The Classic Tales Podcast
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Mr. Carlyle, a private detective, desperately needs to discover if a suspicious coin is a forgery, and receives a recommendation from an experienced coin dealer to look up an amateur expert. There is one thing the old coin dealer failed to mention, however, - the amateur expert is blind. Ernest Bramah, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Your support ensures that we can continue producing professional audio productions of these treasured classics, so that everybody can enjoy them – especially those who otherwise would never be exposed to classic literature.

What could me more outlandish than a blind detective? Max Carrados is the creation of Ernest Bramah, and appeared alongside Sherlock Holmes in the Strand magazine when Carrados was first brought to life in 1914.

George Orwell wrote that, together with those of Conan Doyle and R. Austin Freeman, Max Carrados and The Eyes of Max Carrados "are the only detective stories since Poe that are worth re-reading."

So, how is it that someone can be blind and yet be an amazing detective? Bramah sets the groundwork for his blind detective in this, the first Max Carrados mystery.

And now, The Coin of Dionysius, by Ernest Bramah

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

Santa Claus gains the Mantle of Immortality, and the great story of the jolly old elf is concluded. L. Frank Baum, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Your support ensures that we can continue producing professional audio productions of these treasured classics, so that everybody can enjoy them – especially those who otherwise would never be exposed to classic literature.

“In all this world, there is nothing so beautiful as a happy child.” This quote from Santa Claus is my favorite from the whole book. And I wholeheartedly agree. Let us all create beauty all around us, by taking care of the little ones in our lives – for when they are happy, all the world is beautiful.

And now, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, part 4 of 4, by L. Frank Baum

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

The evil Awgwas hatch a dastardly plan to destroy Claus, and all the immortals gather for an epic battle. L. Frank Baum, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, part 3 of 4, by L. Frank Baum

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

With the help of the immortals, Claus settles into human life in the Laughing Valley. And as he enters into manhood, he creates one of his most famous inventions: toys.  L. Frank Baum, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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This marks the 500th episode of The Classic Tales Podcast. Since we began back in 2007, we have visited the worlds of Tom Sawyer, Frankenstein, Edgar Allan Poe, The Arabian Nights, and many others. We have also delved into the wonders of the short story with O. Henry, Guy de Maupassant, H.G. Wells and more. But some of my favorite episodes are the ones that are, to me at least, the lesser-known tales. We’ve been able to explore the ancient roman world of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, the complex fantasy of Ambrose Bierce’s The Monk and the Hangmans’ Daughter, and the dashing adventures of Arséne Lupin just to name a few. So here’s to 500 episodes, and here’s to 500 more.

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And now, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, part 2 of 4, by L. Frank Baum

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

The history, origin and adventures of Santa Claus are brought to life by the great L. Frank Baum. Santa Claus, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It contains 29 audiobooks, and is over 39 hours long. The range of titles in this collection is just incredible. So put it on your iPhone, and listen to it in your car on your way to work. Every story is a new surprise. Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast is only $18.99, and it’s only available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus was first published in 1908. In it, Baum creates a mythological world in which the magical forest of Burzee , created at the beginning of time, is the main source of all other worldly magical power. Ak, the Master Woodsman rules the forests; Kern, the Master Husbandman of the World, rules the food crops; Bo, the Master Mariner of the World, rules the seas. All other immortals are subject to these three. Baum also created Ryls as guardians of the flowers and Knooks as guardians of the animals of the world. He first introduced Ryls and Knooks in his collection of short stories, American Fairy Tales. In The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, his mythology is more fleshed out, comprising a rich enchanted world, which also includes the more traditional nymphs, guardians of the trees and fairies, guardians of humans.

Later, when Baum’s creation of Oz became his main focus, he placed all of his fantastical realms around Oz, yet designated that the forest of Burzee was the source of the magic of Oz itself.

And now, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, part 1 of 4, by L. Frank Baum

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

Henry Pifield Rice is a detective, technically. He prides himself in his disguises, which are, in truth, pretty deplorable. So when he’s detailed to follow a touring theatrical romantic comedy, his life is absolutely transformed. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Bill the Bloodhound, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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

When Henry Wallace Mills realizes that his inability to dance may cause his wife feelings of cloudy despondency, he decides to take the matter in hand. Or should we say, feet. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. This doesn’t just happen!

Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It contains 29 audiobooks, and is over 39 hours long. The range of titles in this collection is just incredible. So put it on your iPhone, and listen to it in your car on your way to work. Every story is a new surprise.

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

Now, I know that the definition of autism has been evolving since 1908 until what it is today, but I think that the hero of today’s story is on what is now considered the autism spectrum. My reasons for saying this? 1) His method of study is unorthodox, and requires an incredible amount of tenacity, even fixation. Most people couldn’t do this. This is what I term the autism super power. 2) His unwillingness to vary his study schedule of the Encyclopedia (He won’t skip a volume). 3) He imagines a fantasy scheme where his problems are all solved, and works diligently to accomplish this impossible task. 4) He is rather socially awkward, bless him.

This is no way official, and I can’t back it up with anything other than my own observations, but when I read this story, it struck me how my autistic son has many of these same character traits. He also demonstrates the autism super power, and is a truly amazing boy. I find it encouraging that P.G. Wodehouse saw how characters of this temperament could find happiness and love in a world that largely misunderstands them.

