The Classic Tales Podcast
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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The shadowy Christina slips out silently for midnight romps while her three stepchildren hide under the covers. And what they hear in the night does anything but lull them to sleep. Frederick Marryat, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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APP USERS: Check your special features to listen to "The Mark of the Beast" by Rudyard Kipling (it's the small "e" in the bottom right corner)

 

I’m pleased to announce that preorders are now available for The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fennimore Cooper.

 

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Preorder today and save $3 off the retail price of $15.99. Classic Tales Financial Supporters can use their coupon codes and get the complete audiobook for only $7 bucks. This audiobook is estimated to be around 15-16 hours long. Preorder your copy today!

 

Today’s story is about two groups of Transylvanian fugitives who make their home in the Hartz Mountains, located in Northern Germany. Now, it always drives me crazy when you see a film that is supposed to take place in Transylvania, or with Transylvanian natives, and they are speaking German. I believe we have stories like today’s tale to thank for this. Everyone comes from Transylvania, which at this time was located in Hungary, and yet they speak with German colloquialisms. Today’s tale is told basically in the first person, and I have used my regular American accent for the bulk of the family, and a Hungarian accent for the others. It is rather confusing, which is why I mention it before the adventure begins.

 

Today’s story was originally found as Chapter 39 of The Phantom Ship, published serially in 1838-1839. We begin our tale with a query from Philip (a Frenchman) to Kranz as they sail on the phantom ship.

 

And now, The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains, by Frederick Marryat

Direct download: CT_429_White_Wolf.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:44 AM

Murder in the dark. After being blown into mysterious waters, and surrounded by an oily mist, a lonesome vessel is attacked by an unknown creature from the deep.   William Hope Hodgson, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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It is interesting how things come about. As you have probably guessed, I am constantly on the lookout for stories that would work well for my podcast. Well, just after I discovered The Ring of Thoth last week, I ran across this wonderfully atmospheric tale by William Hope Hodgson, which totally reminded me of The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Now, in our home, the classic monster movies are on all the year round. The old ones -  the good ones. Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone. You know, the films that are good in spite of Lon Chaney Jr.  Well, if I run across a few stories that remind me of the monster movies I love so much, who am I to fight against it? I’m reading a few Victorian were-wolf stories this week. We’ll see what turns up.

 

And if you were looking for more stories in the vein of today’s tale, I would recommend The Call of Cthulhu, by H.P. Lovecraft, if you haven’t already listened to it.

 

I’m pleased to announce that preorders are now available for The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fennimore Cooper.

 

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The year is 1757: The fate of North America is in the hands of the French, the British and the Native Americans. Each party weaves their warlike paths in this tapestry of adventure.  Meet Hawkeye, Uncas and Chingatchgook – each a stealthy iron-browed incarnation of the incomprehensible forest. Discover the unscrupulous and sinister Magua, banished and determined to become the leader of his people.

 

Preorder today and save $3 off the retail price of $15.99. Classic Tales Financial Supporters can use their coupon codes and get the complete audiobook for only $7 bucks. This audiobook is estimated to be around 15-16 hours long. Preorder your copy today!

 

 

And now, The Thing In The Weeds, by William Hope Hodgson

Direct download: CT_428_Thing_In_The_Weeds.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:29 AM

The Louvre is robbed by one of its own workers. When questioned, the caliginous thief tells a tale of ancient Egypt, and a love that transcends all of their ancient mysteries. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Preorders for The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fennimore Cooper, will begin next week. Set in 1757; join the peerless Hawkeye as he pits wits with one of the most diabolical villains in literature – the abominable Magua.

 

If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please consider becoming a monthly financial supporter. It only costs 5 dollars a month. In return, we give you a coupon code for 6 dollars off anything in the store – every month! With our bestsellers already 30% off, you can get many of our titles for only $.99 cents when you use your monthly code. It’s a great value, and a great way to build your classic literature library. Join today!

 

The Egyptian deity spelled T-h-o-t-h is pronounced, “tote” by the Egyptians. Though in the original movie of The Mummy and elsewhere in popular American culture it is pronounced “thawth”, I have chosen to use the Egyptian pronunciation for this reading. I may be wrong, but that’s what my research indicates. This is Doyle’s second tale of death defying Egyptian mummies. The other is Lot Number 246, now available for free at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

 

And now, The Ring of Thoth, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Direct download: CT_427_Ring_of_Thoth.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:00 AM

Frederick Arbuthnot is at San Salvatore under false pretenses. He went there chasing Lady Caroline, unaware of another inhabitant of the castle – his wife. Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today marks the end of The Enchanted April, and what a joy it has been to record. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.

