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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Innocent flashes of light on a wall lead Arsene Lupin to unravel a calamitous mystery. Well, there is also a chance of making away with 2 million francs, so, what would you do? Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The reviews are coming in for Nicholas Nickleby, Volume 2of2. Howard Taub of Woodinville, Washington writes:

Begin with a great novel. Then let Harrison add color and texture through the characters voices. You end up with an experience so engrossing and emotionally moving, that you will be greatly saddened when it is over. I certainly was. Bravo!

Discover the end of this epic adventure now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com

For those Poe enthusiasts, you can save $3 by preordering your copy of The Edgar Allan Poe Collection 2016 Second Edition by going to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. You’ll receive the audiobook as soon as it is released in early May.

And if you like today’s story of Arsene Lupin, the first two Arsene Lupin novels are available at the website.

And finally, you might want to check us out on Facebook. For the next few months, I will be creating the cover art for a new audiobook every day. I am attempting to create artwork for my backlog of short stories and other back titles. I have around 160 pieces to create, and it’s been fun hearing your feedback on the new covers. Find us on Facebook under The Classic Tales Audiobooks.

And now, The 200,000 Franc Reward, by Maurice LeBlanc.

Direct download: CT_468_The200000FrancsReward.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

In the rural countryside in France lies an obscure asylum for the insane. Here, the patients are given anything their delusions desire. But the result is anything but peaceful. Edgar Allan Poe, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Nicholas Nickleby, Volume 2of2 is now available. Discover the end of this epic adventure now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com

A few weeks ago, I was watching a film called Stonehearst Asylum. This is a relatively modern film, and I was astounded to see that it was based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe, for I had never read such a story. I went back through my anthologies, and it appears that this story is rather obscure, and was not included in my “Complete Short Stories” collection – or any other collection on my shelves. After some digging, I did discover the story in question, which is the one you will hear today. I hope you enjoy it.

It was 175 years ago, on April 20, that “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” first appeared in print. This story by the great Edgar Allan Poe is largely considered the first detective story. Poe invented and pioneered the detective story. It is also unlikely that you can pick up any collection of gothic horror stories without it containing at least one from Edgar Allan Poe.

And so, I am creating a second edition of The Edgar Allan Poe Collection. This edition will include all of the 2007 first edition classic stories of horror, science fiction, and mystery including The Gold Bug, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, The Black Cat and others. But it will also include all of the other Poe stories I’ve produced through the years, such as Ligeia, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Berenice, as well as updated versions of The Cask of Amontillado, The Case of M. Valdemar and The Masque of the Red Death. It will also include several previously unreleased short stories. All in all, it’s a deluxe, curated audio collection, newly mixed and updated.

And what’s more, you can save $3 and preorder you copy of the Edgar Allan Poe Collection 2016 Second Edition by going to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. You’ll receive the audiobook as soon as it is released in early May.

Today’s story, like so many of these classic stories, contains disparaging references to a certain group of people – this time the mentally ill. It also has some misogynist references that reflect the attitudes of the time. Please remember that the treatment of the mentally ill in Poe’s time was in an absolutely abysmal state, and psychology and the study and treatment of mental illness was still in its infancy. I do not hope to validate these ancient views, but rather I wish to hold up a mirror so that we can mark our progress in the treatment for those that suffer in this way. Isn’t it wonderful that we have come so far?

And now, The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, by Edgar Allan Poe.

Direct download: CT_467_SystemofTarrandFether.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:40pm MDT

The irascible Badger leads the four friends in an intrepid storming of Toad Hall in a valiant attempt to regain it from the wild Weasels. Kenneth Grahame, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Nicholas Nickleby, Volume 2of2 is now available. Discover the end of this epic adventure now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com

Earlier today, my wife and I were talking about sleep deprivation, which is something I’m rather familiar with. I have been producing this podcast for 8 years now, and it has taken unbelievable tenacity to put out a quality product every single week, as well as narrate the longer classic novels on top of holding a demanding “regular” job. I was famous for getting 3-4 hours of sleep a night for many days together – for stretches of months.

So when you enjoy the free selections from my website, or from the podcast, please know that these offerings are available at a great sacrifice. I didn’t know what I was getting in to when I started 8 years ago. But then I began understanding the impact that The Classic Tales Podcast had in people’s lives, and when the going got tough, I had to keep going.

And so now there’s a place where anyone can come and always have a good experience with classic literature. If you have enjoyed The Classic Tales during your commute, or discovered new authors, or encountered stories you otherwise would never have explored, please become a supporting member of The Classic Tales Podcast by going to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Help to ensure that every week you can find something here that will be engaging, sharp and intelligent.

And now, The Wind in the Willows, Part 6of7, by Kenneth Grahame.

Direct download: CT_466_WindintheWillows_Part7of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:08am MDT

The unquenchable Mr. Toad continues his romps and frolics while on the lam. But when he returns home, he receives a very unwelcome reception. Kenneth Grahame, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Nicholas Nickleby, Volume 2of2 is finished. Nicholas has struck a blow in defense of his family, and now Ralph Nickleby, Wackford Squeers and even more dastardly villains rear their heads to strike. Discover the end of this epic adventure now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com

Once again, thank you to those of you who have stepped up and become financial supporters of The Classic Tales Podcast. As a freelancer, I am so grateful to have this small cushion to help out during the periods between projects. The Classic Tales Podcast and Audiobooks are like Kickstarter, Audible and Public Radio all in one. All of your contributions go directly to my family and me. And in return, you get a coupon code for $6 dollars off anything in the store. The coupon codes are good for a whole year. Everybody wins! And you get to really become a part of supporting the production of these fantastic audiobooks of the classics.

So if you’ve enjoyed the free podcast over the years, please become a supporting member by going to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. And ensure that every week you can find something here that will be engaging, sharp and intelligent (and sometimes, just good fun).

And now, The Wind in the Willows, Part 6of7, by Kenneth Grahame.

Direct download: CT_465_WindintheWillows_Part6of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:07am MDT

The steadfast and stolid Water Rat becomes bewitched by a wandering wayfarer, and may decide to leave the riverside all together. Also, the ineffable Toad continues his adventures while on the lam. Kenneth Grahame, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Nicholas Nickleby, Volume 2of2 is nearly finished. At last count, I’ve created around 90 voices for Nicholas Nickleby, all told. And what an adventure it is. Keep an eye open for an email going out this week, announcing the release of the powerful conclusion of Nicholas Nickleby. Volume 2 will be over 17 hours long!

Here’s a fun idea – how would your business or corporation like to sponsor an audiobook! This is how Plutarch’s Lives and Three Men in a Boat came to be produced. If you have a book that you’d love to have me narrate, send me an email to publisher@thebestaudiobooks.com. For a discounted rate, I’ll produce the public domain book you suggest, and add a producer credit to your company in the credits! If you’d like, I can also create a podcast of the book, so that you can send it out to your clients, students, support group or what have you. Who knows? iTunes might pick it up and feature it! It’s happened before…(you can’t see, but I’m winking). Send me an email, and I’ll send you the details – that email again: publisher@thebestaudiobooks.com.

Finally, App users can listen to an interview I did for the Beware of Monsters Podcast. Enjoy!

And now, The Wind in the Willows, Part 5of7, by Kenneth Grahame.

Direct download: CT_464_WindintheWillows_Part5of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:03am MDT