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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Jason leads a suicide mission against immeasurable odds. But if they are successful, it might mean a new chance for life and happiness on Deathworld. Harry Harrison - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month, and get a monthly coupon code for $8 off any digital audiobook. 

For those of you who are collectors, The Secret Adversary is now available as an audiobook at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com. Check out the website, and add this and many others to your audiobook collection.

And now, Deathworld, part 5of6, by Harry Harrison.

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Direct download: CT_593_Deathworld_Part6of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

The separate battling entities of Deathworld are beginning to converge, and Jason realizes that sometimes lies must be used to secure any semblance of hope. Harry Harrison - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month, and get a monthly coupon code for $8 off any digital audiobook.

For those of you who are collectors, The Secret Adversary is now available as an audiobook at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com. Check out the website, and add this and many others to your audiobook collection.

And now, Deathworld, part 5of6, by Harry Harrison.

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Direct download: CT_592_Deathworld_Part5of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:09am MDT

We meet the grubbers, and the complex quandaries of Deathworld’s origins begin to come to light. Harry Harrison - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month, and get a monthly coupon code for $8 off any digital audiobook.

Thank you so much for your support. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long until, “something turns up”, as Mr. Micawber would say. In case you haven’t heard, the Enchiridion is suspended, as is the production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Once “something turns up”, I plan on completing Hunchback, and releasing it in its entirety to all of our supporters. Thanks for hanging in there with us.

And if you have any suggestions, or have any stories you’d like to hear on The Classic Tales Podcast, please feel free to let us know. Send your suggestions to bj@classictalesaudiobooks.com.

And now, Deathworld, part 4of6, by Harry Harrison.

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Direct download: CT_591_Deathworld_Part4of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Jason’s investigations meet insurmountable obstacles. Yet there is one clue that may hold the key to the mystery of Deathworld. Harry Harrison - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month, and get a monthly coupon code for $8 off any digital audiobook.

Thank you so much for your support. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long until, “something turns up”, as Mr. Micawber would say. In case you haven’t heard, the Enchiridion is suspended, as is the production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Once “something turns up”, I plan on completing Hunchback, and releasing it in its entirety to all of our supporters. Thanks for hanging in there with us.

And if you have any suggestions, or have any stories you’d like to hear on The Classic Tales Podcast, please feel free to let us know. Send your suggestions to bj@classictalesaudiobooks.com.

And now, Deathworld, part 3of6, by Harry Harrison.

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Direct download: CT_590_Deathworld_Part3of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:31pm MDT

Jason dinAlt experiences the double gravity of Pyrrus – and the aggressive training that it takes to live in of a world that has waged a war against humanity. Harry Harrison - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month, and get a monthly coupon code for $8 off any digital audiobook.

Thank you so much for your support. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long until, “something turns up”, as Mr. Micawber would say. In case you haven’t heard, the Enchiridion is suspended, as is the production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Once “something turns up”, I plan on completing Hunchback, and releasing it in its entirety to all of our supporters. Thanks for hanging in there with us.

And if you have any suggestions, or have any stories you’d like to hear on The Classic Tales Podcast, please feel free to let us know. Send your suggestions to bj@classictalesaudiobooks.com.

And now, Deathworld, part 2of6, by Harry Harrison.

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Direct download: CT_589_Deathworld_Part2of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Jason dinAlt is a psionic gambler who uses his erratic abilities to tip the odds in his favor. He is made an offer he can’t refuse by a man who is waging a war – not with another army, but with a planet. Harry Harrison - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month, and get a monthly coupon code for $8 off any digital audiobook.

We have some new developments at the website. First of all, you can find us also by going to classictalesaudiobooks.com! So if that’s easier to remember, feel free to update your browser bookmarks. www.classictalesaudiobooks.com

We’ve also updated our website! I’ve been working on this for a long while, now, and we finally have a brand new look. I still need to redo the store side of things, and we’ll get there eventually. I really like how clean it is, and the artwork for each of the titles really has a chance to shine.

So visit us at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and see what all the fuss is about. I think you’ll like it!

And now for something completely different…

Today’s story was originally released serially in the magazine Astounding Science Fiction in 1960. Harry Harrison was originally an illustrator, and worked on two series for EC Comics: Weird Fantasy, and Weird Science. He was also the main writer for the Flash Gordon comic strip during the 1950s and 1960s. He wrote under many pseudonyms as a science fiction writer, and eventually became known for his Stainless Steel Rat series, and for his novel Make Room! Make Room! This latter was the inspiration behind the Charleton Heston film Soylent Green.

But his best-known work is contained in fast-moving parodies, homages, or even straight reconstructions of traditional space-opera adventures. Deathworld is an excellent example of this parody style. For while it is written in the style of the sci-fi pulp hack, there is also a streak of deeper meaning to the discerning reader. His work often juxtaposed the thinking man with the man of force.

And now, Deathworld, part 1of6, by Harry Harrison.

Direct download: CT_588_Deathworld_Part1of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:52am MDT

An unknown stranger is introduced, who looks just like the vanished Paul. What secret life has he been living? And what does The Mysterious Key open? Louisa May Alcott - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month, and get a monthly coupon code for $8 off any digital audiobook.

We have some new developments at the website. First of all, you can find us also by going to classictalesaudiobooks.com! So if that’s easier to remember, feel free to update your browser bookmarks. www.classictalesaudiobooks.com.

