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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Dorian Gray’s dissipated journey continues, as he blackmails a chemist to dispose of human remains. But while seeking sordid comfort in an opium den, he runs into the man who more than anything wants Dorian Gray dead. Oscar Wilde, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. App users: check your special features to hear A Christmas Carol, part 4 of 4, by Charles Dickens

 

The Count of Monte Cristo, Part 1 of 3, by Alexandre Dumas is now available to for only 10.99. Edmond Dantes is a dashing young sailor imprisoned unjustly for treason. While in prison, he meets a holy man who imparts to him all his wisdom of languages, philosophy, science and literature. The abbe also divulges the profound secret of a hidden treasure. Dantes realizes that with such immense wealth one could do a generous amount of good for one’s friends. On the other hand, one could also wreak a hateful vengeance on one’s enemies. 

 

Now escaped from prison, and armed with untold riches, a wealth of intelligence, and a countenance utterly unrecognizable, Dantes fulfills his vow to wreak complete and utter revenge on those who conspired against him. The first part of this classic adventure is over 12 hours in length. Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get part 1 of The Count of Monte Cristo. Classic Tales financial supporters can use their monthly coupon codes, and save $6.

 

And now, The Picture of Dorian Gray, part 7of8, by Oscar Wilde.

 

Direct download: CT_397_Dorian_Gray_Part_7of8.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:05 AM

Dorian Gray becomes a phantom shadow in the night. He is seen exiting from despicable dives, and every sociable friend of his leaves him with a name heavily tarnished, if not altogether destroyed. Basil tries to explain the enormity of what is being said about Dorian, but the result is not what fair tempered painter expected. Oscar Wilde, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

The Count of Monte Cristo, Part 1 of 3, by Alexandre Dumas is now available to preorder for only 9.99. This book will be released in three parts, each around 15-17 hours in length. The book will be released next week, so be sure to go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and lock in your presales pricing.

 

If it weren’t for the contributions of the Classic Tales Podcast financial supporters, The Count of Monte Cristo, because of its prodigious length, could not be produced. Now, thanks to you, it can – and we can keep the price nice and low. Please consider becoming a financial supporter. The cost is only $5 a month, and we give you back a coupon code for $6 a month. With your financial help, I can not only continue to produce the weekly podcast, but also continue to release a healthy stream of unabridged classic audiobooks at a low price. Thank you for your support.

 

And now, The Picture of Dorian Gray, part 6of8, by Oscar Wilde.

App users: Check your special features to hear A Christmas Carol, Part 3 of 4

 

Direct download: Episode_396_Dorian_Gray_Part_6of8_by_Oscar_Wilde.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:48 AM

The portrait must be hidden from all prying eyes – that is abundantly clear to Dorian Gray. But when Basil Hallward desires to see and exhibit the painting, Dorian must finagle a plausible and desperate excuse for hiding the artist’s best work from the world. Oscar Wilde, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

It is with great pleasure that I would like to announce the next title to be produced: The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas. This book is so long, it will be released in three parts, each around 15-17 hours in length. Presales will begin next week, so keep an eye on thebestaudiobooks.com for special presales pricing.

If it weren’t for the contributions of the Classic Tales Podcast financial supporters, The Count of Monte Cristo, because of its prodigious length, could not be produced. Now, thanks to you, it can. Please consider becoming a financial supporter. The cost is only $5 a month, and we give you back a coupon code for $6 a month. With your financial help, I can not only continue to produce the weekly podcast, but also continue to release a healthy stream of unabridged classic audiobooks. Thank you for your support.

And now, The Picture of Dorian Gray, part 5of8, by Oscar Wilde.

App users: Check your special features for A Christmas Carol, part 2 of 4, by Charles Dickens. (iOS users can tap the small "e" located in the bottom right corner of the episode description)

Direct download: Episode_395_Dorian_Gray_Part_5of8_by_Oscar_Wilde.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:56 AM

Sibyl Vane’s theatrical failure turns to tragedy. And the superior portrait of Dorian Gray reveals an insensate, brutal supernatural power. Oscar Wilde, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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

Warlord of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs is now available. You can now download the third installment of Burroughs’s stellar Barsoom series, closing this epic trilogy. And when you order Warlord of Mars you have an option to pick up the first two books in the series for only $6 dollars. A Princess of Mars and The Gods of Mars have been reworked into our new AAC audiobook format, so now you can have all three audiobooks in a premium format for only $16.99. 

