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

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Coriolanus returns triumphant from the war. Many anticipate that he will be consul, but the tribunes of the people have other plans. William Shakespeare, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

 

I’ve been trying to figure out lately, what it is about the play of Coriolanus that speaks so particularly to me. I’ve run into it again and again – this Shakespearean play in particular. Well, there are a lot of things going on here. But I think what strikes me most is the concept of someone who has dedicated his life to an ideal, and then when he is expecting a great reward, he not only doesn’t get the anticipated reward, but also is banished from his home. The play can end here – there’s tragedy enough. He is fanatically raised to be a soldier and fight. He knows nothing else. His reward is banishment. And though he is bigoted, and very proud, and not a particularly affectionate father or husband, the fact that his world is taken from him demands our sympathy. We cannot help it. And worse: he cannot help himself. From the time he learned war from his mother’s knee, whatever softer passions he had were taken from him and replaced with knives and steel.

Direct download: 362_Episode_362_Coriolanus_2of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:01 AM

Shakespeare’s mighty tale of valor, honor, and betrayal comes to life as an unprecedented audiobook. Coriolanus by William Shakespeare, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

 App users: Check your special features for the Life of Themistocles, part 3 of 3. 

 

Direct download: 361_Episode_361_Coriolanus_1of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:27 AM

A snake and horse team up to save our hero from certain annihilation. Hungarian Folk Tales, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

 

App users: Check your special features for the Life of Themistocles, part 2 of 3. Themistocles is the lead character in the new 300 movie that’s out right now. 

Direct download: 360_Episode_360_Tree_Reached_Sky2of2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:21 AM

A quest to cure a king takes a lowly swineherd on a journey in the skies. Here he finds an enchanted castle, a princess, and a seven headed dragon. Hungarian Folk Tales, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

 

App users: Check your special features for the Life of Themistocles, part 1 of 3. Themistocles is the lead character in the new 300 movie that’s out right now. 

 

 

Direct download: 359_Episode_359_Tree_Reached_Sky1of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:32 AM

The upstairs/downstairs scene at Blandings Castle comes to its rollicking conclusion.  P.G. Wodehouse. Today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Direct download: 358_Episode_358_Something_New_Part_8of8.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 5:12 AM

The Efficient Baxter attempts to clear his name, and then the unthinkable happens. For when it comes to sleuthing, Baxter is more of a Watson than a Holmes.  P.G. Wodehouse. Today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

 

 

App users, check your special features to hear Plutarch’s the life of Coriolanus, Part 4 of 4.

 

Direct download: 357_Episode_357_Something_New_Part_7of8.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:46 AM

Bloodshed and riot at Blandings Castle. With so many ambitious people bent on spurious designs, accidents are bound to happen. P.G. Wodehouse. Today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

 

App users, check your special features to hear the life of Coriolanus, Part 3 of 4.

Direct download: CT_356_SomethingNew6of8.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:18 AM

Today the quest to re-purloin the purloined scarab continues. If you’re wondering where we are in the story, just look up the word purloin. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

 

App users, check your special features to hear Plutarch's Life of Coriolanus, split into four parts. Part 2 of 4 accompanies this podcast episode. 

Direct download: 355_Episode_355_Something_New_Part_5of8.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:42 PM

Ashe discovers the wondrous world below stairs. If he can ever get his head wrapped around the butlers, maids, footmen, valets, cooks, chefs, and scullery maids, he may get around to stealing the “sacred” scarab.  P.G. Wodehouse, today, on The Classic Tales Podcast.

App users, check your special features to listen to Plutarch's Life of Coriolanus, split into four parts. Part 1 of 4 accompanies this podcast episode. 

 

Direct download: 354_Episode_354_Something_New_Part_4of8.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:45 AM

P.G. Wodehouse does Downton Abbey. Our fine young American friends both find themselves in situations below stairs, and Ashe isn’t sure he’ll quite cut the mustard. P.G. Wodehouse, today, on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Last week, Lord Emsworth pocketed the cherished scarab of Mr. Peters, the irascible American millionaire whose daughter is betrothed to Emsworth’s indolent son Freddy. Will Mr. Peters take this loss without a fight? Certainly not. With a little American ingenuity and a lot of American dollars, the wheels are greased for an upstairs/downstairs version of cat and mouse.

Direct download: 353_Episode_353_Something_New_Part_3of8.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:14 AM

Lord Emsworth displays his absent-mindedness in a manner that may jeopardize his son’s engagement. We meet more characters, and the crows begin to circle around Blandings Castle. P.G. Wodehouse, today, on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Direct download: 352_Episode_352_Something_New_Part_2of8.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:53 AM

Two unlikely American writers meet in London, and Lord Emsworth’s hapless son Freddy fears blackmail from a chorus girl. The threads of P.G. Wodehouse begin, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Direct download: 351_Episode_351_Something_New_part_1of8.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:20 AM

Professor Challenger's outrageous proposal about the earth being a living organism is put to the ultimate test. Will the Professor again deliver the goods? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Direct download: 350_Episode_350_The_Day_The_World_Screamed_2of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:31 AM

What if the world was not just a mass of stone, but something else? Something different? There is only one man with the stubborn audacity to prove it out – Professor Challenger. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Direct download: 349_Episode_349_The_Day_The_World_Screamed_1of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:12 AM

An assassin is sent back in time to prevent the ravings of a religious zealot. Philip K. Dick, today on The Classic Tales Podcast

Direct download: 348_Episode_348_The_Skull.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:50 AM