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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We come to the end of The Circular Staircase, but not without a final burst of terror. Mary Roberts Rinehart, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Again, thank you so much.

Do you know why the longer titles like The Count of Monte Cristo, Plutarch’s Lives and Dracula are broken down into smaller parts? It’s so that you can get the most mileage out of your “thank-you” codes! Years ago, I did a book for Audible called Happy Money. It basically broke down the best way to spend your money, if you want it to bring you more happiness. One way is to pay for things like vacations in small ways throughout the year, and then when you go on them, they’re already paid for! There’s no big financial strain, and you can focus on simply having fun!

That’s kind of my approach with the monthly donation and thank-you codes. You choose a plan that works for you, and then when you need them, you have them! The strain of paying for your audiobooks is lessened in a way that works for you! And all of the funds go to keeping the podcast up and running.

And if you’re in the mood for more hands on stuff, we also have our merchandise store, where you can order t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags and other merchandise sporting your favorite Classic Tales covers.

And you can also check out our new innovation: The Hybrid Audiobook by clicking in the link in the show notes.

Thank you again for your generous support.

And now, The Circular Staircase, part 9of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Direct download: CT_603_CircStaircase_Part9of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

All is revealed. Well, some of it, anyway. The lines start coming together fast, and many questions are answered. Mary Roberts Rinehart, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Again, thank you so much.

Recently, I received an email from someone who just discovered our podcast and became a supporter. She wrote:

"I was so delighted to find your podcast. I really enjoy audio books, but purchasing new book recordings is prohibitively expensive. I tried Librivox, and I thought it was a very noble effort. But sadly, there appears to have been no quality control, and the majority of the narrations are just not pleasant listening.

The big surprise for me, though, was services like Audible. They have ‘professional’ readers, but which they often mean the actual writer or a ‘name’ actore. Sad to say, these skills do not necessarily carry over into narration. I’ve come to realize that narration is a skill unto itself and you are a master at it.

Thank you for providing this very reasonably priced way to receive high quality audio books."

Thank you, Janis, for you put into words exactly what I’m trying to do with The Classic Tales. I want to make the classics approachable and affordable. Here’s an example of how affordable it can be. Say you sign up to pay $5/month. Hopefully that amount is nominal enough that you won’t really feel it.

Well, in return, you get a thank-you code for $8/month. The codes last a year. You go on a road trip. You can go and get 3 audiobooks for a couple extra bucks. These same 3 books, if bought through Audible, would have cost you $45 if you used your Audible monthly credits. They cost you an extra 6 bucks, after 3 payments of $5 you likely didn’t even feel. The rest was already paid for.

This isn’t a hole in the system – this IS the system.

Set it up, don’t even worry about it, and when you need it, it’s there.

Of course, we also have our merchandise store, where you can order tshirts, hoodies, tote bags and other merchandise sporting your favorite Classic Tales covers.

And you can also check out our new innovation: The Hybrid Audiobook by clicking in the link in the show notes.

And thank you again for your generous support.

And now, The Circular Staircase, part 8of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

 

Direct download: CT_602_CircStaircase_Part8of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Secrets, secrets, secrets. Everybody has so many secrets. It’s a wonder something doesn’t come out – especially when “accidents” occur. Mary Roberts Rinehart, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Again, thank you so much.

I’m pleased to announce the release of the first Hybrid Audiobook – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. How do I know it’s the first? Because I invented it. I even have patent pending status on it. A hybrid audiobook is a printed book that contains an audiobook embedded within its pages. Using your smartphone, scan the QR code at the beginning of each chapter, and listen as a narrator reads every word to you. It’s like Whispersync, but for physical, printed books! Looking for an unusual gift for a book lover? How about the world’s first Hybrid Audiobook? Links to the demo video and the product itself at Amazon are in the show notes. Check it out and give it a try!

Of course, we also have our merchandise store, where you can order tshirts, hoodies, tote bags and other merchandise sporting your favorite Classic Tales covers.

And don’t forget our online audiobook store, at classictalesaudiobooks.com, where supporters can use their coupon codes and save $8 off any downloadable audiobooks.

And thank you again for your generous support.

