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’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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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