We’ve also updated our website! I’ve been working on this for a long while, now, and we finally have a brand new look. I still need to redo the store side of things, and we’ll get there eventually. I really like how clean it is, and the artwork for each of the titles really has a chance to shine.

So visit us at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and see what all the fuss is about. I think you’ll like it!

And now, The Mysterious Key and What It Opened, part 1of2, by Louisa May Alcott.

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Direct download: CT_587_MysteriousKey_2of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Louisa May Alcott is back with “blood and thunder”. She gives us a tale of a boy with mysterious secrets and suspect agendas - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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When Louisa May was 19, she took a job as a companion to a young woman, sister of James Richardson, a lawyer in Dedham, Massachusetts. The old gentleman described the job as requiring some light housework, but that she should be regarded as one of the family. The reality was that the light housework was rather heavy, the sister was rarely seen, and Mr. Richardson attempted to woo with poetry an unimpressed young Louisa. When Louisa protested and delivered an ultimatum, the situation worsened. After seven weeks of drudgery, she left. She was paid four dollars, which the outraged Alcotts returned. Louisa May later wrote about the incident in “How I Went Out to Service”. Doubtless this event fuelled much of the anger and frustration that burns bright in many of Louisa’s “blood and thunder” tales. The first of which, entitled “Pauline’s Passion and Punishment”, won a contest that paid her one hundred dollars for its publication. Her “blood and thunder” tales sold for fifty to seventy-five dollars each. They were published under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard.

I can just see Jo from Little Women reading this story aloud to her sisters, maybe before she got the message to “write what you know”. If you liked the first of Alcott’s “blood and thunder” tales that we did back in January, The Mysterious Key and What It Opened shouldn’t disappoint.

And now, The Mysterious Key and What It Opened, part 1of2, by Louisa May Alcott.

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Direct download: CT_586_MysteriousKey_1of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Tommy and Tuppence’s adventures come to a cataclysmic conclusion. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

Thank you so much – all of you who have stepped up and become supporters of the podcast, especially those of you who took action during this past week in our last ditch effort to save The Enchiridion. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more evident that my expansion to doing The Enchiridion was overly ambitious, and I’m going to need to stop producing it.

I will finish The Hunchback of Notre Dame at some point in the future, and when I do, I’ll send the complete book in its entirety to all of our supporters. But right now it’s time to take stock of the situation and reevaluate the best way to move forward.

The coupon code system works really well. I really like giving so much back to my supporters – that is so important to me. So that’s not going to change. But as far as producing more than The Classic Tales Podcast at this point, we’re just going to have to put those plans on hold.

Again, thank you so much for all of our friends who have become supporters, sent us encouraging emails, left stellar reviews and even called me with their encouraging words. We’ll keep going, and we will expand to revisiting The Enchiridion as soon as we can justify the production cost. I’m not going anywhere; we’re just bringing the bonus content back into the realm of reality.

Thank you so much for your support.

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 9 of 9, by Agatha Christie

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Direct download: CT_585_SecretAdversary_Part9of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

The twists and turns continue, and Mr. Brown strikes in the place we are least expecting. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

Thank you so much – all of you who have stepped up and become supporters of the podcast, especially those of you who took action during this past week in our last ditch effort to save The Enchiridion. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more evident that my expansion to doing The Enchiridion was overly ambitious, and I’m going to need to stop producing it.

I will finish The Hunchback of Notre Dame at some point in the future, and when I do, I’ll send the complete book in its entirety to all of our supporters. But right now it’s time to take stock of the situation and reevaluate the best way to move forward.

The coupon code system works really well. I really like giving so much back to my supporters – that is so important to me. So that’s not going to change. But as far as producing more than The Classic Tales Podcast at this point, we’re just going to have to put those plans on hold.

Again, thank you so much for all of our friends who have become supporters, sent us encouraging emails, left stellar reviews and even called me with their encouraging words. We’ll keep going, and we will expand to revisiting The Enchiridion as soon as we can justify the production cost. I’m not going anywhere; we’re just bringing the bonus content back into the realm of reality.

Thank you so much for your support.

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 8 of 9, by Agatha Christie

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Direct download: CT_584_SecretAdversary_Part8of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Jane Finn is recovered, and her story leads to many incredible discoveries. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

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Well, it’s time to get a little real. I’ve been crunching some numbers, (something I don’t do too often), and I’ve discovered something that I thought I’d pass on. It’s kind of critical to the future of the podcast.

Like most of you, I can only work for so many hours in a month. I’ve come to discover that reserving the production time that it takes me to record 4 hours of audiobook content for The Enchiridion and 4 hours of Classic Tales Podcast content is actually costing me $1,000 every month. I don’t know about you, but for me, that’s not very sustainable.

I know that a lot of the podcasts you might listen to probably have big sponsors, or grants, or something that keeps them up and going when the listeners can’t ante up. But I don’t have that. If I don’t have enough supporters, I lose. I hate to say it, but there it is. Believe me, I hate to say it.

Now, I don’t want to cut back on anything. I have some amazing stuff coming up for both The Classic Tales Podcast and The Enchiridion. But I really need your help. If you haven’t already, please become a monthly supporter for 5 or 10 dollars a month. You’ll get a coupon code for 8 to 17 dollars off any audiobook in the store, and access to a 4 hour long portion of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Please don’t think that someone else will step in and do it. I need your help. If you’ve found any value from the podcast over the years, please step up and help us out. I can’t really afford to lose $1,000 a month, every month. I’m not asking for a huge commitment, and I’m not looking to get rich here. I just don’t want to fall any more behind.

