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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 MDT

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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Preorder your copy now of Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. This title will be released within just a few more days! You can download the standard audiobook, an HD version, or mp3s of the chapters – whatever works for you! Financial supporters can use their monthly coupon code and save 6 dollars off the sale price of $9.99.

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:41pm MDT

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.

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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 6 of 11, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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

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.

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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.

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

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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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 MDT

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.

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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 MDT

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

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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 MDT

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.

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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 MDT

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

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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.

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

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

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.

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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!

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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 MDT

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.

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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 MDT

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.

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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 MDT

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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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.

Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member today!

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.

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

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.

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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.

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

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.

Spotify has recently reached out to us, and will be streaming The Classic Tales Podcast through their service. If you have a friend who loves Spotify, have them check us out!

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.

And one final note to remind you that all of your orders placed at thebestaudiobooks.com are backed up forever. If you ever need to download any of your audiobooks again in 5,10 or 15 years, just let us know. We’ll hook you up.

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
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:21pm MDT

A healthy helping of Charles Dickens, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:00pm MDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37pm MDT

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.

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

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

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
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:44am MDT

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 MDT

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.

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

Direct download: CT_425_Old_Fash_TGiving_Part1of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:55am MDT

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.

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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
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:53am MDT

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.

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. 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
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:17am MDT

Carrion, insanity, and ominous silence – witness the dramatic conclusion of the Martian Invasion. H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Dracula, Volume 2 of 2, by Bram Stoker is now available at:

http://store.thebestaudiobooks.com/dracula-classic-tales-edition-unabridged-part-2of2-p219.aspx

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!

And now, The War of the Worlds, Part 7 of 7, by H.G. Wells

Direct download: CT_442_WaroftheWorlds_Part_7of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:05am MDT

Death stalks outside, and when the Martians discover the bombed out shelter, our hero discovers a world forever changed. H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Preorders for Dracula, Volume 2 of 2, by Bram Stoker are now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Volume 2 will be released on Monday.

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 preorder Dracula, Volume 2of2 today!

And now, The War of the Worlds, Part 6 of 7, by H.G. Wells

Direct download: CT_441_WaroftheWorlds_Part_6of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:07am MDT

A Martian alien is seen feeding, and finally, the entire purpose of the Martian Invasion becomes clear. H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Dracula, Volume 1 of 2, by Bram Stoker is now available here:

http://store.thebestaudiobooks.com/dracula-classic-tales-edition-unabridged-part-1of2-p217.aspx

I hope you enjoyed the sample in last week’s episode. I have begun recording Volume 2, and I hope to have it released next week.

Taken from a collection of journal entries, letters, telegrams and newspaper clippings, Dracula is the grand sire of all vampire tales. Discover the nefarious means Dracula uses to enter England, and wreck his hellish havoc. Only the Dutch scientist Van Helsing can persuade the disbelieving into the reality that there are creatures of the night beyond our ken - things that suck the blood of the living, transform into mist, and flee to the safety of their coffins before the rising of the sun.

When you purchase Dracula, Volume 1 you can also get Frankenstein by Mary Shelley AND Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales by Robert Louis Stevenson for only $7 more. So follow the silvery mist over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and enjoy the grandsire of all vampire stories today.

And now, The War of the Worlds, Part 5 of 7, by H.G. Wells

Direct download: CT_440_WaroftheWorlds_Part_5of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:30am MDT

The Martians reveal a devastating secret weapon, and England braces itself for full Martian occupation. H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Dracula, Volume 1 of 2, by Bram Stoker is now available. Like our last title, The Last of the Mohicans, this is one I’ve been saving up since the inception of The Classic Tales, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

When my kids were younger, I would read them simplified versions of the classics. They were great, with an illustration on each page, and of course, I did all the character voices. Well, we were reading Dracula together at nights, and one Saturday we went to a matinee. At the movie theater, there was a poster announcing the new Hugh Jackman film: Van Helsing. My wife pointed the poster out to my kids, and said, “Look at that, boys! Do you recognize that name?” I mean, the poster was all about a vampire killer, and the name Van Helsing was right there. Maybe they couldn’t read it. So my wife said, “Don’t you recognize the name Van Helsing?”. Nope. Still blank faces. No idea. She double-checked, “Van Helsing. You’ve never heard that name?” Still nothing. She thought about how they couldn’t recognize the name, after I had been reading Dracula to them most every night. Then it hit her. She said, “Do you know Van Helsing (with an accent)” and then the kids lit right up. “Oh yeah! Dracula! He’s like a vampire slayer super hero! Look at all his cool gadgets!” If you’re gonna do Dracula, you’d better do it right. Maybe that’s why I waited so long. I really wanted to do it right.