If you have enjoyed The Classic Tales over the years, please consider becoming a financial supporter. The cost is only $5 a month, and we give you back a coupon code for $6 a month. With your financial help, I can not only continue to produce the weekly podcast, but also continue to release a healthy stream of unabridged classic audiobooks. Thank you for your support. 

And now, The Picture of Dorian Gray, part 4of8, by Oscar Wilde. 

Direct download: 394_Episode_394_Dorian_Gray_Part_4of8_by_Oscar_Wilde.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:52 AM

Dorian Gray is engaged to marry the most sparkling star of an unknown tawdry theatre. But when Dorian brings his friends to witness the glory of her art, the result is not what he expected. Oscar Wilde, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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

Warlord of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs is now available. You can now download the third installment of Burroughs’s stellar Barsoom series, closing this epic trilogy. And when you order Warlord of Mars you have an option to pick up the first two books in the series for only $6 dollars. A Princess of Mars and The Gods of Mars have been reworked into our new AAC audiobook format, so now you can have all three audiobooks in a premium format for only $16.99. 

Many thanks to those of you who have become financial supporters of The Classic Tales Podcast. If you have enjoyed The Classic Tales over the years, please consider becoming a financial supporter. The cost is only $5 a month, and we give you back a coupon code for $6 a month. It’s a wonderful program, and everybody wins.

And now, The Picture of Dorian Gray, part 3of6, by Oscar Wilde. 

Direct download: CT_393_Dorian_Gray_Part_3of8.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:36 AM

Dorian Gray’s origin is revealed, and Lord Henry takes it upon himself to breathe his spirit into that of the wide-eyed youth. Oscar Wilde, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Warlord of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs is now available for preordering. For only a few more days, save $2 off the retail price in this third installment of Burroughs’s stellar Barsoom series, closing this epic trilogy. And when you order Warlord of Mars you have an option to pick up the first two books in the series for only $6 dollars. A Princess of Mars and The Gods of Mars have been reworked into our new AAC audiobook format, so now you can have all three audiobooks in a premium format for only $14.99. But hurry, the price will go up on Tuesday

Many thanks to those of you who have become financial supporters of The Classic Tales Podcast. If you have enjoyed The Classic Tales over the years, please consider becoming a financial supporter. The cost is only $5 a month, and we give you back a coupon code for $6 a month. It’s a wonderful program, and everybody wins.

And now, The Picture of Dorian Gray, part 2of6, by Oscar Wilde.

Direct download: CT_392_Dorian_Gray_Part_2of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:44 AM

Dorian Gray embodies every artistic element for artist, Basil Hallward. But when Dorian realizes the phenomenal world only found while young and beautiful, Dorian’s entire identity begins to change. Oscar Wilde, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

I’m pleased to announce the next novel that will be released. It is The Warlord of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This is the third in Burroughs’s Barsoom series, closing this epic trilogy. Presale specials will begin next week for a very limited time, so be sure and check your email on Monday for a special offer on this long awaited release. 

 

Many thanks to those of you who have become financial supporters of The Classic Tales Podcast. If you have enjoyed The Classic Tales over the years, please consider becoming a financial supporter. The cost is only $5 a month, and we give you back a coupon code for $6 a month. It’s a wonderful program, and everybody wins.

 

App users can download a free ringtone of our new theme music in the app extras area.

 

And now, The Picture of Dorian Gray, part 1of6, by Oscar Wilde.