 

And I must apologize for not releasing any special features through the app. I have been remiss in this. App users, check your special features for a special graphic of the passive-aggressive Raven. I will pick up the frequency of the special features, and include features and stories only available through the Classic Tales App.

 

If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please consider becoming a monthly financial supporter. It only costs 5 dollars a month. In return, we give you a coupon code for 6 dollars off anything in the store – every month! With our bestsellers already 30% off, you can get many of our titles for only $.99 cents when you use your monthly code. It’s a great value, and a great way to build your classic literature library. Join today!

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 11 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

Direct download: CT_426_Enchanted_April_11of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:50 AM

It’s all up for Briggs. He has seen Lady Caroline, and has completely lost it. But lo, an unexpected visitor arrives, bringing joy in unexpected places. Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please consider becoming a monthly financial supporter. It only costs 5 dollars a month. In return, we give you a coupon code for 6 dollars off anything in the store – every month! With our bestsellers already 30% off, you can get many of our titles for only $.99 cents when you use your monthly code. It’s a great value, and a great way to build your classic literature library. Join today!

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 10 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

Direct download: CT_425_Enchanted_April_10of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:35 AM

Rose Arbuthnot writes to her husband. She later receives a telegram, but the sender is not at all whom she anticipated.  Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Arsene Lupin versus Sherlock Holmes, by Maurice Leblanc is now available. If you liked the first book, you’ll love the second one as Lupin faces off with the indefatigable Sherlock Holmes. Available now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com .

 

If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please consider becoming a monthly financial supporter. It only costs 5 dollars a month. In return, we give you a coupon code for 6 dollars off anything in the store – every month! With our bestsellers already 30% off, you can get many of our titles for only $.99 cents when you use your monthly code. It’s a great value, and a great way to build your classic literature library. Join today!

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 9 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

Direct download: CT_424_Enchanted_April_9of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:30 AM

The enchantments of Italy work their magic in Mellersh, and he fits. He just fits; meanwhile the rough edges of Mrs. Fisher continue to slip away.  Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Arsene Lupin versus Sherlock Holmes, by Maurice Leblanc is now available. If you liked the first book, you’ll love the second one as Lupin faces off with the indefatigable Sherlock Holmes. Available now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com .

 

This week marks the 8th anniversary of The Classic Tales Podcast. Eight years ago, I released my first three episodes, using a borrowed computer, borrowed recording equipment, free recording software, and some books I borrowed from the library. Today we release episode 423, recorded in my professional home studio. The Classic Tales Podcast has been downloaded over 12 million times, and it is all due to listeners like you. Thank you for listening and telling your friends. Thank you for your financial support. Thank you for your suggestions. Thank you for taking time to listen to my work, for you make all of this possible.

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 8 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

Direct download: CT_423_Enchanted_April_8of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:34 AM

Mellersh Wilkins arrives at San Salvatore, and Lotty’s bright smile still shines brilliantly. She is determined to lift him up into her heaven, even if he blows up the bathroom.  Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Arsene Lupin versus Sherlock Holmes, by Maurice Leblanc is now available. If you liked the first book, you’ll love the second one as Lupin faces off with Sherlock Holmes. Available now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com .

 

In consideration of the passing of the great Christopher Lee, the next audiobook to be produced under The Classic Tales label is the original Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Mr. Lee made a wonderful Dracula. Let’s see how he is as Van Helsing. It’s going to take me a while to tackle this one, but keep your eyes open for preorder specials!

 

You know, spending 4 minutes in the showroom trying out a mattress is really crazy when you think about it. I mean, we spend a third of our life span sleeping, right? What’s four minutes going to tell us? Nothing. What we need is more time on the mattress. Like a whole night. Like a whole month. How about 100 nights? Now that sounds crazy.

