B.J. Harrison

The Classic Tales Podcast

The Classic Tales Podcast delivers professional performances of unabridged classics. Enjoy classic short fiction from Poe, Dickens, Hardy, and others. Performed by character actor B.J. Harrison.
The Classic Tales Podcast

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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 Gothic castles of Eastern Europe, 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.

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Ep. 656, The Murder on the Links, part 4 of 7, by Agatha Christie

Dec 6, 2019 01:09:43

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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.

 

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

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Ep. 655, The Murder on the LInks, part 3 of 7, by Agatha Christie

Nov 29, 2019 01:10:12

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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.

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

 

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Ep. 654, The Murder on the LInks, part 2 of 7, by Agatha Christie

Nov 22, 2019 01:14:24

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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.

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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

 

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Ep. 653, The Murder on the LInks, part 1 of 7, by Agatha Christie

Nov 15, 2019 58:23

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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

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Ep. 652, An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, by Louisa May Alcott

Nov 8, 2019 49:49

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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

 

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Ep. 651, The Ebony Frame, by Edith Nesbit

Oct 31, 2019 35:08

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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

 

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Ep. 650, Bambi, part 4of4, by Felix Salten

Oct 25, 2019 01:20:59

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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.

 

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Ep. 649, Bambi, part 3of4, by Felix Salten

Oct 18, 2019 01:07:23

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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.

 

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Sample of DUST -a new premium science-fiction podcast

Oct 16, 2019 07:10

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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:

 

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Ep. 648, Bambi, part 2of4, by Felix Salten

Oct 11, 2019 01:23:23

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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.

 

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Ep. 647, Bambi, part 1of4, by Felix Salten

Oct 4, 2019 01:18:38

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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!

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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.

 

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Ep. 646, The Bell and the Fog, by Gertrude Atherton

Sep 27, 2019 01:10:08

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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

 

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Ep. 645, The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe

Sep 20, 2019 55:23

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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! 

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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

 

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Ep. 644, The Infernal Trap, by Maurice Leblanc

Sep 13, 2019 56:11

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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

 

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Ep. 643, The Four Just Men, part 4of4, by Edgar Wallace

Sep 6, 2019 55:51

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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.

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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. 

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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.

 

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Ep. 642, The Four Just Men, part 3of4, by Edgar Wallace

Aug 30, 2019 01:23:23

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

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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.

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Ep. 641, The Four Just Men, part 2of4, by Edgar Wallace

Aug 23, 2019 01:13:53

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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.

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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.

 

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Ep. 640, The Four Just Men, part 1of4, by Edgar Wallace

Aug 16, 2019 01:15:16

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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.

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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.

 

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Ep. 639, The Rival Mechanicians, by Lydia Maria Child

Aug 9, 2019 43:24

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

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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.

 

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Ep. 638, The People of the Black Circle, part 4of4, by Robert E. Howard

Aug 2, 2019 56:49

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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.

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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.

 

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Ep. 637, The People of the Black Circle, part 3of4, by Robert E. Howard

Jul 26, 2019 51:26

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

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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.

 

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Ep. 636, The People of the Black Circle, part 2of4, by Robert E. Howard

Jul 19, 2019 56:50

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

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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.

 

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Ep. 635, The People of the Black Circle, part 1of4, by Robert E. Howard

Jul 12, 2019 01:07:06

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

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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.

 

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Ep. 634, The Importance of Being Earnest, part 4of4, by Oscar Wilde

Jul 5, 2019 33:37

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

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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.

 

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Ep. 633, The Importance of Being Earnest, part 3of4, by Oscar Wilde

Jun 28, 2019 45:25

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

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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.

 

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Ep. 632, The Importance of Being Earnest, part 2of4, by Oscar Wilde

Jun 21, 2019 52:26

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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.

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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.

 

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Ep. 631, The Man Who Lived Backwards, by Charles F. Hall

Jun 14, 2019 51:27

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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.

 

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Ep. 630, The Importance of Being Earnest, Part 1 of 4, by Oscar Wilde

Jun 7, 2019 48:05

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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.

 

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Ep. 629, The Undertakers, by Rudyard Kipling

May 31, 2019 01:01:54

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

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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.

 

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Ep. 628, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 8of8, by Sax Rohmer

May 24, 2019 01:10:51

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Ep. 627, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 7of8, by Sax Rohmer

May 17, 2019 01:14:35

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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.

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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.

 

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Ep. 626, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 6of8, by Sax Rohmer

May 10, 2019 01:09:48

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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.

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Ep. 625, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 5of7, by Sax Rohmer

May 3, 2019 58:58

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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.

 

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Ep. 624, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 4of7, by Sax Rohmer

Apr 26, 2019 01:08:10

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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.

 

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Ep. 623, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 3of7, by Sax Rohmer

Apr 19, 2019 55:55

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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.

 

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Ep. 622, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 2of7, by Sax Rohmer

Apr 12, 2019 51:24

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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.

