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Winter Wedderburn has only one thing to occupy his time – the cultivating of rare and exotic orchids. One day he comes across a strange orchid with an especially exotic history. H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion series of Emma, by Jane Austen continues this month. Like most of you, December was insanely busy, so this month’s Enchiridion is a bit short, but we’ll make up for it in the months to come.

If you’re a monthly supporter, you’ll receive a healthy portion of this audiobook every month until its completion. Please click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member today. You can subscribe for $5 or $10 a month and receive the monthly members-only content of The Enchiridion, and get coupon codes for up to $17 dollars off any of our titles. It’s seriously a great deal, and a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks. 

And now, The Flowering of the Strange Orchid, by H.G. Wells

Direct download: CT_555_TheStrangeOrchid.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

A cowpuncher in Denver gets more than he bargained for when he started his search for Christmas. Owen Wister, Today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion for the month of December is part 1 of Emma, by Jane Austen. Supporters will receive a healthy portion of this audiobook each month until its completion as well as a coupon code for up to $17 off anything in our online store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It’s a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks, and support the production of more high quality content found on our podcast and website. The price is as low as 5 dollars a month. Please become a supporting member today.

Now, you’ve probably already picked up on this, but one of the themes of today’s story is how initial judgments can be wrong. When we first meet Lin McClean, we are introduced to the Governor’s low opinion of the cowboy. When we meet the boot-blacking boys in Denver, they come off as a bunch of hooligans. It’s interesting to note how much there is lurking under the surface in each of these cases. And in my limited experience, this is usually the case. There is usually a lot more to folks than may be apparent at first glance. At least that seems to be the case of some cowpunchers and boot-blacking boys in Denver, at Christmastime.

And now, A Journey in Search of Christmas, Part 2 of 2, by Owen Wister

Direct download: CT_554_JourneySearchChristmas_2of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MST

Back in the days of the Old West, a cowpuncher rolls into town after twelve weeks on the trail. Learning that it’s Christmastime, strange cogitations begin work their magic. Owen Wister, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion content for December is now available. It is part 1 of a 5 part series of Emma, by Jane Austen.

If you’re a monthly supporter, you’ll receive a healthy portion of this audiobook every month until its completion. Please click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member today. You can subscribe for $5 or $10 a month and receive the monthly members-only content of The Enchiridion, and get coupon codes for up to $17 dollars off any of our titles. It’s seriously a great deal, and a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks.

And now, A Journey in Search of Christmas, Part 1 of 2, by Owen Wister

Direct download: CT_553_JourneySearchChristmas_1of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

While people watching at a Christmas party, a young man observes the connection between people and things, and between innocence and wealth. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion content for December is now available. It is part 1 of a 5 part series of Emma, by Jane Austen.

If you’re a monthly supporter, you’ll receive a healthy portion of this audiobook every month until its completion. Please click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member today. You can subscribe for $5 or $10 a month and receive the monthly members-only content of The Enchiridion, and get coupon codes for up to $17 dollars off any of our titles. It’s seriously a great deal, and a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks.

I could say a lot about today’s story, but I don’t want to editorialize. I really want Dostoyevsky’s story to speak for itself. Perhaps it suffices to say that this is not your typical feel good Christmas story. When Dostoyevsky writes a Christmas story, there is a distinct absence of Christmas cheer, but a good helping of philosophy.

And now, A Christmas Tree and a Wedding, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Direct download: CT_552_ChristmasTreeandWedding.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

The Room in the Dragon Volant comes to its horrifying conclusion. Sheridan LeFanu - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion content for December is now available. It is part 1 of a 5 part series of Emma, by Jane Austen.

If you’re a monthly supporter, you’ll receive a healthy portion of this audiobook every month until its completion. Please click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a supporting member today. You can subscribe for $5 or $10 a month and receive the monthly members-only content of The Enchiridion, and get coupon codes for up to $17 dollars off any of our titles. It’s seriously a great deal, and a fantastic way to expand your library of classic audiobooks.

We also have four new titles available: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, The Call of the Wild, The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter, and The Wind in the Willows. Click on over and pick up these gems today!

I’d like to clear up something that I said a few weeks ago about the Salon des Glaces in Versailles. I was totally out on that one. Apparently, the word glace in this instance is translated as mirrors, and refers to the Hall of Mirrors, which is a common tourist destination at Versailles.