Dracula is formatted like The Moonstone, in that the story is told through a collection of journal entries, letters, newspaper clippings, etc.. After today’s episode of The War of the Worlds, continue listening for a healthy sample of Dracula, Volume 1 of 2. Each Volume is over 8 hours in length, and priced at only $10.99. Supporters can use their coupon code and get it for 5 bucks. Also, when you purchase Dracula, Volume 1 you can also get Frankenstein by Mary Shelley AND Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales by Robert Louis Stevenson for only $7 more. So follow the silvery mist over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and enjoy the grandsire of all vampire stories today.

And now, The War of the Worlds, Part 4 of 7, by H.G. Wells

Direct download: CT_439_WaroftheWorlds_Part_4of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:14am MDT

English forces are decimated by the unexpected power of the Martians. Nothing can stop them as they blaze a trail of fire towards London! H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Dracula, Part 1 of 2, by Bram Stoker will be released next week. The audiobook will be around 17 hours long in its entirety, so I split it into two sections so that Classic Tales financial supporters can use two coupon codes when purchasing the book. This way I can keep the price nice and low.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I speak Hungarian relatively fluently, and have also taken German and French for many years. So rest assured that all the Hungarian terms will be pronounced accurately and correctly.

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And now, The War of the Worlds, Part 3 of 7, by H.G. Wells

Direct download: CT_438_WaroftheWorlds_Part_3of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:05am MDT

The Martian apocalypse continues! The Martians display their superior technology, and 19th century England roils from the blow. H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

I hope you enjoyed last week’s initial episode of The War of the Worlds. For some reason, there is a bit of an apocalyptic air right now. I also just returned from filming a commercial parodying an end of the world scenario. So, the time seemed right for the H.G. Wells classic.

In preparation for producing The War of the Worlds, I noticed that none of the characters, not even the main protagonist, are named. This was originally written serially from 1895-1897, when steam trains and like gargantuan machinery constituted the pinnacle of our technological development. At 16, the aspiring rocket scientist Robert Goddard was heavily influenced by The War of the Worlds, and his work eventually led to the Apollo program’s manned landing on the moon.

Another 16 year old was influenced by The War of the Worlds, and with a buddy created a parody of it entitled: The War of the Eggplants. This didn’t lead to a moon landing, but it did eventually lead to the podcast you are now enjoying. Yeah, that was me. And my buddy was Dave Warden. He’s a prominent podcaster, too. Maybe we’ll release The War of the Eggplants as a special episode. Maybe, I’ll have to check it out. It’s been a while…

For more H.G. Wells fun, check out the double feature title: The Invisible Man and The Time Machine at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Members can enter their coupon code and get the entire audiobook for only 99 cents.

And keep your eyes peeled for the next Classic Tales release: Dracula, Part 1of2, by Bram Stoker. Coming soon!

And now, The War of the Worlds, Part 2 of 7, by H.G. Wells

Direct download: CT_437_WaroftheWorlds_Part_2of7.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:48am MDT

Alien Invasion! The first seven chapters of the earth-shattering novel: The War of the Worlds. H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

I’d like to especially thank those of you who are supporting members of The Classic Tales Podcast. For those of you who don’t know what it’s about, check it out on our website at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Basically, you subscribe for $5 per month, and in return you get a coupon code for $6 off anything in the store. It’s like a monthly audiobook program where you not only help support the podcast, but also you can treat yourself to one of our top shelf titles every month if you like. The coupon codes are good for one year, so there’s no rush to beat an expiration date.

