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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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 MDT

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

The Enchiridion for the month of 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 Enchanted April, Allan Quatermain, Pride and Prejudice, Herland and At The Mountains of Madness are now available for purchase at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Thanks to your support, we are working on getting all of our titles available through the website. This process isn’t free or simple, which is why it’s taken so long. Thanks again for your support.

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 MDT

The Second Variety is revealed. 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 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

Direct download: CT_543_Second_Variety_Part02of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:04pm MDT

Will mankind become a victim to its own compassionate tendencies? 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 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.

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

Today’s story is by 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 MDT

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.

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

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

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

And now, The Magic Mirror, by George MacDonald

 

Direct download: CT_541_TheMagicMirror.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:54pm MDT

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

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

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

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

Direct download: CT_540_The_Dying_Detective.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:42pm MDT

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

The Enchiridion for the month of September is the second of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion 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.

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.

Direct download: CT_539_The_Wedding_Ring.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

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

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

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

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

Direct download: Ep._538PurlLetter-LeopardMan.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

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

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

The Enchiridion for the month of 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.

Direct download: CT_537_The_Metamorphosis_3of3.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:39am MDT

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.

 

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

 

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

 

The Enchiridion for the month of August is the first of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. 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 MDT

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

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

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

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

Direct download: CT_535_The_Metamorphosis_1of3.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:45am MDT

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

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

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

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

Direct download: CT_534_Peter_Pan_9of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

“It’s Hook or me, this time…” Peter Pan, 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!

Step up today and become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Supporting members get a monthly coupon code worth $8 for anything in the online store, and they also get access to the premium content known as The Enchiridion – a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook delivered every month.

And they also help to ensure the perpetuation of The Classic Tales Podcast, which continues to open the doors of classic literature to young and old.

It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member, and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

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

Direct download: CT_533_Peter_Pan_8of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Planks, poison, and Peter Pan, 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!

Step up today and become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Supporting members get a monthly coupon code worth $8 for anything in the online store, and they also get access to the premium content known as The Enchiridion – a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook delivered every month.

And they also help to ensure the perpetuation of The Classic Tales Podcast, which continues to open the doors of classic literature to young and old.

It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member, and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

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

Direct download: CT_532_Peter_Pan_7of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

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!

Step up today and become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Supporting members get a monthly coupon code worth $8 for anything in the online store, and they also get access to the premium content known as The Enchiridion – a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook delivered every month.

And they also help to ensure the perpetuation of The Classic Tales Podcast, which continues to open the doors of classic literature to young and old.

It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member, and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

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

Direct download: CT_531_Peter_Pan_6of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

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!

Step up today and become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Supporting members get a monthly coupon code worth $8 for anything in the online store, and they also get access to the premium content known as The Enchiridion – a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook delivered every month.

And they also help to ensure the perpetuation of The Classic Tales Podcast, which continues to open the doors of classic literature to young and old.

It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member, and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

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

 

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

Direct download: CT_530_Peter_Pan_5of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

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!

Step up today and become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Supporting members get a monthly coupon code worth $8 for anything in the online store, and they also get access to the premium content known as The Enchiridion – a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook delivered every month.

And they also help to ensure the perpetuation of The Classic Tales Podcast, which continues to open the doors of classic literature to young and old.

It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member, and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

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

Direct download: CT_529_Peter_Pan_4of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

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.

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!

Step up today and become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Supporting members get a monthly coupon code worth $8 for anything in the online store, and they also get access to the premium content known as The Enchiridion – a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook delivered every month.

And they also help to ensure the perpetuation of The Classic Tales Podcast, which continues to open the doors of classic literature to young and old.

It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member, and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

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

Direct download: CT_528_Peter_Pan_3of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

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.

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!

Step up today and become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Supporting members get a monthly coupon code worth $8 for anything in the online store, and they also get access to the premium content known as The Enchiridion – a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook delivered every month.

And they also help to ensure the perpetuation of The Classic Tales Podcast, which continues to open the doors of classic literature to young and old.

It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member, and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

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 MDT

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

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

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It only costs $5 a month. Fewer than 2% of our listeners are financial supporters, and we really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and helping out.

