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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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
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm MDT

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
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:33am MDT

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