How did I get this so incredibly wrong? I recently toured the Opera House in Paris, and they had a Galerie des Glaces in that building. During the tour, the audio guide stated that that area is where opera attendants would go to refresh themselves with ice cream after the show. So that’s where I went wrong. Sorry about that.

Also, in today’s story, the term noyau refers to a liqueur made of brandy flavored with fruit kernels. You probably knew that, but I had to look it up, so I thought I’d pass it along.

And now, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 5 of 5, by Sheridan LeFanu.

Direct download: CT_551_RoominDVolant_Part5of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

The Flying Dragon rears its shadowy head, and the Dragon Volant begins to work its strange form of magic. Sheridan LeFanu - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

I’m pleased to announce that there is now monthly $10 option to support the podcast and Classic Tales Library. If you subscribe for $10 a month, you will receive the monthly Enchiridion content, and a monthly coupon code for $17 off anything in the store. This is a fantastic way to support the podcast, and supercharge your inventory of classic audiobooks. The codes last for a year from the time they are issued. So click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and upgrade your membership today.

And here’s a quick note: If you are already a monthly contributor and would like to upgrade to the $10 amount, go ahead and buy the $10 subscription, then go into your account and edit your subscription preferences. Feel free to send an email to support@thebestaudiobooks.com and have us double check on your status, if you like. We’re happy to help. And thank you for supporting The Classic Tales!

We also have four titles that will be soon be available in the next couple of days. The new titles are: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, The Call of the Wild, The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter, and The Wind in the Willows.

And now, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 4 of 5, by Sheridan LeFanu.

Direct download: CT_550_RoominDVolant_Part4of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

A mysterious magician tells of things no other human can know, and the Dragon Volant’s past begins to unfold. Sheridan LeFanu - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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If you are looking at a top-notch way to expand your audiobook library of the classics, becoming a supporting member is seriously a great way to go. Each of the monthly coupon codes is good for one year since the time it is issued. And so, if you’re going on a trip and you need a great audiobook, you can get many of our longer titles for free using your coupons. Some are a few dollars over 8 dollars, but many are under. For instance, one supporter went and picked up Captain Blood, Huckleberry Finn and Wuthering Heights using her coupon codes, and the cost of it all was only 5 dollars after using her coupon codes.

On top of the codes, you also get a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook. This month we finish up 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Next month we begin Jane Austen’s Emma.

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In today’s story, the palanquin mentioned might be a little confusing. At least, it confused me when I first read this story. It’s an enclosed litter borne on the shoulders of men by means of poles. It can also be simply lifted enough to miss the ground – like the conveyance of the Witch of the Waste in Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle.

Also, the Grand Galerie des Glaces is a special room where guests would often go and partake of ice cream and other cool refreshment. Glaces is “ice cream” in French. The Phantom of the Opera’s Opera House in Paris also has a Galerie des Glaces. But I can’t see the phantom digging in to some sherbet, though.

 

And now, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 3 of 5, by Sheridan LeFanu.

Direct download: CT_549_RoominDVolant_Part3of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:38pm MST

Nightmares lead to midnight scuffles, and a late night departure produces more eerie adventures. Sheridan LeFanu - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion for the month of November is the final of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The final installment is nearly 5 hours long. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

The next story we will be tackling in the Enchiridion will be Emma, by Jane Austen. So if you’ve been on the fence about becoming a supporter, now is a great time to join. Austen’s seminal novel about matchmaking is one of her finest, and supporting listeners can hear the Classic Tales version first.

And now, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 2 of 5, by Sheridan LeFanu.

Direct download: CT_548_RoominDVolant_Part2of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:12am MST

Sheridan LeFanu’s Gothic novella of a haunted hotel in newly post-Napoleonic Paris. Today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of November is the final of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The final installment is almost 5 hours long. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

Today’s story is by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu, who was one of the great pioneers of the gothic novel and short story. He is likely best known for his novella, Carmilla, which spotlighted female vampirism. His short stories are very rich in the gothic tradition, and his novel Uncle Silas is also very satisfying.

In today’s portion of the tale, we meet our narrator and hero, Robert Beckett, who is a wealthy young Englishman who is travelling to Paris right after the battle of Waterloo. We also meet some of the main characters of the story. By the way, Dragon Volant in this instance means “Flying Dragon”.

And now, The Room in the Dragon Volant, Part 1 of 5, by Sheridan LeFanu.

