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

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The 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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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. Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast is only $18.99, and it’s only available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

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

Direct download: CT_499_SantaClaus_Part1of4.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:06pm MST

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.

Direct download: CT_498_BilltheBloodhound.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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.

This 39-hour compilation is only $18.99, and it’s only available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

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.

Direct download: CT_497_ManWithTwoLeftFeet.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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Many, many thanks to all of our Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. This doesn’t just happen!

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 , and it’s only available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

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

Direct download: CT_496_Afterward_part2of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:34am MST

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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Many, many thanks to all of our Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. This doesn’t just happen!

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 , and it’s only available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

 

App users can hear another story by Edith Wharton – The Eyes. Check it out in your special features.

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

Direct download: CT_495_Afterward_part1of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:38pm MST

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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Many, many thanks to all of our Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. This doesn’t just happen!

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.

Direct download: CT_494_Leather_Funnel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14am MST

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

APP USERS can access another story by Ambrose Bierce, A Vine on a House, in their special features area! 

Direct download: CT_493_Death_of_Halpin_Frayser.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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

Direct download: CT_492_TheBurnedHouse.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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

Direct download: CT_491_The_Blood_is_the_Life.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:15am MST

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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Direct download: CT_490_TheScreamingSkull.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:20pm MST

Ambrosius continues to wrestle with his emotions for the hangman’s daughter, and finally comes to a terrifying solution. Ambrose Bierce, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne 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 Portrait of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, is also available to preorder, and will be released in a few days. Financial supporters can use their monthly coupon codes and save 6 dollars off the sale price of $9.99 each.

Today we conclude our story of The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter, by Ambrose Bierce. Ambrosius concludes his quest to reconcile his forbidden romantic feelings for the hangman’s daughter.

I am particularly enjoying the Alpine setting of this story, and the way that the mountains can alternate between being haunted by demons and phantoms, and at other times show traces of a gentle, divine Creator. Of course, because we see the mountains through the mind of Ambrosius, the nature of the wilderness fluctuates according to how he is feeling.

As our story comes to its tragic conclusion, let us consider where we fit in to the narrative. Do we see ourselves as Ambrosius, confused and tormented by things we don’t understand, yet driven to somehow find harmony in the chaos?

Or are we Benedicta, the hangman’s daughter? Destined to live the life of an outcast. Perpetually marginalized and shunned because of her station in life – a station she earned by simply being born.

Or are we the clergy, or governing rulers of the tale?

Or are we those who just fit in?

I feel as though the author may be saying that when anyone, but especially a governing body, holds a prejudiced conviction that some of their people are to be vilified and shunned, it is divisive and destructive.

But only to the shunned.

So I guess the real question is, why should those who are not shunned care?

And now, The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter, Part 3 of 3, by Ambrose Bierce

Direct download: CT_489_Monk_Hangmans_Daught_Pt3of3.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Ambrosius again stands against those who calumniate the hangman’s daughter. His reward is not what he expected. Ambrose Bierce, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Let’s talk about our monk, Ambrosius. Ambrosius is experiencing something called cognitive dissonance. Leon Festinger introduced this theory in 1957. He suggested that we have an inner drive to hold all our attitudes and beliefs in harmony and avoid disharmony, or dissonance.

For example, when people smoke, and they know that smoking causes cancer and disease. Their behavior (smoking) clashes with their cognition, or what they know to be true (the fact that smoking is harmful to them). The discomfort caused by the cognition, or belief, motivates behavior to be brought into greater harmony with the cognition. (I know this is bad for me- I should stop).

When Ambrosius sees how his superiors shamefully mistreat Benedicta in today’s episode, he experiences cognitive dissonance. All of his experiences as a youth and a monk have given him many evidences of the goodness of his high-demand religion. He loves it. But when he sees Benedicta suffer at the hands of his superiors, he is motivated to somehow find mental harmony.

Would this conflict occur if young Ambrosius were not in love with Benedicta? Who knows? But his feelings certainly make the dissonance stronger. He’s been trying to reconcile his feelings for her all along, considering them a divine mission, a holy sign and token to protect her, etc.. They have to be anything but romantic love, for that is forbidden, and he is very, very devout. He shouldn’t have these feelings. But he does. It is this process of his quest for harmony that leads him to eventually resolve the cognitive dissonance by going to a very dark place, indeed.

And now, The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter, Part 2 of 3, by Ambrose Bierce

Direct download: CT_488_Monk_Hangmans_Daught_Pt2of3.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:41pm MST

A knot of monks happens upon a gallows in the middle of a dark forest. Hanging from the gallows is a fresh corpse, and underneath the dangling wretch a young woman performs a haunting dance. Ambrose Bierce, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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After our long and exciting summer run of Tarzan, I wanted to do something a bit more subtle and literary before we jump into the horrors of October. Ambrose Bierce is most famous for his story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. However, many consider The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter to be his real masterpiece. First published serially in 1891, it has an atmospheric fairy tale feel like many popular stories of the time. The subtle transformation of the monk Ambrosius from innocent monk to violent zealot is where Bierce really shines. When an innocent monk falls in love, his efforts to suppress his natural feelings result in a gradual descent toward calamity.

From the introduction to the 1967 edition, copyright by The George Macy Companies, scholar Maurice Valency writes:

“… his spiritual discomfort is enhanced by his heroic efforts to transcend the normal appetites of a young and healthy body. The consequence is a special sort of erotic frenzy, and a series of rationalizations which end in madness. Insofar as such a story is said to have a moral, it is plain: Nature is not to be denied. If we try to shut it out, it presents itself in another guise, and it becomes terrible…. Love comes to the monk Ambrosius with terrible urgency. Because his heart is pure, his passion is transformed into zeal; his jealousy becomes sacred; his revenge a vocation, and in death he finds his priesthood…. [He is]… the victim of an excess of goodness.”

And now, The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter, Part 1 of 3, by Ambrose Bierce

Direct download: CT_487_Monk_Hangmans_Daughter_Pt1of3.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:01pm MST

Two classic stories from one of America’s greatest short story writers. O. Henry, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today’s stories comes from O. Henry’s seminal collection of short stories about New York City: The Four Million. Both of these stories, Twenty Years Later, and Mammon and the Archer are widely anthologized. Today they are placed together, because I felt that they demonstrate the same truth: It’s great to be in the right. But the true test of greatness is in the use of prudence.

