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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

  

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

Enjoy some Fu-Manchu! 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Enjoy some Sherlock Holmes! 

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rome will burn if Coriolanus does not stop.  But who can stop him? He has grown from man to dragon. What will happen when the women step in where the men fail? William Shakespeare, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

 

Direct download: 365_Episode_365_Coriolanus_5of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:25 AM

Coriolanus swears revenge on his thankless and cankered country. He goes to the house of his avowed enemy, and pledges to lead the Volscian army to the gates of Rome itself, destroying everything in their path. William Shakespeare, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

 

Direct download: 364_Episode_364_Coriolanus_4of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:31 AM

Though this scandal is bringing Rome to the brink of Civil War, Coriolanus cannot rein in his spirit and act as a servant to the people. The consequences of his proud heart are catastrophic. William Shakespeare, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

 

Direct download: 363_Episode_363_Coriolanus_3of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:37 AM

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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