The Classic Tales Podcast
Designed to make classic literature less intimidating, The Classic Tales Podcast has been showcasing the greatest literary authors for years. Narrating with gusto, BJ Harrison performs each word of the classic texts, elevating them with character voices, sharp accents and bridled emotion. Adventure, Mystery, Horror, Humor and more - The Classic Tales Podcast has something for everybody. It really is The Cure for the Common Commute. Winner - Outstanding Podcast Host: Arts and Entertainment , Society of Voice Arts and Sciences- 2022 Winner of w3 Silver Award by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts-2022 Winner of w3 Gold Award by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts-2021 Winner of Independent Audiobook Award for "Scaramouche", by Raphael Sabatini - 2021

A seaside excursion is just the thing to mend a broken heart. Unless the lady in question is vacationing there, too. How can Freddie’s friends lend a hand? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Vintage Episode for the week is “A Slip Under the Microscope”, by H.G. Wells. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday. 

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And now, Helping Freddie, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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The life of a scrivener is an existence resigned to the handwritten copying of law documents. One day something clicks in Bartleby, and his simple reply to everything is: “I prefer not to.” Herman Melville, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s story was published anonymously in 1853. Melville was in a bit of financial straits at the time, since his last two novels, Moby Dick and Pierre, didn’t sell well at all. 

Melville's major source of inspiration for the story was an advertisement for a new book, The Lawyer's Story, by James A. Maitland. This advertisement included the complete first chapter, which started: "In the summer of 1843, having an extraordinary quantity of deeds to copy, I engaged, temporarily, an extra copying clerk, who interested me considerably, in consequence of his modest, quiet, gentlemanly demeanor, and his intense application to his duties." Melville biographer Hershel Parker said nothing else in the chapter besides this "remarkably evocative sentence" was notable.

It's never directly addressed why Bartleby acts the way he does, and the author has left it open to interpretation. Many critics posit that his behavior is due to depression. 

And now, Bartleby, the Scrivener, by Herman Melville

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Rocky’s formidable aunt wants to experience New York through her nephew. But Rocky hates New York. Maybe Jeeves can help. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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And now, The Aunt and the Sluggard, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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These Americans. No respect for permanent bloodstains, rattling chains nor ancient legends. It’s like they don’t even believe in ghosts! Oscar Wilde, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today’s story is the first of Wilde’s stories to be published, in The Court and Society Review in 1887. It’s been adapted many times for stage and screen. I hope you like it. 

And now, The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde  

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It is a fact universally known that the contract of “I’ll do absolutely anything for you” becomes null and void once the one professing undying devotion is shamelessly jilted. Or at least, one would suppose... P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s story is another in the series of P.G. Wodehouse short stories found in the volume My Man Jeeves. Reggie is at it again. I hope you like it.  

And now, Doing Clarence a Bit of Good, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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To what lengths will Bernice go to fit in with her cousin’s friends? F. Scott Fitzgerald, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s story first appeared in The Saturday Evening Post in May 1920, and was the first short story to bring national acclaim to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Julie Harris starred in a CBS TV adaptation in 1951, and Shelly Duvall headlined a PBS adaptation in 1976. 

And now, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  

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Monte Carlo is the worst/best place to go on a bender. Until you wake up in a park and make the news the next day…. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s story is the another in a series of P.G. Wodehouse short stories found in the volume My Man Jeeves. Reggie is very similar to Bertie, but Reggie’s valet is very different, as you’ll discover. I hope you like it.  

And now, Rallying Round Old George, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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Can Rikki-Tikki-Tavi protect his family from the deadly cobras of India? Rudyard Kipling, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s story is from The Jungle Book, a collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling. First published in 1894. I hope you like it. And now, Rikki Tikki Tavi, by Rudyard Kipling 

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Bobbie Cardew can’t remember anything – ever. Can Reggie rescue him from his household woes? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Abraham Lincoln famously said, “If you give me six hours to chop down a tree, I’ll spend the first four sharpening the axe”. That’s the philosophy I’m taking with our Kickstarter for The Golden Triangle. I’ve got the artwork done for the four boxed sets, and they’ll be creeping into the store soon. You can pick them up early, or get them all as a package deal when we launch the Kickstarter. Keep an ear open for the latest developments!

Today’s story is the first of a series of P.G. Wodehouse short stories found in the volume My Man Jeeves. It contains three Jeeves stories, and several others that are in the similar vein, but with different characters. A young Wodehouse was still feeling out his characters at this point, working out the kinks, and polishing his style. I hope you like them. 

And now, Absent Treatment, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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The earth's surface is no longer habitable, and all humanity is sequestered beneath the ground, couched in isolation and contentment. The Machine provides the needs of humanity. But what happens when the Machine stops? 