 

Direct download: 391_Episode_391_Dorian_Gray_Part_1of6_by_Oscar_Wilde.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:30 AM

The dark career of Herbert West continues, as he moves from reanimating complete corpses to other hideous portions of humanity. H.P. Lovecraft, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

I have two teenagers who love fantasy and science fiction. Specifically fans of J.R.R. Tolkien. And Star Wars. Well, when I was at Salt Lake Comic Con, I ran across this fantastic product – It’s a cloak hoodie. It’s a very high quality hoodie, suitable for high adventure, with a hood that is huge. It’s a real hood, suitable for hobbits, wizards or jedi knights. They have contemporary styled cloak hoodies, and full on cloaks as well. These are perfect for kids and adults who want to sport their love of fantasy, and still be super cool. Yep, it’s possible. Check it out at Loth Hoodies dot com. That’s L-O-T-H hoodies dot com. Coolest Christmas present ever.

 

The Dunwich Horror and Other Tales, by H.P. Lovecraft is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Coriolanus, by William Shakespeare is also available, as is Something New, by P.G. Wodehouse.

 

 And for those who would like to become financial supporters of the Classic Tales Podcast, but want to donate in one payment instead of monthly, you now have that option. And you still get a montly coupon for $6 off anything in the store.

And now, Herbert West – Reanimator Part 2 of 2, by H.P. Lovecraft.

Direct download: CT_390_Herbert_West_Part_2of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:00 AM

Herbert West has discovered the secret to reanimating dead tissues. But after 17 years of unorthodox experimentation, he has gone missing. Could one of his vengeful, unholy creatures have found him at last?  H.P. Lovecraft, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

The Dunwich Horror and Other Tales, by H.P. Lovecraft is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. The complete audiobook is over 7 and a half hours long. And here is a new feature with this audiobook: Once your order goes through, you will receive a link for the audiobook in three formats.

The first is a zipped file of the mp3 files like we’ve always done. This file can be unzipped, and imported into iTunes.

You also have an option to download an AAC file of the audiobook. This includes the entire audiobook in ONE file you can bookmark, and plays easily on most all audio devices. This version is the same quality of any audiobook you’d purchase at the iTunes Music Store or Audible.com. It’s formatted just like any audiobook you’d buy from Audible.com, without the Digital Rights Management. It’s also easy to manage in your music library.

Or, if you’re really hard-core, you can download an HD version of the audiobook as one file. This is a very high quality version of the audiobook, and is nearly three times the file size of the normal AAC file. So now, you have options! If you want simple, you got it! If you want to go HD, you got it! If mp3 files work best for you, you can do that, too. You have more options to match your listening preferences, at no additional cost.

 

 Also, if you are in the mood for something a little lighter, Something New, by P.G. Wodehouse is also available as an audiobook purchase at the website. For only $8.99, you can own your copy of the Wodehouse Classic in our three formats.

 

 

 

Get The Dunwich Horror and Other Tales, by H.P. Lovecraft

 

Get Something New, by P.G. Wodehouse- Now Available as an audiobook

 

 And now, Herbert West – Reanimator Part 1 of 2, by H.P. Lovecraft.

 

 This is B.J. Harrison. I hope you have enjoyed this unabridged production of Herbert West – Reanimator Part 1 of 2, by H.P. Lovecraft. If you have enjoyed this book, please consider becoming a monthly financial supporter of The Classic Tales Podcast. It only costs $5/month, and you get back $6 a month. We give more than we get. It’s what we do.

 

 

Thank you for joining me today, and allowing Classic Literature awaken your better self. Please join me every week, and we'll rediscover the greatest stories the world has ever known.

Direct download: 389_Episode_389_Herbert_West_Part_1of2_by_H.P._Lovecraft.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:58 AM

The tomb of an ancient family contains mystic secrets that must not be revealed. When a wealthy young man becomes obsessed with entering the tomb, what dreams torture his tender mind? H.P. Lovecraft, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

 The Dunwich Horror and Other Tales, by H.P. Lovecraft is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Included in this collection is The Dunwich Horror, The Call of Cthulu, The Lurking Fear, The Music of Eric Zahn, Imprisoned With The Pharoahs, and many others. The complete audiobook is over 7 and a half hours long. And here is a new feature with this audiobook: Once your order goes through, you will receive a link for the audiobook in three formats.

The first is a zipped file of the mp3 files like we’ve always done. This file can be unzipped, and imported into iTunes.

