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Legends tell of a hidden, exotic civilization entirely populated with women. Three overly confident, and overly masculine, explorers plan to discover and overtake the land – because they’re men, so, it should be easy, right? Charlotte Perkins Gilman, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today we begin a series of Herland, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Most famous for her short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Charlotte Perkins Gilman was abandoned by her father when she was an infant. She was raised by her mother and her three famous aunts: Catherine Beecher, Isabella Beecher Hooker, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

I am a fan of the lost civilization genre, in case you haven’t noticed. And when I discovered this story about a lost civilization completely inhabited by women, and that it was a satire, I was thrilled. It’s kind of the other side of Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, which also tries to not take itself too seriously. I hope you like it.

And now, Herland, Part 1 of 6, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Direct download: CT_518_Herland_Pt1of6.mp3
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Are dreams a window into another world? When people sleep with a certain medieval leather funnel near their head, they each have the same dream – and it’s horrifying. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It contains 29 audiobooks, and is over 39 hours long. The range of titles in this collection is just incredible. You have mystery with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and G.K. Chesterton; Humor from P.G. Wodehouse and Mark Twain; Children’s stories from Oscar Wilde and L. Frank Baum; Classic Horror from H.P. Lovecraft and Henry James; you have Adventure with the entire novel of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Science Fiction from Jules Verne. So put it on your iPhone, and listen to it in your car on your way to work. Every story is a new surprise.

This 39 hour compilation is only $18.99 – less than fifty cents per hour. And these are stories you can listen to again and again. Only available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

Today’s story is a great example of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work in the realm of horror. Though best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Doyle has written some very effective horror stories. Most notable are Lot No. 249, in which the reanimated mummy theme is masterfully executed; and The Horror of the Heights, dealing with the flying monsters visible when one pierces the atmosphere. The Horror of the Heights is one of the titles in The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Four.

And now, The Leather Funnel, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Direct download: CT_494_Leather_Funnel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14am MDT

Two classic stories from one of America’s greatest short story writers. O. Henry, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today’s stories comes from O. Henry’s seminal collection of short stories about New York City: The Four Million. Both of these stories, Twenty Years Later, and Mammon and the Archer are widely anthologized. Today they are placed together, because I felt that they demonstrate the same truth: It’s great to be in the right. But the true test of greatness is in the use of prudence.

And now, Twenty Years Later, and Mammon and the Archer, by O. Henry

Direct download: CT_486_After_Twenty_Years.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Tarzan becomes the King of the Wasiri people. While Jane, Clayton, and Rokoff drift in the open sea, enduring unbelievable calamities. Edgar Rice Burroughs, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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If you would like to catch up on Tarzan’s adventures, you can get the first book in the series: Tarzan of the Apes at www.thebestaudiobooks.com complete and unabridged for only $5.99. Supporting members can use their coupon code and get it for free.

And now, The Return of Tarzan, part 8 of 11, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Direct download: CT_479_Return_of_Tarzan_Pt8of11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Rokoff again plots to surreptitiously exterminate Tarzan of the Apes. But will an unexpected visitor’s intervention be enough to thwart the calculating Russian assassin? Edgar Rice Burroughs, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Thank you to all of those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

This week we hit a milestone with The Classic Tales Podcast – our nine-year anniversary. Nine years ago three little episodes were released to the iTunes Music Store. Today episode 476 is released. Thank you for helping us make it this far.

Why do I do this? I have talked about it before. Every week I produce, narrate, edit, mix and release The Classic Tales Podcast because classic audiobooks changed my life. I never would have read books; I never would have become a reader without audiobooks. Discovering them and integrating them into my lifestyle helped shape my personal character. I became more compassionate, more understanding and more patient, because my view of the world expanded through classic audiobooks. I wanted other people to have the same experience. 

And so here we are nine years later. 476 free episodes later. It will be interesting to see where the next nine years take us. Again, thank you for your reviews, your monthly support, and for just listening to the podcast and enjoying it. If you are listening and enjoying these classic stories, that gives all this work relevancy and value – and that really makes it all worthwhile.

And now, The Return of Tarzan, part 4 of 11, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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Direct download: CT_476_Return_of_Tarzan_Pt5of11.mp3
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Tarzan is sabotaged, and faces a duel with one of most skilled marksmen in France, and Tarzan’s veneer of civilization wears thin. Edgar Rice Burroughs, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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A Study in Scarlet is now available for only $8.99 at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. And for those who would like to brush up on the first volume of Tarzan’s adventures, Tarzan of the Apes is also available for only $5.99. So subscribers with a $6 coupon code can get it for free.

Today you will hear the sound of Tarzan’s famous yell. It is the victorious cry of the Apes after making a kill. The sound effect is 100% my voice – just layered.

And now, The Return of Tarzan, part 3 of 11, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Direct download: CT_474_Return_of_Tarzan_Pt3of11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21pm MDT

Robin Hood faces a formidable opponent while away from his merry men. Pierce Egan, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Once again, thank you to all of the supporting members of The Classic Tales Podcast. This podcast doesn’t just happen, and I really appreciate your help in keeping the podcast alive. Thank you very much.