 

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Ep. 621, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 1of7, by Sax Rohmer

Apr 5, 2019 54:54

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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.

 

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Ep. 620, The Bell of St. Sépulcre, by M. P. Shiel

Mar 29, 2019 30:56

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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.

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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.

 

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Ep. 619, The Dead and the Countess, by Gertrude Atherton

Mar 22, 2019 39:51

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Why are the dead suddenly restless in a quiet graveyard in Brittany? Gertrude Atherton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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.

 

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Ep. 618, Xélucha, by M.P. Shiel

Mar 15, 2019 32:57

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Who is the mysterious woman who bewitches our hero? Has she enchanted him before? M.P. Shiel, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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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

 

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Ep. 617,The Middle Toe of the Right Foot, by Ambrose Bierce

Mar 8, 2019 43:05

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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.

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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.

 

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Ep. 616, The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 9of9, by P.G. Wodehouse

Mar 1, 2019 45:10

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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.

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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

 

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Ep. 615,The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 8of9, by P.G. Wodehouse

Feb 22, 2019 41:12

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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.

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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

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Ep. 614, The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 7of9, by P.G. Wodehouse

Feb 15, 2019 46:14

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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.

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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

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Ep. 613, The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 6of7, by P.G. Wodehouse

Feb 8, 2019 01:16:51

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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 

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Ep. 612,The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 5of7, by P.G. Wodehouse

Feb 1, 2019 43:40

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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 

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Ep. 611,The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 4of7, by P.G. Wodehouse

Jan 25, 2019 44:43

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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

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Ep. 610,The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 3of7, by P.G. Wodehouse

Jan 18, 2019 01:05:21

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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.

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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

 

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Ep. 609,The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 2of7, by P.G. Wodehouse

Jan 10, 2019 43:31

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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 

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Ep. 608, The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 1of7, by P.G. Wodehouse

Jan 4, 2019 40:11

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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.

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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

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Ep. 607,The Harbor Master, by Robert W. Chambers

Dec 28, 2018 01:04:18

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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.

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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?

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And now, The Harbor Master, by Robert W. Chambers

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Ep. 606, A Christmas Carol, Part 3of3, by Charles Dickens

Dec 21, 2018 01:19:57

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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 

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Ep. 605, A Christmas Carol, Part 2of3, by Charles Dickens

Dec 14, 2018 01:17:54

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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

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Ep. 604, A Christmas Carol, Part 1of3, by Charles Dickens

Dec 7, 2018 50:15

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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 

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Ep. 603, The Circular Staircase, Part 9of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Nov 30, 2018 39:53

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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.

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Thank you again for your generous support.

And now, The Circular Staircase, part 9of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Ep. 602, The Circular Staircase, Part 8of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Nov 23, 2018 01:06:31

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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.

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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.

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Ep. 601, The Circular Staircase, Part 7of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Nov 16, 2018 58:38

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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.

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Ep. 600, The Circular Staircase, Part 6of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Nov 9, 2018 46:09

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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.

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Ep. 599, The Circular Staircase, Part 5of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Nov 2, 2018 01:05:12

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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. 

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Ep. 598, The Circular Staircase, Part 4of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Oct 26, 2018 01:07:14

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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.

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Ep. 597, The Colour Out of Space, by H.P. Lovecraft

Oct 19, 2018 01:25:48

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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.

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Ep. 596, The Circular Staircase, Part 3of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Oct 12, 2018 57:17

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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.

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Ep. 595, The Circular Staircase, Part 2of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Oct 5, 2018 01:01:44

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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.

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Ep. 594, The Circular Staircase, Part 1of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Sep 28, 2018 57:35

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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.

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Ep. 593, Deathworld, Part6of6, by Harry Harrison

Sep 21, 2018 01:01:43

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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.

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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.

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Ep. 592, Deathworld, Part5of6, by Harry Harrison

Sep 14, 2018 01:08:03

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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.

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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.

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Ep. 591, Deathworld, Part4of6, by Harry Harrison

Sep 7, 2018 01:09:31

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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.

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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.

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Ep. 590, Deathworld, Part3of6, by Harry Harrison

Aug 31, 2018 59:34

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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.

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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.

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Ep. 589, Deathworld, Part2of6, by Harry Harrison

Aug 24, 2018 01:17:05

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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.

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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.

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Ep. 588, Deathworld, Part1of6, by Harry Harrison

Aug 17, 2018 59:09

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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.

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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.

Ep. 587, The Mysterious Key and What It Opened, part 2of2, by Louisa May Alcott

Aug 10, 2018 01:13:27

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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.

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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.

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Ep. 586, The Mysterious Key and What It Opened, part 1of2, by Louisa May Alcott

Aug 3, 2018 01:00:31

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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.

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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.