You also have an option to download an AAC file of the audiobook. This includes the entire audiobook in ONE file you can bookmark, and plays easily on most all audio devices. This version is the same quality of any audiobook you’d purchase at the iTunes Music Store or Audible.com. It’s formatted just like any audiobook you’d buy from Audible.com, without the Digital Rights Management. It’s also easy to manage in your music library.

Or, if you’re really hard-core, you can download an HD version of the audiobook as one file. This is a very high quality version of the audiobook, and is nearly three times the file size of the normal AAC file. So now, you have options! If you want simple, you got it! If you want to go HD, you got it! If mp3 files work best for you, you can do that, too. You have more options to match your listening preferences, at no additional cost.

 Click here to purchase The Dunwich Horror and Other Tales, by H.P. Lovecraft

 

 And now, The Tomb, by H.P. Lovecraft.

 

Direct download: 388_Episode_388_The_Tomb_by_H.P._Lovecraft.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:30 AM

The sensation of cold can be terrifying. Years ago, A struggling writer met a singular recluse who resided at his squalid boarding house. And now, every puff of cool air he encounters reminds him of unspeakable horror. H.P. Lovecraft, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

  The Dunwich Horror and Other Tales, by H.P. Lovecraft is now available for PreOrder at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Included in this collection is The Dunwich Horror, The Call of Cthulu, The Lurking Fear, The Music of Eric Zahn, Imprisoned With The Pharoahs, and many others. The complete audiobook is scheduled to be released in mid-October. Preorders are $2 off the regular price. We will also be showcasing the works of H.P. Lovecraft during the month of October. For those who preorder, you will not only save $2 off, but once the October Lovecraftian episodes are complete, you will receive a link to these new episodes, formatted to expand your Dunwich Horror audiobook. No ads, a higher bit rate, and artwork included. So hustle on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and preorder The Dunwich Horror and Other Tales, by H.P. Lovecraft.

 

 http://store.thebestaudiobooks.com/the-dunwich-horror-and-other-tales-by-hp-lovecraft-mp3-audiobook-download-p197.aspx

 

 And now, Cool Air, by H.P. Lovecraft.

 

Direct download: 387_Episode_387_Cool_Air_by_H.P._Lovecraft.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:30 AM

The Law has been broken, and now the Law of the Jungle prevails. Prendick details the many and obscure changes that occur during his last 10 months on the mysterious Island of Dr. Moreau.  H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

 The Dunwich Horror and Other Tales, by H.P. Lovecraft is now available for PreOrder at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. We made some adjustments, and have decided to showcase The Dunwich Horror instead of The Shadow Over Innsmouth. This novella is available only in this audiobook collection. Included in this collection is The Dunwich Horror, The Call of Cthulu, The Lurking Fear, The Music of Eric Zahn, Imprisoned With The Pharoahs, and many others. The complete audiobook is scheduled to be released in mid-October. Preorders are $2 off the regular price. We will also be showcasing the works of H.P. Lovecraft during the month of October. For those who preorder, you will not only save $2 off, but once the October Lovecraftian episodes are complete, you will receive a link to these new episodes, formatted to expand your Dunwich Horror audiobook. No ads, a higher bit rate, and artwork included. So hustle on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and preorder The Dunwich Horror and Other Tales, by H.P. Lovecraft.

 http://store.thebestaudiobooks.com/the-dunwich-horror-and-other-tales-by-hp-lovecraft-mp3-audiobook-download-p197.aspx

 And now, The Island of Dr. Moreau, part 5 of 5 by H.G. Wells.

Direct download: 386_Episode_386_The_Island_of_Dr_Moreau_5of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:30 AM

Catastrophe shakes the very foundations of the Island and its bestial society. The unthinkable happens, and Prendick must outfox the Beast Men if he is ever to escape the Island alive. H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

 Well, we have some exciting things coming up with The Classic Tales Audiobooks. First off, I’m pleased to announce my next audiobook release: The Shadow Over Innsmouth and Other Stories by H.P. Lovecraft. This collection includes the novella The Shadow Over Innsmouth, as well as the stories, The Call of Cthulu, The Lurking Fear, The Music of Eric Zahn, Imprisoned With The Pharoahs, and many others. Preorders will begin next week. The audiobook is scheduled to be released in mid-October.