Would you like to double your Classic Tales Podcast enjoyment? Every month, financial supporters receive a coupon code for $8 off anything in the store, plus a link to download a 3-4 hour portion of a new audiobook. This members-only series of audiobooks we call The Enchiridion.

Part 3 of Allan Quatermain is now being released to our supporters, which will conclude the book. This release should be on the shorter side, around 3 hours.

The Enchiridion after Allan Quatermain will consist of an entire audiobook, 6 hours long. More details to come.

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

This week we 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 MDT

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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Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It only costs $5 a month. Fewer than 2% of our listeners are financial supporters, and we really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and helping out.

Would you like to double your Classic Tales Podcast enjoyment? Every month, financial supporters receive a coupon code for $8 off anything in the store, plus a link to download a 3-4 hour portion of a new audiobook. This members-only series of audiobooks we call The Enchiridion.

Part 3 of Allan Quatermain is now being released to our supporters, which will conclude the book. This release should be on the shorter side, around 3 hours.

To compensate for this, The Enchiridion after Allan Quatermain will consist of an entire audiobook, 6 hours long. More details to come.

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

This week, we revisit the immortal stories of Sherlock Holmes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes has a special place in my heart. I named one of my kids Basil, after Basil Rathbone who played Sherlock Holmes in the 40s. When he was a baby, like weeks old, I would read him Sherlock Holmes stories as I walked him at night. Now, he proofs my Classic Tales audiobooks. Our lives have really been enriched and enhanced by the classics, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

And now, The Adventure of the Dancing Men, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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

Sherlock Holmes is suddenly plunged into a murder investigation. But all the evidence he unearths seems to incriminate his client, rather than exonerate him. Could the great Sherlock Holmes really be mistaken? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It only costs $5 a month. Fewer than 2% of our listeners are financial supporters, and we really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and helping out.

Would you like to double your Classic Tales Podcast enjoyment? Every month, financial supporters receive a coupon code for $8 off anything in the store, plus a link to download a 3-4 hour portion of a new audiobook. This members-only series of audiobooks we call The Enchiridion.

Now, starting on the 29th, we will start trickling out the release of part 3 of Allan Quatermain to our supporters, which will conclude the book. This release should be on the shorter side, around 3 hours.

To compensate for this, The Enchiridion after Allan Quatermain will consist of an entire audiobook, 6 hours long. More details to come.

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

This week, we revisit the immortal stories of Sherlock Holmes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes has a special place in my heart. I named one of my kids Basil, after Basil Rathbone who played Sherlock Holmes in the 40s. When he was a baby, like weeks old, I would read him Sherlock Holmes stories as I walked him at night. Now, he proofs my Classic Tales audiobooks. Our lives have really been enriched and enhanced by the classics, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

And now, The Adventure of the Norwood Builder, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Direct download: CT_524_Norwood_Builder.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

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

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

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It only costs $5 a month. Fewer than 2% of our listeners are financial supporters, and we really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and helping out.

Would you like to double your Classic Tales Podcast enjoyment? Every month, financial supporters receive a coupon code for $8 off anything in the store, plus a link to download a 3-4 hour portion of a new audiobook. This members-only series of audiobooks we call The Enchiridion.

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

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

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

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

Direct download: CT_523_Herland_Pt6of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

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

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

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It only costs $5 a month. Fewer than 2% of our listeners are financial supporters, and we really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and helping out.

Would you like to double your Classic Tales Podcast enjoyment? Every month, financial supporters receive a coupon code for $8 off anything in the store, plus a link to download a 3-4 hour portion of a new audiobook. This members-only series of audiobooks we call The Enchiridion.

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

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

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

Direct download: CT_522_Herland_Pt5of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

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

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

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It only costs $5 a month. Fewer than 2% of our listeners are financial supporters, and we really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and helping out.

Would you like to double your Classic Tales Podcast enjoyment? Every month, financial supporters receive a coupon code for $8 off anything in the store, plus a link to download a 3-4 hour portion of a new audiobook. This members-only series of audiobooks we call The Enchiridion.

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

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

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

Direct download: CT_521_Herland_Pt4of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:23am MDT

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

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

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It only costs $5 a month. Fewer than 2% of our listeners are financial supporters, and we really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and helping out.