 

Now you can be a part of the team, helping The Classic Tales remain vibrant and running strong. Between the podcast, our free items on the website, and our discounted longer titles, you’ll always find something intriguing, all the while enriching your mind and stretching your imagination. That’s what it’s all about, for me. I rejoice in presenting you with a fantastic audiobook experience every time. After 8 years and 11 million downloads, we’re just getting started.

 

And now, The War of the Worlds, Part 1 of 7, by H.G. Wells

Direct download: CT_436_WaroftheWorlds_Part_1of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

The ridiculous man introduces something completely foreign into this unknown, pure world – the concept of lying. The consequences are devastating.  Fyodor Dostoevsky, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I’d like to especially thank those of you who are supporting members of The Classic Tales Podcast. For those of you who don’t know what it’s about, check it out on our website at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Basically, you subscribe for $5 per month, and in return you get a coupon code for $6 off anything in the store. It’s like a monthly audiobook program where you not only help support the podcast, but also you can treat yourself to one of our top shelf titles every month if you like. The coupon codes are good for one year, so there’s no rush to beat an expiration date.

 

Now you can be a part of the team, helping The Classic Tales remain vibrant and running strong. Between the podcast, our free items on the website, and our discounted longer titles, you’ll always find something intriguing, all the while enriching your mind and stretching your imagination. That’s what it’s all about, for me. I rejoice in presenting you with a fantastic audiobook experience every time. After 8 years and 11 million downloads, we’re just getting started.

 

And now, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, Part 2 of 2, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Direct download: CT_435_Ridiculous_Man_Part2of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:41pm MDT

A disturbed man contemplates suicide, and is rescued by a child. Afterwards, a dream is unfolded to him, revealing a truth that transforms his very life. Fyodor Dostoevsky, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I hoped you enjoyed last week’s sample of The Last of the Mohicans. I’m very pleased with the way it turned out. You can pick up the entire audiobook at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Supporters of The Classic Tales can use their coupon codes and get the whole audiobook for less than ten bucks.

 

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And now, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, Part 1 of 2, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Direct download: CT_434_Ridiculous_Man_Part01of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:15pm MDT

Treat yourself to a healthy helping of The Last of the Mohicans!  James Fenimore Cooper, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today’s story is a healthy sampling of The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper, available in its entirety at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. This book was easily one of the most difficult books to record for me, and I’m not entirely sure why. I think, among other things, that Cooper’s style itself is rather difficult to simply read aloud. Some of his sentences were 30,40, even over 50 words long. And so to figure out the best possible way to read basically a paragraph at one go was a bit of a challenge. Also, the book is 16 hours long, so it was no small feat.

 

In choosing the sample to present to you today, of course, the simplest thing would be to release the first few chapters. But I really wanted you to get a sense of the rich adventure of the book, and after 4 chapters, we are just gaining momentum after meeting the characters. I hope you like it. Though difficult, it was an incredibly rewarding project, and I thank those of you who are supporting members who helped to make it possible.

 

And of course, if you like today’s story, you can get the entire audiobook at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

 

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And now, a sample of The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper.

NOTE: I had some tech issues with the music this week. Sorry about that. 

Direct download: CT_433_Mohican_Sample.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:26am MDT

Owen Warland is a misunderstood genius. He may have been a world-renowned sculptor or painter, but he has set his sights on something different. He wants place spirit and life into a mechanical creation. Nathaniel Hawthorne, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

APP USERS: Check your special features to hear another short story from Nathaniel Hawthorne: Rappacini's Daughter (Originally released over 400 episodes ago). 

 

The Last of the Mohicans is now available! The year is 1757: The fate of North America is in the hands of the French, the British and the Native Americans. Each party weaves their warlike paths in this tapestry of adventure.  Meet Hawkeye, Uncas and Chingatchgook – each a stealthy iron-browed incarnation of the incomprehensible forest. Discover the unscrupulous and sinister Magua, banished and determined to become the leader of his people, and have his revenge on the British.

 

The Last of the Mohicans is delivered in Normal, HD and mp3 formats, meeting or exceeding the quality of anything available at iTunes or Audible.