Direct download: CT_547_RoominDVolant_Part1of5.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:16pm MST

Mr. Puckler is a doll doctor, and the dolls he repairs become very, very lifelike. F. Marion Crawford, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion for the month of October is the third of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

Today’s story is by F. Marion Crawford, and is included in his collection of short stories, Wandering Ghosts. This collection also includes the stories, “The Screaming Skull”, and “The Blood Is The Life” that we enjoyed last Halloween. If you missed these stories, be sure to download them from the podcast feed before the end of the month.

Did you ever have a doll that you were secretly scared of? My Grandma B had a monkey you would wind up and it would bang two symbols together and roll its bloodshot eyes while baring its teeth. Old School. Who would make such a thing nowadays? She was Austrian, and this story of a kindly old German doll maker reminded me of her, and that horrible monkey.

And now, The Doll’s Ghost, by F. Marion Crawford.

Direct download: CT_546_TheDollsGhost.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:52pm MST

Blood-sucking. Hypnotizing. Shape shifting. Magical. Is this a vampire? No. It’s a Lamia. John Keats, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion for the month of October is the third of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

The Lamia is the predecessor to the modern vampire. She is originally from Greek Mythology. Lamia was a mistress of the God Zeus. After a run-in with Zeus’ jealous wife Hera, Lamia was turned into a monster that devours children, resembling a snake.

Mothers throughout Europe used to frighten their children with stories of the Lamia, in hopes to induce good behavior.

Later traditions refer to many Lamiae. These were folkloric monsters similar to vampires and succubae that seduced young men and fed on their blood.

Today’s tale is a narrative poem composed of rhyming couplets. It tells the story of a rather sympathetic Lamia who is granted human form by the God Hermes. The major source of Keats’ material for the poem was a brief passage in Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy, published in 1621. It tells of the marriage of a 25 year old philosopher, Menippus Lycius, to “a phantasm in the habit of a fair gentlewoman”.

And now, Lamia, by John Keats.

Direct download: CT_545_Lamia.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:46pm MST

What happens when a Russian literary titan crafts a vampire story? Unsettling elegance. Ivan Turgenev, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion for the month of October is the third of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

The Enchanted April, Allan Quatermain, Pride and Prejudice, Herland and At The Mountains of Madness are now available for purchase at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Thanks to your support, we are working on getting all of our titles available through the website. This process isn’t free or simple, which is why it’s taken so long. Thanks again for your support.

Ivan Turgenev was more famous than Leo Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky during his lifetime, though now the roles seem largely reversed. Like Charles Dickens, Turgenev wrote about the injustices to poor people. This had a tendency to bring down on him the wrath of the Russian government, who harassed him incessantly. He finally got fed up with it all, and eventually fled Russian and settled down in Germany. Today’s story was first published in 1864, just a few months after Turgenev left Russia.

And now, Phantoms, by Ivan Turgenev.

Direct download: CT_544_Phantoms.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:44pm MST

The Second Variety is revealed. Philip K. Dick, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion for the month of October is the third of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

And now, The Second Variety, part 2 of 2, by Philip K. Dick

Direct download: CT_543_Second_Variety_Part02of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:04pm MST

Will mankind become a victim to its own compassionate tendencies? Philip K. Dick, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of October is the third of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

We are currently getting over 80 titles ready for the store, so keep an eye on your inboxes. I’ll send out an announcement when the new titles “hit the shelves”.

Today’s story is by Philip K. Dick, author of many stories that have become blockbusters, including Minority Report, Blade Runner, and The Man in the High Castle. A pioneer in modern science fiction, Dick’s works tend to have pretty serious themes, such as today’s story. Though it’s great science fiction adventure, the underlying theme remains amazingly relevant for today: Will the fall of mankind occur because we are victims to our own compassion? Or will it happen because of our destructive tendencies? How are the two connected?

And now, The Second Variety, part 1 of 2, by Philip K. Dick

Direct download: CT_542_Second_Variety_Part01of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:12pm MST

A poor student discovers an antique mirror with a terrible secret. George MacDonald, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion for the month of September is the second of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

We are currently getting over 80 titles ready for the store, so keep an eye on your inboxes. I’ll send out an announcement when the new titles “hit the shelves”.

Today’s story is by George MacDonald, and is a standalone story found in his novel Phantastes: A Faerie Romance. First published in 1858, it was MacDonald’s first novel. In 1916, C.S. Lewis picked up a copy of this book at a railway bookstall. Lewis would later write: “I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master; indeed, I fancy that I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him.” When asked in 1962 to list the top 10 books that had influenced his attitude toward writing and his philosophy of life, Lewis put Phantastes in the #1 slot.