And now, The Circular Staircase, part 7of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Tap here to check out a video about Hybrid Audiobooks!

Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

Direct download: CT_601_CircStaircase_Part7of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:10am MDT

A boy, a ladder, and a burning. The plot continues to thicken around the circular staircase. Mary Roberts Rinehart, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Again, thank you so much.

Tune in next week for our big news!

In the meantime, I’m pleased to announce the advent of the Classic Tales Merchandise store. Looking for a gift for a book lover? How about a hoodie of The Island of Dr. Moreau? Or a tote bag with the artwork from Pride and Prejudice? Or an Arséne Lupin sweatshirt? Check out or new merchandising store, and set yourself up for some super fun gift giving. I just love wearing stuff that’s literary in nature. It seems like it’s so hard to find anything. I’m creating 60 different designs from the covers of Classic Tales titles. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? The Man Who Knew Too Much? Treasure Island? Wuthering Heights? We’ve got you covered.

And now, The Circular Staircase, part 6of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

Direct download: CT_600_CircStaircase_Part6of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:39am MDT

After a scandal at the inquest, Miss Rachel predicts that Arnold Armstrong’s murder isn’t the end of the affair – it’s just the beginning! Mary Roberts Rinehart, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Thank you so very much to all of you who have gone to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. There are several options to support the podcast, starting at $5 a month. Each of your offers of support comes with a monthly “thank-you” code. Use the codes for any audiobook download, and grow your library of classics. Everybody wins! And we get to keep the podcast going strong. Again, thank you so much.

Our big announcement is still a couple weeks out, but it’s in the works!

In the meantime, I’m pleased to announce the advent of the Classic Tales Merchandise store. Looking for a gift for a book lover? How about a hoodie of The Island of Dr. Moreau? Or a tote bag with the artwork from Pride and Prejudice? Or an Arséne Lupin sweatshirt? Check out or new merchandising store, and set yourself up for some super fun gift giving. I just love wearing stuff that’s literary in nature. It seems like it’s so hard to find anything. I’m creating 60 different designs from the covers of Classic Tales titles. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? The Man Who Knew Too Much? Treasure Island? Wuthering Heights? We’ve got you covered.

Now, we have Long John Silver in the studio again to tell us the story so far:

Thank ye, sir. The story so far: Rachel Innes, and elderly spinster, and her two charges, Gertrude and Halsey, have rented a large house with a circular staircase for the summer in New England. Gertrude is in love with a clerk at the Trader’s Bank named Jack Bailey. Halsey is in love with Louise Armstrong, whose family owns the house they have rented, by thunder. A day after they arrive, gunshots ring out at three in the morning. Miss Rachel rushes out to find the dead body of a stranger at the foot of the circular staircase. The stranger turns out to be Arnold Armstrong, whose father, Paul Armstrong, owns the everloving Trader’s Bank that houses all of Halsey and Gertrude’s inheritance, and where Jack Bailey is a clerk.

Here be some other clues, by thunder. Halsey’s revolver was found in the tulip bed outside. Thomas, an old servant, speaks of hearing ghosts making noises at night. A servant, Rosie, was attacked while bringing dishes from the servant’s quarters at night, and the attacker then went and cleared off the broken shards from the roadway. Also, a terrified cook has thrown a blanket at Halsey and scampered off into the night.

Then here sits the real nub o’ the thing – The Tavern Bank goes under. Seems that someone has stolen over a million dollars worth of bonds that can be used to get loans for more money elsewhere. Halsey and Gertrude’s money is gone. Jack Bailey is arrested, and Paul Armstrong, who owns The Tavern Bank, dies like a dog in California. Is that plain as mud?

Last week we discovered that Louise Armstrong had left her mother in California, and took fever at the tail end of her journey. She didn’t know her brother had been shot, and her father had sickened and died in California. Then Louise announces that she’s to marry a Doctor Walker, who is building on the Armstrong estate. In the meantime, someone has sneaked into the house in the wee hours, and Louise is now missing, by thunder! Now, l et’s sit back and take a listen to:

The Circular Staircase, part 5of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart. 

Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

Tap here to go the The Classic Tales Merchandise store!

Direct download: CT_599_CircStaircase_Part5of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:39am MDT