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Ep. 585, The Secret Adversary, Part 9 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Jul 27, 2018 45:25

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Tommy and Tuppence’s adventures come to a cataclysmic conclusion. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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

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Ep. 584, The Secret Adversary, Part 8 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Jul 20, 2018 01:06:29

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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.

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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

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Ep. 583, The Secret Adversary, Part 7 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Jul 13, 2018 57:48

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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.

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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

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Ep. 582, The Secret Adversary, Part 6 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Jul 6, 2018 01:00:03

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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.

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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

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Ep. 581, The Secret Adversary, Part 5 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Jun 29, 2018 36:37

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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

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Ep. 580, The Secret Adversary, Part 4 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Jun 22, 2018 34:49

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Tuppence’s adventures continue in this week’s harrowing episode. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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

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Ep. 579, The Secret Adversary, Part 3 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Jun 15, 2018 01:28:55

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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

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Ep. 578, The Secret Adversary, Part 2 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Jun 8, 2018 01:01:19

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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

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Ep. 577, The Secret Adversary, Part 1 of 9, by Agatha Christie

Jun 1, 2018 01:06:42

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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

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Ep. 576, The Crystal Egg, by H.G. Wells

May 25, 2018 48:44

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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.

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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 

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Ep. 575, When the World Was Young and Moon-Face, by Jack London

May 18, 2018 01:02:13

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Jack London delivers two stories. One of psychology, the other of murder, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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.

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Ep. 574, The Sign of the Shadow, by Maurice LeBlanc

May 11, 2018 50:06

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Arséne Lupin’s curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers a strange picnic. Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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.

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Ep. 573, The Return, and The Second Generation, by Algernon Blackwood

May 4, 2018 39:20

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Two stories by Algernon Blackwood explore the subtle mysteries of the mind, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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.

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Ep. 572, Ball of Fat, Part 2of2, by Guy de Maupassant

Apr 27, 2018 48:56

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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.

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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

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Ep. 571, Ball of Fat, Part 1of2, by Guy de Maupassant

Apr 20, 2018 57:30

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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.

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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

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Ep. 570, The Descent of Man, by Edith Wharton

Apr 13, 2018 53:22

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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.

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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

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Ep. 569, The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion, by Thomas Hardy

Apr 6, 2018 50:06

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A melancholy German Hussar creates an intensifying spiral of conflict for a secluded country girl. Thomas Hardy, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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.

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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

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Ep. 568, The Darling, by Anton Chekhov

Mar 30, 2018 35:49

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Anton Chekhov opens up the question of identity, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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

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Ep. 567, Love Among the Chickens, part 6of6, by P.G. Wodehouse

Mar 23, 2018 34:18

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The storm breaks, and Love Among the Chickens concludes. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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

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Ep. 566, Love Among the Chickens, part 5of6, by P.G. Wodehouse

Mar 16, 2018 43:43

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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

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Ep. 565, Love Among the Chickens, part 4of6, by P.G. Wodehouse

Mar 10, 2018 01:01:01

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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.

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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

 

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Ep. 564, Love Among the Chickens, part 3of6, by P.G. Wodehouse

Mar 2, 2018 59:06

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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

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Ep. 563, Love Among the Chickens, part 2of6, by P.G. Wodehouse

Feb 23, 2018 01:11:52

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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

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Ep. 562, Love Among the Chickens, part 1of6, by P.G. Wodehouse

Feb 16, 2018 01:02:29

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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.

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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 

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Ep. 561, The Hanging Stranger, by Philip K. Dick

Feb 9, 2018 41:31

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Something simply out of the ordinary turns into an unspeakable horror. Philip K. Dick, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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

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Ep. 560, Behind a Mask, part 4 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott

Feb 2, 2018 01:18:29

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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.

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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

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Ep. 559, Behind a Mask, part 3 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott

Jan 26, 2018 01:10:21

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A tableau vivant sets the perfect scene for Jean Muir’s greatest, albeit silent, performance. Louisa May Alcott, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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

 

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Ep. 558, Behind a Mask, part 2 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott

Jan 19, 2018 01:03:45

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Tensions rise as all at the Coventry estate feel “little” Muir’s presence. Louisa May Alcott, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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

Ep. 557, Behind a Mask, part 1 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott

Jan 12, 2018 59:49

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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.

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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

Ep. 556, The Mummy's Curse, by Louisa May Alcott

Jan 5, 2018 29:33

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The Mummy’s Curse, by Louisa May Alcott. Today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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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

Ep. 555, The Flowering of the Strange Orchid, by H.G. Wells

Dec 29, 2017 22:49

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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.

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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

Ep. 554, A Journey in Search of Christmas, Part 2 of 2, by Owen Wister

Dec 22, 2017 37:27

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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.

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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

Ep. 553, A Journey in Search of Christmas, Part 1 of 2, by Owen Wister

Dec 15, 2017 40:09

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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.

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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

Ep. 552, A Christmas Tree and a Wedding, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Dec 8, 2017 23:27

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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.

