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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 sands of the Arabian desert, join us on a fantastic journey through the words of the world's greatest authors. Critically-acclaimed and highly recommended for anyone who loves a good story with plenty of substance.

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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 sands of the Arabian desert, join us on a fantastic journey through the words of the world's greatest authors. Critically-acclaimed and highly recommended for anyone who loves a good story with plenty of substance.

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Great podcast.

By doc_celt - Mar 27 2019
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Another good reason to look forward to Fridays.

Weekly treat

By Britt Neff - Mar 02 2019
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I look forward to your podcast every week! Many thanks!

iTunes Ratings

1364 Ratings
Average Ratings
1158
103
36
33
34

Great podcast.

By doc_celt - Mar 27 2019
Read more
Another good reason to look forward to Fridays.

Weekly treat

By Britt Neff - Mar 02 2019
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I look forward to your podcast every week! Many thanks!
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The Classic Tales Podcast

Updated about 1 month ago

Rank #50 in Literature category

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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 sands of the Arabian desert, join us on a fantastic journey through the words of the world's greatest authors. Critically-acclaimed and highly recommended for anyone who loves a good story with plenty of substance.

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

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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.

And you can also check out our new innovation: The Hybrid Audiobook by clicking in the link in the show notes.

Thank you again for your generous support.

Today we celebrate the end of the 20-year freeze of the public domain. Four days ago, The Inimitable Jeeves entered the public domain, along with two Agatha Christie novels, and works by Edith Wharton and many, many others. And going forward, every year more will be released, and soon the works of Steinbeck, Hemingway and others will be free to produce through the podcast. It’s gonna be great!

It’s been so fun to revisit my old friends Wooster and Jeeves.

And now, The Inimitable Jeeves, part 1 of 7, by P.G. Wodehouse

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Jan 04 2019
40 mins
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Rank #2: Ep. 577, The Secret Adversary, Part 1 of 9, by Agatha Christie

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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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Jun 01 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #3: Ep. 594, The Circular Staircase, Part 1of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart

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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.

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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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Sep 28 2018
57 mins
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Rank #4: Ep. 586, The Mysterious Key and What It Opened, part 1of2, by Louisa May Alcott

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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.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month. Thank you so much for all of our friends who have become supporters, sent us encouraging emails, and left stellar reviews. We’ll keep on plugging away, and

When Louisa May was 19, she took a job as a companion to a young woman, sister of James Richardson, a lawyer in Dedham, Massachusetts. The old gentleman described the job as requiring some light housework, but that she should be regarded as one of the family. The reality was that the light housework was rather heavy, the sister was rarely seen, and Mr. Richardson attempted to woo with poetry an unimpressed young Louisa. When Louisa protested and delivered an ultimatum, the situation worsened. After seven weeks of drudgery, she left. She was paid four dollars, which the outraged Alcotts returned. Louisa May later wrote about the incident in “How I Went Out to Service”. Doubtless this event fuelled much of the anger and frustration that burns bright in many of Louisa’s “blood and thunder” tales. The first of which, entitled “Pauline’s Passion and Punishment”, won a contest that paid her one hundred dollars for its publication. Her “blood and thunder” tales sold for fifty to seventy-five dollars each. They were published under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard.

I can just see Jo from Little Women reading this story aloud to her sisters, maybe before she got the message to “write what you know”. If you liked the first of Alcott’s “blood and thunder” tales that we did back in January, The Mysterious Key and What It Opened shouldn’t disappoint.

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

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Aug 03 2018
1 hour
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Rank #5: Ep. 621, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, part 1of7, by Sax Rohmer

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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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Apr 05 2019
54 mins
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Rank #6: Ep. 540, The Dying Detective, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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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.

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

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. With much heartfelt gratitude, we thank those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of September is the second of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep this running, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

We are currently getting over 80 titles ready for the store. Follow us on Facebook to see our progress!

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

Sep 15 2017
40 mins
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Rank #7: Ep. 562, Love Among the Chickens, part 1of6, by P.G. Wodehouse

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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.