E.M. Forster, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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E.M. Forster, largely known for his novels such as A Room with a View, Howard’s End, and A Passage to India, also delved in the realm of science fiction, and he was no slouch. Today’s story is often heralded as one of the greatest science fiction stories of all time, and was included in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume 2

Versions of this story have often made their way into film, including George Lucas’ THX 1138 and the original Logan’s Run film from 1967 bear similarities to it. Even the Pixar film Wall-E depicts a future where the world in uninhabitable, and humanity is dependent upon machines for survival. 

And now, The Machine Stops, by E.M. Forster. 

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With capital punishment in the offing, how can Gulliver escape the land of Lilliput?  Jonathan Swift, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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And now, A Voyage to Lilliput, part 3 of 3, from Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.

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Can the artistic Corky court his bird-loving uncle to continue supporting him? Maybe Jeeves can help. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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And now, Leave It to Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse. 

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How can Gulliver stop a war without any bloodshed? Jonathan Swift, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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And now, A Voyage to Lilliput, part 2 of 3, from Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.

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What does our nervous heroine see in the yellow wallpaper, that no one else can?  Charlotte Perkins Gilman, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman was raised by her three aunts – one of which was Harriet Beecher Stowe. Apart from The Yellow Wallpaper, she is also known for writing Herland, the story of a lost civilization populated entirely by women. 

And now, The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. 

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How can Lemuel Gulliver escape from the Lilliputians? They’re only six inches tall – should be a cinch, right? Jonathan Swift, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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I’ve been having fun designing the specials for our Kickstarter for the next Arsène Lupin book – The Golden Triangle. Things are moving along nicely. Keep an ear open for when we pull the trigger, hopefully in a couple of weeks!  

And it’s time for the Classic Tales Book Club to meet again! Keep an eye on your inboxes on Tuesday for our monthly newsletter which will contain the zoom link. Our zoom meeting will be on Wednesday, April 10th at 4:00 PM Pacific time, 7:00 PM Eastern. We’ll talk about the satirical nature of Gulliver’s Travels, and the power of satire. See you then! Follow the link in the show notes to subscribe to our newsletter, and get the zoom link on Tuesday.

Mark Twain is quoted as saying that, “a classic is a book which people praise and don’t read”. Gulliver’s Travels likely fits into this category for a lot of us. We’ve seen the Max Fleisher cartoon, or the Ray Harryhausen film in the 70s, or the film with Jack Black in 2010. But we’ve probably never read it. Or we tried, and gave it up. So, what is the lasting appeal of this difficult book?

Gulliver’s Travels was originally published in 1727. Swift’s novel is a satire of British monarchy and Imperialism. He succeeds in taking the mundane, or something we largely take for granted, and pushing it to the extreme to show its absurdity. This goes for everything from governments to our own physical bodies. And yeah, nothing is safe, so get ready for some bodily functions we’d rather not talk about to come front and center.  

Gulliver records his travels to several different lands of adventure. Instead of going through the entire book now, we’ll tackle them one voyage at a time. Then we’ll take a breather. This first stint will be the first part of the book – A Voyage to Lilliput in three parts. Gulliver travels to the land of Lilliput, as well as a land of giants, and also visits the dystopian world of the Houyhnhnms (hoo-IH-nims), among others. I hope you like it.

And now, A Voyage to Lilliput, part 1 of 3, from Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.

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What knavery occurred during the Civil War at Owl Creek Bridge? Ambrose Bierce, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Ambrose Bierce actually fought in the Civil War. Known as the “Devil’s Lexicographer”, he was known for his sharp wit and biting satire. He wrote several stories set during the Civil War, and also delved into the ghost story genre with great success. H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen Crane, among others, were influenced by his work. He was last known to join Pancho Villa’s revolutionary army as an observer in October 1913. He was never heard from again.  

And now, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, and A Horseman in the Sky, by Ambrose Bierce. 

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Why is Reverend Jennings so distracted when he gives his sermons? Is it just because he’s partial to green tea? Sheridan LeFanu, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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I’ve been having fun designing the specials for our Kickstarter for the next Arsène Lupin book – The Golden Triangle. I have the artwork done for the pins and the cover, now it’s on to creating the boxed sets and other bonus goodies. I’ve got a lot to do, and I want to get it all ready so we can hit the ground running. Keep an ear open for when we pull the trigger!  

Today’s story is from a collection entitled: Through a Glass Darkly, by J. Sheridan Lefanu, originally published in 1872. It’s a collection of five stories that include the vampire classic Carmilla, and the mysterious The Room in the Dragon Volant.  LeFanu was one of the foremost writers of the ghost story in his time, and helped to shape what is now considered Victorian fiction. 

App users can hear The Room in the Dragon Volant in its entirety. It’s over three hours long! It’s located in the special features for today’s episode. 