Today we begin the rollout of the second volume of Allan Quatermain, by H. Rider Haggard. Every month, financial supporters will receive a coupon code for $8 off anything in the store, plus a link to download a 3-4 hour portion of a new audiobook. This special series of audiobooks we call The Enchiridion. This basically doubles your enjoyment of The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

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

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

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

Direct download: CT_520_Herland_Pt3of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Our three heroes are held as prisoners with horribly soft beds, outrageously comfortable new clothes, and impertinently tasty food. There is only one thing that real men can do in the face of such shameful amenities – escape! Charlotte Perkins Gilman, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It only costs $5 a month. Fewer than 2% of our listeners are financial supporters, and we really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and helping out.

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

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

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

Direct download: CT_519_Herland_Pt2of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Legends tell of a hidden, exotic civilization entirely populated with women. Three overly confident, and overly masculine, explorers plan to discover and overtake the land – because they’re men, so, it should be easy, right? Charlotte Perkins Gilman, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It only costs $5 a month. Fewer than 2% of our listeners are financial supporters, and we really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and helping out.

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

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

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

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

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

Direct download: CT_518_Herland_Pt1of6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:31am MDT

Lady Catherine’s visit has the opposite of her intended effect, and our story concludes. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It only costs $5 a month. Fewer than 2% of our listeners are financial supporters, and we really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and helping out.

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

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

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

Direct download: CT_517_PrideandPrejudice_Part14of14.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:45pm MDT

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

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

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It only costs $5 a month. Fewer than 2% of our listeners are financial supporters, and we really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and helping out.

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

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

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

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

Direct download: CT_517_PrideandPrejudice_Part13of14.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:24pm MDT

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

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

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It only costs $5 a month. Fewer than 2% of our listeners are financial supporters, and we really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and helping out.

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

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

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

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

Direct download: CT_515_PrideandPrejudice_Part12of14.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:38pm MDT

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

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

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It only costs $5 a month. Fewer than 2% of our listeners are financial supporters, and we really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and helping out.

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

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

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

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

Direct download: CT_514_PrideandPrejudice_Part11of14.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:33pm MDT

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

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

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

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

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

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

Direct download: CT_513_PrideandPrejudice_Part10of14.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:36pm MDT

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

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

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

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

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

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

Direct download: CT_512_PrideandPrejudice_Part9of14.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:11pm MDT

Mr. Darcy defends himself from the accusations of Elizabeth, and each revelation is more shocking than the last. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com

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

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

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

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

Direct download: CT_511_PrideandPrejudice_Part8of14.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:07pm MDT

Visitors come to Rosings, namely Colonel Fitzwilliam and Mr. Darcy himself. And it seems that it is no accident has brought Mr. Darcy to the environs of Miss Elizabeth Bennet. He is a man with a plan. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Thank you very, very much!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elizabeth sets off on a trip with Sir William and Maria Lucas to visit the newly wedded Mr. and Mrs. Collins. And when Elizabeth dines with Lady Catherine de Burgh, she is anything but speechless. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And now, The Coin of Dionysius, by Ernest Bramah

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Santa Claus gains the Mantle of Immortality, and the great story of the jolly old elf is concluded. L. Frank Baum, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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“In all this world, there is nothing so beautiful as a happy child.” This quote from Santa Claus is my favorite from the whole book. And I wholeheartedly agree. Let us all create beauty all around us, by taking care of the little ones in our lives – for when they are happy, all the world is beautiful.

And now, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, part 4 of 4, by L. Frank Baum

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The evil Awgwas hatch a dastardly plan to destroy Claus, and all the immortals gather for an epic battle. L. Frank Baum, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, part 3 of 4, by L. Frank Baum

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With the help of the immortals, Claus settles into human life in the Laughing Valley. And as he enters into manhood, he creates one of his most famous inventions: toys.  L. Frank Baum, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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This marks the 500th episode of The Classic Tales Podcast. Since we began back in 2007, we have visited the worlds of Tom Sawyer, Frankenstein, Edgar Allan Poe, The Arabian Nights, and many others. We have also delved into the wonders of the short story with O. Henry, Guy de Maupassant, H.G. Wells and more. But some of my favorite episodes are the ones that are, to me at least, the lesser-known tales. We’ve been able to explore the ancient roman world of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, the complex fantasy of Ambrose Bierce’s The Monk and the Hangmans’ Daughter, and the dashing adventures of Arséne Lupin just to name a few. So here’s to 500 episodes, and here’s to 500 more.