 

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And now, The Enchanted April, part 7 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

 

 

Direct download: CT_422_Enchanted_April_7of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:00 AM

The shy and emotionally uncomfortable Mrs. Wilkins begins to blossom. Her clunky clairvoyant visions begin to seem truly prophetic, and words such as intuitive, intelligent, and wise come to mind when she speaks.  Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Arsene Lupin versus Sherlock Holmes, by Maurice Leblanc is now available. Murder, fraud, and a priceless diamond. Ganimard is convinced that Arsene Lupin is at the bottom of each of these crimes. But unfortunately, Ganimard’s best efforts come up short. And so Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are brought in to restore the blue diamond, and capture the murderer. Don’t miss this fantastic faceoff between the national thief of France, and the national detective of England. Now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com!

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 6 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

Direct download: CT_421_Enchanted_April_6of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:30 AM

Mrs. Fisher, now secure in her self appointed sanctuary, peers into the boundless depths of her memories. And while she is tenaciously content, she finds her feathers are getting continuously ruffled. Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Arsene Lupin versus Sherlock Holmes, by Maurice Leblanc is now available. Murder, fraud, and a priceless diamond. Ganimard is convinced that Arsene Lupin is at the bottom of each of these crimes. But unfortunately, Ganimard’s best efforts come up short. And so Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are brought in to restore the blue diamond, and capture the murderer. Don’t miss this fantastic faceoff between the national thief of France, and the national detective of England. Now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com!

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 5 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

Direct download: CT_420_Enchanted_April_5of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:30 AM

The machinations of personality begin to rear their heads.  Left to their own devices in the wonderland of Italy, the women begin some telling introspection. Some desire to share this place with others, while others desire to hoard.  Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is now available. Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get your copy today. Act now, and you can get The Hound of the Baskervilles AND The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for only $8 more! The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes contains 11 short story mysteries, and introduce us to two indispensible characters: Mycroft Holmes and Professor Moriarty. Head on over www.thebestaudiobooks.com and dive into the mystery today!

 

Next week, Arsene Lupin versus Sherlock Holmes, by Maurice Leblanc will be released. Murder, fraud, and a priceless diamond. Ganimard is convinced that Arsene Lupin is at the bottom of each of these crimes. But unfortunately, Ganimard’s best efforts come up short. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are brought in to restore the blue diamond, and capture the murderer. Don’t miss this fantastic faceoff between the national thief of France, and the national detective of England. To be released next week!

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 4 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

Direct download: CT_419_Enchanted_April_4of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 5:13 AM

Midnight. Four hours late. When our ladies arrive in glorious San Salvatore, instead of basking in the evening breeze, they peek for any sign of life. And when a mysterious man appears with a horse and cart, they suddenly see themselves as easy pickings for robbers and murderers.  Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is now available. Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get your copy today. Act now, and you can get The Hound of the Baskervilles AND The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for only $8 more! The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes contains 11 short story mysteries, and introduce us to two indispensible characters: Mycroft Holmes and Professor Moriarty. Head on over the www.thebestaudiobooks.com and dive into the mystery today!

 

I am pleased to announce that the next Classic Tales audiobook will be Arsene Lupin versus Sherlock Holmes. Originally, Conan Doyle demanded that the name not be that of his famous sleuth, and LeBlanc was forced to change it to Herlock Sholmes. Now that the copyright for Sherlock Holmes is long expired, this will be the first audiobook presented the way that Leblanc originally intended: with the Gentleman Burglar Arsene Lupin facing the great sleuth of Baker Street himself. Coming soon.

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 3 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

Direct download: CT_418_Enchanted_April_3of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 5:25 AM

Two obnoxious problems present themselves to the timid ladies. And each, in turn, overcomes until finally they set their feet on glorious Italian soil. Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is now available. Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get your copy today. Act now, and you can get The Hound of the Baskervilles AND The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for only $8 more! The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes contains 11 short story mysteries, and introduce us to two indispensible characters: Mycroft Holmes and Professor Moriarty. Head on over the www.thebestaudiobooks.com and dive into the mystery today!

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 2 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

Direct download: CT_417_Enchanted_April_2of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:47 AM

To Those who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine. Small medieaval Italian Castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be Let Furnished for the month of April.  This small advertisement sparks something long dormant in the reluctant hearts of two downcast London women – the possibility of happiness. Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is now available. Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get your copy today. Act now, and you can get The Hound of the Baskervilles AND The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for only $8 more! The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes contains 11 short story mysteries, and introduce us to two indispensible characters: Mycroft Holmes and Professor Moriarty. Head on over the www.thebestaudiobooks.com and dive into the mystery today!