MacDonald was very familiar with German fairy tales, or märchen. Phantastes was one of the first such books originally written in English.

And now, The Magic Mirror, by George MacDonald

 

Direct download: CT_541_TheMagicMirror.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:54pm MST

Sherlock Holmes lies in the grip of a deadly illness. There is only one person in this world that can save him, and it’s not Dr. Watson. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion for the month of September is the second of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep this running, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

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And now, The Dying Detective, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Direct download: CT_540_The_Dying_Detective.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:42pm MST

A boy is kidnapped, and a woman framed. Only the superhuman acumen of Arséne Lupin can thwart the catastrophe. Maurice Le Blanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion for the month of September is the second of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion and an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep this running, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

Arséne Lupin is a type of character known as a gentleman burglar. His exploits rival the likes of Father Brown and Sherlock Holmes. Though he’s usually on the wrong side of the law, he always seems to champion those interests where the law isn’t always the best place to go for justice. Today’s story is found in the collection: The Confessions of Arséne Lupin.

And now, The Wedding Ring, by Maurice LeBlanc.

Direct download: CT_539_The_Wedding_Ring.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Journey through the history of mystery with Edgar Allan Poe and Jack London, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion for the month of September is the second of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion and an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep this running, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

Today, we’re going to take a bit of a journey. Edgar Allan Poe is widely acknowledged as being the one who invented the armchair detective/mystery genre. The Gold Bug, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and today’s story of The Purloined Letter are among his great achievements in creating a genre which others went on to perfect. Though The Purloined Letter isn’t the first of his mystery creations, you can still see how Poe is still feeling out how to explain how he arrived at his conclusions. It’s not perfect. But it’s an interesting window into the mind of how the mystery genre was created. The Purloined Letter was first published in 1844. Nearly 60 years later, in 1903, Jack London wrote our second tale, The Leopard Man’s Story. Notice how far the genre has come. London had the likes of Doyle, Chesterton, Collins and many others to learn from. But the way he introduces his story, cultivates it, and delivers the solution to the mystery is nothing short of elegant. I hope you enjoy this journey through the history of mystery.

Direct download: Ep._538PurlLetter-LeopardMan.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Gregor Samsa’s adventure as a giant verminous bug reaches its conclusion. Franz Kafka, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion for the month of August is the first of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion and an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep this running, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

It’s back to school time, and I’d like to extend a huge and hearty “Thank You” to all of the teachers out there. My fourth grade teacher was Mrs. Hannum. When I was in third grade, and I saw how strict she was when her class would come to the school assemblies, she scared me to death. I found out she was going to be my teacher, and I thought I was going to die. After my first day of school, my opinion totally changed. She was so fun and kind. And later that year, she read out loud the entirety of Tom Sawyer. It was amazing. She did the southern drawl of Aunt Polly perfectly, at least to my fourth grade ears. I know there are a lot of reasons to praise and enjoy Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer, but when I think of Tom Sawyer, especially Aunt Polly’s opening lines, I hear my fourth grade teacher. I heard it years later when I recorded Tom Sawyer as an audiobook. And I hear it now.

Thank you for being teachers and educators, and opening up to us the wide world and its wonders. I’m sure there are times when it seems like nothing sinks in, but some things we literally remember forever.

And now, The Metamorphosis, Part 3 of 3, by Franz Kafka.

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Life as a giant verminous bug proves to be more and more problematic for Gregor, and the entire Samsa family. Franz Kafka, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

 

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The Enchiridion for the month of August is the first of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion and an $8 credit for anything in the store. It onlys costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep this running, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

 

Now, a quick word or two about Franz Kafka and The Metamorphosis. Most people consider The Metamorphosis to be a highly autobiographical work. Maybe Franz Kafka never woke up turned into a bug, but he probably felt like he did. Why? He was a German in Czech Prague, he was a Jew in a pretty virulently anti-Semitic place and time, he was sickly, he had serious issues with his dad, he was a failed businessman. The list goes on. It seems like every day he had a mountain of pain to deal with. He was made to feel “lesser-than” his whole life, and what’s lower than a verminous bug?

 

We kind of just want to give him a hug. This insect isn’t a cute little ladybug or butterfly. It’s a gross, slime trail leaving, brown goop spewing little monster of a vermin. It’s even portrayed as being malicious and evil, as we’ll see today.