And if you’re not in a position to become a supporter at this time, please rate and review us on iTunes, and recommend us to your friends. That is also a big help.

Thank you so much for your support.

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 7 of 9, by Agatha Christie

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Direct download: CT_583_SecretAdversary_Part7of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:50am MDT

Tuppence strikes out to find Tommy, while Tommy’s adventures unfurl. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

One of the things that I really love about producing The Classic Tales Podcast is the wide range of stories I can present. I love that we can spend a couple of months with 4 middle-aged women in The Enchanted April, and then do a string of short stories about monsters. We can jump from the jungle with Tarzan to the desert sands of the Arabian Nights. We savor the nonsense of Lewis Carroll and the wit of P.G. Wodehouse. We’ve even delved into the world of Shakespeare, and plunged into the depths of Jules Verne.

Wherever you listen – in your car, during your commute, on a trip, driving your kids to soccer, knitting, napping, or producing artwork, The Classic Tales Podcast can brighten your day, give you cause to contemplate, and maybe appreciate the world of literature just a little bit more. That’s what I mean by awakening your better self. We look at the world a little differently when we look through the eyes of literature. Studies have shown that people who read fiction tend to be more compassionate. Seriously, what more could you ask for?

Please help to keep us fully funded. Click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com, and become a supporting member for only $5 a month. You’ll gain access to our premium content in The Enchiridion, and enjoy a coupon code for $8 off any audiobook, every month. If you’ve enjoyed the podcast, if you’ve talked about it, if a story has stuck in your mind for a few days after you’d heard it, please consider helping us out. Thank you so much for helping us out.

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 6 of 9, by Agatha Christie

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Direct download: CT_582_SecretAdversary_Part6of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:50am MDT

Dark times loom ahead as the trail goes cold, and the light leading them to Tommy gets dimmer and dimmer. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

One of the things that I really love about producing The Classic Tales Podcast is the wide range of stories I can present. I love that we can spend a couple of months with 4 middle-aged women in The Enchanted April, and then do a string of short stories about monsters. We can jump from the jungle with Tarzan to the desert sands of the Arabian Nights. We savor the nonsense of Lewis Carroll and the wit of P.G. Wodehouse. We’ve even delved into the world of Shakespeare, and plunged into the depths of Jules Verne.

Wherever you listen – in your car, during your commute, on a trip, driving your kids to soccer, knitting, napping, or producing artwork, The Classic Tales Podcast can brighten your day, give you cause to contemplate, and maybe appreciate the world of literature just a little bit more. That’s what I mean by awakening your better self. We look at the world a little differently when we look through the eyes of literature. Studies have shown that people who read fiction tend to be more compassionate. Seriously, what more could you ask for?

Please help to keep us fully funded. Click on over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com, and become a supporting member for a one time payment of $60. You’ll access to The Enchiridion content, and 12 coupon codes throughout the year. If you’ve enjoyed the podcast, if you’ve talked about it, if a story has stuck in your mind for a few days after you’d heard it, please consider helping us out. If we can get 100 people to step up in the month of July, we should be where we need to be. Thank you so much for helping us out.

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 5 of 9, by Agatha Christie

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Direct download: CT_581_SecretAdversary_Part5of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Tuppence’s adventures continue in this week’s harrowing episode. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

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As I was doing a search on Audible on a lazy Sunday afternoon, I decided to do a search for the bestselling Lewis Carroll Titles. I was awestruck. Of the top five bestselling Lewis Carroll titles at Audible, I had narrated two of them, including the one at the #1 spot! Who were the other narrators? Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Plummer and Jim Dale. Yeah, amazing to be in such austere company.

And so, thank you to all of our supporters who have helped to support the podcast and the platform where I can continue to do my best to do justice to these amazing stories. They deserve a first class treatment. Apparently we’re on the right track. Thank you so much for your help.

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 4 of 9, by Agatha Christie

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Direct download: CT_580_SecretAdversary_Part4of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Tuppence enters domestic service, as the Young Adventurers continue their search for Jane Finn. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

This week marks the 11-year anniversary of The Classic Tales Podcast. For those of you who have become supporters in any way along this wild journey, thank you so much for your reviews, ratings, and financial support.

I started this podcast with a single idea in mind – I wanted to make the classics approachable. I wanted people who otherwise would never open a book to get exposed to the amazing wonderland of classic literature. For me, audiobooks were the answer. I had a hard time reading in school. Like, seriously struggled. I wanted to read the amazing stories I’d heard about, like Treasure Island and The Count of Monte Cristo and Shakespeare, but I just couldn’t. I. just. couldn’t. It was like my brain was broken or something. I had a terrible reading experience in high school struggling through The Scarlet Letter. There was no way I could understand that book. I probably read all of the words in it three times over, but I still didn’t understand what was going on. No matter how hard I tried, and I tried HARD.

So, the years go by, and I find myself in a job where I can listen to audiobooks while I work, and my world changed. Suddenly – it really was suddenly, like when a bolt of lightening hits, the world of literature opened up to me. Now, I could learn about all of these wonderful people and places, and experience all of their adventures, complete and unabridged. It was incredible, and it made me very happy.

