The Classic Tales Podcast
Every week, join award-winning narrator B.J. Harrison as he narrates the greatest stories the world has ever known. From the jungles of South America to the Mississippi Delta, from Victorian England to the Gothic castles of Eastern Europe, join us on a fantastic journey through the words of the world's greatest authors. Critically-acclaimed and highly recommended for anyone who loves a good story with plenty of substance.

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The 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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Direct download: CT_572_Ball-of-Fat_Part2.mp3
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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Direct download: CT_571_Ball-of-Fat_Part1.mp3
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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Direct download: CT_570_TheDescentofMan.mp3
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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The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter. Thank you very, very much for your support.

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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Direct download: CT_569_MelancholyHussar.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT