The Classic Tales Podcast
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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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Direct download: CT_605__ChristmasCarol2018_Part2of3.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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Direct download: CT_604__ChristmasCarol2018_Part1of3.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

We come to the end of The Circular Staircase, but not without a final burst of terror. Mary Roberts Rinehart, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

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

Do you know why the longer titles like The Count of Monte Cristo, Plutarch’s Lives and Dracula are broken down into smaller parts? It’s so that you can get the most mileage out of your “thank-you” codes! Years ago, I did a book for Audible called Happy Money. It basically broke down the best way to spend your money, if you want it to bring you more happiness. One way is to pay for things like vacations in small ways throughout the year, and then when you go on them, they’re already paid for! There’s no big financial strain, and you can focus on simply having fun!

That’s kind of my approach with the monthly donation and thank-you codes. You choose a plan that works for you, and then when you need them, you have them! The strain of paying for your audiobooks is lessened in a way that works for you! And all of the funds go to keeping the podcast up and running.

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

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

Thank you again for your generous support.

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

Direct download: CT_603_CircStaircase_Part9of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

All is revealed. Well, some of it, anyway. The lines start coming together fast, and many questions are answered. Mary Roberts Rinehart, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

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

Recently, I received an email from someone who just discovered our podcast and became a supporter. She wrote:

"I was so delighted to find your podcast. I really enjoy audio books, but purchasing new book recordings is prohibitively expensive. I tried Librivox, and I thought it was a very noble effort. But sadly, there appears to have been no quality control, and the majority of the narrations are just not pleasant listening.

The big surprise for me, though, was services like Audible. They have ‘professional’ readers, but which they often mean the actual writer or a ‘name’ actore. Sad to say, these skills do not necessarily carry over into narration. I’ve come to realize that narration is a skill unto itself and you are a master at it.

Thank you for providing this very reasonably priced way to receive high quality audio books."

Thank you, Janis, for you put into words exactly what I’m trying to do with The Classic Tales. I want to make the classics approachable and affordable. Here’s an example of how affordable it can be. Say you sign up to pay $5/month. Hopefully that amount is nominal enough that you won’t really feel it.

Well, in return, you get a thank-you code for $8/month. The codes last a year. You go on a road trip. You can go and get 3 audiobooks for a couple extra bucks. These same 3 books, if bought through Audible, would have cost you $45 if you used your Audible monthly credits. They cost you an extra 6 bucks, after 3 payments of $5 you likely didn’t even feel. The rest was already paid for.

This isn’t a hole in the system – this IS the system.

Set it up, don’t even worry about it, and when you need it, it’s there.

Of course, we also have our merchandise store, where you can order tshirts, hoodies, tote bags and other merchandise sporting your favorite Classic Tales covers.

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

And thank you again for your generous support.

And now, The Circular Staircase, part 8of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

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Direct download: CT_602_CircStaircase_Part8of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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Direct download: CT_601_CircStaircase_Part7of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:10am MST

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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Direct download: CT_600_CircStaircase_Part6of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:39am MST

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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Direct download: CT_599_CircStaircase_Part5of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:39am MST

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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Direct download: CT_598_CircStaircase_Part4of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:49am MST

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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Direct download: CT_597_Colour_Out_of_Space.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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Direct download: CT_596_CircStaircase_Part3of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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Direct download: CT_595_CircStaircase_Part2of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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Direct download: CT_594_CircStaircase_Part1of9B.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Jason leads a suicide mission against immeasurable odds. But if they are successful, it might mean a new chance for life and happiness on Deathworld. Harry Harrison - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

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

For those of you who are collectors, The Secret Adversary is now available as an audiobook at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com. Check out the website, and add this and many others to your audiobook collection.

And now, Deathworld, part 5of6, by Harry Harrison.

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Direct download: CT_593_Deathworld_Part6of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

The separate battling entities of Deathworld are beginning to converge, and Jason realizes that sometimes lies must be used to secure any semblance of hope. Harry Harrison - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

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

For those of you who are collectors, The Secret Adversary is now available as an audiobook at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com. Check out the website, and add this and many others to your audiobook collection.

And now, Deathworld, part 5of6, by Harry Harrison.