To learn how you can be a financial supporter of the podcast, click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. And if you ever need more time to download your items or run into any trouble, simply respond to any of the emails we send out connected with your order. All the responses come to me, and I’ll get you squared away in no time. Again, thank you so much.

Today’s story is the first part of a new P.G. Wodehouse series! I’ve been kicking this title around in my head for a while now. When I listened to an audio version of it, I thought, “You know, this could be really funny with a little twist.” Also, a satirical book featuring a bombastic blowhard who thinks that his absolute lack of experience makes him uniquely qualified…. well let’s just say I thought this was a strangely timely tale. I hope you like it.

And now, Love Among the Chickens, part 1 of 6, by P.G. Wodehouse 

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Feb 16 2018
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #8: Ep. 556, The Mummy's Curse, by Louisa May Alcott

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

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

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion series of Emma, by Jane Austen continues this month. If you’re a monthly supporter, you’ll receive a healthy portion of this audiobook every month until its completion. Please click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member today. You can subscribe for $5 or $10 a month and receive the monthly members-only content of The Enchiridion, and get coupon codes for up to $17 dollars off any of our titles. It’s seriously a great deal, and a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks.

Bronson Alcott called his scribbling daughter “An arsenal of powers”, and he certainly was right. While most modern readers connect her with the quiet domestic and moral life found in Little Women, what may don’t understand is that for many years prior to writing her opus, she wrote many, many thrillers leaning to the Gothic style of horror. She called them her “blood and thunder” books. In a letter to Alf Whitman she revealed her plan for being published with a periodical called The Ledger:

“I intend to illuminate The Ledger with a blood & thunder tale as they are easy to compose & are better paid than moral…works.”

She was a ravenous reader, and at a very young age devoured the works of Dickens, Irving, Dante, Shakespeare, Hawthorne and others. The Scarlet Letter was one of her favorite books. We’ll delve further into Alcott’s blood and thunder tales in the weeks to come. Don’t miss it!

And now, Lost in a Pyramid, or The Mummy’s Curse, by Louisa May Alcott

Jan 05 2018
29 mins
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Rank #9: Ep. 597, The Colour Out of Space, by H.P. Lovecraft

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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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Oct 19 2018
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #10: Ep. 576, The Crystal Egg, by H.G. Wells

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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.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

This week, the second portion of The Hunchback of Notre Dame will begin making its way to our supporters. You can become a supporter, and enjoy a monthly installment of this epic adventure for only $5/month. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store! The month-to-month $5 contributions really help keep us afloat. It’s tough to sell something that is expensive to produce, but available for free. I have tried to keep the podcast going with the listener in mind. I’ve always shied away from putting ads in the middle of the episode, or pelting you with a ton of ads at the beginning or end. Once the story starts, I want to keep you in the moment. This is the only way we raise funds to keep the show rolling. And you get so much in return. So, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a great feeling and it’s a terrific value. Thank you for your support.

And if you’d like to go the a la carte route, you can pick up the Enchiridion episodes of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for $5 each at the website.

A quick note about todays story: please keep in mind that this bit of visionary fiction was written 121 years ago, in 1897. The mainstream technological advances at this time included the invention of Bayer’s Aspirin, Marconi’s wireless, Diesel’s Engine, and Edison’s Kinetoscope, the precursor of the movie projector. These things were not mainstream, just barely invented. Queen Victoria was still on the throne, and the world got around with horses and buggies. It seems like the world of iPhones, internet, computers, email, space travel, sustainable energy, and crypto currency belongs on another planet. But while living in this horse and buggy world, Wells crafted today’s story.

And now, The Crystal Egg, by H.G. Wells 

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May 25 2018
48 mins
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Rank #11: Ep. 557, Behind a Mask, part 1 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott

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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.

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

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion series of Emma, by Jane Austen continues this month. If you’re a monthly supporter, you’ll receive a healthy portion of this audiobook every month until its completion. Please click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member today. You can subscribe for $5 or $10 a month and receive the monthly members-only content of The Enchiridion, and get coupon codes for up to $17 dollars off any of our titles. It’s seriously a great deal, and a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks.