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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.

Ep. 551, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 5of5, by Sheridan LeFanu

Dec 1, 2017 01:04:46

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The Room in the Dragon Volant comes to its horrifying conclusion. Sheridan LeFanu - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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.

Ep. 550, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 4of5, by Sheridan LeFanu

Nov 24, 2017 01:01:02

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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.

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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.

Ep. 549, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 3of5, by Sheridan LeFanu

Nov 17, 2017 01:03:25

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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.

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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.

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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.

Ep. 548, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 2of5, by Sheridan LeFanu

Nov 10, 2017 56:11

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Nightmares lead to midnight scuffles, and a late night departure produces more eerie adventures. Sheridan LeFanu - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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.

Ep. 547, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 1of5, by Sheridan LeFanu

Nov 3, 2017 55:04

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Sheridan LeFanu’s Gothic novella of a haunted hotel in newly post-Napoleonic Paris. Today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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.

Ep. 546, The Doll's Ghost, by F. Marion Crawford

Oct 27, 2017 33:58

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Mr. Puckler is a doll doctor, and the dolls he repairs become very, very lifelike. F. Marion Crawford, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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.

Ep. 545, Lamia, by John Keats

Oct 20, 2017 47:49

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Blood-sucking. Hypnotizing. Shape shifting. Magical. Is this a vampire? No. It’s a Lamia. John Keats, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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.

Ep. 544, Phantoms, by Ivan Turgenev

Oct 13, 2017 01:29:54

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What happens when a Russian literary titan crafts a vampire story? Unsettling elegance. Ivan Turgenev, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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.

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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.

Ep. 543, The Second Variety, part 2of2, by Philip K. Dick

Oct 6, 2017 48:44

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The Second Variety is revealed. Philip K. Dick, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, The Second Variety, part 2 of 2, by Philip K. Dick

Ep. 542, The Second Variety, part 1of2, by Philip K. Dick

Sep 29, 2017 01:07:49

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Will mankind become a victim to its own compassionate tendencies? Philip K. Dick, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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.

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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

Ep. 541, The Magic Mirror, by George MacDonald

Sep 22, 2017 54:59

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A poor student discovers an antique mirror with a terrible secret. George MacDonald, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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

 

Ep. 540, The Dying Detective, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sep 15, 2017 40:36

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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.

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And now, The Dying Detective, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Ep. 539, The Wedding Ring, by Maurice LeBlanc

Sep 8, 2017 42:35

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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.

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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.

Ep. 538, The Purloined Letter and The Leopard Man's Story, by Edgar Allan Poe a

Sep 1, 2017 58:43

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Journey through the history of mystery with Edgar Allan Poe and Jack London, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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.

Ep. 537, The Metamorphosis, Part 3 of 3, by Franz Kafka

Aug 25, 2017 48:55

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Gregor Samsa’s adventure as a giant verminous bug reaches its conclusion. Franz Kafka, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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.

Ep. 536, The Metamorphosis, Part 2 of 3, by Franz Kafka

Aug 18, 2017 48:30

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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.

 

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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.

Ep. 535, The Metamorphosis, Part 1 of 3, by Franz Kafka

Aug 11, 2017 46:27

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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.

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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.

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And now, The Metamorphosis, Part 1 of 3, by Franz Kafka.

Ep. 534, Peter Pan, part9of9, by J.M. Barrie

Aug 4, 2017 44:37

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Peter Pan must face a real mother, and finally consider again the idea of growing up. Peter Pan, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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.

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And now, Peter Pan, Part 9 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

Ep. 533, Peter Pan, part8of9, by J.M. Barrie

Jul 28, 2017 24:36

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“It’s Hook or me, this time…” Peter Pan, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Peter Pan, Part 8 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

Ep. 532, Peter Pan, part7of9, by J.M. Barrie

Jul 21, 2017 46:47

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Planks, poison, and Peter Pan, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Peter Pan, Part 7 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

Ep. 531, Peter Pan, part6of9, by J.M. Barrie

Jul 14, 2017 38:39

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The adventures in the Neverland continue, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Peter Pan, Part 6 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

Ep. 530, Peter Pan, part5of9, by J.M. Barrie

Jul 7, 2017 29:03

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The adventures in the Neverland continue, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Peter Pan, Part 5 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

 

And now, Peter Pan, Part 5 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

Ep. 529, Peter Pan, part4of9, by J.M. Barrie

Jun 30, 2017 33:54

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The adventures in the Neverland continue, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Peter Pan, Part 4 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

Ep. 528, Peter Pan, part3of9, by J.M. Barrie

Jun 23, 2017 26:07

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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.

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And now, Peter Pan, Part 3 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

Ep. 527, Peter Pan, part2of9, by J.M. Barrie

Jun 16, 2017 47:00

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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.