 

Some years ago, Audible hired me to produce an audiobook for a title called “Smart Money”. Apparently, science has proved that money can buy happiness if used correctly. How you ask? Instead of buying bigger and better things, happiness is measurably greater when we buy experiences. Like vacations. Apparently, it really works. The Enchanted April was written in 1921. I am stunned at how relevant it is to so many aspects of our modern life – nearly 100 years after it was written.

 

Today we meet Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Arbuthnot. We don’t even know their first names at this point. Both are churchgoers, and very good, dutiful wives – they do everything that is expected of them. And they are both unhappy. But the solution isn’t in chucking it all in the dustbin. Through this elegant novel, we see them work through their disparate struggles and rise from the ashes, with the help of wisteria and sunshine.  

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 1 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

Direct download: CT_416_Enchanted_April_1of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:02 AM

Time marches on, and after many years, the plight of the phantom bridegroom remains a mystery, for he is not in his hometown, nor in Cairo. The key to his discovery lies in the most unlikely place imaginable – a mess of pomegranate seed.  The Arabian Nights, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes will be released this week. Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and save $2 by preordering your copy today. Act now, and you can get The Hound of the Baskervilles AND The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for only $8 more! The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes contains 11 short story mysteries, and introduce us to two indispensible characters: Mycroft Holmes and Professor Moriarty. The preorder price will only last for a few days, so head on over the www.thebestaudiobooks.com and lock in the preorder price now!

 

I hope you are enjoying this somewhat lesser known tale from The Arabian Nights. Next week we will begin a novel that will hopefully get us in the mood for spring and warmer weather: The Enchanted April, by Elizabeth Von Arnim. When two Englishwomen rent a castle in Italy, they begin a journey of discovery and revelation that will change the course of the rest of their lives.

 

And now, The Tale of the Two Viziers, Part 2 of 2, from The Arabian Nights.

Direct download: CT_415_Two_Viziers_2of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:37 AM

The marriage plans for two Viziers backfire, resulting in exile and calamity. And when two Jinn interfere, a charming fantasy turns into a nightmare. The Arabian Nights, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Count of Monte Cristo part 3 of 3 is now available for immediate download. This final installment is over 21 hours long. In this final installment, Monte Cristo’s vision of vengeance comes to its majestic conclusion. I created over 90 character voices during the recording The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s an epic unparalleled anywhere else. Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and purchase the final installment of this epic saga for only $10.99.

 

Today’s tale from The Arabian Nights has many interesting aspects: there is a lot of solid fatherly counsel, some beautiful romantic poetry, and the aspect of supernatural influence to help connect the plot points. Some portions may be a little racy for younger listeners. Of course, the text is hundreds of years old and rather ambiguous, but I thought I’d give you parents a heads up.

 

And now, The Tale of the Two Viziers, Part 1 of 2, from The Arabian Nights.

Translated by John Payne

Direct download: CT_414_Two_Viziers_1of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:06 AM

Sherlock Holmes goes head to head with Arsene Lupin, and comes off, well, okay. Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Count of Monte Cristo part 3 of 3 is now available for immediate download. This final installment is over 21 hours long. Those who order will have instant access to the complete audiobook of Sinbad the Sailor, from The Arabian Nights. Revenge is neither plain nor simple. In this final installment, Monte Cristo’s vision of vengeance comes to its majestic conclusion. I created over 90 character voices during the recording The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s an epic unparalleled anywhere else. Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and purchase the final installment of this epic saga for only $10.99.

 

And now, The Adventures of Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar, Part 6 of 6, by Maurice Leblanc

Direct download: CT_413_Arsene_Lupin_Part6of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:30 AM

Millions of francs worth of bonds tantalize a young Arsene Lupin. He also single handedly solves a murder, for a slight payment of course. Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Count of Monte Cristo part 3 of 3 is now available for immediate download. This final installment is over 21 hours long. Those who order will have instant access to the complete audiobook of Sinbad the Sailor, from The Arabian Nights. Revenge is neither plain nor simple. In this final installment, Monte Cristo’s vision of vengeance comes to its majestic conclusion. I created over 90 character voices during the recording The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s an epic unparalleled anywhere else. Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and purchase the final installment of this epic saga for only $10.99.