A few more years go by, and I’ve plowed through the initial blast of Robert Louis Stevenson, Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, Henry James, Thomas Hardy and all of their colleagues that were housed on tape at my local library. Now, I have a small acting background, and it struck me more and more that what made a good audiobook was a good narrator, as well as good writing. I realized that some of these audiobooks would be a lot better if they had a better narrator. I mean, sometimes it was like the football coach was reading me The Scarlet Letter again. Yikes. It feels like there’s some amazing stuff that’s getting lost by the wayside, here.

Now, it’s 2007. My friend introduces me to podcasting. I have no ipod. I have no computer. I have a Walkman. Books on tape, right? He says, “No, this is the future. You do it at home, and send it around the world.” It sounded like a miracle. Turns out, it was.

I posted three episodes, and they went viral. My friend had to explain to me what that meant. People around the world loved what I was doing. And people were listening to books they never would have cracked open without this podcast. When I think of the kid who put down Frankenstein because it was too hard all those years ago, I think, this is AWESOME! People are amazing!

Thank you for being an integral part of that experience. Let’s keep going, and see what’s next!

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 3 of 9, by Agatha Christie

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Direct download: CT_579_SecretAdversary_Part3of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Tommy and Tuppence’s adventures continue, as they discover a new ally, and a nest of villains. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

The second portion of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is making its way to our supporters. You can become a supporter, and enjoy a monthly installment of this epic adventure for only $5/month. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store! The month-to-month $5 contributions really help keep us afloat. It’s tough to sell something that is expensive to produce, but available for free. I have tried to keep the podcast going with the listener in mind. I’ve always shied away from putting ads in the middle of the episode, or pelting you with a ton of ads at the beginning or end. Once the story starts, I want to keep you in the moment. This is the only way we raise funds to keep the show rolling. And you get so much in return. So, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a great feeling and it’s a terrific value. Thank you for your support.

And if you’d like to go the a la carte route, you can pick up the Enchiridion episodes of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for $5 each at the website.

Finally, I wanted to touch on a few tech notes. For those of you attempting to download the files using an Android phone, please download the app called “Smart Audiobook Player”, and open it after you’ve downloaded the audiobook file. It will do a quick search of your phone, and pull up any audiobook files. You can also find the audiobooks in your downloads folder. Once you locate your download, it will play it just fine.

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 2 of 9, by Agatha Christie

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Direct download: CT_578_SecretAdversary_Part2of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:37am MDT

Tommy and Tuppence are two old friends who are having some hard luck after the war. But once they form the company of Young Adventurers, LTD, adventure comes knocking. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

The second portion of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is making its way to our supporters. You can become a supporter, and enjoy a monthly installment of this epic adventure for only $5/month. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store! The month-to-month $5 contributions really help keep us afloat. It’s tough to sell something that is expensive to produce, but available for free. I have tried to keep the podcast going with the listener in mind. I’ve always shied away from putting ads in the middle of the episode, or pelting you with a ton of ads at the beginning or end. Once the story starts, I want to keep you in the moment.

This is the only way we raise funds to keep the show rolling. And you get so much in return. So, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a great feeling and it’s a terrific value. Thank you for your support.

And if you’d like to go the a la carte route, you can pick up the Enchiridion episodes of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for $5 each at the website.

The Tommy and Tuppence stories are a lesser-known vein of books and stories by Agatha Christie. Probably because they are overshadowed by her other titan sleuths, such as Hercule Poirot and Miss Marbles. It is also one of the rare occasions where Ms. Christie embarks on a story of adventure and espionage. With her typical catchy prose and dialogue, The Secret Adversary is the first of the series, sets up the adventures of Tommy and Tuppence: a dynamic duo who do not disappoint.

And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 1 of 9, by Agatha Christie

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

In an aging bric-a-brac shop, a certain crystal egg has suddenly become so important, the shop owner has declared it not for sale. For, only he knows the crystal egg's mystifying secret. H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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This week, the second portion of The Hunchback of Notre Dame will begin making its way to our supporters. You can become a supporter, and enjoy a monthly installment of this epic adventure for only $5/month. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store! The month-to-month $5 contributions really help keep us afloat. It’s tough to sell something that is expensive to produce, but available for free. I have tried to keep the podcast going with the listener in mind. I’ve always shied away from putting ads in the middle of the episode, or pelting you with a ton of ads at the beginning or end. Once the story starts, I want to keep you in the moment. This is the only way we raise funds to keep the show rolling. And you get so much in return. So, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a great feeling and it’s a terrific value. Thank you for your support.

And if you’d like to go the a la carte route, you can pick up the Enchiridion episodes of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for $5 each at the website.

A quick note about todays story: please keep in mind that this bit of visionary fiction was written 121 years ago, in 1897. The mainstream technological advances at this time included the invention of Bayer’s Aspirin, Marconi’s wireless, Diesel’s Engine, and Edison’s Kinetoscope, the precursor of the movie projector. These things were not mainstream, just barely invented. Queen Victoria was still on the throne, and the world got around with horses and buggies. It seems like the world of iPhones, internet, computers, email, space travel, sustainable energy, and crypto currency belongs on another planet. But while living in this horse and buggy world, Wells crafted today’s story.

