter Pan, Part 9 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

Aug 04, 2017
Ep. 533, Peter Pan, part8of9, by J.M. Barrie
24:36

“It’s Hook or me, this time…” Peter Pan, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

Step up today and become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Supporting members get a monthly coupon code worth $8 for anything in the online store, and they also get access to the premium content known as The Enchiridion – a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook delivered every month.

And they also help to ensure the perpetuation of The Classic Tales Podcast, which continues to open the doors of classic literature to young and old.

It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member, and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

And now, Peter Pan, Part 8 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

Jul 28, 2017
Ep. 532, Peter Pan, part7of9, by J.M. Barrie
46:47

Planks, poison, and Peter Pan, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

Step up today and become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Supporting members get a monthly coupon code worth $8 for anything in the online store, and they also get access to the premium content known as The Enchiridion – a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook delivered every month.

And they also help to ensure the perpetuation of The Classic Tales Podcast, which continues to open the doors of classic literature to young and old.

It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member, and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

And now, Peter Pan, Part 7 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

Jul 21, 2017
Ep. 531, Peter Pan, part6of9, by J.M. Barrie
38:39

The adventures in the Neverland continue, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

Step up today and become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Supporting members get a monthly coupon code worth $8 for anything in the online store, and they also get access to the premium content known as The Enchiridion – a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook delivered every month.

And they also help to ensure the perpetuation of The Classic Tales Podcast, which continues to open the doors of classic literature to young and old.

It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member, and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

And now, Peter Pan, Part 6 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

Jul 14, 2017
Ep. 530, Peter Pan, part5of9, by J.M. Barrie
29:03

The adventures in the Neverland continue, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

Step up today and become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Supporting members get a monthly coupon code worth $8 for anything in the online store, and they also get access to the premium content known as The Enchiridion – a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook delivered every month.

And they also help to ensure the perpetuation of The Classic Tales Podcast, which continues to open the doors of classic literature to young and old.

It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member, and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

And now, Peter Pan, Part 5 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

 

And now, Peter Pan, Part 5 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

Jul 07, 2017
Ep. 529, Peter Pan, part4of9, by J.M. Barrie
33:54

The adventures in the Neverland continue, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

Step up today and become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Supporting members get a monthly coupon code worth $8 for anything in the online store, and they also get access to the premium content known as The Enchiridion – a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook delivered every month.

And they also help to ensure the perpetuation of The Classic Tales Podcast, which continues to open the doors of classic literature to young and old.

It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member, and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

And now, Peter Pan, Part 4 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

Jun 30, 2017
Ep. 528, Peter Pan, part3of9, by J.M. Barrie
26:07

Lions, tigers, and pirates abound on the Neverland. It’s almost impossible NOT to have an adventure! J. M. Barrie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

Step up today and become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Supporting members get a monthly coupon code worth $8 for anything in the online store, and they also get access to the premium content known as The Enchiridion – a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook delivered every month.

And they also help to ensure the perpetuation of The Classic Tales Podcast, which continues to open the doors of classic literature to young and old.

It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member, and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

And now, Peter Pan, Part 3 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

Jun 23, 2017
Ep. 527, Peter Pan, part2of9, by J.M. Barrie
47:00

Shadows can have a life of their own, you know. Especially when you come from the Neverland. J. M. Barrie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

Step up today and become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Supporting members get a monthly coupon code worth $8 for anything in the online store, and they also get access to the premium content known as The Enchiridion – a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook delivered every month.

And they also help to ensure the perpetuation of The Classic Tales Podcast, which continues to open the doors of classic literature to young and old.

It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member, and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

And now, Peter Pan, Part 2 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

 

Jun 16, 2017
Ep. 526, Peter Pan, part1of9, by J.M. Barrie
41:55

Join us on an adventure to Neverland with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy, Michael and John. J. M. Barrie , today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It only costs $5 a month. Fewer than 2% of our listeners are financial supporters, and we really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and helping out.

Would you like to double your Classic Tales Podcast enjoyment? Every month, financial supporters receive a coupon code for $8 off anything in the store, plus a link to download a 3-4 hour portion of a new audiobook. This members-only series of audiobooks we call The Enchiridion.

Part 3 of Allan Quatermain is now being released to our supporters, which will conclude the book. This release should be on the shorter side, around 3 hours.

The Enchiridion after Allan Quatermain will consist of an entire audiobook, 6 hours long. More details to come.

Please step up and become a supporting member now. It’s a seriously good value, and we truly appreciate your help in keeping The Classic Tales alive. www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

This week we begin a fantastic journey with Peter Pan. If you’ve never read the actual book before, you’re in for a real treat. One thing that I noticed is that there are many references to Treasure Island – the quintessential pirate book. And so, as an added bonus, I’m going to be releasing Treasure Island as a companion series through The Classic Tales app. App users can find the special episode in the bonus area, on the top right area of the home screen.

One more quick note before we begin. Some of these classics were written in such a characteristically British way, the sound of an American reading it sounds like Gomer Pyle is narrating. “All children, except one, grow up”. Yeah, nobody wants that. So I’m giving the narrator a British character voice, which will hopefully be more in tune with the original material. The last thing we want to do is take Peter Pan to Mayberry.

 

And now, Peter Pan, Part 1 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

Jun 09, 2017
Ep. 525, The Adventure of the Dancing Men, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
59:28

Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of strange hieroglyphs that cause unusual tension in a Norfolk family. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It only costs $5 a month. Fewer than 2% of our listeners are financial supporters, and we really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and helping out.

Would you like to double your Classic Tales Podcast enjoyment? Every month, financial supporters receive a coupon code for $8 off anything in the store, plus a link to download a 3-4 hour portion of a new audiobook. This members-only series of audiobooks we call The Enchiridion.

Part 3 of Allan Quatermain is now being released to our supporters, which will conclude the book. This release should be on the shorter side, around 3 hours.

To compensate for this, The Enchiridion after Allan Quatermain will consist of an entire audiobook, 6 hours long. More details to come.

Please step up and become a supporting member now. It’s a seriously good value, and we truly appreciate your help in keeping The Classic Tales alive. www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

This week, we revisit the immortal stories of Sherlock Holmes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes has a special place in my heart. I named one of my kids Basil, after Basil Rathbone who played Sherlock Holmes in the 40s. When he was a baby, like weeks old, I would read him Sherlock Holmes stories as I walked him at night. Now, he proofs my Classic Tales audiobooks. Our lives have really been enriched and enhanced by the classics, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

And now, The Adventure of the Dancing Men, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Jun 02, 2017