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And now, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, part 2 of 4, by L. Frank Baum

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The history, origin and adventures of Santa Claus are brought to life by the great L. Frank Baum. Santa Claus, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus was first published in 1908. In it, Baum creates a mythological world in which the magical forest of Burzee , created at the beginning of time, is the main source of all other worldly magical power. Ak, the Master Woodsman rules the forests; Kern, the Master Husbandman of the World, rules the food crops; Bo, the Master Mariner of the World, rules the seas. All other immortals are subject to these three. Baum also created Ryls as guardians of the flowers and Knooks as guardians of the animals of the world. He first introduced Ryls and Knooks in his collection of short stories, American Fairy Tales. In The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, his mythology is more fleshed out, comprising a rich enchanted world, which also includes the more traditional nymphs, guardians of the trees and fairies, guardians of humans.

Later, when Baum’s creation of Oz became his main focus, he placed all of his fantastical realms around Oz, yet designated that the forest of Burzee was the source of the magic of Oz itself.

And now, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, part 1 of 4, by L. Frank Baum

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Henry Pifield Rice is a detective, technically. He prides himself in his disguises, which are, in truth, pretty deplorable. So when he’s detailed to follow a touring theatrical romantic comedy, his life is absolutely transformed. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Bill the Bloodhound, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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When Henry Wallace Mills realizes that his inability to dance may cause his wife feelings of cloudy despondency, he decides to take the matter in hand. Or should we say, feet. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It contains 29 audiobooks, and is over 39 hours long. The range of titles in this collection is just incredible. So put it on your iPhone, and listen to it in your car on your way to work. Every story is a new surprise.

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Now, I know that the definition of autism has been evolving since 1908 until what it is today, but I think that the hero of today’s story is on what is now considered the autism spectrum. My reasons for saying this? 1) His method of study is unorthodox, and requires an incredible amount of tenacity, even fixation. Most people couldn’t do this. This is what I term the autism super power. 2) His unwillingness to vary his study schedule of the Encyclopedia (He won’t skip a volume). 3) He imagines a fantasy scheme where his problems are all solved, and works diligently to accomplish this impossible task. 4) He is rather socially awkward, bless him.

This is no way official, and I can’t back it up with anything other than my own observations, but when I read this story, it struck me how my autistic son has many of these same character traits. He also demonstrates the autism super power, and is a truly amazing boy. I find it encouraging that P.G. Wodehouse saw how characters of this temperament could find happiness and love in a world that largely misunderstands them.

And now, The Man With Two Left Feet, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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Ned has disappeared. And as the horrifying details come to the light, the subtle ghost that haunts the manor shows itself – but not until afterward. Edith Wharton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It contains 29 audiobooks, and is over 39 hours long. The range of titles in this collection is just incredible. You have mystery with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and G.K. Chesterton; Humor from P.G. Wodehouse and Mark Twain; Children’s stories from Oscar Wilde and L. Frank Baum; Classic Horror from H.P. Lovecraft and Henry James; you have Adventure with the entire novel of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Science Fiction from Jules Verne. So put it on your iPhone, and listen to it in your car on your way to work. Every story is a new surprise.

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And now, Afterward, Part 1 of 2, by Edith Wharton.

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An American couple rent a house in a sequestered English village. Apparently the house is haunted, only you don’t realize it until after the phantasm has diabolically meddled in your life. Edith Wharton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It contains 29 audiobooks, and is over 39 hours long. The range of titles in this collection is just incredible. You have mystery with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and G.K. Chesterton; Humor from P.G. Wodehouse and Mark Twain; Children’s stories from Oscar Wilde and L. Frank Baum; Classic Horror from H.P. Lovecraft and Henry James; you have Adventure with the entire novel of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Science Fiction from Jules Verne. So put it on your iPhone, and listen to it in your car on your way to work. Every story is a new surprise.

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And now, The Afterward, Part 1 of 2, by Edith Wharton.