And now, The Crystal Egg, by H.G. Wells 

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Jack London delivers two stories. One of psychology, the other of murder, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The first four hours of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is now making its way to our supporters. You can be a part of this epic adventure for only $5/month. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store! The month-to-month $5 contributions really help keep us afloat. It’s tough to sell something that is expensive to produce, but available for free. Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of things, and I’ve tried to keep the podcast free from gratuitous advertisements. I know it might work with other shows, but I’ve always shied away from putting ads in the middle of the episode, or pelting you with a ton of ads at the beginning or end. Once the story starts, I want to keep you in the moment. This is the only way we raise funds to keep the show rolling. And you get so much in return. So, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a great feeling and it’s a terrific value. Thank you for your support.

For years, I thought that Jack London was a one trick pony. Tell me again about the Klondike. I can’t get enough of sled dogs – how did you know? But he was so much more. Apparently, he wrote 1000 words every day. And some of it was simply amazing. We’ve discovered his amazing power in the mystery genre with The Leopard Man’s Story. He also wrote amazing science fiction, horror, and psychological fiction. Today, he explores the amazing powers of the mind in our first story, When the World Was Young. Then he gives us a tour-de-force of psychological horror with the story Moon-Face.

And now, When the World Was Young and Moon-Face, by Jack London.

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

Arséne Lupin’s curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers a strange picnic. Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The first four hours of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is now making its way to our supporters. You can be a part of this epic adventure for only $5/month. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store! The month-to-month $5 contributions really help keep us afloat. It’s tough to sell something that is expensive to produce, but available for free. Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of things, and I’ve tried to keep the podcast free from gratuitous advertisements. I know it might work with other shows, but I’ve always shied away from putting ads in the middle of the episode, or pelting you with a ton of ads at the beginning or end. Once the story starts, I want to keep you in the moment. This is the only way we raise funds to keep the show rolling. And you get so much in return. So, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a great feeling and it’s a terrific value. Thank you for your support.

From The Pink Panther movies to Ocean’s 8, we love our super smart burglars. Maurice Leblanc pioneered this concept when he created Arséne Lupin, Gentleman Burglar. While he’s sharp enough to run circles around the greatest detectives,(including Sherlock Holmes) there’s no malice in his mischief. And he often champions the cause of those who have no one to advocate for them, as we see in today’s story.

And now, The Sign of the Shadow, by Maurice LeBlanc.

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

Two stories by Algernon Blackwood explore the subtle mysteries of the mind, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The first four hours of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is now making its way to our supporters. You can be a part of this epic adventure for only $5/month. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store! The month-to-month $5 contributions really help keep us afloat. It’s tough to sell something that is expensive to produce, but available for free.

Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of things, and I’ve tried to keep the podcast free from gratuitous advertisements. I know it might work with other shows, but I’ve always shied away from putting ads in the middle of the episode, or pelting you with a ton of ads at the beginning or end. Once the story starts, I want to keep you in the moment. This is the only way we raise funds to keep the show rolling. And you get so much in return. So, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a great feeling and it’s a terrific value. Thank you for your support.

H.P. Lovecraft revered Algernon Blackwood as one of his masters. Blackwood has an uncanny ability to point out “the overtones of strangeness in ordinary things and experiences.” We get a sense of this dissection of ordinary things in our first story, “The Return”. In “The Second Generation”, the building blocks of the story are delivered in a simple yet masterful way. I hope you enjoy it.

And now, “The Return” and “The Second Generation”, by Algernon Blackwood.

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

The demand for a sacrifice is made, and the social positions of each member of the party demonstrate much as to what is expected of them. Guy de Maupassant, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame will begin its release on the 28th of April. You can be a part of this epic adventure, and receive a 3-4 hour-long installment of the audiobook of the novel for only $5/month. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store! It’s not the amount of the purchase that helps keep us alive, it’s the month-to-month $5 contribution that really helps keep us afloat. With your support we can continue to create 4 hours of The Classic Tales Podcast content every month AND 3-4 hours of premium content. And you also get a coupon for $8 off anything in the store! That’s quite a lot for a small monthly contribution. Seriously, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a terrific value and everybody wins!

Last week, we met 10 passengers who were trying to make their way across enemy lines, and back to safety in France. We had the rich count and countess. There was also the manufacturer and his wife, M and Mme Carre-Lamadon. We also had the money-minded wine merchants, M and Mme Loiseau. Two penurious nuns, the boisterous democrat Cornudet, and the spunky courtesan nicknamed Ball-of-Fat made up the rest of the party. In last week’s episode, we saw the courtesan Ball-of-Fat, or Boule de Suif, share her provisions with all of the party, when there were no other food stuffs to be had during their long journey. They made quite a party of it all. They arrived finally at the halfway point, a ramshackle inn at Totes. And after a lively dinner, they all went to bed.

And now, “Boule de Suif, or Ball-of-Fat, Part 2 of 2”, by Guy de Maupassant

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

10 strangers embark on a perilous journey across occupied France. But the darkest part of their adventure has nothing to do with the soldiers. Guy de Maupassant, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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This is the last week to pick up the entirety of Emma, and also be primed and ready for the next audiobook in the Enchiridion: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo. And for only $5/month, you’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store, and you also get access to The Enchiridion, our special premium line of audiobooks. Seriously, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a terrific value and everybody wins!