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And now, Peter Pan, Part 2 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

 

Ep. 526, Peter Pan, part1of9, by J.M. Barrie

Jun 9, 2017 41:55

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Join us on an adventure to Neverland with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy, Michael and John. J. M. Barrie , today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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

Ep. 525, The Adventure of the Dancing Men, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Jun 2, 2017 59:28

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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.

Ep. 524, The Adventure of the Norwood Builder, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

May 26, 2017 58:15

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Sherlock Holmes is suddenly plunged into a murder investigation. But all the evidence he unearths seems to incriminate his client, rather than exonerate him. Could the great Sherlock Holmes really be mistaken? 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.

Now, starting on the 29th, we will start trickling out the release of part 3 of Allan Quatermain 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 Norwood Builder, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Ep. 523, Herland, Part 6of6, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

May 19, 2017 01:07:38

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So, when you marry someone from a civilization who can’t conceive of your concept of marriage, family, intimacy, etc. How does that work out? Wait, does it work out? Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 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.

This month, supporters will receive part 2 of Allan Quatermain, the sequel to King Solomon’s Mines, by H. Rider Haggard.

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.

Now, the term Enchiridion is a Greek word that means essentially a handbook. However, some Enchiridions were more notable than others. In fact, the most famous Enchiridion was penned by Epictetus, who is referenced and quoted in this week’s podcast episode.

And now, Herland, Part 6 of 6, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Ep. 522, Herland, Part 5of6, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

May 12, 2017 01:01:51

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When you start from scratch and live 2,000 years in complete isolation, how do cultivate your mind and spirit? Education and religion in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland, 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.

This month, supporters will receive part 2 of Allan Quatermain, the sequel to King Solomon’s Mines, by H. Rider Haggard. Future titles to be released through The Enchiridion include 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Scaramouche, The Sea Wolf and many others.

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.

And now, Herland, Part 5 of 6, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Ep. 521, Herland, Part 4of6, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

May 5, 2017 01:02:09

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So, how do you court a woman whose race hasn’t seen a man in 2,000 years? Turns out that the “traditional” approach really doesn’t work. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 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.

This month, supporters will receive part 2 of Allan Quatermain, the sequel to King Solomon’s Mines, by H. Rider Haggard. Future titles to be released through The Enchiridion include 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Scaramouche, The Sea Wolf and many others.

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.

And now, Herland, Part 4 of 6, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Ep. 520, Herland, Part 3of6, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Apr 28, 2017 59:03

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The history and mystery of Herland is revealed to our heroes, and as they compare the conditions of Herland with the outside world, well, maybe some things just shouldn’t be compared. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 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.

Today we begin the rollout of the second volume of Allan Quatermain, by H. Rider Haggard. Every month, financial supporters will 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 special series of audiobooks we call The Enchiridion. This basically doubles your enjoyment of The Classic Tales Podcast.

One thing that I love about doing these titles is the way they reference one another. In Allan Quatermain, Allan references Mr. Dick in David Copperfield, and also Mr. Squeers from Nicholas Nickleby.

The next title to be released in The Enchiridion series will be 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne.

Please step up and become a supporting member now. It’s a seriously good value, and we truly appreciate your help in supporting The Classic Tales. www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

And now, Herland, Part 3 of 6, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Ep. 519, Herland, Part 2of6, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Apr 21, 2017 59:58

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Our three heroes are held as prisoners with horribly soft beds, outrageously comfortable new clothes, and impertinently tasty food. There is only one thing that real men can do in the face of such shameful amenities – escape! Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 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 enjoyment of The Classic Tales Podcast? Become a supporting member, and enjoy 4 extra hours of special audiobook content every month, in our new line of member-only content: The Enchiridion. Every month, supporting members will get a coupon code for $8 dollars off anything in the store AND a link where they can download a 3-4 hour portion of a new audiobook. The first of Haggard’s Allan Quatermain is now available for immediate download to supporting members. This will be released as three segments of four hours each, so be sure to get the first part now! Part two will begin appearing on April 28th.

Please step up and become a supporting member now. It’s a seriously good value, and we truly appreciate your help in supporting The Classic Tales. www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

And now, Herland, Part 2 of 6, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Ep. 518, Herland, Part 1of6, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Apr 14, 2017 57:39

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Legends tell of a hidden, exotic civilization entirely populated with women. Three overly confident, and overly masculine, explorers plan to discover and overtake the land – because they’re men, so, it should be easy, right? Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 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 enjoyment of The Classic Tales Podcast? Become a supporting member, and enjoy 4 extra hours of special audiobook content every month, in our new line of member-only content: The Enchiridion. Every month, supporting members will get a coupon code for $8 dollars off anything in the store AND a link where they can download a 3-4 hour portion of a new audiobook. The first of Haggard’s Allan Quatermain is now available for immediate download to supporting members. This will be released as three segments of four hours each, so be sure to get the first part now! Part two will begin appearing on April 28th.