Louisa May Alcott grew up in an environment of education. Her father was one of the great Transcendentalists, and his friends Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were frequent visitors. Bronson Alcott was a philosopher and educator, whose aim was to “awaken the soul” of the pupil. He did this through the then controversial method of being courteous and gentle, rather than doling out draconian punishments to his students. He also included physical education, art, music, and nature study in his curriculum, at a time when these subjects were not taught. Unfortunately, his methods did not catch on, and were considered peculiar. He struggled to keep his schools open, closing his last school before he reached the age of 40. Many of Alcott’s original methods are established principles in the school systems of today.

The Alcott family was pretty poor, though they had such distinguished neighbors. Bronson would do odd jobs as a handyman when the opportunities arose, but money was pretty tight. They lived largely on the charity of others.

When Louisa May was 19, she took a job as a companion to a young woman, sister of James Richardson, a lawyer in Dedham, Massachusetts. The old gentleman described the job as requiring some light housework, but that she should be regarded as one of the family. The reality was that the light housework was rather heavy, the sister was rarely seen, and Mr. Richardson attempted to woo with poetry an unimpressed young Louisa. When Louisa protested and delivered an ultimatum, the situation worsened. After seven weeks of drudgery, she left. She was paid four dollars, which the outraged Alcotts returned. Louisa May later wrote about the incident in “How I Went Out to Service”. Doubtless this event fuelled much of the anger and frustration that burns bright in many of Louisa’s “blood and thunder” tales. The first of which, entitled “Pauline’s Passion and Punishment”, won a contest that paid her one hundred dollars for its publication. Her “blood and thunder” tales sold for fifty to seventy-five dollars each. They were published under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard.

And now, Behind a Mask, or A Woman’s Power, part 1 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott

Jan 12 2018
59 mins
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Rank #12: Ep. 607,The Harbor Master, by Robert W. Chambers

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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.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Again, thank you so much.

Today’s story is found in the first five chapters of the book, In Search of the Unknown, by Robert W. Chambers. The book contains several stories like the one we will hear today, about scary creatures that show up when you least expect it.

I figured we’d round out the year with a good monster story. Couldn’t hurt, right?

Thanks for supporting the podcast.

And if you’re in the mood for more hands on stuff, we also have our merchandise store, where you can order t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags and other merchandise sporting your favorite Classic Tales covers.

And you can also check out our new innovation: The Hybrid Audiobook by clicking in the link in the show notes.

Thank you again for your generous support.

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

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Dec 28 2018
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #13: Ep. 535, The Metamorphosis, Part 1 of 3, by Franz Kafka

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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.

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

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by its listeners. With much heartfelt gratitude, we thank those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of August is the first of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Most all of the English editions of this book in current circulation have a slightly abridged version of the text. We have secured a new, unabridged version of Verne’s seminal classic, and are pleased to announce that the final version will be around 16 hours, all told.

It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member, and in return you get a monthly credit for $8 off anything in the store, and access to the monthly Enchiridion. Thank you for your support.

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

Aug 11 2017
46 mins
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Rank #14: Ep. 547, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 1of5, by Sheridan LeFanu

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

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

This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of November is the final of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The final installment is almost 5 hours long. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

Today’s story is by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu, who was one of the great pioneers of the gothic novel and short story. He is likely best known for his novella, Carmilla, which spotlighted female vampirism. His short stories are very rich in the gothic tradition, and his novel Uncle Silas is also very satisfying.

In today’s portion of the tale, we meet our narrator and hero, Robert Beckett, who is a wealthy young Englishman who is travelling to Paris right after the battle of Waterloo. We also meet some of the main characters of the story. By the way, Dragon Volant in this instance means “Flying Dragon”.

And now, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 1 of 5, by Sheridan LeFanu.