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Today’s story is one that I have been saving up for many years. Back when I began the podcast in 2007, I started reading more authors who excelled in the short story department. This is when I discovered Guy de Maupassant. His horror stories are absolutely terrifying, and his other short stories are absolutely magnificent.

As I read this story again after all these years, I was amazed at all the different dynamics he created and describes in this coach for travellers. It has a gritty realism, and reveals some profound character traits in some unlooked for places.

The main character of the story is referred to by her nickname: Boule de Suif, which is French for Ball-of-Fat, or Tallow Ball. See, there isn’t really a solid translation of the name into English. I prefer the French appellation. To me it feels more like a name rather than a hole in the translation.

And now, “Boule de Suif, or Ball-of-Fat, Part 1 of 2”, by Guy de Maupassant

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

An extremely cerebral scientist writes a satire on modern morality, and is shocked when it is taken seriously. Edith Wharton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Emma, by Jane Austen is now completed and released. Now is your last chance to pick up the entirety of Emma, and also be primed and ready for the next audiobook in the Enchiridion: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo. And for only $5/month, you’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store. Seriously, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a terrific value and everybody wins! We’ve also added 10 new titles to the store, and are working to make our entire backlog of titles available for you.

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Today’s story raises the question usually posed in an artistic or creative sense: Is a creative individual a sellout if he/she creates something in order to get paid, rather than truly following their own creative instinct and abilities to the fullest for their own merit? Is it a real piece of music, art, writing, etc. when someone else is paying for it? But then, is it only true art when the artist starves? Can there be a happy medium where true art can be produced, and the artist not starve and still maintain their integrity?

But today’s story takes it even further. Today’s tale is about a scientist. And so now we wonder how many inventions, medical advances, and scientific breakthroughs could have happened if the scientist were truly left to be purely a scientist, and not have to worry about earning a living? It’s a tricky balance, and I don’t know think there’s an easy answer.

And now, “The Descent of Man”, by Edith Wharton

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

A melancholy German Hussar creates an intensifying spiral of conflict for a secluded country girl. Thomas Hardy, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Emma is now completed and released. Now is your last chance to pick up the entirety of Emma, and also be primed and ready for the next audiobook in the Enchiridion: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store. Seriously, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a terrific value and everybody wins! We’ve also added 10 new titles to the store, and are working to make our entire backlog of titles available for you.

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Today’s tale was based on a true story. Hardy was actually told this story by one of the last people to have actually witnessed it, and the evidence at the end is stated exactly as it now reads in the town registrar’s office. In his preface to the 1896 edition of Life’s Little Ironies, which featured “The Melancholy Hussar”, Hardy states:

“A story-teller’s interest in his own stories is usually independent of any merits or demerits they may show as specimens of narrative art; turning on something behind the scenes, something real in their history, which may have no attraction for a reader even if known to him – a condition by no means likely. In the present collection ‘The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion’ has just such a hold upon myself for the technically inadmissible reasons that the old people who gave me their recollections of its incidents did so in circumstances that linger pathetically in the memory.”

Apparently the 90-year-old woman who told this story to Hardy pointed out the actual spots where “such and such” happened, and it made an incredible impression on him. So much so that we are still exploring the story 124 years later.

And now, “The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion”, by Thomas Hardy

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

Anton Chekhov opens up the question of identity, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Emma is now completed and released. Now is your last chance to pick up the entirety of Emma, and also be primed and ready for the next audiobook in the Enchiridion: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo. You’ll also get a coupon code for 8 dollars off anything in the store. Seriously, if you enjoy the podcast, please step up and support it. It’s a terrific value and everybody wins! We’ve also added 10 new titles to the store, and are working to make all of our backlog of titles available for you.

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Today, Anton Chekhov poses the question of our identity. What does our identity consist of? Where does it come from? Is it merely an accumulation of our geography, our upbringing, our religious affiliation, our schooling or lack thereof, and our profession? Or is it something more? Is it important to even have one, and if so, why?

Today’s story is about a person whose identity is wound up in many of these things. I hope you like it. If you’re like me, you’ll want to listen to it again and see what you missed on the first go ‘round.

And now, “The Darling”, by Anton Chekhov

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

The storm breaks, and Love Among the Chickens concludes. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Emma is nearing its conclusion, and we will be releasing the final installment next month. If you’re coming late to the Emma party, you are in luck. You can become a financial supporter today for 5 dollars per month, and gain access to all four portions of Emma that we’ve released so far- and the next one, of course, going forward. And, you also get a coupon code that is good for 8 dollars off anything in the store.

Based on the results of the survey we sent out a few weeks ago, the next title that we will be producing for The Enchiridion is Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Did you know that at one time the style of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was considered outdated, old fashioned and undesirable? There was actually a large movement to have it torn down which was gaining momentum. One man saved the cathedral from destruction. That man was Victor Hugo. When he heard about this movement to destroy Notre Dame, he decided to stand against it, and wrote the novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Once the book was released, the crusade to destroy this magnificent edifice died flat.

If you become a supporting member today, you’ll instantly receive 4 out of 5 parts of Emma, then next month receive the final part of Emma. In May, you’ll gain access to the episodic release of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and all the while, you’ll get a monthly coupon code for 8 dollars off of our expanding library of titles.

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And now, Love Among the Chickens, part 6 of 6, by P.G. Wodehouse

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

Turns are given to far too many tables, as Love Among the Chickens continues. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I’m also going to start having a monthly featured title on sale for under $8, so you can put those coupons to good use.