 

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Today’s story is from one of the great pioneers of the short story, Nathaniel Hawthorne.  It was originally entitled The Artist of the Beautiful, or The Mechanical Butterfly. I’ve chosen to use the lesser-known title. This is the first robotic insect science fiction short story as well as the first non-humanoid sci-fi short story. It is also one of the first Clockmech stories. Clockmech is a subgenre in which clocks play a central role in the storyline.  The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo is a clockmech story, as is A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.

 

But mostly this is a story about an artist and his pursuit of creating that which is beautiful. The protagonist’s name, Owen Warland, is a play on words. The artist himself is considered a War-land. Nobody ever attacks the blacksmith, because he follows a trade that everybody understands and accepts. But Owen Warland does things that people don’t understand, and fills his days doing things that are backward to them. They laugh at him for this, and take it upon themselves to straiten him out. His life is a War-land. If you are an artist, or a creator, or producer of any kind, I hope you identify with this story as much as I did.

 

And now, The Artist of the Beautiful, or The Mechanical Butterfly, by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Direct download: CT_432_Mechanical_Butterfly.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:22am MDT

The lugubrious silence which reigns at the mansion is only broken by birds, cats, martins, rats and mice, free to course to and fro, to fight and to eat each other. Everywhere an invisible hand has graven the word mystery. Honoré de Balzac, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

Preorders are still available for The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper. I’m sorry this one is taking me such a long time. It is scheduled to be released on the 18th.  

 

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Preorder today and save $3 off the retail price of $15.99. Classic Tales Financial Supporters can use their coupon codes and get the complete audiobook for only $7 bucks. This audiobook is estimated to be around 15-16 hours long. Preorder your copy today!

 

Today’s story is by Honoré de Balzac. He lived from 1799 – 1850, and was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. His work has influenced many subsequent novelists, including Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, William Faulkner, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and many others.

 

While today’s story isn’t about a monster per se, a well-crafted haunted house tale will never be unwelcome or unexplored.

 

And now, The Mysterious Mansion, by Honoré de Balzac

Direct download: CT_431_Mysterious_Mansion.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:34am MDT

A country doctor discovers the spacious house of a Baron. The curious thing is, everything inside and outside of the house, down to the very clothing of the noble residents, is all of the same color – white.  Mary Fortune, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

Preorders are still available for The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper. I’m sorry this one is taking me such a long time. I hope to get it released next weekend.

 

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Preorder today and save $3 off the retail price of $15.99. Classic Tales Financial Supporters can use their coupon codes and get the complete audiobook for only $7 bucks. This audiobook is estimated to be around 15-16 hours long. Preorder your copy today!

 

Well, I have to apologize for my cavalier manner of dismissing the Germanic people who settle in Transylvania. Sorry about that. It was actually quite common to run across people of Germanic descent in Transylvania. I really should have checked before I went on my little tirade. Sorry about that.

 

Today’s story is by Mary Fortune, one of the first female crime writers in the world. She was a prolific writer, immigrating to Australia from England in 1855. There she began writing stories for the local newspapers, using various pseudonyms. The White Maniac: A Doctor’s Tale was first published in 1867 under the pseudonym “Waif Wander”.

 

And now, The White Maniac: A Doctor’s Tale, by Mary Fortune.

Direct download: CT_430_White_Maniac.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:06am MDT

The shadowy Christina slips out silently for midnight romps while her three stepchildren hide under the covers. And what they hear in the night does anything but lull them to sleep. Frederick Marryat, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

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I’m pleased to announce that preorders are now available for The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fennimore Cooper.

 

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Preorder today and save $3 off the retail price of $15.99. Classic Tales Financial Supporters can use their coupon codes and get the complete audiobook for only $7 bucks. This audiobook is estimated to be around 15-16 hours long. Preorder your copy today!

 

Today’s story is about two groups of Transylvanian fugitives who make their home in the Hartz Mountains, located in Northern Germany. Now, it always drives me crazy when you see a film that is supposed to take place in Transylvania, or with Transylvanian natives, and they are speaking German. I believe we have stories like today’s tale to thank for this. Everyone comes from Transylvania, which at this time was located in Hungary, and yet they speak with German colloquialisms. Today’s tale is told basically in the first person, and I have used my regular American accent for the bulk of the family, and a Hungarian accent for the others. It is rather confusing, which is why I mention it before the adventure begins.

