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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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

 

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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