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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Direct download: CT_424_Cut-Glass_Bowl.mp3
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