And now, Twenty Years Later, and Mammon and the Archer, by O. Henry

Direct download: CT_486_After_Twenty_Years.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am MST

When Peter, a rich and spoiled youngster, decides to take an ugly mongrel home, he is thrilled when his parents concede to his juvenile wishes. But when the dog realizes that he’s likely to be shot inside of two weeks, he scrambles to somehow become indispensable. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today’s story is one of two Wodehouse stories that feature an ugly mongrel as the hero from the collection of stories: The Man With Two Left Feet. I love stories told from a unique point of view, and a Wodehousian dog really fit the bill.

And now, The Mixer Moves in Society, by P.G. Wodehouse.

Direct download: CT_485_Mixer_MovesinSociety.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:00pm MST

Livestock, plants and even dead wood succumb to the mysterious ailment that came from the stars. The inhabitants of the farmhouse are going mad, and one is missing. Is this the judgment of God, or simply stardust? H.P. Lovecraft, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The properties of Lovecraft’s mysterious meteorite are indeed curious. There is a long folkloric association of gelatinous masses associated with meteorites. For example, in reporting on a meteorite landing near Lowville, New York in 1846, Scientific American wrote, “It [the meteor] appeared larger than the sun, illumined with hemisphere nearly as light as day. A large company of the citizens immediately repaired to the spot [of the meteorite’s landing], and found a body of fetid jelly, four feet in diameter. (Source: The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, Leslie S Klinger, Editor; W.W. Norton & Co. 2014)

Ambrose Bierce also wrote of colors on a spectrum invisible to the naked eye in his short story, “The Damned Thing”.

You can get the H.P. Lovecraft title, The Dunwich Horror and Other Stories at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Now on sale!

And now, The Colour Out of Space, Part 2 of 2, by H.P. Lovecraft.

Direct download: CT_484_Colour_Out_of_Space_2of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

After a meteorite strikes near a farmhouse outside of Arkham, strange things begin to happen. While the scientifically minded speak of discovering a new element, locals sense something more sinister is in the air. H.P. Lovecraft, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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For me, H.P. Lovecraft’s writing is like an indulgent dessert – it needs to be savored, and you need a clean palate in order to truly enjoy it. This is why I was drawn to him after such a lengthy run of Tarzan’s adventures. His writing, when taken in periodic doses, can elevate the intellect, while chills run down your neck. He pioneered the genre of cosmic horror, dealing with alien beings that do not follow our notion of physics, thus simultaneously lending them greater probability while making them more unfamiliar and terrifying.

You can get the H.P. Lovecraft title, The Dunwich Horror and Other Stories at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Now on sale!

And now, The Colour Out of Space, Part 1 of 2, by H.P. Lovecraft.

Direct download: CT_483_Colour_Out_of_Space_1of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Tragedy mars the reunion of Tarzan and Jane. Rokoff is finally unmasked for the villain that he is, and we end our journey. Edgar Rice Burroughs, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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If you are enjoying this series of Tarzan’s adventures, you may also enjoy A Princess of Mars, the first of the Martian trilogy of titles also by Edgar Rice Burroughs. You can get A Princess of Mars for only $5.99 at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Supporting members can use their coupon code and get it for free.

And now, The Return of Tarzan, part 11 of 11, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Direct download: CT_482_Return_of_Tarzan_Pt11of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Tarzan discovers the treasure chamber of the Golden City, and strange denizens of the jungle capture Jane Porter. Edgar Rice Burroughs, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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If you are enjoying this series of Tarzan’s adventures, you may also enjoy A Princess of Mars, the first of the Martian trilogy of titles also by Edgar Rice Burroughs. You can get A Princess of Mars for only $5.99 at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Supporting members can use their coupon code and get it for free.

And now, The Return of Tarzan, part 10 of 11, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Direct download: CT_481_Return_of_Tarzan_Pt10of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:36pm MST

Tarzan discovers a hidden city filled with golden treasures, and guarded by a white skinned, sun-worshipping cult. Also, the fate of our shipwrecked mariners continues to unfold. Edgar Rice Burroughs, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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If you are enjoying this series of Tarzan’s adventures, you may also enjoy A Princess of Mars, the first of the Martian trilogy of titles also by Edgar Rice Burroughs. You can get A Princess of Mars for only $5.99 at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Supporting members can use their coupon code and get it for free.

And now, The Return of Tarzan, part 9 of 11, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Direct download: CT_480_Return_of_Tarzan_Pt9of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Tarzan becomes the King of the Wasiri people. While Jane, Clayton, and Rokoff drift in the open sea, enduring unbelievable calamities. Edgar Rice Burroughs, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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If you would like to catch up on Tarzan’s adventures, you can get the first book in the series: Tarzan of the Apes at www.thebestaudiobooks.com complete and unabridged for only $5.99. Supporting members can use their coupon code and get it for free.

And now, The Return of Tarzan, part 8 of 11, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Direct download: CT_479_Return_of_Tarzan_Pt8of11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Tarzan battles with slave raiders in the deep, dark depths of the African Jungle. Edgar Rice Burroughs, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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If you would like to catch up on Tarzan’s adventures, you can get the first book in the series: Tarzan of the Apes at www.thebestaudiobooks.com complete and unabridged for only $5.99. Supporting members can use their coupon code and get it for free.

And now, The Return of Tarzan, part 7 of 11, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Direct download: CT_478_Return_of_Tarzan_Pt7of11.mp3
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The fortunes of the merry group from England take a nasty turn. And can Tarzan survive in the vast waves of the Atlantic? Edgar Rice Burroughs, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Thank you to all of those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

If you would like to catch up on Tarzan’s adventures, you can get the first book in the series: Tarzan of the Apes at www.thebestaudiobooks.com complete and unabridged for only $5.99. Supporting members can use their coupon code and get it for free.