Please step up and become a supporting member now. It’s a seriously good value, and we truly appreciate your help in supporting The Classic Tales. www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

Today we begin a series of Herland, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Most famous for her short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Charlotte Perkins Gilman was abandoned by her father when she was an infant. She was raised by her mother and her three famous aunts: Catherine Beecher, Isabella Beecher Hooker, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

I am a fan of the lost civilization genre, in case you haven’t noticed. And when I discovered this story about a lost civilization completely inhabited by women, and that it was a satire, I was thrilled. It’s kind of the other side of Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, which also tries to not take itself too seriously. I hope you like it.

And now, Herland, Part 1 of 6, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Ep. 517, Pride and Prejudice, Part 14of14, by Jane Austen

Apr 7, 2017 01:03:20

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Lady Catherine’s visit has the opposite of her intended effect, and our story concludes. Jane Austen, 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 enjoyment of The Classic Tales Podcast? Become a supporting member, and enjoy 4 extra hours of special audiobook content every month, in our new line of member-only content: The Enchiridion. Every month, supporting members will get a coupon code for $8 dollars off anything in the store AND a link where they can download a 3-4 hour portion of a new audiobook. The first of Haggard’s Allan Quatermain is now available for immediate download to supporting members. This will be released as three segments of four hours each, so be sure to get the first part now! Part two will begin appearing on April 28th.

Please step up and become a supporting member now. It’s a seriously good value, and we truly appreciate your help in supporting The Classic Tales. www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 14 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 516, Pride and Prejudice, Part 13of14, by Jane Austen

Mar 31, 2017 45:29

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Mr. Bingley’s return presages a much-anticipated result, with a little help from Mrs. Bennet. Which, in its turn, results in the fight of the century between Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Lady Catherine de Burgh. Jane Austen, 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.

I hope all of our supporting members are enjoying The Enchiridion: four hours of the audiobook Allan Quatermain, the sequel to King Solomon’s Mines, by H. Rider Haggard. The Enchiridion is an ongoing series of special bonus content for supporters of The Classic Tales Podcast, consisting of a 3-4 hour long portion of an audiobook, released every month. It basically doubles your Classic Tales Podcast experience.

From here on out, supporters will receive their links to The Enchiridion when they receive the email that contains their monthly coupon codes.

And if you love the artwork that I created for The Enchiridion, you can order a t-shirt or hoodie with The Enchiridion artwork on it for an extremely limited time. Go to https://teespring.com/enchiridion ( or follow the link in the description of this episode) and you can order a long or short sleeve t-shirt, hoodie or tote bag of The Classic Tales: Enchiridion. The ordering period closes on April 3rd, so don’t delay! It’s the perfect gear for the well-read adventurer.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 13 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 515, Pride and Prejudice, Part 12of14, by Jane Austen

Mar 24, 2017 01:05:06

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The newlyweds come to visit the Bennets at Longbourne, though their stay is rather brief. Yet in this brief period, Lydia lets slip a piece of news that both shocks and alarms Elizabeth to her very center. Jane Austen, 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.

I hope all of our supporting members are enjoying The Enchiridion: four hours of the audiobook Allan Quatermain, the sequel to King Solomon’s Mines, by H. Rider Haggard. The Enchiridion is an ongoing series of special bonus content for supporters of The Classic Tales Podcast, consisting of a 3-4 hour long portion of an audiobook, released every month. It basically doubles your Classic Tales Podcast experience.

From here on out, supporters will receive their links to The Enchiridion when they receive the email that contains their monthly coupon codes.

And if you love the artwork that I created for The Enchiridion, you can order a t-shirt or hoodie with The Enchiridion artwork on it for an extremely limited time. Go to https://teespring.com/enchiridion ( or follow the link in the description of this episode) and you can order a long or short sleeve t-shirt, hoodie or tote bag of The Classic Tales: Enchiridion. The ordering period closes on April 3rd, so don’t delay! It’s the perfect gear for the well-read adventurer.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 12 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 514, Pride and Prejudice, Part 11of14, by Jane Austen

Mar 17, 2017 55:08

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The news of Lydia’s disastrous elopement hits Longbourne and its environs like a bombshell, as every day brings a new dark secret to light in the history of Mr. Wickham. Jane Austen, 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.

We are doing the finishing touches on The Enchiridion. Four hours of the audiobook Allan Quatermain, the sequel to King Solomon’s Mines, by H. Rider Haggard will be released in just a few days. We are nailing down our mailing list, to make sure that it goes out to all of our current supporters. If you are a supporter, and you haven’t received an email with The Enchiridion by next Thursday, please login to your account and make sure that you are a current subscriber. This will ensure that you are on the list to receive this and subsequent releases of The Enchiridion – special content for supporting members of The Classic Tales Podcast. If you have any questions, reply to any of our emails. They all come to me, and I’ll get you squared away in no time.

And if you aren’t already a supporting member, have no fear. I’m making it so that once you initially become a supporting member, you will receive the latest episode of The Enchiridion as well as your first $8 credit for the store instantly.