 

And now, The Metamorphosis, Part 2 of 3, by Franz Kafka.

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One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that he had been turned into a giant verminous bug. Franz Kafka, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion for the month of August is the first of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Most all of the English editions of this book in current circulation have a slightly abridged version of the text. We have secured a new, unabridged version of Verne’s seminal classic, and are pleased to announce that the final version will be around 16 hours, all told.

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And now, The Metamorphosis, Part 1 of 3, by Franz Kafka.

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Peter Pan must face a real mother, and finally consider again the idea of growing up. Peter Pan, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion for the month of August is the first of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Most all of the English editions of this book in current circulation have a slightly abridged version of the text. We have secured a new, unabridged version of Verne’s seminal classic, and are pleased to announce that the final version will be around 16 hours, all told.

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And now, Peter Pan, Part 9 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

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“It’s Hook or me, this time…” Peter Pan, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

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And now, Peter Pan, Part 8 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

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

Planks, poison, and Peter Pan, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

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And now, Peter Pan, Part 7 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

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The adventures in the Neverland continue, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

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And now, Peter Pan, Part 6 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

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

The adventures in the Neverland continue, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

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And now, Peter Pan, Part 5 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

 

And now, Peter Pan, Part 5 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

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

The adventures in the Neverland continue, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

Step up today and become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Supporting members get a monthly coupon code worth $8 for anything in the online store, and they also get access to the premium content known as The Enchiridion – a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook delivered every month.

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And now, Peter Pan, Part 4 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

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

Lions, tigers, and pirates abound on the Neverland. It’s almost impossible NOT to have an adventure! J. M. Barrie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

Step up today and become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Supporting members get a monthly coupon code worth $8 for anything in the online store, and they also get access to the premium content known as The Enchiridion – a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook delivered every month.

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And now, Peter Pan, Part 3 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

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

Shadows can have a life of their own, you know. Especially when you come from the Neverland. J. M. Barrie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with Herland, Adventure with Allan Quatermain, and fantasy with Peter Pan - and that’s just in the first half of the year! 

For 11 years now, The Classic Tales Podcast has delivered astoundingly high quality classic tales week after week. We have journeyed to Dracula’s Carpathian castle, and swung through the jungle with Tarzan. We’ve visited Italy with Lucy Honeychurch, and swashbuckled with Zorro. We’ve been terrified by Edgar Allan Poe, and laughed out loud with P.G. Wodehouse. And all the while, we’ve been getting smarter. From expanding our vocabulary to fending off Alzheimer’s, listening to classic audiobooks is just so, so good for you. And, it’s super fun!

Step up today and become a Supporting Member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Supporting members get a monthly coupon code worth $8 for anything in the online store, and they also get access to the premium content known as The Enchiridion – a 3-4 hour long portion of a new audiobook delivered every month.

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And now, Peter Pan, Part 2 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

 

Direct download: CT_527_Peter_Pan_2of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Join us on an adventure to Neverland with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy, Michael and John. J. M. Barrie , today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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This week we begin a fantastic journey with Peter Pan. If you’ve never read the actual book before, you’re in for a real treat. One thing that I noticed is that there are many references to Treasure Island – the quintessential pirate book. And so, as an added bonus, I’m going to be releasing Treasure Island as a companion series through The Classic Tales app. App users can find the special episode in the bonus area, on the top right area of the home screen.

One more quick note before we begin. Some of these classics were written in such a characteristically British way, the sound of an American reading it sounds like Gomer Pyle is narrating. “All children, except one, grow up”. Yeah, nobody wants that. So I’m giving the narrator a British character voice, which will hopefully be more in tune with the original material. The last thing we want to do is take Peter Pan to Mayberry.

 

And now, Peter Pan, Part 1 of 9, by J. M. Barrie

Direct download: CT_526_Peter_Pan_1of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:20pm MST

Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of strange hieroglyphs that cause unusual tension in a Norfolk family. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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This week, we revisit the immortal stories of Sherlock Holmes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes has a special place in my heart. I named one of my kids Basil, after Basil Rathbone who played Sherlock Holmes in the 40s. When he was a baby, like weeks old, I would read him Sherlock Holmes stories as I walked him at night. Now, he proofs my Classic Tales audiobooks. Our lives have really been enriched and enhanced by the classics, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

And now, The Adventure of the Dancing Men, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:09am MST