And now, The Return of Tarzan, part 6 of 11, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Direct download: CT_477_Return_of_Tarzan_Pt6of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Rokoff again plots to surreptitiously exterminate Tarzan of the Apes. But will an unexpected visitor’s intervention be enough to thwart the calculating Russian assassin? Edgar Rice Burroughs, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Thank you to all of those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

This week we hit a milestone with The Classic Tales Podcast – our nine-year anniversary. Nine years ago three little episodes were released to the iTunes Music Store. Today episode 476 is released. Thank you for helping us make it this far.

Why do I do this? I have talked about it before. Every week I produce, narrate, edit, mix and release The Classic Tales Podcast because classic audiobooks changed my life. I never would have read books; I never would have become a reader without audiobooks. Discovering them and integrating them into my lifestyle helped shape my personal character. I became more compassionate, more understanding and more patient, because my view of the world expanded through classic audiobooks. I wanted other people to have the same experience. 

And so here we are nine years later. 476 free episodes later. It will be interesting to see where the next nine years take us. Again, thank you for your reviews, your monthly support, and for just listening to the podcast and enjoying it. If you are listening and enjoying these classic stories, that gives all this work relevancy and value – and that really makes it all worthwhile.

And now, The Return of Tarzan, part 4 of 11, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Help ensure another 9 years of The Classic Tales Podcast by becoming a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com

Direct download: CT_476_Return_of_Tarzan_Pt5of11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Assassins and ne’er-do-wells discover Tarzan in the vast deserts of Algeria, and his mission becomes more and more complicated. Edgar Rice Burroughs, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Thank you to all of those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

A Study in Scarlet is now available for only $8.99 at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. And for those who would like to brush up on the first volume of Tarzan’s adventures, Tarzan of the Apes is also available for only $5.99. So subscribers with a $6 coupon code can get it for free.

Today you will hear the sound of Tarzan’s famous yell. It is the victorious cry of the Apes after making a kill. The sound effect is 100% my voice – just layered.

And now, The Return of Tarzan, part 4 of 11, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Direct download: CT_475_Return_of_Tarzan_Pt4of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Tarzan is sabotaged, and faces a duel with one of most skilled marksmen in France, and Tarzan’s veneer of civilization wears thin. Edgar Rice Burroughs, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Thank you to all of those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

A Study in Scarlet is now available for only $8.99 at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. And for those who would like to brush up on the first volume of Tarzan’s adventures, Tarzan of the Apes is also available for only $5.99. So subscribers with a $6 coupon code can get it for free.

Today you will hear the sound of Tarzan’s famous yell. It is the victorious cry of the Apes after making a kill. The sound effect is 100% my voice – just layered.

And now, The Return of Tarzan, part 3 of 11, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Direct download: CT_474_Return_of_Tarzan_Pt3of11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21pm MST

The nefarious Rokoff continues his machinations to have his revenge on Tarzan. Edgar Rice Burroughs, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Thank you to all of those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

A Study in Scarlet is now available for only $8.99 at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. And for those who would like to brush up on the first volume of Tarzan’s adventures, Tarzan of the Apes is alos available for only $5.99. So subscribers with a $6 coupon code can get it for free.

And now, The Return of Tarzan, part 2 of 11, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Direct download: CT_473_Return_of_Tarzan_Pt2of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Mysterious plots come to light aboard a steamer bound for France. Who is the stranger with sharpened senses, lightening reflexes and superhuman strength that stops catastrophe? – Tarzan of the Apes. Edgar Rice Burroughs, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

A Study in Scarlet is now available. This is the very first Sherlock Holmes story. In it we see Holmes and Watson meet, and they solve their first case together tracking down a cunning murderer in London. It is available at a very low price – only $8.99! This deluxe version of the audiobook also includes Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue, typically touted as the first detective story. Watson and Holmes also discuss it in A Study in Scarlet. So you have the beginning of Holmes and the beginning of the detective genre in one place!

When you purchase A Study in Scarlet, you can also get, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for one low price. Available now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

Today we begin an 11 part series of The Return of Tarzan, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. For those of you who missed the first part of Tarzan’s adventures, you can get Tarzan of the Apes at www.thebestaudiobooks.com for only 5.99. So subscribers with a $6 coupon code can get it for free.

When we last heard from Tarzan, he had saved his true love, Jane Porter, from a horrendous fire. Jane was already betrothed to Clayton, Lord Greystoke. It had been proven that Tarzan himself was the rightful Lord Greystoke, and heir to all the rights, properties and privileges that came with the title. Yet Jane felt honor bound to marry Clayton against her heartfelt desire to be with Tarzan. In the end, Tarzan kept the information of his true lineage to himself.

And now, The Return of Tarzan, part 1 of 11, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Direct download: CT_472_Return_of_Tarzan_Pt1of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Robin Hood faces a formidable opponent while away from his merry men. Pierce Egan, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Once again, thank you to all of the supporting members of The Classic Tales Podcast. This podcast doesn’t just happen, and I really appreciate your help in keeping the podcast alive. Thank you very much.

A Study in Scarlet is now available. This is the very first Sherlock Holmes story. In it we see Holmes and Watson meet, and they solve their first case together tracking down a cunning murderer in London. It is available at a very low price – only $8.99! This deluxe version of the audiobook also includes Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue, typically touted as the first detective story. Watson and Holmes also discuss it in A Study in Scarlet. So you have the beginning of Holmes and the beginning of the detective genre in one place!

When you purchase A Study in Scarlet, you can also get, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for one low price. Available now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

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There has been some controversy about the Appendix and blog post about the Mormons in A Study in Scarlet that I wrote. Apparently, I am too close to the subject to be my usually objective self. Unfortunately it wasn’t until I had written and released the Appendix before I realized that this was the case. The Blog post will be taken down, and the Appendix removed from subsequent orders of A Study in Scarlet.

Pierce Egan, wrote today’s story around 1850, ushering in a Victorian revival of Robin Hood stories. Egan’s collection Robin Hood and Little John became a staple in Victorian households, inspiring Howard Pyle and Alexandre Dumas to each write adaptations of the foxy forester.

App users can see and download artwork for today’s episode.

And now, Robin Hood Meets Guy of Gisborne, by Pierce Egan.