And now, The Man With Two Left Feet, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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

Ned has disappeared. And as the horrifying details come to the light, the subtle ghost that haunts the manor shows itself – but not until afterward. Edith Wharton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It contains 29 audiobooks, and is over 39 hours long. The range of titles in this collection is just incredible. You have mystery with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and G.K. Chesterton; Humor from P.G. Wodehouse and Mark Twain; Children’s stories from Oscar Wilde and L. Frank Baum; Classic Horror from H.P. Lovecraft and Henry James; you have Adventure with the entire novel of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Science Fiction from Jules Verne. So put it on your iPhone, and listen to it in your car on your way to work. Every story is a new surprise.

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

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

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:34am MDT

An American couple rent a house in a sequestered English village. Apparently the house is haunted, only you don’t realize it until after the phantasm has diabolically meddled in your life. Edith Wharton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It contains 29 audiobooks, and is over 39 hours long. The range of titles in this collection is just incredible. You have mystery with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and G.K. Chesterton; Humor from P.G. Wodehouse and Mark Twain; Children’s stories from Oscar Wilde and L. Frank Baum; Classic Horror from H.P. Lovecraft and Henry James; you have Adventure with the entire novel of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Science Fiction from Jules Verne. So put it on your iPhone, and listen to it in your car on your way to work. Every story is a new surprise.

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

 

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

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

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

Are dreams a window into another world? When people sleep with a certain medieval leather funnel near their head, they each have the same dream – and it’s horrifying. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It contains 29 audiobooks, and is over 39 hours long. The range of titles in this collection is just incredible. You have mystery with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and G.K. Chesterton; Humor from P.G. Wodehouse and Mark Twain; Children’s stories from Oscar Wilde and L. Frank Baum; Classic Horror from H.P. Lovecraft and Henry James; you have Adventure with the entire novel of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Science Fiction from Jules Verne. So put it on your iPhone, and listen to it in your car on your way to work. Every story is a new surprise.

This 39 hour compilation is only $18.99 – less than fifty cents per hour. And these are stories you can listen to again and again. Only available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

Today’s story is a great example of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work in the realm of horror. Though best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Doyle has written some very effective horror stories. Most notable are Lot No. 249, in which the reanimated mummy theme is masterfully executed; and The Horror of the Heights, dealing with the flying monsters visible when one pierces the atmosphere. The Horror of the Heights is one of the titles in The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Four.

And now, The Leather Funnel, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:14am MDT

We’ve heard tales of disembodied spirits haunting the living. But what happens when a person is haunted by a disenspirited body? Ambrose Bierce, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We are going through the final steps to release Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast. Three of the stories had to be recorded again. I don’t know what I was thinking, recording on the road using a netbook. That was a long time ago. I’ll send out an email as soon as it’s available!

In the meantime, be sure to pick up your copies of The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde and Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

Now, I know that we just had a fantastic novella from Ambrose Bierce, but today’s story is considered one of his best horror stories. The craft of this story is so good, I just couldn’t resist.

And now, The Death of Halpin Frayser, by Ambrose Bierce

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

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

A lost traveler discovers a desolate, deserted house in the middle of nowhere. What mysteries haunt the large, abandoned building, and why does it suddenly burst into flames? Vincent O’Sullivan, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. You can download the standard audiobook, an HD version, or mp3s of the chapters – whatever works for you! Around the World in 80 Days is also available now. Financial supporters can use their monthly coupon codes and save 6 dollars off whatever they like.

The author of today’s tale, Vincent O’Sullivan, is most likely unfamiliar to you, though he attended Oxford and moved in opulent literary circles. He was born to a wealthy family in New York City, and moved to England to complete his education. He was beginning to create a name for himself as a significant writer of supernatural fiction, and was a member of the Aesthetic Movement, a progressive literary circle composed of many literary luminaries among which was one Oscar Wilde. O’Sullivan used his fortune to help friends, most notably Wilde after his release from prison. His means were eventually completely dissipated. There was a strong negative response to O’Sullivan’s aiding Wilde in his need, resulting in a largely closed market for O’Sullivan’s writings. He was reduced to dire poverty late in life, and died in a pauper’s ward in Paris in 1940.

Of his friend, Oscar Wilde wrote that he is, “really very pleasant, for one who treats life from the standpoint of the tomb.”

And now, The Burned House, by Vincent O’Sullivan

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

A ghostly apparition haunts a moonlit grave near an Italian castle. Obviously the ghost is filled with unrest, but it is also undead? F. Marion Crawford, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Many, many thanks to all of our Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t have this podcast. It’s that simple. Thank you.

The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. You can download the standard audiobook, an HD version, or mp3s of the chapters – whatever works for you! Around the World in 80 Days is also available now. Financial supporters can use their monthly coupon codes and save 6 dollars off whatever they like.

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. I figured we had to start October with a vampire tale. Here is a story that was a stand out to H.P. Lovecraft, and written by the same author of last week’s tale, The Screaming Skull: F. Marion Crawford. With an Italian castle, gypsies, plunder, murder and vampires, what’s not to love?

And now, The Blood Is The Life, by F. Marion Crawford

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:15am MDT

A screaming skull haunts the house in which it is closeted in a sealed hatbox. F. Marion Crawford, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. You can download the standard audiobook, an HD version, or mp3s of the chapters – whatever works for you! The Classic Tales Podcast: Season Four is available to preorder, and will be released in a few days. Financial supporters can use their monthly coupon codes and save 6 dollars off whatever they like.

Today’s story is by Francis Marion Crawford, who was an American expatriate known during his lifetime as a writer of historical romances. However, he occasionally dabbled in supernatural fiction. His horror stories drew the attention of one H.P. Lovecraft, who was an admirer of Crawford’s more effective weird fiction. Who knows? Before October is out, we may hear from Mr. Crawford again.

 

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:20pm MDT