 

Today’s story was originally found as Chapter 39 of The Phantom Ship, published serially in 1838-1839. We begin our tale with a query from Philip (a Frenchman) to Kranz as they sail on the phantom ship.

 

And now, The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains, by Frederick Marryat

Direct download: CT_429_White_Wolf.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:44pm MDT

Murder in the dark. After being blown into mysterious waters, and surrounded by an oily mist, a lonesome vessel is attacked by an unknown creature from the deep.   William Hope Hodgson, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

It is interesting how things come about. As you have probably guessed, I am constantly on the lookout for stories that would work well for my podcast. Well, just after I discovered The Ring of Thoth last week, I ran across this wonderfully atmospheric tale by William Hope Hodgson, which totally reminded me of The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Now, in our home, the classic monster movies are on all the year round. The old ones -  the good ones. Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone. You know, the films that are good in spite of Lon Chaney Jr.  Well, if I run across a few stories that remind me of the monster movies I love so much, who am I to fight against it? I’m reading a few Victorian were-wolf stories this week. We’ll see what turns up.

 

And if you were looking for more stories in the vein of today’s tale, I would recommend The Call of Cthulhu, by H.P. Lovecraft, if you haven’t already listened to it.

 

I’m pleased to announce that preorders are now available for The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fennimore Cooper.

 

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The year is 1757: The fate of North America is in the hands of the French, the British and the Native Americans. Each party weaves their warlike paths in this tapestry of adventure.  Meet Hawkeye, Uncas and Chingatchgook – each a stealthy iron-browed incarnation of the incomprehensible forest. Discover the unscrupulous and sinister Magua, banished and determined to become the leader of his people.

 

Preorder today and save $3 off the retail price of $15.99. Classic Tales Financial Supporters can use their coupon codes and get the complete audiobook for only $7 bucks. This audiobook is estimated to be around 15-16 hours long. Preorder your copy today!

 

 

And now, The Thing In The Weeds, by William Hope Hodgson

Direct download: CT_428_Thing_In_The_Weeds.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:29am MDT

The Louvre is robbed by one of its own workers. When questioned, the caliginous thief tells a tale of ancient Egypt, and a love that transcends all of their ancient mysteries. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

Preorders for The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fennimore Cooper, will begin next week. Set in 1757; join the peerless Hawkeye as he pits wits with one of the most diabolical villains in literature – the abominable Magua.

 

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The Egyptian deity spelled T-h-o-t-h is pronounced, “tote” by the Egyptians. Though in the original movie of The Mummy and elsewhere in popular American culture it is pronounced “thawth”, I have chosen to use the Egyptian pronunciation for this reading. I may be wrong, but that’s what my research indicates. This is Doyle’s second tale of death defying Egyptian mummies. The other is Lot Number 246, now available for free at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

 

And now, The Ring of Thoth, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Direct download: CT_427_Ring_of_Thoth.mp3
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Frederick Arbuthnot is at San Salvatore under false pretenses. He went there chasing Lady Caroline, unaware of another inhabitant of the castle – his wife. Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today marks the end of The Enchanted April, and what a joy it has been to record. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.

 

And I must apologize for not releasing any special features through the app. I have been remiss in this. App users, check your special features for a special graphic of the passive-aggressive Raven. I will pick up the frequency of the special features, and include features and stories only available through the Classic Tales App.

 

If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please consider becoming a monthly financial supporter. It only costs 5 dollars a month. In return, we give you a coupon code for 6 dollars off anything in the store – every month! With our bestsellers already 30% off, you can get many of our titles for only $.99 cents when you use your monthly code. It’s a great value, and a great way to build your classic literature library. Join today!

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 11 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

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It’s all up for Briggs. He has seen Lady Caroline, and has completely lost it. But lo, an unexpected visitor arrives, bringing joy in unexpected places. Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please consider becoming a monthly financial supporter. It only costs 5 dollars a month. In return, we give you a coupon code for 6 dollars off anything in the store – every month! With our bestsellers already 30% off, you can get many of our titles for only $.99 cents when you use your monthly code. It’s a great value, and a great way to build your classic literature library. Join today!