 

And now, The Adventures of Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar, Part 4 of 6, by Maurice Leblanc

Direct download: CT_412_Arsene_Lupin_Part5of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:48 AM

A man from the street sees an article in a newspaper, enters a house, asks the owner of the house for three minutes in a certain room, and then shoots himself. Blackmail, intrigue and burglary all intertwine until Arsene Lupin steps in to unravel the mystery of the Seven of Hearts. Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Count of Monte Cristo part 3 of 3 is now available for immediate download. This final installment is over 21 hours long. Those who order will have instant access to the complete audiobook of Sinbad the Sailor, from The Arabian Nights. Revenge is neither plain nor simple. In this final installment, Monte Cristo’s vision of vengeance comes to its majestic conclusion. I created over 90 character voices during the recording The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s an epic unparalleled anywhere else. Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and purchase the final installment of this epic saga for only $10.99.

 

And now, The Adventures of Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar, Part 4 of 6, by Maurice Leblanc

Direct download: CT_411_Arsene_Lupin_Part4of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:19 AM

Arsene Lupin himself is assaulted and robbed. How does Lupin mete out his own style of justice? And, the necklace coveted by Marie Antoinette is stolen, and remains a mystery for many, many years. That is, until a mysterious Italian reveals his secret. Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

The Count of Monte Cristo part 3 of 3 is now available for immediate download. This final installment is over 21 hours long. Those who order will have instant access to the complete audiobook of Sinbad the Sailor, from The Arabian Nights. Revenge is neither plain nor simple. In this final installment, Monte Cristo's vision of vengeance comes to its majestic conclusion. I created over 90 character voices during the recording The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s an epic unparalleled anywhere else. Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and purchase the final installment of this epic saga for only $10.99.

 

And now, The Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Burglar, Part 3 of 5, by Maurice Leblanc

Direct download: CT_410_Arsene_Lupin_Part3of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:30 AM

Arsene Lupin has audaciously declared that he will break out of prison, and be absent at the time of his trial. With the entire Parisian Police force watching his every move, can he keep his devious threat? Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Count of Monte Cristo part 3 of 3 is now available for preorder. It will be released Wednesday. Those who preorder will save $3, and have instant access to the complete audiobook of Sinbad the Sailor, from The Arabian Nights. Revenge is neither plain nor simple. In this final installment, Monte Cristo's vision of vengence comes to its majestic conclusion. I created over 90 character voices during the recording The Count of Monte Cristo. It's an epic event not to be missed. Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and preorder the final installment of this epic saga.

And now, The Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Burglar, Part 2 of 5, by Maurice Leblanc

Direct download: CT_409_Arsene_Lupin_Part2of5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:31 AM

Arsene Lupin: Gentleman Burglar and Man of a Thousand Disguises announces that he will steal the treasures of the Malaquis Castle. The Baron of the castle is completely terrified of this threat from the master thief. For if Arsene Lupin says he will do a thing, he will do it – even if he's in prison. Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today's story begins a five part series of The Adventures of Arsene Lupin: Gentleman Burglar, by Maurice Leblanc. Lupin was featured in 20 novels and 28 stories by Leblanc, beginning with today's story, first published in 1905. If you'd like to hear more Arsene Lupin stories, please let us know through our facebook page.

 

And now, The Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Burglar, Part 1 of 5, by Maurice Leblanc

Direct download: CT_408_Arsene_Lupin_Part1of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:11 AM

Benvenuto Gismondi, murderer and thief, unwittingly uncovers a plot to assassinate Cesare Borgia. But when this information is shared with the esteemed monarch, the result is not exactly fortuitous. Raphael Sabatini, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Gismondi's Wage, by Raphael Sabatini

Direct download: CT_407_Gismondis_Wage.mp3
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Sherlock Holmes himself relates one of his very first adventures. Deceit, secrets and murder bespatter a trail that leads to a priceless royal diadem. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Count of Monte Cristo, Part 2 is now available for only $10.99. The story continues as a mysterious nobleman with untold wealth surfaces in high Parisian society. Unbeknownst to those who court his favor, the Count of Monte Cristo weaves a calculating web of intrigue around the lives of his enemies. Does he seek to destroy them personally? No. He plans to create the perfect battlefield, and watch them destroy themselves.  The Count of Monte Cristo, part 2 of 3, is over 19 hours long, and financial supporters can use their code and get the entire title for $4.99. Thank you for your monthly financial support, which makes it possible to not only produce these longer titles, but also to keep the price nice and low.  www.thebestaudiobooks.com