And so to recap, for $5 a month, you get an $8 credit for anything in the store, and access to The Enchiridion, a four-hour long audiobook delivered via email every month. And you take an active part of keeping the podcast alive. Thank you very, very much.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 11 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 513, Pride and Prejudice, Part 10of14, by Jane Austen

Mar 10, 2017 01:16:40

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Elizabeth and the Gardiners visit Pemberley, and are surprised by Mr. Darcy’s unexpected appearance there. In fact, there are many surprises in store for them in Derbyshire. Jane Austen, 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.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our new monthly supporters. Thank you for stepping up to the plate and supporting us every month. It really helps. For your monthly donation of $5, you will get a monthly credit for $8 off anything in the online store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com, PLUS access to the new line of audiobooks: The Enchiridion.

All of our financial supporters will receive, starting in March, a four hour segment of an audiobook, usually leaning toward the Adventure genre. The first is Haggard’s Allan Quatermain, the sequel to King Solomon’s Mines. Other titles in the Enchiridion will be Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, London’s The Sea Wolf, Sabatini’s Scaramouche and many more. It’s like getting a free gift every month. I’m sure you’re going to love it. Note that the Enchiridion will only be released once a month. So, if you don’t want to miss the first part of Allan Quatermain, be sure to become a financial supporter as soon as possible so you don’t miss out! Again, thank you for your support.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 10 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 512, Pride and Prejudice, Part 9of14, by Jane Austen

Mar 3, 2017 38:47

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Lydia receives a controversial invitation, and Elizabeth travels to Darbyshire with her aunt and uncle. But when the Gardiners desire to visit Pemberly, the ancestral home of Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth becomes seriously conflicted. Jane Austen, 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.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our new monthly supporters. Thank you for stepping up to the plate and supporting us every month. It really helps. For your monthly donation of $5, you will get a monthly credit for $8 off anything in the online store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com, PLUS access to the new line of audiobooks: The Enchiridion.

All of our financial supporters will receive, starting in March, a four hour segment of an audiobook, usually leaning toward the Adventure genre. The first is Haggard’s Allan Quatermain, the sequel to King Solomon’s Mines. Other titles in the Enchiridion will be Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, London’s The Sea Wolf, Sabatini’s Scaramouche and many more. It’s like getting a free gift every month. I’m sure you’re going to love it. Note that the Enchiridion will only be released once a month. So, if you don’t want to miss the first part of Allan Quatermain, be sure to become a financial supporter as soon as possible so you don’t miss out! Again, thank you for your support.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 8 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 511, Pride and Prejudice, Part 8of14, by Jane Austen

Feb 24, 2017 59:03

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Mr. Darcy defends himself from the accusations of Elizabeth, and each revelation is more shocking than the last. Jane Austen, 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

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our new monthly subscribers. Thank you for stepping up to the plate and supporting us every month. For your monthly donation of $5, you will get a monthly credit for $8 off anything in the online store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com, PLUS access to the new line of audiobooks: The Enchiridion.

Enchiridion is a Greek word meaning literally, “that which is held in the hand”, usually containing guidelines for healthy living. Many ancient writers wrote Enchiridions, the most notable probably that of Epictetus. Fans of the cartoon series Adventure Time will recognize the term as the special book of Adventure, revealing everything a hero needs to know. The Classic Tales Enchiridion falls somewhere in between.

All of our financial supporters will receive, starting in March, a four hour segment of an audiobook, usually leaning toward the Adventure genre. The first is Haggard’s Allan Quatermain, the sequel to King Solomon’s Mines. Other titles in the Enchiridion will be Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, London’s The Sea Wolf, Sabatini’s Scaramouche and many more. It’s like getting a free gift every month. I’m sure you’re going to love it. But it’s only available to supporters of the podcast, so step up and become a supporting member today. Again, thank you for your support.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 8 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 510, Pride and Prejudice, Part 7of14, by Jane Austen

Feb 17, 2017 54:32

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Visitors come to Rosings, namely Colonel Fitzwilliam and Mr. Darcy himself. And it seems that it is no accident has brought Mr. Darcy to the environs of Miss Elizabeth Bennet. He is a man with a plan. Jane Austen, 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. Thank you very, very much!

You may have noticed that there has been a dearth of new audiobooks appearing through the website. The last one that was produced for the website was A Study in Scarlet, which came out last May. The reason for this lag is that I can no longer afford to produce these “bonus” audiobooks out of my own pocket. You see, every episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is downloaded or streamed over 16,000 times in the course of a month. Yet, I have just over 300 monthly financial subscribers. This is great, and it pays the podcast and website bills and a little more, but it’s far from the funding required to produce a new audiobook every month.