 

 Many thanks to all of you who have become financial supporters of The Classic Tales Podcast. If you have enjoyed or benefitted from The Classic Tales Podcast over the years, please consider becoming a financial supporter. It only costs $5/month. In return, you get a coupon code for $6 off of anything at the online store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

 

 I have recently been interviewed by Nigel Killick from the PeopleTalk podcast. Nigel is a professional acting instructor in England, and we had a nice talk about my process in creating audiobooks and other things. App users can listen to the interview in their special features section. You can also subscribe to the people talk podcast by clicking here:

http://peopletalk.libsyn.com/rss

 

 And now, The Island of Dr. Moreau, part 4 of 5 by H.G. Wells.

Direct download: 385_Episode_385_The_Island_of_Dr_Moreau_4of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 5:14 AM

Our castaway is initiated into a society of unspeakable horrors. When the mysterious doctor shows up with guns and a hunting party, Prendick flees for his very life, and the hunt is on.  H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

 

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

 

I’d like to send a warm thank you to all of you who have become financial supporters of The Classic Tales Podcast. It’s such a win-win system! We need 125 to guarantee the continued production of the podcast. If you have enjoyed or benefitted from The Classic Tales Podcast over the years, please consider becoming a financial supporter. It only costs $5/month. In return, you get a coupon code for $6 off of anything at the online store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. 

 

So, lets say you’re a financial supporter, and you’d like to use your code. You click on the link in the email, and it╒s automatically activated. Then, you browse through some of the best selling titles. These are on sale for 30% off. You choose the science fiction double feature – the Invisible Man and The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells. Since this title is already 30% off, and you’ve added your $6 coupon, this title, which normally sells for $9.99, is yours for $.99 cents. 

 

And the best part is, you are ensuring that The Classic Tales Podcast can stick around for years. 5 dollars a month. Not a lot, considering what you get in return. 

 

 

And now, The Island of Dr. Moreau, part 3 of 5 by H.G. Wells. 

Direct download: 384_Episode_384_The_Island_of_Dr_Moreau_3of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 5:05 AM

Prendick, the castaway, sees more than is to his advantage. He flees in horror, terror fueling his panic as he races far from a danger worsethan death. H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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

I’d like to send a warm thank you to all of you who have become financial supporters of The Classic Tales Podcast. It’s such a win-win system! We need 125 to guarantee the continued production of the podcast. If you have enjoyed or benefitted from The Classic Tales Podcast over the years, please consider becoming a financial supporter. It only costs $5/month. In return, you get a coupon code for $6 off of anything at the online store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. 

So, lets say you╒re a financial supporter, and you╒d like to use your code. You click on the link in the email, and it╒s automatically activated. Then, you browse through some of the best selling titles. These are on sale for 30% off. You choose the science fiction double feature – the Invisible Man and The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells. Since this title is already 30% off, and you╒ve added your $6 coupon, this title, which normally sells for $9.99, is yours for $.99 cents. 

And the best part is, you are ensuring that The Classic Tales Podcast can stick around for years. 5 dollars a month. Not a lot, considering what you get in return. 

And now, The Island of Dr. Moreau, part 2 of 5 by H.G. Wells. 

 

Direct download: CT_383_Island_of_Dr_Moreau_2of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:01 AM

After many days at sea, Edward Prendick is picked up by a schooner transporting exotic animals to an undisclosed location. On this secret island he is forced to disembark, catching faint glimpses of creatures born from nightmares. H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

 

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

 

 

I’d like to send a warm thank you to all of you who have become financial supporters of The Classic Tales Podcast. It’s such a win-win system! We need 125 to guarantee the continued production of the podcast. If you have enjoyed or benefitted from The Classic Tales Podcast over the years, please consider becoming a financial supporter. It only costs $5/month. In return, you get a coupon code for $6 off of anything at the online store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. 