Nov 03 2017
55 mins
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Rank #15: Ep. 541, The Magic Mirror, by George MacDonald

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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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This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of September is the second of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

We are currently getting over 80 titles ready for the store, so keep an eye on your inboxes. I’ll send out an announcement when the new titles “hit the shelves”.

Today’s story is by George MacDonald, and is a standalone story found in his novel Phantastes: A Faerie Romance. First published in 1858, it was MacDonald’s first novel. In 1916, C.S. Lewis picked up a copy of this book at a railway bookstall. Lewis would later write: “I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master; indeed, I fancy that I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him.” When asked in 1962 to list the top 10 books that had influenced his attitude toward writing and his philosophy of life, Lewis put Phantastes in the #1 slot.

MacDonald was very familiar with German fairy tales, or märchen. Phantastes was one of the first such books originally written in English.

And now, The Magic Mirror, by George MacDonald

Sep 22 2017
54 mins
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Rank #16: Ep. 538, The Purloined Letter and The Leopard Man's Story, by Edgar Allan Poe a

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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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This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by its listeners. With much heartfelt gratitude, we thank those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of September is the second of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion and an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep this running, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

Today, we’re going to take a bit of a journey. Edgar Allan Poe is widely acknowledged as being the one who invented the armchair detective/mystery genre. The Gold Bug, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and today’s story of The Purloined Letter are among his great achievements in creating a genre which others went on to perfect. Though The Purloined Letter isn’t the first of his mystery creations, you can still see how Poe is still feeling out how to explain how he arrived at his conclusions. It’s not perfect. But it’s an interesting window into the mind of how the mystery genre was created. The Purloined Letter was first published in 1844. Nearly 60 years later, in 1903, Jack London wrote our second tale, The Leopard Man’s Story. Notice how far the genre has come. London had the likes of Doyle, Chesterton, Collins and many others to learn from. But the way he introduces his story, cultivates it, and delivers the solution to the mystery is nothing short of elegant. I hope you enjoy this journey through the history of mystery.

Sep 01 2017
58 mins
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Rank #17: Ep. 555, The Flowering of the Strange Orchid, by H.G. Wells

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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

Dec 29 2017
22 mins
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Rank #18: Ep. 588, Deathworld, Part1of6, by Harry Harrison

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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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The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month, and get a monthly coupon code for $8 off any digital audiobook.

We have some new developments at the website. First of all, you can find us also by going to classictalesaudiobooks.com! So if that’s easier to remember, feel free to update your browser bookmarks. www.classictalesaudiobooks.com

We’ve also updated our website! I’ve been working on this for a long while, now, and we finally have a brand new look. I still need to redo the store side of things, and we’ll get there eventually. I really like how clean it is, and the artwork for each of the titles really has a chance to shine.

So visit us at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and see what all the fuss is about. I think you’ll like it!

And now for something completely different…

Today’s story was originally released serially in the magazine Astounding Science Fiction in 1960. Harry Harrison was originally an illustrator, and worked on two series for EC Comics: Weird Fantasy, and Weird Science. He was also the main writer for the Flash Gordon comic strip during the 1950s and 1960s. He wrote under many pseudonyms as a science fiction writer, and eventually became known for his Stainless Steel Rat series, and for his novel Make Room! Make Room! This latter was the inspiration behind the Charleton Heston film Soylent Green.

But his best-known work is contained in fast-moving parodies, homages, or even straight reconstructions of traditional space-opera adventures. Deathworld is an excellent example of this parody style. For while it is written in the style of the sci-fi pulp hack, there is also a streak of deeper meaning to the discerning reader. His work often juxtaposed the thinking man with the man of force.

And now, Deathworld, part 1of6, by Harry Harrison.

Aug 17 2018
59 mins
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Rank #19: Ep. 561, The Hanging Stranger, by Philip K. Dick

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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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Feb 09 2018
41 mins
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Rank #20: Ep. 609,The Inimitable Jeeves, Part 2of7, by P.G. Wodehouse

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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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Jan 10 2019
43 mins
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