 

And now, The Musgrave Ritual, by Arthur Conan Doyle

Direct download: CT_406_Musgrave_Ritual.mp3
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The relentless religious rain continues in the South Seas, and the true nature of Mr. Davidson is everlastingly revealed. Here you will find no Man of sorrows. W. Somerset Maugham, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Count of Monte Cristo, Part 2is now available for only $10.99. The story continues as a mysterious nobleman with untold wealth surfaces in high Parisian society. Unbeknownst to those who court his favor, the Count of Monte Cristo weaves a calculating web of intrigue around the lives of his enemies. Does he seek to destroy them personally? No. He plans to create the perfect battlefield, and watch them destroy themselves.  The Count of Monte Cristo, part 2 of 3, is over 19 hours long, and financial supporters can use their code and get the entire title for $4.99. Thank you for your monthly financial support, which makes it possible to not only produce these longer titles, but also to keep the price nice and low.  

 

And now, Rain, Part 2 of 2, by W. Somerset Maugham

Direct download: CT_405_Rain_Part2of2.mp3
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Whose Gods are the greater? Religion and morality are closely inspected in a masterful drama by one of the masters of the short story. W. Somerset Maugham, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Do you listen to audiobooks on your iPad, iPhone or iOS device? Would you like to download The Classic Tales audiobooks without a computer? Do we have good news for you:

 

There is now a way to download your purchases direct to your iOS device, and play them in an elegant audiobook app. Check out our blog, and you will find detailed instructions with copious images to download direct to your iOS device. You can now enjoy The Classic Tales Audiobooks easily, wherever you are.

 

The Count of Monte Cristo, Part 2 is now available for only $10.99. The story continues as a mysterious nobleman with untold wealth surfaces in high Parisian society. Unbeknownst to those who court his favor, the Count of Monte Cristo weaves a calculating web of intrigue around the lives of his enemies. Does he seek to destroy them personally? No. He plans to create the perfect battlefield, and watch them destroy themselves.  The Count of Monte Cristo, part 2 of 3, is over 19 hours long, and financial supporters can use their code and get the entire title for $4.99. Thank you for your monthly financial support, which makes it possible to not only produce these longer titles, but also to keep the price nice and low.  

 

And now, Rain, Part 1 of 2, by W. Somerset Maugham

Direct download: CT_404_Rain_Part1of2.mp3
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Mountainous fish, sinister bird-men and man-eating snakes each terrorize the great Sinbad the Sailor in this, this last and seventh, voyage. The Arabian Nights, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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There is now a way to download your purchases direct to your iOS device, and play them in an elegant audiobook app. Check out our blog, and you will find detailed instructions with copious images to download direct to your iOS device. You can now enjoy The Classic Tales Audiobooks easily, wherever you are.

 

The Count of Monte Cristo, Part 2is now available for only $10.99. The story continues as a mysterious nobleman with untold wealth surfaces in high Parisian society. Unbeknownst to those who court his favor, the Count of Monte Cristo weaves a calculating web of intrigue around the lives of his enemies. Does he seek to destroy them personally? No. He plans to create the perfect battlefield, and watch them destroy themselves.  The Count of Monte Cristo, part 2 of 3, is over 19 hours long, and financial supporters can use their code and get the entire title for $4.99. Thank you for your monthly financial support, which makes it possible to not only produce these longer titles, but also to keep the price so low.  

 

And now, Part 4 of Sinbad the Sailor, from The Arabian Nights. Translated by Richard F. Burton

Direct download: CT_403_Sinbad_Part4.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:26 AM

Sinbad the Sailor relates two more of his incredible voyages. The Arabian Nights, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Did you know that people who read are 250% less likely to get Alzheimer’s or dementia? Did you further know that the benefits of reading are the same, whether you decode the words on a page, or have someone read to you? Recent studies have shown this to be the case. Listening to audiobooks, especially fiction, can make you more compassionate for others. There are so many reasons to make quality, classic audiobooks a part of your life. Please become a supporting member of The Classic Tales for only $5 a month. We give you back a coupon code for $6 dollars a month. Use your coupon code at www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get many of our most popular titles for only 99 cents. The pricing has just dropped for the Archives of The Classic Tales Podcast, Seasons 1-3. The titles in our Free category have also been changed. Between the new free category content, and the price drop in The Classic Tales Podcast season 1, supporting members can get over 34 hours of audiobooks for less than 2 dollars.