 

So, lets say you’re a financial supporter, and you’d like to use your code. You click on the link in the email, and it’s automatically activated. Then, you browse through some of the best selling titles. These are on sale for 30% off. You choose the science fiction double feature – the Invisible Man and The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells. Since this title is already 30% off, and you’ve added your $6 coupon, this title, which normally sells for $9.99, is yours for $.99 cents. 

 

And the best part is, you are ensuring that The Classic Tales Podcast can stick around for years. 5 dollars a month. Not a lot, considering what you get in return. 

 

 

Direct download: CT_382_Island_of_Dr_Moreau_1of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:30 AM

Anguish and torment can lead to death. Such spirits are known to haunt those who tormented them in life. In colonial India, one rascally blackguard discovers to his misfortune that he is haunted by not just an agitated spectral mistress, but her entire equipage. Rudyard Kipling, Today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

 

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

 

We are just about halfway there! We currently have 60 Financial Supporters for The Classic Tales Podcast. We need 125 to guarantee the continued production of the podcast. If you have enjoyed or benefitted from The Classic Tales Podcast over the years, please consider becoming a financial supporter. It only costs $5/month. In return, you get a coupon code for $6 off of anything at the online store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

 

So, let’s say you’re a financial supporter, and you’d like to use your code. You click on the link in the email, and it’s automatically activated. Then, you browse through some of the best selling titles. These are on sale for 30% off. You choose the spy thriller The 39 Steps, by John Buchan. Since this title is already 30% off, and you’ve added your $6 coupon, this title, which normally sells for $9.99, is yours for $.99 cents.

 

And the best part is, you are ensuring that The Classic Tales Podcast can stick around for years. 5 dollars a month. Not a lot, considering what you get in return.

And on that note, tune in next week when we begin an episodic production of The Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells. Science Fiction, Mystery, Classic Horror, and fine literature. It can all be found consistently and professionally at The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for your support.

Direct download: 381_Episode_381_The_Phantom_Rickshaw.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:58 AM

Today’s episode has it’s roots in a work written by Joseph Glanvill in 1661. Joseph Glanvill was an English writer, philosopher and clergyman. In 1661 he predicted “The time will come when making use of magnetic waves that permeate the ether,…we shall communicate with persons on the opposite side of the globe.”

 

In 1661, Glanville wrote The Vanity of Dogmatizing, which was a plea for religious toleration, the scientific method, and freedom of thought. It also contains the tale The Scholar Gypsy, which inspired Victorian poet Matthew Arnold to write his poem of the same name.

 

Epigraphs from Glanvill are found at the beginning of two short stories by Edgar Allan Poe: "Ligeia" and "A Descent into the Maelstrom". Aleister Crowley’s book “Diary of a Drug Fiend” opens with a direct quotation from Glanvill, and some sections of Shirley Jackson’s short story collection “The Lottery and Other Stories” also begin with Glanvill quotes.

 

I recently ran across an article stating how the 40 hour work week was actually designed to keep the average worker on a perpetual treadmill of dissatisfaction. We tend to make just enough to get by, yet hope that someday things will get better. We come home and try to escape by watching TV, then buying the things advertised in the commercials.

 

Which brings me to why I chose this poem. This poem, written over 150 years ago, and inspired by a work from 1661, strikes a definite modern chord. It begins describing a shepherd, who lives the humane, pastoral life of peace and lassitude.

 

Then it speaks of Glanvill’s tale of the Scholar Gypsy. This is an Oxford scholar who leaves the privaledged comforts of the university, after discovering that the gypsy culture holds meritorious intrigue. He considers it his personal mission to probe the depths of the mysteries of the gypsies and then share these mysteries to the world.

 

Then, the Scholar Gypsy becomes a folk figure. He is often seen in various times of the year in various climes. A silent, spare figure cloaked in a weathered hat and gray gypsy garb. 200 years pass, and still he is seen. For the Scholar Gypsy lives forever. Why? Because in leaving his tribe and following his passion, he has eluded the repeated shocks that exhaust the energy of the strongest souls, and numb the elastic powers.

 

Then follows a description of those of us on a treadmill: Who are light half-believers of our casual creeds, who never deeply felt, who hesitate and falter life away, and lose tomorrow the ground won today.