And now, Green Tea, by Sheridan LeFanu.

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Can Ali Baba discover the secret words that open the den of the forty thieves? The Arabian Nights, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Arabian Nights is a collection of stories that has been augmented by many authors and translators through the years. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is among the most famous of the collection, along with the Aladdin stories. 

And now, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, from The Arabian Nights. 

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Why does the Prussian officer pick on his orderly so much? Seriously, what’s eating the guy? D.H. Lawrence, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s story is about two soldiers – an officer and his orderly. The officer is a little older, comes from a wealthy family, has squandered his inheritance and must make a living in the military. He’s angry and ornery all the time. 

This orderly is the opposite – he’s young and sensitive. His name is Schöner, which means “more beautiful” in German. I hope you like it.  

And now, The Prussian Officer, by D.H. Lawrence.

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An outrageously generous gift proves increasingly inconvenient, when no one has change for a million-pound bank note. Mark Twain, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Mark Twain – I mean, he’s Mark Twain. This story was first published in 1893, and has been dramatized several times, first in a silent film, then radio plays, television, and even a film in 1954 with Gregory Peck. I hope you like it! 

And now, The Million Pound Bank Note, by Mark Twain. 

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Can Father Brown solve a murder in a curious household? G.K. Chesterton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Classic Tales Book Club was so much fun! It was great getting to know you, and talking a little shop. I think next time we’ll have some giveaways, so keep your schedule clear for the second Wednesday in April. 

I’ve been having fun designing the specials for our Kickstarter for the next Arsène Lupin book – The Golden Triangle. Boxed sets, special editions, enamel pins – I’ve got a lot to do, and I want to get it all ready so we can hit the ground running. Keep an ear open for when we pull the trigger!  

G.K. Chesterton was a pioneer of the detective story. Many consider his creation of Father Brown the equivalent to, if not an improvement on, Sherlock Holmes. The window that a man of the cloth has to the dark secrets of crime is indeed fascinating and very effective in solving crime.

One thing I noticed in today’s story is Chesterton’s use of racism as a plot device. This story will land differently on twenty-first century ears than it did when it was written in 1911. I don’t want to say much about it other than there are some racially charged terms in the story today – just a heads up. 

And now, The Wrong Shape, by G.K. Chesterton.

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Annette Brougham can't get any composing done with all the racket from the apartment upstairs. But when she meets the handsome, pompous tenant, her humor only improves slightly. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s story is part of a collection of short stories titled, The Man Upstairs and Other Stories. It’s a compilation of various stories that don’t contain any of Wodehouse’s typical characters, and fall outside of any canon. I hope you like today’s installment! 

And now, “The Man Upstairs”, by P.G. Wodehouse. 

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Roby Morrison attends a very privileged boarding school. But when a spherical space ship lands, everything changes. Ray Bradbury, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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“Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.” -Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury was the consummate writer, telling stories he loved, while thrilling us  and challenging the things we thought we knew. Farenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Dandelion Wine, The Martian Chronicles, he wrote books, short stories, screenplays, and more. 

Today’s story was written under the pseudonym of Brett Sterling for the magazine Thrilling Wonder Stories in October 1948. I hope you like it. 

And now, Referent, by Ray Bradbury.

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Adventurers Dravot and Carnehan have decided to take over a country. Not a big country, just a tiny one. Should be simple, right? Rudyard Kipling, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s story has had many media iterations. Most famous is likely the 1975 film with Sean Connery, Michael Caine, and Christopher Plummer. It’s been dramatized in radio on the program Escape, in 1943, and even the Dreamworks film “The Road to Eldorado” can be said to be loosely based on it. J.M. Barrie called it, “the most audacious thing in fiction”. It inspired T.S. Eliot to write a poem when he was young. Kingsley Amis called it, “grossly overrated”. Overrated? Maybe. Audacious? Absolutely. Either way, we hope you like it. 

And now, “The Man Who Would be King”, by Rudyard Kipling. 

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All is revealed. Buckle up. Dorothy Sayers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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I’m pivoting a bit on the Kickstarter for Bleak House. I just think it’s too long for our first Kickstarter. So, I’m thinking of the next in the Arsène Lupin series – The Golden Triangle. I’ll be making a custom enamel pin only available for supporters of the Kickstarter, among other fun deals. More details coming soon! 

And now, Clouds of Witness, Part 9 of 9, by Dorothy Sayers.

 

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Is an anatomy professor having murder done to secure his specimens? Robert Louis Stevenson, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s story was inspired by true events. William Burke and William Hare committed 16 murders over a period of about 10 months in 1828 in Edinburgh,  Scotland. They sold the bodies to Robert Knox, who used them in his anatomy lessons. Of course, Robert Louis Stevenson puts his wonderful spin on the tale. I hope you like it. 