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Direct download: CT_592_Deathworld_Part5of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:09am MST

We meet the grubbers, and the complex quandaries of Deathworld’s origins begin to come to light. Harry Harrison - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

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

Thank you so much for your support. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long until, “something turns up”, as Mr. Micawber would say. In case you haven’t heard, the Enchiridion is suspended, as is the production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Once “something turns up”, I plan on completing Hunchback, and releasing it in its entirety to all of our supporters. Thanks for hanging in there with us.

And if you have any suggestions, or have any stories you’d like to hear on The Classic Tales Podcast, please feel free to let us know. Send your suggestions to bj@classictalesaudiobooks.com.

And now, Deathworld, part 4of6, by Harry Harrison.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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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Direct download: CT_590_Deathworld_Part3of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:31pm MST

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

Thank you so much for your support. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long until, “something turns up”, as Mr. Micawber would say. In case you haven’t heard, the Enchiridion is suspended, as is the production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Once “something turns up”, I plan on completing Hunchback, and releasing it in its entirety to all of our supporters. Thanks for hanging in there with us.

And if you have any suggestions, or have any stories you’d like to hear on The Classic Tales Podcast, please feel free to let us know. Send your suggestions to bj@classictalesaudiobooks.com.

And now, Deathworld, part 2of6, by Harry Harrison.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Jason dinAlt is a psionic gambler who uses his erratic abilities to tip the odds in his favor. He is made an offer he can’t refuse by a man who is waging a war – not with another army, but with a planet. Harry Harrison - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

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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.

Direct download: CT_588_Deathworld_Part1of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:52am MST

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

The twists and turns continue, and Mr. Brown strikes in the place we are least expecting. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

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

Thank you so much – all of you who have stepped up and become supporters of the podcast, especially those of you who took action during this past week in our last ditch effort to save The Enchiridion. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more evident that my expansion to doing The Enchiridion was overly ambitious, and I’m going to need to stop producing it.

I will finish The Hunchback of Notre Dame at some point in the future, and when I do, I’ll send the complete book in its entirety to all of our supporters. But right now it’s time to take stock of the situation and reevaluate the best way to move forward.

The coupon code system works really well. I really like giving so much back to my supporters – that is so important to me. So that’s not going to change. But as far as producing more than The Classic Tales Podcast at this point, we’re just going to have to put those plans on hold.

Again, thank you so much for all of our friends who have become supporters, sent us encouraging emails, left stellar reviews and even called me with their encouraging words. We’ll keep going, and we will expand to revisiting The Enchiridion as soon as we can justify the production cost. I’m not going anywhere; we’re just bringing the bonus content back into the realm of reality.

Thank you so much for your support.

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 8 of 9, by Agatha Christie

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Direct download: CT_584_SecretAdversary_Part8of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Jane Finn is recovered, and her story leads to many incredible discoveries. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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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Direct download: CT_583_SecretAdversary_Part7of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:50am MST

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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Direct download: CT_582_SecretAdversary_Part6of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:50am MST

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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Direct download: CT_581_SecretAdversary_Part5of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Tuppence enters domestic service, as the Young Adventurers continue their search for Jane Finn. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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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Direct download: CT_579_SecretAdversary_Part3of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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Direct download: CT_578_SecretAdversary_Part2of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:37am MST

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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Direct download: CT_577_SecretAdversary_Part1of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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

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

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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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Direct download: CT_575_WhenTheWorldWasYoung.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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Direct download: CT_574_TheSignoftheShadow.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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.

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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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Direct download: CT_573_TheReturn-2ndGeneration.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MST

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!

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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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Direct download: CT_571_Ball-of-Fat_Part1.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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.

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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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Direct download: CT_570_TheDescentofMan.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:01am MST

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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Direct download: CT_569_MelancholyHussar.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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.

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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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Direct download: CT_568_The_Darling.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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.

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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Turns are given to far too many tables, as Love Among the Chickens continues. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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.

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And now, Love Among the Chickens, part 5 of 6, by P.G. Wodehouse

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MST

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.

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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.

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And now, Love Among the Chickens, part 4 of 6, by P.G. Wodehouse

 

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:50am MST

Risky business is surreptitiously done with fantastic results…for now. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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.