We are coming up on the one-year anniversary of The Enchiridion in April. Since we started this premium service, we will have produced the entirety of Allan Quatermain, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Emma. That’s around 70 hours of additional content on top of the weekly podcast we were able to produce thanks to you. We’re trying to make your donation dollars stretch, but we need all the help we can get.

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And now, Love Among the Chickens, part 5 of 6, by P.G. Wodehouse

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

Many cats are let out of many bags, and help is discovered in a most unusual place. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I hope you all had a chance to take the survey asking what title you would like us to do next for the Enchiridion. If you missed it, I’m putting a link to the survey in the notes for this episode. Thank you so much for your input. It really helps us steer The Classic Tales in the direction that works best for you!

We are coming up on the one-year anniversary of The Enchiridion in April. Since we started this premium service, we will have produced the entirety of Allan Quatermain, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Emma. That’s around 70 hours of additional content on top of the weekly podcast we were able to produce thanks to you. We’re trying to make your donation dollars stretch, but we need all the help we can get.

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And now, Love Among the Chickens, part 4 of 6, by P.G. Wodehouse

 

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:50am MDT

Risky business is surreptitiously done with fantastic results…for now. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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If you’re coming late to the Emma party, I have good news for you. You can become a financial supporter today for 5 dollars per month, and gain access to all four portions of Emma that we’ve released so far- and the next one, of course, as going forward. And, you also get a coupon code that is good for 8 dollars off anything in the store.

Financial supporters will also be receiving an email with a survey asking what title they would like us to do next in the Enchiridion. I’ll be sending that out tomorrow, so keep an eye on your inboxes and vote on the title you’d like to hear!

Recently I looked over how well these longer titles sell, and it hit me how it really would be impossible to do any of these longer titles outside the podcast if it weren’t for the monthly financial supporters. Sure, I could do them through the podcast, but then The Count of Monte Cristo would have taken all year. Thanks again for being a crucial component in bringing these titles to life.

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And now, Love Among the Chickens, part 3 of 6, by P.G. Wodehouse

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:13am MDT

Strangers on a train meet up again, and new acquaintances are…developed. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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So, I had a listener send me an email, and he was like, “Ok, let me get this strait – for 5 dollars a month, I can get Emma, like all the parts, and a credit for $8 off anything in the store? How long do the credits last?” I could see that he was maybe looking for a “catch” – smart guy! I replied and said that the credit is issued as a monthly coupon code, and it is good for a year from the time of its release. And also that, yes, you can have all of Emma and an 8 dollar code for 5 dollars a month. He’s now a financial supporter. Thanks, Will!

Financially supporting the podcast not only helps us keep the podcast up and running, it also helps to grease the Harrison Family’s wheels. I remember when I was an art student, and I learned about what freelancing was. My initial reaction was, “That’s the dumbest thing ever! Who would do that?” Well, 22 years later I still do it. And the trickiest part of working as a freelancer is keeping a steady stream of funds. See, even if I do the work, sometimes the mail breaks down, or hurricanes hit, or things get miscommunicated. It’s just the nature of the freelancing beast. And so having a monthly resource I can lean on from time to time really helps when the road gets bumpy. And sometimes things can get pretty bumpy. Thank you so much.

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And now, Love Among the Chickens, part 2 of 6, by P.G. Wodehouse

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

Famous bombastic borrower Stanley Featherstonehough Ukridge is convinced that his complete ignorance of farming gives him a particular advantage in the subject. And he persuades his wife and his mild-mannered chum to start a chicken farm with him. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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So, I had a listener send me an email, and he was like, “Ok, let me get this strait – for 5 dollars a month, I can get Emma, like all the parts, and a credit for $8 off anything in the store? How long do the credits last?” I could see that he was maybe looking for a “catch” – smart guy! I replied and said that the credit is issued as a monthly coupon code, and it is good for a year from the time of its release. And also that, yes, you can have all of Emma and an 8 dollar code for 5 dollars a month. He’s now a financial supporter. Thanks, Will!

Financially supporting the podcast not only helps us keep the podcast up and running, it also helps to grease the Harrison Family’s wheels. I remember when I was an art student, and I learned about what freelancing was. My initial reaction was, “That’s the dumbest thing ever! Who would do that?” Well, 22 years later I still do it. And the trickiest part of working as a freelancer is keeping a steady stream of funds. See, even if I do the work, sometimes the mail breaks down, or hurricanes hit, or things get miscommunicated. It’s just the nature of the freelancing beast. And so having a monthly resource I can lean on from time to time really helps when the road gets bumpy. And sometimes things can get pretty bumpy. Thank you so much.

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Today’s story is the first part of a new P.G. Wodehouse series! I’ve been kicking this title around in my head for a while now. When I listened to an audio version of it, I thought, “You know, this could be really funny with a little twist.” Also, a satirical book featuring a bombastic blowhard who thinks that his absolute lack of experience makes him uniquely qualified…. well let’s just say I thought this was a strangely timely tale. I hope you like it.

And now, Love Among the Chickens, part 1 of 6, by P.G. Wodehouse 

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Direct download: CT_562_LoveAmongChickens_1of6.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

Something simply out of the ordinary turns into an unspeakable horror. Philip K. Dick, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion series of Emma, by Jane Austen continues this month. If you came late to the show, and you don’t have all 3 parts of Emma that we’ve done so far, please send an email to support@thebestaudiobooks.com, and we’ll set you up with a link to all parts we’ve released so far. Even if you just became a member, I’d love for you to have the whole story. Send us an email and we’ll hook you up.