 

Finally, the Scholar Gypsy is encouraged to remain in the forest, so as not to be contaminated with the infection of our mental strife.

 

It is a lot to think on, and I’ve included a PDF version of the file that app users can download and read along with the narration.

Direct download: CT_370_The_Scholar-Gypsy.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:43 AM

The night’s stillness is broken as Dr. Petrie rushes out to care for a dying patient, and the subtle machinations of villainy begin their work as the nefarious Dr. Fu-Manchu again rears his insidious head in London. Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

 

Monday, The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu will be released at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. You still have a few days to take advantage of the preorder pricing, and save $3. Today’s podcast episode contains the first three chapters in the book, containing a standalone episode in the wondrous adventures of Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie in their valiant search for the diabolical Dr. Fu-Manchu. If you like today’s episode, don’t delay! Preorder your copy of The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu today. And if you haven’t heard the first book in the series, it is now available for only $4.99!

  

 

If you have enjoyed The Classic Tales Podcast over the years, please consider becoming a financial supporter. The membership fee is 5 dollars a month. I’ve set it up to bill you automatically, so you won’t even feel it. In return, I’ll send you a monthly coupon code for $6 toward anything at my online store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. This coupon is good in addition to any sales or preorder pricing.  So, if you use every coupon code, over the course of the year, you’ll save $12! If you don’t use the codes, and just want to lend a hand keeping the boat afloat, I’ve hopefully set it up so you won’t really feel any financial pull. Any way you look at it, we all win.

 

The coupon code is on the email confirming your order, so you can use it as soon as your order goes through. It’s super simple, and a great way to ensure that The Classic Tales Podcast can stick around for many years to come.

 

 

I need a hundred and twenty-five people to become supporters just to pay the monthly bills to keep the podcast going. Please step up and Support The Classic Tales Podcast. You’ll be glad you did.

Enjoy some Fu-Manchu! 

Direct download: 379_Episode_379_The_Wire_Jacket.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:21 AM

Sherlock Holmes himself tells the story of his very first case. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu is now available for preorder at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. As in the first book, this novel is jam packed with adventure: kidnappings, snake murders, quicksand, a haunted house, poisonous cats, killer apes, rat torture and much more. It’s amazing how he got all this stuff into one book. Preorder The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu and save $3 off the retail price.

 

I have recently hit my seventh anniversary of producing The Classic Tales Podcast. Through the years, I’ve striven to release a podcast episode each and every week. I’ve had many who have asked how they can help to ensure The Classic Tales Podcast continues for many years to come. Well, after many years of trial and error, I think I’ve finally figured it out.

You can become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. The membership fee is $5 a month. I’ve set it up to bill you automatically, so you won’t even feel it. In return, I’ll send you a monthly coupon code for $6 for my online store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. This coupon is good in addition to any sales or preorder pricing.  So, if you use every coupon code, over the course of the year, you’ll save $12! If you don’t use the codes, and just want to lend a hand keeping the boat afloat, I’ve hopefully set it up so you won’t even feel any financial pull. Any way you look at it, we all win.

 We need a hundred and twenty-five people to become subscribers, and we have 24 so far. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please step up and become a financial subscriber today. And thank you for your support.

Enjoy some Sherlock Holmes! 

 

Direct download: Episode_378_The_Gloria_Scott.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:02 AM

Edgar Allan Poe takes us on nightmarish journey aboard the Flying Dutchman, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

App users: check your special features to hear The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe

 

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

 

The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu is now available for preorder at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. As in the first book, this novel is jam packed with adventure: kidnappings, snake murders, quicksand, a haunted house, poisonous cats, killer apes, rat torture and much more. It’s amazing how he got all this stuff into one book. Preorder The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu and save $3 off the retail price. 

 

I have recently hit my seventh anniversary of producing The Classic Tales Podcast. Through the years, I’ve striven to release a podcast episode each and every week. I’ve had many who have asked how they can help to ensure The Classic Tales Podcast continues for many years to come. Well, after many years of trial and error, I think I’ve finally figured it out. 