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And now, Love Among the Chickens, part 3 of 6, by P.G. Wodehouse

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:13am MST

Strangers on a train meet up again, and new acquaintances are…developed. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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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And now, Love Among the Chickens, part 2 of 6, by P.G. Wodehouse

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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.

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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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Direct download: CT_562_LoveAmongChickens_1of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MST

Something simply out of the ordinary turns into an unspeakable horror. Philip K. Dick, 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 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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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:15am MST

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.

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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MST

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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Direct download: CT_559_Behind_A_Mask_3of4.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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And now, Behind a Mask, or A Woman’s Power, part 2 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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

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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

Direct download: CT_556_Mummys_Curse.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MST

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.

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And now, The Flowering of the Strange Orchid, by H.G. Wells

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MST

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.

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And now, A Journey in Search of Christmas, Part 1 of 2, by Owen Wister

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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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.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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

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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.

Direct download: CT_551_RoominDVolant_Part5of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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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.

Direct download: CT_550_RoominDVolant_Part4of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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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.

Direct download: CT_549_RoominDVolant_Part3of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:38pm MST

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.

Direct download: CT_548_RoominDVolant_Part2of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:12am MST

Sheridan LeFanu’s Gothic novella of a haunted hotel in newly post-Napoleonic Paris. 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 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.

Direct download: CT_547_RoominDVolant_Part1of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:16pm MST

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.

Direct download: CT_546_TheDollsGhost.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:52pm MST

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.

Direct download: CT_545_Lamia.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:46pm MST

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.

Direct download: CT_544_Phantoms.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:44pm MST

The Second Variety is revealed. 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.

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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:04pm MST

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

Direct download: CT_542_Second_Variety_Part01of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:12pm MST

A poor student discovers an antique mirror with a terrible secret. George MacDonald, 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, 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 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

 

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:54pm MST

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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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.

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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:42pm MST

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.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Gregor Samsa’s adventure as a giant verminous bug reaches its conclusion. 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. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion and an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep this running, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

It’s back to school time, and I’d like to extend a huge and hearty “Thank You” to all of the teachers out there. My fourth grade teacher was Mrs. Hannum. When I was in third grade, and I saw how strict she was when her class would come to the school assemblies, she scared me to death. I found out she was going to be my teacher, and I thought I was going to die. After my first day of school, my opinion totally changed. She was so fun and kind. And later that year, she read out loud the entirety of Tom Sawyer. It was amazing. She did the southern drawl of Aunt Polly perfectly, at least to my fourth grade ears. I know there are a lot of reasons to praise and enjoy Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer, but when I think of Tom Sawyer, especially Aunt Polly’s opening lines, I hear my fourth grade teacher. I heard it years later when I recorded Tom Sawyer as an audiobook. And I hear it now.

Thank you for being teachers and educators, and opening up to us the wide world and its wonders. I’m sure there are times when it seems like nothing sinks in, but some things we literally remember forever.

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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:39am MST

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

 

Now, a quick word or two about Franz Kafka and The Metamorphosis. Most people consider The Metamorphosis to be a highly autobiographical work. Maybe Franz Kafka never woke up turned into a bug, but he probably felt like he did. Why? He was a German in Czech Prague, he was a Jew in a pretty virulently anti-Semitic place and time, he was sickly, he had serious issues with his dad, he was a failed businessman. The list goes on. It seems like every day he had a mountain of pain to deal with. He was made to feel “lesser-than” his whole life, and what’s lower than a verminous bug?

 

We kind of just want to give him a hug. This insect isn’t a cute little ladybug or butterfly. It’s a gross, slime trail leaving, brown goop spewing little monster of a vermin. It’s even portrayed as being malicious and evil, as we’ll see today.

 

And now, The Metamorphosis, Part 2 of 3, by Franz Kafka.

Direct download: CT_536_The_Metamorphosis_2of3.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MST

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.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:45am MST

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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

“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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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

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For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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

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What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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

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What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

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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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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

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

What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

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

 

Direct download: CT_527_Peter_Pan_2of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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

Direct download: CT_526_Peter_Pan_1of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:20pm MST

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.

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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.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:09am MST