Direct download: CT_471_RobinHoodvGuyGisborne.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am MST

The Scarlet Plague continues its unrelenting march of destruction, and the three eternally surfacing personalities are revealed. Jack London, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Thank you to all of the supporting members of The Classic Tales Podcast. Your support has really helps us weather the ebbs and flows of freelancing. Thank you very much. We’ve been ebbing for a while now, and every bit helps!

A Study in Scarlet is just about ready for release. It will be available at a very low price – only $8.99! There will also be a Sherlock Holmes anthology, where you can get A Study in Scarlet, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for one low price. Keep an eye on your inboxes, and I’ll send out an email as soon as it’s released! Preorder and get you copy the second it goes live!

App users can enjoy the background artwork for The Scarlet Plague, and also download the artwork to your device.

And now, The Scarlet Plague, part 2 of 2, by Jack London.

Direct download: CT_470_ScarletPlague_Part02of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:20am MST

12 billionaires rule the United States, while those called freemen are forced to serve the rich. But that was 60 years ago…before the Scarlet Plague. Jack London, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Thank you to all of the supporting members of The Classic Tales Podcast. Your support has really helped us weather the ebbs and flows of freelancing. Thank you very much.

Well, I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is that the second edition of Edgar Allan Poe is suspended. The original files are lost, and I would need to record it all over again in order to update the audio. So The Edgar Allan Poe Collection will remain as it stands, now at a reduced price of only $5.99 at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

The good news is that in its place I will be recording the very first Sherlock Holmes novella: A Study in Scarlet in May. See Watson and Holmes meet and solve their first case together. Check your inboxes for an announcement next week!

When most people think of Jack London, they usually think of Alaska, the Klondike, and dog sleds. However, he wrote successfully in many genres including science fiction. Today’s story is the first half of a post apocalyptic novella written in 1915.

Now, as with most of the stories on the Podcast, today’s tale reflects the prejudices of London’s time in 1915. Not only are its attitudes towards “uncivilized” people offensive, but his outlook toward the poor and unprivileged is also disparaging. So let’s learn from the past and celebrate how far we’ve come.

And now, The Scarlet Plague, part 1 of 2, by Jack London.

Direct download: CT_469_ScarletPlague_Part01of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Innocent flashes of light on a wall lead Arsene Lupin to unravel a calamitous mystery. Well, there is also a chance of making away with 2 million francs, so, what would you do? Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The reviews are coming in for Nicholas Nickleby, Volume 2of2. Howard Taub of Woodinville, Washington writes:

Begin with a great novel. Then let Harrison add color and texture through the characters voices. You end up with an experience so engrossing and emotionally moving, that you will be greatly saddened when it is over. I certainly was. Bravo!

Discover the end of this epic adventure now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com

For those Poe enthusiasts, you can save $3 by preordering your copy of The Edgar Allan Poe Collection 2016 Second Edition by going to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. You’ll receive the audiobook as soon as it is released in early May.

And if you like today’s story of Arsene Lupin, the first two Arsene Lupin novels are available at the website.

And finally, you might want to check us out on Facebook. For the next few months, I will be creating the cover art for a new audiobook every day. I am attempting to create artwork for my backlog of short stories and other back titles. I have around 160 pieces to create, and it’s been fun hearing your feedback on the new covers. Find us on Facebook under The Classic Tales Audiobooks.

And now, The 200,000 Franc Reward, by Maurice LeBlanc.

Direct download: CT_468_The200000FrancsReward.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MST

In the rural countryside in France lies an obscure asylum for the insane. Here, the patients are given anything their delusions desire. But the result is anything but peaceful. Edgar Allan Poe, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Nicholas Nickleby, Volume 2of2 is now available. Discover the end of this epic adventure now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com

A few weeks ago, I was watching a film called Stonehearst Asylum. This is a relatively modern film, and I was astounded to see that it was based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe, for I had never read such a story. I went back through my anthologies, and it appears that this story is rather obscure, and was not included in my “Complete Short Stories” collection – or any other collection on my shelves. After some digging, I did discover the story in question, which is the one you will hear today. I hope you enjoy it.

It was 175 years ago, on April 20, that “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” first appeared in print. This story by the great Edgar Allan Poe is largely considered the first detective story. Poe invented and pioneered the detective story. It is also unlikely that you can pick up any collection of gothic horror stories without it containing at least one from Edgar Allan Poe.

And so, I am creating a second edition of The Edgar Allan Poe Collection. This edition will include all of the 2007 first edition classic stories of horror, science fiction, and mystery including The Gold Bug, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, The Black Cat and others. But it will also include all of the other Poe stories I’ve produced through the years, such as Ligeia, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Berenice, as well as updated versions of The Cask of Amontillado, The Case of M. Valdemar and The Masque of the Red Death. It will also include several previously unreleased short stories. All in all, it’s a deluxe, curated audio collection, newly mixed and updated.

And what’s more, you can save $3 and preorder you copy of the Edgar Allan Poe Collection 2016 Second Edition by going to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. You’ll receive the audiobook as soon as it is released in early May.

Today’s story, like so many of these classic stories, contains disparaging references to a certain group of people – this time the mentally ill. It also has some misogynist references that reflect the attitudes of the time. Please remember that the treatment of the mentally ill in Poe’s time was in an absolutely abysmal state, and psychology and the study and treatment of mental illness was still in its infancy. I do not hope to validate these ancient views, but rather I wish to hold up a mirror so that we can mark our progress in the treatment for those that suffer in this way. Isn’t it wonderful that we have come so far?

And now, The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, by Edgar Allan Poe.

Direct download: CT_467_SystemofTarrandFether.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:40pm MST

The irascible Badger leads the four friends in an intrepid storming of Toad Hall in a valiant attempt to regain it from the wild Weasels. Kenneth Grahame, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Nicholas Nickleby, Volume 2of2 is now available. Discover the end of this epic adventure now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com

Earlier today, my wife and I were talking about sleep deprivation, which is something I’m rather familiar with. I have been producing this podcast for 8 years now, and it has taken unbelievable tenacity to put out a quality product every single week, as well as narrate the longer classic novels on top of holding a demanding “regular” job. I was famous for getting 3-4 hours of sleep a night for many days together – for stretches of months.