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Are dreams a window into another world? When people sleep with a certain medieval leather funnel near their head, they each have the same dream – and it’s horrifying. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It contains 29 audiobooks, and is over 39 hours long. The range of titles in this collection is just incredible. You have mystery with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and G.K. Chesterton; Humor from P.G. Wodehouse and Mark Twain; Children’s stories from Oscar Wilde and L. Frank Baum; Classic Horror from H.P. Lovecraft and Henry James; you have Adventure with the entire novel of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Science Fiction from Jules Verne. So put it on your iPhone, and listen to it in your car on your way to work. Every story is a new surprise.

This 39 hour compilation is only $18.99 – less than fifty cents per hour. And these are stories you can listen to again and again. Only available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

Today’s story is a great example of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work in the realm of horror. Though best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Doyle has written some very effective horror stories. Most notable are Lot No. 249, in which the reanimated mummy theme is masterfully executed; and The Horror of the Heights, dealing with the flying monsters visible when one pierces the atmosphere. The Horror of the Heights is one of the titles in The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Four.

And now, The Leather Funnel, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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We’ve heard tales of disembodied spirits haunting the living. But what happens when a person is haunted by a disenspirited body? Ambrose Bierce, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We are going through the final steps to release Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast. Three of the stories had to be recorded again. I don’t know what I was thinking, recording on the road using a netbook. That was a long time ago. I’ll send out an email as soon as it’s available!

In the meantime, be sure to pick up your copies of The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde and Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

Now, I know that we just had a fantastic novella from Ambrose Bierce, but today’s story is considered one of his best horror stories. The craft of this story is so good, I just couldn’t resist.

And now, The Death of Halpin Frayser, by Ambrose Bierce

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A lost traveler discovers a desolate, deserted house in the middle of nowhere. What mysteries haunt the large, abandoned building, and why does it suddenly burst into flames? Vincent O’Sullivan, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. You can download the standard audiobook, an HD version, or mp3s of the chapters – whatever works for you! Around the World in 80 Days is also available now. Financial supporters can use their monthly coupon codes and save 6 dollars off whatever they like.

The author of today’s tale, Vincent O’Sullivan, is most likely unfamiliar to you, though he attended Oxford and moved in opulent literary circles. He was born to a wealthy family in New York City, and moved to England to complete his education. He was beginning to create a name for himself as a significant writer of supernatural fiction, and was a member of the Aesthetic Movement, a progressive literary circle composed of many literary luminaries among which was one Oscar Wilde. O’Sullivan used his fortune to help friends, most notably Wilde after his release from prison. His means were eventually completely dissipated. There was a strong negative response to O’Sullivan’s aiding Wilde in his need, resulting in a largely closed market for O’Sullivan’s writings. He was reduced to dire poverty late in life, and died in a pauper’s ward in Paris in 1940.

Of his friend, Oscar Wilde wrote that he is, “really very pleasant, for one who treats life from the standpoint of the tomb.”

And now, The Burned House, by Vincent O’Sullivan

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

A ghostly apparition haunts a moonlit grave near an Italian castle. Obviously the ghost is filled with unrest, but it is also undead? F. Marion Crawford, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. You can download the standard audiobook, an HD version, or mp3s of the chapters – whatever works for you! Around the World in 80 Days is also available now. Financial supporters can use their monthly coupon codes and save 6 dollars off whatever they like.

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. I figured we had to start October with a vampire tale. Here is a story that was a stand out to H.P. Lovecraft, and written by the same author of last week’s tale, The Screaming Skull: F. Marion Crawford. With an Italian castle, gypsies, plunder, murder and vampires, what’s not to love?

And now, The Blood Is The Life, by F. Marion Crawford

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A screaming skull haunts the house in which it is closeted in a sealed hatbox. F. Marion Crawford, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. You can download the standard audiobook, an HD version, or mp3s of the chapters – whatever works for you! The Classic Tales Podcast: Season Four is available to preorder, and will be released in a few days. Financial supporters can use their monthly coupon codes and save 6 dollars off whatever they like.

Today’s story is by Francis Marion Crawford, who was an American expatriate known during his lifetime as a writer of historical romances. However, he occasionally dabbled in supernatural fiction. His horror stories drew the attention of one H.P. Lovecraft, who was an admirer of Crawford’s more effective weird fiction. Who knows? Before October is out, we may hear from Mr. Crawford again.

 

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:20pm MDT