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 10 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

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Rose Arbuthnot writes to her husband. She later receives a telegram, but the sender is not at all whom she anticipated.  Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Arsene Lupin versus Sherlock Holmes, by Maurice Leblanc is now available. If you liked the first book, you’ll love the second one as Lupin faces off with the indefatigable Sherlock Holmes. Available now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com .

 

If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please consider becoming a monthly financial supporter. It only costs 5 dollars a month. In return, we give you a coupon code for 6 dollars off anything in the store – every month! With our bestsellers already 30% off, you can get many of our titles for only $.99 cents when you use your monthly code. It’s a great value, and a great way to build your classic literature library. Join today!

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 9 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

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The enchantments of Italy work their magic in Mellersh, and he fits. He just fits; meanwhile the rough edges of Mrs. Fisher continue to slip away.  Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Arsene Lupin versus Sherlock Holmes, by Maurice Leblanc is now available. If you liked the first book, you’ll love the second one as Lupin faces off with the indefatigable Sherlock Holmes. Available now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com .

 

This week marks the 8th anniversary of The Classic Tales Podcast. Eight years ago, I released my first three episodes, using a borrowed computer, borrowed recording equipment, free recording software, and some books I borrowed from the library. Today we release episode 423, recorded in my professional home studio. The Classic Tales Podcast has been downloaded over 12 million times, and it is all due to listeners like you. Thank you for listening and telling your friends. Thank you for your financial support. Thank you for your suggestions. Thank you for taking time to listen to my work, for you make all of this possible.

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 8 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

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Mellersh Wilkins arrives at San Salvatore, and Lotty’s bright smile still shines brilliantly. She is determined to lift him up into her heaven, even if he blows up the bathroom.  Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Arsene Lupin versus Sherlock Holmes, by Maurice Leblanc is now available. If you liked the first book, you’ll love the second one as Lupin faces off with Sherlock Holmes. Available now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com .

 

In consideration of the passing of the great Christopher Lee, the next audiobook to be produced under The Classic Tales label is the original Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Mr. Lee made a wonderful Dracula. Let’s see how he is as Van Helsing. It’s going to take me a while to tackle this one, but keep your eyes open for preorder specials!

 

You know, spending 4 minutes in the showroom trying out a mattress is really crazy when you think about it. I mean, we spend a third of our life span sleeping, right? What’s four minutes going to tell us? Nothing. What we need is more time on the mattress. Like a whole night. Like a whole month. How about 100 nights? Now that sounds crazy.

 

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And now, The Enchanted April, part 7 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

 

 

Direct download: CT_422_Enchanted_April_7of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

The shy and emotionally uncomfortable Mrs. Wilkins begins to blossom. Her clunky clairvoyant visions begin to seem truly prophetic, and words such as intuitive, intelligent, and wise come to mind when she speaks.  Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Arsene Lupin versus Sherlock Holmes, by Maurice Leblanc is now available. Murder, fraud, and a priceless diamond. Ganimard is convinced that Arsene Lupin is at the bottom of each of these crimes. But unfortunately, Ganimard’s best efforts come up short. And so Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are brought in to restore the blue diamond, and capture the murderer. Don’t miss this fantastic faceoff between the national thief of France, and the national detective of England. Now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com!

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 6 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

Direct download: CT_421_Enchanted_April_6of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Mrs. Fisher, now secure in her self appointed sanctuary, peers into the boundless depths of her memories. And while she is tenaciously content, she finds her feathers are getting continuously ruffled. Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Arsene Lupin versus Sherlock Holmes, by Maurice Leblanc is now available. Murder, fraud, and a priceless diamond. Ganimard is convinced that Arsene Lupin is at the bottom of each of these crimes. But unfortunately, Ganimard’s best efforts come up short. And so Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are brought in to restore the blue diamond, and capture the murderer. Don’t miss this fantastic faceoff between the national thief of France, and the national detective of England. Now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com!