So when you enjoy the free selections from my website, or from the podcast, please know that these offerings are available at a great sacrifice. I didn’t know what I was getting in to when I started 8 years ago. But then I began understanding the impact that The Classic Tales Podcast had in people’s lives, and when the going got tough, I had to keep going.

And so now there’s a place where anyone can come and always have a good experience with classic literature. If you have enjoyed The Classic Tales during your commute, or discovered new authors, or encountered stories you otherwise would never have explored, please become a supporting member of The Classic Tales Podcast by going to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Help to ensure that every week you can find something here that will be engaging, sharp and intelligent.

And now, The Wind in the Willows, Part 6of7, by Kenneth Grahame.

Direct download: CT_466_WindintheWillows_Part7of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:08am MST

The unquenchable Mr. Toad continues his romps and frolics while on the lam. But when he returns home, he receives a very unwelcome reception. Kenneth Grahame, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Nicholas Nickleby, Volume 2of2 is finished. Nicholas has struck a blow in defense of his family, and now Ralph Nickleby, Wackford Squeers and even more dastardly villains rear their heads to strike. Discover the end of this epic adventure now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com

Once again, thank you to those of you who have stepped up and become financial supporters of The Classic Tales Podcast. As a freelancer, I am so grateful to have this small cushion to help out during the periods between projects. The Classic Tales Podcast and Audiobooks are like Kickstarter, Audible and Public Radio all in one. All of your contributions go directly to my family and me. And in return, you get a coupon code for $6 dollars off anything in the store. The coupon codes are good for a whole year. Everybody wins! And you get to really become a part of supporting the production of these fantastic audiobooks of the classics.

So if you’ve enjoyed the free podcast over the years, please become a supporting member by going to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. And ensure that every week you can find something here that will be engaging, sharp and intelligent (and sometimes, just good fun).

And now, The Wind in the Willows, Part 6of7, by Kenneth Grahame.

Direct download: CT_465_WindintheWillows_Part6of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:07am MST

The steadfast and stolid Water Rat becomes bewitched by a wandering wayfarer, and may decide to leave the riverside all together. Also, the ineffable Toad continues his adventures while on the lam. Kenneth Grahame, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Nicholas Nickleby, Volume 2of2 is nearly finished. At last count, I’ve created around 90 voices for Nicholas Nickleby, all told. And what an adventure it is. Keep an eye open for an email going out this week, announcing the release of the powerful conclusion of Nicholas Nickleby. Volume 2 will be over 17 hours long!

Here’s a fun idea – how would your business or corporation like to sponsor an audiobook! This is how Plutarch’s Lives and Three Men in a Boat came to be produced. If you have a book that you’d love to have me narrate, send me an email to publisher@thebestaudiobooks.com. For a discounted rate, I’ll produce the public domain book you suggest, and add a producer credit to your company in the credits! If you’d like, I can also create a podcast of the book, so that you can send it out to your clients, students, support group or what have you. Who knows? iTunes might pick it up and feature it! It’s happened before…(you can’t see, but I’m winking). Send me an email, and I’ll send you the details – that email again: publisher@thebestaudiobooks.com.

Finally, App users can listen to an interview I did for the Beware of Monsters Podcast. Enjoy!

And now, The Wind in the Willows, Part 5of7, by Kenneth Grahame.

Direct download: CT_464_WindintheWillows_Part5of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:03am MST

The unquenchable Toad is sentenced to twenty years in prison, but how much of that he will serve remains to be seen. Also, Mole and Rat embark on an evening search and rescue to find Otter’s lost and wandering waif. Kenneth Grahame, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

I have begun recording the final Volume of Nicholas Nickleby, and it is a real treat. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE making audiobooks for aspiring and established authors. But when I get to set aside a week or so and record a Classic Tales Title, it replenishes my soul. Thank you all for helping to make this dream of mine a reality. I’ve known that I’ve wanted to do character voices since I was 10, when I was doing Muppet Show impressions-and I was good. I didn’t think it was possible to do it for, you know, work. But here we are, 13 million downloads, and 463 episodes later. Thank you for listening, for supporting, and telling your friends about The Classic Tales Podcast. It’s a show with something for everyone.

And now, The Wind in the Willows, Part 4of7, by Kenneth Grahame.

Direct download: CT_463_WindintheWillows_Part4of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:12am MST

The Mole welcomes Rat to his own little home, where unexpected visitors surprise them. And Badger decides that it really is time when Toad must be taken in hand. Kenneth Grahame, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Once again, thank you to those of you who have stepped up and become monthly supporters. You know, I started this podcast because I wanted to create an experience where people could enjoy a quality classic audiobook every week – even if they weren’t familiar with it. Over the years I have often heard from listeners who tell me that they have never heard of this author, or that story, and their lives are better for having experienced it. I find great joy and satisfaction in curating the stories, bringing them to life as best I can, and polishing off the audio to bring you a first class product every week. Thank you for supporting this service. Your monthly 5-dollar contribution really, really helps.

And the neat thing is, it goes both ways. My eyes have been opened to many incredible authors that I had never heard of before. Or if I did, I hadn’t read them. When I began, I was completely unfamiliar with P.G. Wodehouse, H.P. Lovecraft, G.K. Chesterton, Ambrose Bierce, Sheridan Le Fanu, and many others. I only discovered Maurice LeBlanc and his Arsene Lupin stories last year. So thank you for opening my eyes to a world hitherto hidden from me. The Classic Tales isn’t just a podcast. It’s Kickstarter, Audible, and public radio all in one. And you truly help to make it better than I could on my own. So if you haven’t yet, chip in and help ensure that we can keep the good stuff coming. Thanks!

And now, The Wind in the Willows, Part 3of7, by Kenneth Grahame.

