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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The unquenchable Toad is sentenced to twenty years in prison, but how much of that he will serve remains to be seen. Also, Mole and Rat embark on an evening search and rescue to find Otter’s lost and wandering waif. Kenneth Grahame, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

I have begun recording the final Volume of Nicholas Nickleby, and it is a real treat. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE making audiobooks for aspiring and established authors. But when I get to set aside a week or so and record a Classic Tales Title, it replenishes my soul. Thank you all for helping to make this dream of mine a reality. I’ve known that I’ve wanted to do character voices since I was 10, when I was doing Muppet Show impressions-and I was good. I didn’t think it was possible to do it for, you know, work. But here we are, 13 million downloads, and 463 episodes later. Thank you for listening, for supporting, and telling your friends about The Classic Tales Podcast. It’s a show with something for everyone.

And now, The Wind in the Willows, Part 4of7, by Kenneth Grahame.

Direct download: CT_463_WindintheWillows_Part4of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:12am MDT

The Mole welcomes Rat to his own little home, where unexpected visitors surprise them. And Badger decides that it really is time when Toad must be taken in hand. Kenneth Grahame, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Once again, thank you to those of you who have stepped up and become monthly supporters. You know, I started this podcast because I wanted to create an experience where people could enjoy a quality classic audiobook every week – even if they weren’t familiar with it. Over the years I have often heard from listeners who tell me that they have never heard of this author, or that story, and their lives are better for having experienced it. I find great joy and satisfaction in curating the stories, bringing them to life as best I can, and polishing off the audio to bring you a first class product every week. Thank you for supporting this service. Your monthly 5-dollar contribution really, really helps.

And the neat thing is, it goes both ways. My eyes have been opened to many incredible authors that I had never heard of before. Or if I did, I hadn’t read them. When I began, I was completely unfamiliar with P.G. Wodehouse, H.P. Lovecraft, G.K. Chesterton, Ambrose Bierce, Sheridan Le Fanu, and many others. I only discovered Maurice LeBlanc and his Arsene Lupin stories last year. So thank you for opening my eyes to a world hitherto hidden from me. The Classic Tales isn’t just a podcast. It’s Kickstarter, Audible, and public radio all in one. And you truly help to make it better than I could on my own. So if you haven’t yet, chip in and help ensure that we can keep the good stuff coming. Thanks!

And now, The Wind in the Willows, Part 3of7, by Kenneth Grahame.

Direct download: CT_462_WindintheWillows_Part3of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

When the Rat discovers that Mole has set off for the Wild Wood but is trapped in a snowstorm, he must use all his wits and cunning to find his friend. For the Wild Wood is a place for voices, faces, and scurryings. Kenneth Grahame, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

First, I’d like to offer a hearty thank you to those of you who have stepped up and become monthly supporters this past week. It’s honestly kind of a miracle that I can keep this ship afloat sometimes, and your monthly contributions really go a long way. I have over a hundred and sixty titles that I am in the process of editing, creating artwork and preparing for the website and other retail venues. It’s a daunting task for a one-man-band type of operation, but I really want the supporters to have access to all of the archived stories.

And so thank you again for becoming a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. There is no middleman skimming off the top, no online store taking 85%, no partner taking half. All proceeds go toward keeping the Classic Tales alive. Which is why your support is so valuable.

The Wind in the Willows is a wonderful story, but the thing I particularly enjoy about it is the graceful language of Kenneth Grahame. Giving children an opportunity to hear the characters’ adventures while enjoying a backdrop of beautiful imagery is something that really gives this story enduring value.

And now, The Wind in the Willows, Part 2of7, by Kenneth Grahame.

Direct download: CT_461_WindintheWillows_Part2of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Kenneth Grahame’s timeless tale begins with exquisite riverside picnics, and a mad adventure in a canary yellow gypsy cart. The Wind in the Willows, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

 

For the first time, I am purchasing the rights to bring a title to the podcast that is currently under copyright. We are still a few weeks out, but if all goes well, this will be a summer to remember! We are also in the process of getting more products to the website, including the complete season collections of The Classic Tales Podcast. But we need your help.

Please become a supporting member of The Classic Tales Podcast. It costs a mere five dollars a month, and in return, you get a coupon code for six dollars off anything in the store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. There is no middleman skimming off the top, no online store taking 85%, no partner taking half. All proceeds go toward keeping the Classic Tales alive. Which is why your support is so valuable.

If you have benefitted from the podcast over the years, if you’ve talked about the stories you’ve just discovered through the podcast, if you’ve had a moment or two when you didn’t want to turn off your car until the story was over, please become a supporting member, and ensure that we can stay around for many years to come.

And now, The Wind in the Willows, Part 1of7, by Kenneth Grahame.

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Direct download: CT_460_WindintheWillows_Part1of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:36am MDT