 

Starting today, you can become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. The membership fee is 5 dollars a month. I’ve set it up to bill you automatically, so you won’t even feel it. In return, I’ll send you a monthly coupon code for $6 for my online store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. This coupon is good in addition to any sales or preorder pricing.  So, if you use every coupon code, over the course of the year, you’ll save $12! If you don’t use the codes, and just want to lend a hand keeping the boat afloat, I’ve hopefully set it up so you won’t even feel any financial pull. Any way you look at it, we all win. 

 

The coupon code is on the email confirming your order, so you can use it as soon as your order goes through. It’s super simple, and a great way to ensure that The Classic Tales Podcast can stick around for many years to come. 

Direct download: Episode_377_MS_Found_In_A_Bottle.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:30 AM

A spectral voice haunts a dwarfish inventor. Murderous notes are delivered in impossible ways. Finally, Father Brown aids in solving a murder that simply couldn’t have happened. G.K. Chesterton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

App users - Check your special features for another Father Brown Mystery

Direct download: 376_Episode_376_Invisible_Man_Father_Brown.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:46 AM

The Scarlet Pimpernel is rampant in Paris. He has declared that this very night he will assist another batch of aristocrats to escape thier fate at the guillotine. Citizen Marat himself is on the watch. Will the clever Englishman succeed? Baroness Orczy, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Direct download: 375_Episode_375_A_Question_of_Passports.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:30 AM

Phileas Fogg and company conclude their fantastic voyage. Jules Verne, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get your copy of King Solomon's Mines, by H. Rider Haggard - now available for immediate download on mp3!

Direct download: 374_Episode_374_80_Days_Part9of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:45 AM

Our heroes continue thier journey on the Great American Railway. But when the vengeful man from San Francisco confronts Phileas Fogg, a duel is unavoidable. How will this dues shake out on a moving railway train? And what happens when the train is attacked by the Sioux Indians? Jules Verne, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Direct download: 373_Episode_373_80_Days_Part8of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:30 AM

While crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains by train, our friends are stymied by a rickety, tattered bridge which defies anything to cross it. It bridges a precipitous gorge, and it is absolutely falling apart. If they get a good, solid running start, can the train jump it? Jules Verne, on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Direct download: 372_Episode_372_80_Days_Part7of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:30 AM

Passepartout is an outcast vagabond in Yokohama. He has no money, no friends, and no references. What can he do? Well he can do what you would probably do - he joins the circus. Jules Verne, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Direct download: 371_Episode_371_80_Days_Part6of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:54 AM

Passepartout is shanghaied in Hong Kong - causing Phileas Fogg ot miss the steamer across the Atlantic. It will be another week until another departs. What will our travelers do? Jules Verne, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Continue listening to hear the first 2 Chapters of King Solomon's Mines, by H. Rider Haggard. Now available for preorder at www.thebestaudiobooks.com

Direct download: CT_370_80_Days_Part_5of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:51 AM

If Detective Fix can sabotage Phileas Fogg while in India, he can arrest him for the London bank robbery. And when Passepartout makes a faux pas, Fix has his men right where he wants them. Jules Verne, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and preorder your copy of King Solomon's Mines, by H. Rider Haggard!

Direct download: 369_Episode_369_80_Days_Part4of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:08 AM

While riding an elephant in the remote jungles of India, Philias Fogg is faced with a terrible choice – he may save an innocent woman from a hideous death, or ensure the safety of his wager. Jules Verne, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Direct download: 368_Episode_368_80_Days_Part3of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:36 AM

Phileas Fogg continues his whirlwind journey around the world. But now the dogged Detective Fix is determined to reveal Mr. Fogg as the one and only notorious bank robber who recently fled from London. Will the fabulous wager be compromised? Jules Verne, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Direct download: 367_Episode_367_80_Days_Part2of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:00 AM

Phileas Fogg, a gentleman of stringent and inflexible habits, proposes that he can circumvent the globe in 80 days.  He wagers half of his fortune to this effect. But are his motives really as straightforward as he would have you believe?  Jules Verne, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Direct download: 366_Episode_366_80_Days_Part1of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:13 AM