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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.

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

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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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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