 

The Count of Monte Cristo, Part 2 will be coming out this week. I’ll send out a newsletter email when it’s all up and running. Part 2 is around 19 hours long.

 

And now, Part 3 of Sinbad the Sailor, from The Arabian Nights. Translated by Richard F. Burton

Direct download: CT_402_Sinbad_Part3.mp3
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Sinbad tells of ferocious trolls, cannibals, giant serpents and much more. The Arabian Nights, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Did you know that people who read are 250% less likely to get Alzheimer’s or dementia? Did you further know that the benefits of reading are the same, whether you decode the words on a page, or have someone read to you? Recent studies have shown this to be the case. Listening to audiobooks, especially fiction, can make you more compassionate for others. There are so many reasons to make quality, classic audiobooks a part of your life. Please become a supporting member of The Classic Tales for only $5 a month. We give you back a coupon code for $6 dollars a month. Use your coupon code at www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get many of our most popular titles for only 99 cents. The titles listed in our Most Popular category will change soon, so be sure to pick up your favorite titles today.

 

I have just finished recording part 2 of The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas. Part 2 will be over 19 hours long. As a special bonus, those who purchase all three volumes of The Count of Monte Cristo will also receive a complete audiobook download of Sinbad the Sailor, commercial free, in HD quality with artwork.

 

Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and pick up The Count of Monte Cristo Part 1 of 3, by Alexandre Dumas.

And now, Part 2 of Sinbad the Sailor, from The Arabian Nights. Translated by Richard F. Burton

Direct download: CT_401_Sinbad_Part2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:24 AM

The famed Sinbad the Sailor tells two of his exotic adventures. The Arabian Nights, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

 

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Today’s story is a great example. While listening to The Count of Monte Cristo with its many references to Sinbad the Sailor and The Arabian Nights, you can also listen to the podcast release of Sinbad the Sailor itself. And you can visit our Facebook page to talk about how you like it with other like minded folks.

 

Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and pick up The Count of Monte Cristo Part 1 of 3, by Alexandre Dumas.

 

And now, Part 1 of Sinbad the Sailor, from The Arabian Nights. Translated by Richard F. Burton

Direct download: CT_400_Sinbad_Part1of3.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:41 AM

“Once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” The Skin Horse explains this and many other things to the Velveteen Rabbit, and we discover how toys become Real. Margery Williams, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Have you made a resolution to read more books this year? You are in luck. I’ve done some number crunching, and verified that being a financial supporter to The Classic Tales Podcast, for only 5 dollars/month is one of the best values for your audiobook investment. Over the course of 1 year, using the Classic Tales Podcast app, the free content available at the website, saving 30% off of our most popular titles, and using 12 coupon codes, you could listen to 250 hours of classic audiobooks for 27% less than an Audible membership. That’s 70% more audiobooks for 27% less. If you have a half-hour commute, this could fill it up for a whole year. And you own the files – no streaming or authorizing computers. There are so many great reasons for supporting The Classic Tales. Best of all, you are becoming part of a community that supports the creation of quality classic audiobooks.

Today’s episode is a perfect example. The Velveteen Rabbit was suggested by a listener.

As many of you may know, the first part of The Count of Monte Cristo has Edmond Dantes suffer betrayal at the hands of his enemies, go to prison and eventually find a vast treasure. In the remaining 2/3 of the book he identifies himself frequently as Sinbad the Sailor. Well, starting next week, we will be producing The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor from The Arabian Nights through The Classic Tales Podcast. And for those of you who purchase all three parts of The Count of Monte Cristo, you will receive a commercial free, HD version of the Sinbad the Sailor audiobook for free. Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and pick up The Count of Monte Cristo Part 1 of 3, by Alexandre Dumas. Listen for a free sample of The Count of Monte Cristo after today’s episode.

And now, The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams

Direct download: Episode_399_The_Velveteen_Rabbit_by_Margery_Williams.mp3
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