A Study in Scarlet is now available. This is the very first Sherlock Holmes story. In it we see Holmes and Watson meet, and they solve their first case together tracking down a cunning murderer in London. It is available at a very low price – only $8.99! This deluxe version of the audiobook also includes Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue, typically touted as the first detective story. Watson and Holmes also discuss it in A Study in Scarlet. So you have the beginning of Holmes and the beginning of the detective genre in one place!

When you purchase A Study in Scarlet, you can also get, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for one low price. Available now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

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There has been some controversy about the Appendix and blog post about the Mormons in A Study in Scarlet that I wrote. Apparently, I am too close to the subject to be my usually objective self. Unfortunately it wasn’t until I had written and released the Appendix before I realized that this was the case. The Blog post will be taken down, and the Appendix removed from subsequent orders of A Study in Scarlet.

Pierce Egan, wrote today’s story around 1850, ushering in a Victorian revival of Robin Hood stories. Egan’s collection Robin Hood and Little John became a staple in Victorian households, inspiring Howard Pyle and Alexandre Dumas to each write adaptations of the foxy forester.

App users can see and download artwork for today’s episode.

And now, Robin Hood Meets Guy of Gisborne, by Pierce Egan.

Direct download: CT_471_RobinHoodvGuyGisborne.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

In the rural countryside in France lies an obscure asylum for the insane. Here, the patients are given anything their delusions desire. But the result is anything but peaceful. Edgar Allan Poe, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Nicholas Nickleby, Volume 2of2 is now available. Discover the end of this epic adventure now at www.thebestaudiobooks.com

A few weeks ago, I was watching a film called Stonehearst Asylum. This is a relatively modern film, and I was astounded to see that it was based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe, for I had never read such a story. I went back through my anthologies, and it appears that this story is rather obscure, and was not included in my “Complete Short Stories” collection – or any other collection on my shelves. After some digging, I did discover the story in question, which is the one you will hear today. I hope you enjoy it.

It was 175 years ago, on April 20, that “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” first appeared in print. This story by the great Edgar Allan Poe is largely considered the first detective story. Poe invented and pioneered the detective story. It is also unlikely that you can pick up any collection of gothic horror stories without it containing at least one from Edgar Allan Poe.

And so, I am creating a second edition of The Edgar Allan Poe Collection. This edition will include all of the 2007 first edition classic stories of horror, science fiction, and mystery including The Gold Bug, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, The Black Cat and others. But it will also include all of the other Poe stories I’ve produced through the years, such as Ligeia, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Berenice, as well as updated versions of The Cask of Amontillado, The Case of M. Valdemar and The Masque of the Red Death. It will also include several previously unreleased short stories. All in all, it’s a deluxe, curated audio collection, newly mixed and updated.

And what’s more, you can save $3 and preorder you copy of the Edgar Allan Poe Collection 2016 Second Edition by going to www.thebestaudiobooks.com. You’ll receive the audiobook as soon as it is released in early May.

Today’s story, like so many of these classic stories, contains disparaging references to a certain group of people – this time the mentally ill. It also has some misogynist references that reflect the attitudes of the time. Please remember that the treatment of the mentally ill in Poe’s time was in an absolutely abysmal state, and psychology and the study and treatment of mental illness was still in its infancy. I do not hope to validate these ancient views, but rather I wish to hold up a mirror so that we can mark our progress in the treatment for those that suffer in this way. Isn’t it wonderful that we have come so far?

And now, The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, by Edgar Allan Poe.

Direct download: CT_467_SystemofTarrandFether.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:40pm MDT

The depths of the honeycombed mountains reveal their hidden truth. H.P. Lovecraft, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

I’m not sure how many of you know, but when I started The Classic Tales Podcast, the click wheel iPods had just learned how to play video. Audiobooks were made on mp3, and we had to burn mp3 discs or create playlists. There wasn’t an industry standard file format for audiobooks, and they were all treated like music.

Now, you can download an audiobook wirelessly to your phone, and listen to it instantly. It’s really pretty cool. I am working to update all of the classic titles I’ve done, over 250 titles, and get them all on the website in their best format. But I can’t do it alone. Please become a supporting member of The Classic Tales Podcast. Your monthly subscription of only $5 will help give me the stability to keep updating the files, so we can get everything in apple pie order. And as a subscribing member, you’ll get a coupon code for $6 off anything in the store. We all win, and your support goes directly to helping keep the Classic Tales Podcast running and improving.

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And now, At the Mountains of Madness, part 5of5, by H.P. Lovecraft.

Direct download: CT_458_Mtns_of_Madness_Pt5of5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05am MDT

Tragedy strikes the Antarctic scouting party, and untold horrors come to light upon investigation. H.P. Lovecraft, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I hoped you enjoyed the sample of Nicholas Nickleby. Like many of Dickens’ stories, it starts off a bit sad, but once the ball gets rolling, it doesn’t stop. I love reading Dickens for many reasons, but part of my affinity for him is the actual scope of each book – the length. There are so many charming characters, and you get to live in their world for such a long time. By the time it’s done, you feel like you are saying goodbye to dear friends. Nicholas Nickleby Volume 1 of 2 is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

Direct download: CT_455_Mtns_of_Madness_Pt2of5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm MDT

Ever noticed how the parents wind up playing with the Christmas toys more than the kids sometimes? Stephen Leacock takes this to the next level, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, The Errors of Santa Claus, by Stephen Leacock.

Direct download: CT_449_Errors_of_Santa_Claus.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37pm MDT