Now, I would rather go forward than go back. If we get more supporting members, we can produce more Classic Tales. So I’d like to offer you more incentive to become a monthly supporter of The Classic Tales. Starting in March, there will be a new 4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook that will be available to subscribers only, in addition to The Classic Tales Podcast. This line of additional subscribers-only content will be called the Enchiridion. Every month, subscribers will get an email with a link to approximately 4 hours of additional Classic Tales content. What titles will be available through The Enchiridion? We will start with Alan Quatermain, the sequel to King Solomon’s Mines. From there, we have an entire catalogue of fantastic titles in the queue, including London’s The Sea Wolf, Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Sabatini’s Scaramouche and many, many more.

And so now, if you become a monthly supporter, not only do you ensure the future of The Classic Tales Podcast,          but also you get a monthly coupon code AND 4 hours of a new audiobook – every month. And if enough people become supporters, we can do the longer titles again!

There’s never been a better time to become a supporter of The Classic Tales Podcast. Become a member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Again, thank you for your support.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 7 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 509, Pride and Prejudice, Part 6of14, by Jane Austen

Feb 10, 2017 47:11

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Elizabeth sets off on a trip with Sir William and Maria Lucas to visit the newly wedded Mr. and Mrs. Collins. And when Elizabeth dines with Lady Catherine de Burgh, she is anything but speechless. Jane Austen, 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. Thank you very, very much!

Once again, let me reiterate here that the coupon codes from here on out will be worth $8 dollars per month. Yes. Every month, if you donate $5 to The Classic Tales Podcast in return, you’ll get a coupon code for $8 off of anything in the store.

There’s never been a better time to become a supporter of The Classic Tales Podcast. Again, thank you for your support.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 6 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 508, Pride and Prejudice, Part 5of14, by Jane Austen

Feb 3, 2017 57:32

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The matrimonial aspirations of Jane are absolutely frustrated. But not so with Mr. Collins, who finds another beau only next door. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

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Your support ensures that we can continue producing professional audio productions of these treasured classics, so that everybody can enjoy them – especially those who otherwise may never be exposed to classic literature.

I have an exciting announcement for all of our financial supporters. Starting with the coupon code for February 2017, the monthly coupon code will be worth $8 dollars instead of $6. Yes, you heard right. Every month, you donate $5 to The Classic Tales Podcast, and in return, you get a coupon code for $8 off of anything in the store. This means that most of the titles that are in our Most Popular – 30% off category you get for FREE with your coupon code.

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And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 5 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 507, Pride and Prejudice, Part 4of14, by Jane Austen

Jan 27, 2017 01:03:50

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Elizabeth is mortified of her family’s performance at the Netherfield ball. And afterwards, to top it off, the pompous Mr. Collins takes it into his head to make her a special offer. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 4 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 506, Pride and Prejudice, Part 3of14, by Jane Austen

Jan 20, 2017 51:43

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We meet the overly attentive Mr. Collins, and the overly handsome Mr. Wickham. They each have a very different effect on the ladies of Longbourne. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 3 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 505, Pride and Prejudice, Part 2of14, by Jane Austen

Jan 13, 2017 53:00

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Elizabeth tends to her suffering sister, Jane, at Netherfield. But as the days drag on, she feels increasingly the claws of the supercilious Bingley sisters. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 2 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 504, Pride and Prejudice, Part 1of14, by Jane Austen

Jan 6, 2017 01:00:52

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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife… Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I wanted to do something special as we begin Season 11 of The Classic Tales Podcast. And so, I’ve decided to do an unabridged episodic production of Jane Austen’s seminal work: Pride and Prejudice. I have had several requests for Austen’s novels over the years, and I really cannot put her work aside any longer. While she is not the absolute epitome of high classical fiction, (and I’m not completely sure if anyone is), her work holds a distinctive place in the canon of what is typically understood as classic literature. Her characters are sparkling, her prose style is rich and musical, and the plots, though largely character driven, move like gangbusters.

And so, while there are many, many wonderful audiobook productions of this work, I wanted to see what I could make of Austen’s remarkable and sumptuous text. I hope you enjoy it.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 1 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 503, The Coin of Dionysius, by Ernest Bramah

Dec 30, 2016 37:06

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Mr. Carlyle, a private detective, desperately needs to discover if a suspicious coin is a forgery, and receives a recommendation from an experienced coin dealer to look up an amateur expert. There is one thing the old coin dealer failed to mention, however, - the amateur expert is blind. Ernest Bramah, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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What could me more outlandish than a blind detective? Max Carrados is the creation of Ernest Bramah, and appeared alongside Sherlock Holmes in the Strand magazine when Carrados was first brought to life in 1914.

George Orwell wrote that, together with those of Conan Doyle and R. Austin Freeman, Max Carrados and The Eyes of Max Carrados "are the only detective stories since Poe that are worth re-reading."

So, how is it that someone can be blind and yet be an amazing detective? Bramah sets the groundwork for his blind detective in this, the first Max Carrados mystery.

And now, The Coin of Dionysius, by Ernest Bramah