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 5 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

Direct download: CT_420_Enchanted_April_5of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

The machinations of personality begin to rear their heads.  Left to their own devices in the wonderland of Italy, the women begin some telling introspection. Some desire to share this place with others, while others desire to hoard.  Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is now available. Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get your copy today. Act now, and you can get The Hound of the Baskervilles AND The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for only $8 more! The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes contains 11 short story mysteries, and introduce us to two indispensible characters: Mycroft Holmes and Professor Moriarty. Head on over www.thebestaudiobooks.com and dive into the mystery today!

 

Next week, Arsene Lupin versus Sherlock Holmes, by Maurice Leblanc will be released. Murder, fraud, and a priceless diamond. Ganimard is convinced that Arsene Lupin is at the bottom of each of these crimes. But unfortunately, Ganimard’s best efforts come up short. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are brought in to restore the blue diamond, and capture the murderer. Don’t miss this fantastic faceoff between the national thief of France, and the national detective of England. To be released next week!

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 4 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

Direct download: CT_419_Enchanted_April_4of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:13pm MDT

Midnight. Four hours late. When our ladies arrive in glorious San Salvatore, instead of basking in the evening breeze, they peek for any sign of life. And when a mysterious man appears with a horse and cart, they suddenly see themselves as easy pickings for robbers and murderers.  Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is now available. Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get your copy today. Act now, and you can get The Hound of the Baskervilles AND The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for only $8 more! The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes contains 11 short story mysteries, and introduce us to two indispensible characters: Mycroft Holmes and Professor Moriarty. Head on over the www.thebestaudiobooks.com and dive into the mystery today!

 

I am pleased to announce that the next Classic Tales audiobook will be Arsene Lupin versus Sherlock Holmes. Originally, Conan Doyle demanded that the name not be that of his famous sleuth, and LeBlanc was forced to change it to Herlock Sholmes. Now that the copyright for Sherlock Holmes is long expired, this will be the first audiobook presented the way that Leblanc originally intended: with the Gentleman Burglar Arsene Lupin facing the great sleuth of Baker Street himself. Coming soon.

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 3 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

Direct download: CT_418_Enchanted_April_3of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:25pm MDT

Two obnoxious problems present themselves to the timid ladies. And each, in turn, overcomes until finally they set their feet on glorious Italian soil. Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is now available. Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get your copy today. Act now, and you can get The Hound of the Baskervilles AND The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for only $8 more! The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes contains 11 short story mysteries, and introduce us to two indispensible characters: Mycroft Holmes and Professor Moriarty. Head on over the www.thebestaudiobooks.com and dive into the mystery today!

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 2 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

Direct download: CT_417_Enchanted_April_2of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:47pm MDT

To Those who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine. Small medieaval Italian Castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be Let Furnished for the month of April.  This small advertisement sparks something long dormant in the reluctant hearts of two downcast London women – the possibility of happiness. Elizabeth von Arnim, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is now available. Go now to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and get your copy today. Act now, and you can get The Hound of the Baskervilles AND The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for only $8 more! The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes contains 11 short story mysteries, and introduce us to two indispensible characters: Mycroft Holmes and Professor Moriarty. Head on over the www.thebestaudiobooks.com and dive into the mystery today!

 

Some years ago, Audible hired me to produce an audiobook for a title called “Smart Money”. Apparently, science has proved that money can buy happiness if used correctly. How you ask? Instead of buying bigger and better things, happiness is measurably greater when we buy experiences. Like vacations. Apparently, it really works. The Enchanted April was written in 1921. I am stunned at how relevant it is to so many aspects of our modern life – nearly 100 years after it was written.

 

Today we meet Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Arbuthnot. We don’t even know their first names at this point. Both are churchgoers, and very good, dutiful wives – they do everything that is expected of them. And they are both unhappy. But the solution isn’t in chucking it all in the dustbin. Through this elegant novel, we see them work through their disparate struggles and rise from the ashes, with the help of wisteria and sunshine.  

 

And now, The Enchanted April, part 1 of 11, by Elizabeth von Arnim

Direct download: CT_416_Enchanted_April_1of11.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:02pm MDT