Direct download: CT_462_WindintheWillows_Part3of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MST

When the Rat discovers that Mole has set off for the Wild Wood but is trapped in a snowstorm, he must use all his wits and cunning to find his friend. For the Wild Wood is a place for voices, faces, and scurryings. Kenneth Grahame, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

First, I’d like to offer a hearty thank you to those of you who have stepped up and become monthly supporters this past week. It’s honestly kind of a miracle that I can keep this ship afloat sometimes, and your monthly contributions really go a long way. I have over a hundred and sixty titles that I am in the process of editing, creating artwork and preparing for the website and other retail venues. It’s a daunting task for a one-man-band type of operation, but I really want the supporters to have access to all of the archived stories.

And so thank you again for becoming a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. There is no middleman skimming off the top, no online store taking 85%, no partner taking half. All proceeds go toward keeping the Classic Tales alive. Which is why your support is so valuable.

The Wind in the Willows is a wonderful story, but the thing I particularly enjoy about it is the graceful language of Kenneth Grahame. Giving children an opportunity to hear the characters’ adventures while enjoying a backdrop of beautiful imagery is something that really gives this story enduring value.

And now, The Wind in the Willows, Part 2of7, by Kenneth Grahame.

Direct download: CT_461_WindintheWillows_Part2of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Kenneth Grahame’s timeless tale begins with exquisite riverside picnics, and a mad adventure in a canary yellow gypsy cart. The Wind in the Willows, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

For the first time, I am purchasing the rights to bring a title to the podcast that is currently under copyright. We are still a few weeks out, but if all goes well, this will be a summer to remember! We are also in the process of getting more products to the website, including the complete season collections of The Classic Tales Podcast. But we need your help.

Please become a supporting member of The Classic Tales Podcast. It costs a mere five dollars a month, and in return, you get a coupon code for six dollars off anything in the store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. There is no middleman skimming off the top, no online store taking 85%, no partner taking half. All proceeds go toward keeping the Classic Tales alive. Which is why your support is so valuable.

If you have benefitted from the podcast over the years, if you’ve talked about the stories you’ve just discovered through the podcast, if you’ve had a moment or two when you didn’t want to turn off your car until the story was over, please become a supporting member, and ensure that we can stay around for many years to come.

And now, The Wind in the Willows, Part 1of7, by Kenneth Grahame.

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Direct download: CT_460_WindintheWillows_Part1of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:36am MST

Three hypochondriacs declare themselves “overworked”, and decide to take a holiday boating down the Thames. And they bring their dog. Jerome K. Jerome, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

And now for something completely different.

I know, I know what you’re thinking. BJ, we are on tenterhooks with Nicholas Nickleby – please give us the rest of the story. And I will. But things have worked out a bit differently.

So in the meantime, I’m bringing you a sample of the classic humorous novel: Three Men in a Boat, by Jerome K. Jerome which is available in its entirety now. You can get the rest for only 9.99 at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Yep the whole book is done and ready for you. Members: use your code and get the book for 4 dollars.

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Three friends, one dog, one boat, one river. What could go wrong? Plenty. Even when the sailing is smooth, the stories never stop in Jerome K. Jerome’s comic novel. Plaster fishes, dead water rats, near death escapes and many, many jocose anecdotes create a colorful narrative of summertime life on the river. For, once three hypochondriacs self-diagnose themselves as “clearly overworked”, the rest practically writes itself.

So head on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get the rest of the story – available now!

And now, a sample of Three Men in a Boat, by Jerome K. Jerome

Direct download: CT_459_3Meninaboat_Pcast_sample.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:10am MST

The depths of the honeycombed mountains reveal their hidden truth. H.P. Lovecraft, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

I’m not sure how many of you know, but when I started The Classic Tales Podcast, the click wheel iPods had just learned how to play video. Audiobooks were made on mp3, and we had to burn mp3 discs or create playlists. There wasn’t an industry standard file format for audiobooks, and they were all treated like music.

Now, you can download an audiobook wirelessly to your phone, and listen to it instantly. It’s really pretty cool. I am working to update all of the classic titles I’ve done, over 250 titles, and get them all on the website in their best format. But I can’t do it alone. Please become a supporting member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Your monthly subscription of only $5 will help give me the stability to keep updating the files, so we can get everything in apple pie order. And as a subscribing member, you’ll get a coupon code for $6 off anything in the store. We all win, and your support goes directly to helping keep the Classic Tales Podcast running and improving.

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And now, At the Mountains of Madness, part 5of5, by H.P. Lovecraft.

Direct download: CT_458_Mtns_of_Madness_Pt5of5.mp3
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Deep inside the caves of the ancient city, many terrible secrets are uncovered. H.P. Lovecraft, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The reviews are coming in for Nicholas Nickleby! A listener from Grantsville, Utah writes: “The voices invented for each character are absolutely remarkable!”

And Bonnie Discuillo from Dexter, Michigan says, “..the voices are so well done that I forget that I’m not listening to several actors… following Nicholas and his sister Kate as their lives are changed by the people they encounter.”

Kristina Bell of High Point, North Carolina says, “Harrison’s narrative made me feel like I was right in the scene with the characters.”

And Howard Taub of Woodinville, Washington calls it, “A masterpiece.”

Nicholas Nickleby Volume 1 of 2 is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

And now, At The Mountains of Madness, Part 4 of 5, by H. P. Lovecraft.

Direct download: CT_457_Mtns_of_Madness_Pt4of5.mp3
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The crest of the nightmarish mountains is breeched, revealing a terrible secret. For there is another narrative about the origins of mankind that no ear has ever heard. H.P. Lovecraft, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Nicholas Nickleby is a tour de force in Victorian storytelling. Like many of Dickens’ stories, it starts off a bit sad, but once the ball gets rolling, it doesn’t stop. I love reading Dickens for many reasons, but part of my affinity for him is the actual scope of each book – the length. There are so many charming characters, and you get to live in their world for such a long time. By the time it is finished, you feel like you are saying goodbye to dear friends. Nicholas Nickleby Volume 1 of 2 is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

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App users – check your special features for another movie accompanying this week’s episode. Lovecraft describes several existing rock formations similar to the Mountains of Madness, and you can see them and more drawings from the original publication of At the Mountains of Madness.

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And now, At The Mountains of Madness, Part 3 of 5, by H. P. Lovecraft.