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Today’s story is from science fiction titan Philip K. Dick. It was originally published in Science Fiction Adventures Magazine in December 1953. I’d like to note that many of the understated opinions and prejudices found in this story are products of the time. The hero of the story is verbally abusive to his wife and children, and even gets physical with his kids. The fact that this story is produced by The Classic Tales does not mean that we condone these behaviors or prejudices. Parents, it might be a good chance to talk with you kids about how far we’ve come!

And now, The Hanging Stranger, by Philip K. Dick

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:15am MDT

We finally see behind the mask, and Louisa May Alcott’s “blood and thunder” tale comes to its shocking conclusion, 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 series of Emma, by Jane Austen continues this month. If you came late to the show, and you don’t have all 3 parts of Emma that we’ve done so far, please send an email to support@thebestaudiobooks.com, and we’ll set you up with a link to all parts we’ve released so far. Even if you just became a member, I’d love for you to have the whole story. Send us an email and we’ll hook you up.

If you’re a monthly supporter, you’ll receive a healthy portion of Emma 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, Behind a Mask, or A Woman’s Power, part 4 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott

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Direct download: CT_560_Behind_A_Mask_4of4.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

A tableau vivant sets the perfect scene for Jean Muir’s greatest, albeit silent, performance. Louisa May Alcott, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion series of Emma, by Jane Austen continues this month. 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.

Today’s portion of the novel contains a tableau, short for tableau vivant, in French, which means literally living picture. A tableau is a depiction of a scene usually presented on a stage by silent and motionless costumed participants, often duplicating a famous painting.

And now, Behind a Mask, or A Woman’s Power, part 3 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott

 

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Direct download: CT_559_Behind_A_Mask_3of4.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Tensions rise as all at the Coventry estate feel “little” Muir’s presence. Louisa May Alcott, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion series of Emma, by Jane Austen continues this month. 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, Behind a Mask, or A Woman’s Power, part 2 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott

Direct download: CT_558_Behind_A_Mask_2of4.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

All in the Coventry household are curious about the new governess, little Jean Muir. But is the slight and frail girl all she seems to be? Louisa May Alcott, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion series of Emma, by Jane Austen continues this month. 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.

Louisa May Alcott grew up in an environment of education. Her father was one of the great Transcendentalists, and his friends Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were frequent visitors. Bronson Alcott was a philosopher and educator, whose aim was to “awaken the soul” of the pupil. He did this through the then controversial method of being courteous and gentle, rather than doling out draconian punishments to his students. He also included physical education, art, music, and nature study in his curriculum, at a time when these subjects were not taught. Unfortunately, his methods did not catch on, and were considered peculiar. He struggled to keep his schools open, closing his last school before he reached the age of 40. Many of Alcott’s original methods are established principles in the school systems of today.

The Alcott family was pretty poor, though they had such distinguished neighbors. Bronson would do odd jobs as a handyman when the opportunities arose, but money was pretty tight. They lived largely on the charity of others.

When Louisa May was 19, she took a job as a companion to a young woman, sister of James Richardson, a lawyer in Dedham, Massachusetts. The old gentleman described the job as requiring some light housework, but that she should be regarded as one of the family. The reality was that the light housework was rather heavy, the sister was rarely seen, and Mr. Richardson attempted to woo with poetry an unimpressed young Louisa. When Louisa protested and delivered an ultimatum, the situation worsened. After seven weeks of drudgery, she left. She was paid four dollars, which the outraged Alcotts returned. Louisa May later wrote about the incident in “How I Went Out to Service”. Doubtless this event fuelled much of the anger and frustration that burns bright in many of Louisa’s “blood and thunder” tales. The first of which, entitled “Pauline’s Passion and Punishment”, won a contest that paid her one hundred dollars for its publication. Her “blood and thunder” tales sold for fifty to seventy-five dollars each. They were published under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard.

And now, Behind a Mask, or A Woman’s Power, part 1 of 4, by Louisa May Alcott

Direct download: CT_557_Behind_A_Mask_1of4.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

The Mummy’s Curse, by Louisa May Alcott. Today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Enchiridion series of Emma, by Jane Austen continues this month. 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.

Bronson Alcott called his scribbling daughter “An arsenal of powers”, and he certainly was right. While most modern readers connect her with the quiet domestic and moral life found in Little Women, what may don’t understand is that for many years prior to writing her opus, she wrote many, many thrillers leaning to the Gothic style of horror. She called them her “blood and thunder” books. In a letter to Alf Whitman she revealed her plan for being published with a periodical called The Ledger:

“I intend to illuminate The Ledger with a blood & thunder tale as they are easy to compose & are better paid than moral…works.”

She was a ravenous reader, and at a very young age devoured the works of Dickens, Irving, Dante, Shakespeare, Hawthorne and others. The Scarlet Letter was one of her favorite books. We’ll delve further into Alcott’s blood and thunder tales in the weeks to come. Don’t miss it!

And now, Lost in a Pyramid, or The Mummy’s Curse, by Louisa May Alcott

Direct download: CT_556_Mummys_Curse.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:00am MDT