Direct download: CT_456_Mtns_of_Madness_Pt3of5.mp3
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Tragedy strikes the Antarctic scouting party, and untold horrors come to light upon investigation. H.P. Lovecraft, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

I hoped you enjoyed the sample of Nicholas Nickleby. Like many of Dickens’ stories, it starts off a bit sad, but once the ball gets rolling, it doesn’t stop. I love reading Dickens for many reasons, but part of my affinity for him is the actual scope of each book – the length. There are so many charming characters, and you get to live in their world for such a long time. By the time it’s done, you feel like you are saying goodbye to dear friends. Nicholas Nickleby Volume 1 of 2 is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

Direct download: CT_455_Mtns_of_Madness_Pt2of5.mp3
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An Antarctic expedition uncovers inconceivable mysteries, including a mountain range the rivals the Himalayas, and a cave concealing an ancient evil. H.P. Lovecraft, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

I hoped you enjoyed the sample of Nicholas Nickleby last week. Like many of Dickens’ stories, it starts off a bit sad, but once the ball gets rolling, it doesn’t stop. I love reading Dickens for many reasons, but part of my affinity for him is the actual scope of each book – the length. There are so many charming characters, and you get to live in their world for such a long time. By the time it’s done, you feel like you are saying goodbye to dear friends. Nicholas Nickleby Volume 1 of 2 is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

Today we begin a series from H.P. Lovecraft, and this is one of his best pieces. It’s about an expedition from Miskatonic University to Antarctica, and the remains of an ancient civilization, heretofore unknown to all the world. They also find specimens of an uncategorized ancient life form – neither animal nor vegetable.

App users can see and download a movie featuring illustrations from Lovecraft’s original release of the story from Astounding Stories magazine. Check out your special features! Enjoy!

And now, At The Mountains of Madness, Part 1 of 5, by H. P. Lovecraft.

Direct download: CT_454_Mtns_of_Madness_Pt1of5.mp3
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A healthy helping of Charles Dickens, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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This week, we present a healthy portion of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens.

In Nicholas Nickleby, Charles Dickens created some of his most nefarious villains, and some of his most heroic characters. Wholly ignorant of the ways of the world, we follow Nicholas as he grapples with the villainous schoolmaster Wackford Squeers, the powerful and calculating Sir Mulberry Hawk, and the stonehearted moneylender Ralph Nickleby. As these three weave their webs of treachery, Nicholas stands tall, showing that even though he is sabotaged by those closest to him, he can prevail over the evil designs of the rich and powerful.

Today’s lengthy sample takes us to the Yorkshire school, which is arguably the darkest part of the book. Like so many similar epic quests, the triumphs wouldn’t be quite so triumphant if our hero doesn’t first trudge through the abyss.

The first volume of Nicholas runs over 17-1/2 hours, and contains over 70 different character voices. Order your copy today at thebestaudiobooks.com.

And now, a sample of Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens.

Direct download: CT_453_Nickleby_Sneak_Peek.mp3
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An impossible, motiveless murder commands a presence from beyond the grave to rise again.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

In Nicholas Nickelby, Charles Dickens created some of his most nefarious villains, and some of his most heroic characters. Wholly ignorant of the ways of the world, we follow Nicholas as he grapples with the villainous schoolmaster Wackford Squeers, the powerful and calculating Sir Mulberry Hawk, and the stonehearted moneylender Ralph Nickelby. As these three weave their webs of treachery, Nicholas stands tall, showing that even though he is sabotaged by those closest to him, he can prevail over the evil designs of the rich and powerful.

On Monday you can hear the first volume of Nicholas Nickelby. It runs over 17-1/2 hours, and contains over 70 different character voices. Preorder your copy today at thebestaudiobooks.com.

It has been brought to my attention, and I usually comment on these things, that there was a deal of anti-Semitic sentiment in last week’s episode. This is, unfortunately, one of the great drawbacks of producing these classic stories. They tend to demonstrate the prejudice of their time. Even in today’s story, Conan Doyle mentions some prejudices and judgments that are wholly antiquated and utterly false. Nobody should ever be prejudicially condemned, marginalized, or shamed. So when these things come up, let’s rejoice that now we know a better way.

And now, The Empty House, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Direct download: CT_452_The_Empty_House.mp3
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Nestled deep in the wilds of Africa rests a secret temple to an unknown god. This shrine is the gateway to an unseen world of wonder, but is opened at a great price. Is a soul to be saved, or is a deity to be destroyed? John Buchan, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Nicholas Nickelby is coming along nicely, and I hope to release Volume 1 next week. The final audio, between the two volumes, will be around 36 hours long. This is a great example of how far your support for The Classic Tales Podcast goes. There is no way I could set aside the time to produce a book of this length without your assistance.

Nicholas Nickelby, like Dracula, is a book I’ve wanted to do since I started The Classic Tales Podcast, 7-1/2 years ago. Like David Copperfield, we weep with Nicholas in his despair, and rejoice in his triumphs. Now, after 7 years of honing my craft and building my studio, I’m please to present Nicholas Nickelby complete and unabridged. Preorder your copy and save.

Today’s story is by John Buchan, chiefly known for his spy novel The 39 Steps. Buchan was a prolific writer, and delved occasionally in weird fiction. This story struck me as particularly poignant today, where we seem to run into a lot of black and white thinking. Originally written in 1910, over 100 years ago, it raised a few questions I thought I had already answered.

And now, The Grove of Ashtaroth, by John Buchan

Direct download: CT_451_Grove_of_Ashtaroth.mp3
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What if, alongside Christmas, there was another holiday dedicated to an airing of grievances via pranking? Also, a special reading of Longfellow’s Christmas Bells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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You know what my favorite part of The Classic Tales Podcast is? It’s discovering new stories that I would probably never have come across, written by some of the greatest minds in history. Thank you for sending your recommendations over the years, and pointing the way to new stories and new authors heretofore unknown to me. We all benefit when we share.

I’d also like to say thank you to all of the financial supporters who help to ensure that I can keep The Classic Tales Podcast up and running. Your monthly $5 contributions help pay the bills, and help to ensure that The Classic Tales Podcast continues to lead others to these treasures of the past. Thank you.

Today we have two presentations. The first is a short story by Saki, which explores the idea of having another, more vindictive holiday alongside Christmas. The second piece is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Christmas Bells. This is a reading I did for a new podcast called Verses in Vox. They add original music and sound effects to poetry readings in an effort to bring out the full drama of each poem. I think it turned out very well. I hope you like it.

And now, The Feast of Nemesis, by Saki; and Christmas Bells, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Direct download: CT_450_Feast_of_Nemesis.mp3
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Ever noticed how the parents wind up playing with the Christmas toys more than the kids sometimes? Stephen Leacock takes this to the next level, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I have had a few people as me what is the best way to make a gift of The Classic Tales Audiobooks. The answer? Gift Certificates. Here’s how it works: you buy a gift certificate at http://store.thebestaudiobooks.com/gift-certificate-p0.aspx and the recipient gets a credit at the website that is good forever. They can use some now, and use the rest later. But whenever they tap into it, they will find a treasure trove of Mystery, Adventure, Horror, Humor, and Classic Literature whenever they want. And their purchases are backed up forever, with our Platinum Customer Service. Give the gift of The Classic Tales this holiday season, and open a world of wonder and fascination that your loved ones will treasure for years to come.

And now, The Errors of Santa Claus, by Stephen Leacock.

Direct download: CT_449_Errors_of_Santa_Claus.mp3
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After striking it rich, a prospector decides to play Santa Claus for the entire town of Yellowhammer. The only problem is that there are no children in town. O. Henry, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Well, it’s Christmastime, and one of my favorite things about Christmas is Charles Dickens. I’m pleased to announce that the next audiobook will be The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby, by Charles Dickens. And to go along with Nicholas, all other titles by Charles Dickens will be 50% off. This includes Great Expectations, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol and many others.

So head on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get your Dickens on, today! And remember, all audiobook purchases are backed up in perpetuity.

And now, Christmas by Injunction, by O. Henry

Direct download: CT_448_Christmas_by_Injunction.mp3
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Father Christmas visits the author in the small hours, and is revealed in an unconventional light. Stephen Leacock, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Well, it’s about Christmastime, and one of my favorite things about Christmas is Charles Dickens. I’m pleased to announce that the next audiobook will be The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby, by Charles Dickens. And to go along with Nicholas, all other titles by Charles Dickens will be 50% off. This includes Great Expectations, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol and many others.

So head on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get your Dickens on, today! And remember, all audiobook purchases are backed up in perpetuity.

Stephen Leacock was a Canadian writer and humorist. Today’s story was written in 1914, as the world was reacting to the impact of World War I. It is incredible to me how many things the author points out that we are still complaining about and longing for – 100 years later.

And now, Merry Christmas, by Stephen Leacock

Direct download: CT_447_Merry_Christmas.mp3
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Thanksgiving and Christmas miracles abound in 19th century America. Louisa May Alcott, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Well, it’s about Christmastime, and one of my favorite things about Christmas is Charles Dickens. I’m pleased to announce that the next audiobook will be The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby, by Charles Dickens. And to go along with Nicholas, all other titles by Charles Dickens will be 50% off. This includes Great Expectations, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol and many others.

So head on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get your Dickens on, today!

And now, An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, Part 2 of 2, and How It All Happened, by Louisa May Alcott

Direct download: CT_446_Old_Fash_TGiving_Part2of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:02am MST

When the parents need to leave the farm suddenly, the children decide to turn their hand at fixing the great Thanksgiving dinner. Louisa May Alcott, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Dracula, Volume 2 of 2, by Bram Stoker is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

When you purchase Dracula, Volume 2, you also will get Dracula’s Guest, also by Bram Stoker, and The Vampyre, by John Polidori.

So head on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get Dracula, Volume 2of2 today!

Did you know that all of your purchases made at thebestaudiobooks.com are backed up forever? If your computer crashes in 1, 5 or 10 years, you can send us an email and we can set you up to download all of your purchased items – free of charge. We’ve been in business for 8 years now, and I intend to continue to record classic audiobooks until the day I die. So if you want to build up your audiobook library, you can buy with confidence knowing that whatever happens, your purchases are safe. Always.

And now, An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, Part 1 of 2 by Louisa May Alcott

Direct download: CT_425_Old_Fash_TGiving_Part1of2.mp3
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A gift vindictively given carries a subconscious curse, and a woman’s life is forever altered by a cut-glass bowl. F. Scott Fitzgerald, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

APP USERS: Check your special features in your newly updated app to listen to a Thanksgiving story by O. Henry. 

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

Dracula, Volume 2 of 2, by Bram Stoker is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

When you purchase Dracula, Volume 2, you also will get Dracula’s Guest, also by Bram Stoker, and The Vampyre, by John Polidori.

So head on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get Dracula, Volume 2of2 today

Did you know that all of your purchases made at thebestaudiobooks.com are backed up forever? If your computer crashes in 1, 5 or 10 years, you can send us an email and we can set you up to download all of your purchased items – free of charge. We’ve been in business for 8 years now, and I intend to continue to record classic audiobooks until the day I die. So if you want to build up your audiobook library, you can buy with confidence knowing that whatever happens, your purchases are safe. Always.

And now, The Cut-Glass Bowl, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Direct download: CT_424_Cut-Glass_Bowl.mp3
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Murder comes to an Iowa farm town, and two unlikely women solve the case through worrying over trifles. Susan Glaspell, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Dracula, Volume 2 of 2, by Bram Stoker is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

When you purchase Dracula, Volume 2, you also will get Dracula’s Guest, also by Bram Stoker, and The Vampyre, by John Polidori. Polidori’s The Vampyre heavily influenced Stoker’s seminal work, and the character of Lord Ruthven from The Vampyre is referenced several times in Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo.

So head on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get Dracula, Volume 2of2 today!

Today’s story is by Susan Glaspell, and was originally a one-act play called Trifles. I remember reading it in English class in ninth grade, and I was overjoyed to discover that the author also wrote it out as a short story.

And now, A Jury of Her Peers, by Susan Glaspell.

Direct download: CT_423_Jury_of_Her_Peers.mp3
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