And now, “The Body Snatcher”, by Robert Louis Stevenson. 

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Peter runs off in a final mad dash to secure a secret testimony. But will it be enough to save his brother?  Dorothy Sayers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Classic Tales Book Club’s first meeting is set! We will be meeting via Zoom on March 13th, at 4:00 Pm Pacific time. That should make it 7:00 Eastern time. I’ll be joined by the illustrious Christopher Oulette, and we’ll have a fun little chat talking about the show and whatever else comes up. Mark you calendars for March 13th. 

I’m working on setting up the Kickstarter project for Dickens’ Bleak House. This is a long one, and I can’t wait to dive in to an immersive story like this. I’m working on the artwork now, and I’ll have more information in the weeks to come. Big thanks to Ammon Anderson for helping me set this up. 

And now, Clouds of Witness, Part 8 of 9, by Dorothy Sayers.

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Why does Inspector Valentin, while following the track of the thief Flambeau, keep crossing paths with two argumentative priests? G.K. Chesterton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Gilbert Keith Chesterton was a philosopher, writer, Christian apologist, and a critic of art and literature. He wrote around 80 books, 200 short stories, and  4,000 essays, (most of the essays appeared as newspaper articles). His most famous literary creation was Father Brown, a catholic priest that has heard the confessions of so many thieves, burglars, and law breakers over the course of his holy career, that he can usually anticipate and deduce the solution to any puzzling crime. Today’s story is the first Father Brown story, first published on July 23rd, 1910 in The Saturday Evening Post

And now, “The Blue Cross”, by G.K. Chesterton. 

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How can Wimsey escape the sucking mud pits of Peter’s Pot?  Dorothy Sayers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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We have a couple of new developments. The first is The Classic Tales Book Club! We’re going to be having our first meeting in March! This will be a monthly meeting where we discuss the stories on the podcast, and we want you to come and chat with us. I’ll be joined by Classic Tales and classic literature enthusiast Christopher Oulette. Keep an eye on our social media channels for more information.

You may have noticed that I haven’t been able to record the longer audiobooks like I used to. It’s just hard to justify reserving that time in my schedule – taking it away from recording something I could get paid for. But there are still so many books I still want to do. Well, I think I may have found a way around that. 

I’ve been wanting to record Bleak House, by Charles Dickens for some time, now. It’s got his outlandish and deep characters, amazing plot twists, and his beautiful prose tying it all together.

So, I’m going to do a Kickstarter project for it! This way I can justify reserving time in my schedule to record and produce this audiobook. I’m planning to have TONS of bonus material and specials to make this happen. So get ready for a lot of fun, and some amazing deals in the near future. 

And now, Clouds of Witness, Part 7 of 9, by Dorothy Sayers.

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Every now and then, you need to build a fire in the Klondike. Should be a simple thing, right? Jack London, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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John Griffith Chaney (Jack London) was born on January 12, 1876 in the slums of San Francisco. His life was marked by poverty and struggle from beginning to end. Unwanted and abandoned by his parents, his foster mother was a former slave, Virginia Prentiss. He went to the University of California at Berkeley for one semester, then ran out of money. He then followed the Gold Rush to the Klondike, where he obtained an abundance of material to write about. He wrote 1,000 words a day, eventually gaining success as an author. He died at the age of 40. 

And now, “To Build a Fire”, by Jack London. 

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Now that they’ve secured the inflammatory Goyles, the case should be cut and dried, right?  Dorothy Sayers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Classic Tales Book Club is moving forward. We’ll be posting details through our Facebook and Instagram accounts. So be sure to follow us there. 

And now, Clouds of Witness, Part 6 of 9, by Dorothy Sayers.

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With the slaying of an albatross, the Ancient Mariner brings a curse that opens the workings of another world. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the longest major poem from Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Originally published in 1798, it marks a shift to modern poetry and the beginning of British Romantic literature. If you’ve heard the saying of someone having an albatross around their neck, this is the thing they’re referencing. The Gustave Doré engraved illustrations for this book are absolutely wonderful. 

And now, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. 

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What does Mary bring to light in her long-awaited confession?  Dorothy Sayers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Classic Tales Book Club is moving forward. We’ll be posting details through our Facebook and Instagram accounts. So be sure to follow us there. I’m very excited to get this started.

And now, Clouds of Witness, Part 5 of 9, by Dorothy Sayers

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Benjamin Button begins life as a 70-year-old man, and then things start to get weird. F. Scott Fitzgerald, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s story originally appeared in Collier’s magazine on May 27, 1922. It was later included in the short story collection: Tales of the Jazz age. The story was later adaped to a film in 2008, and a musical in 2019. 

This story was recorded when a listener reached out to me from New Orleans, and told me that they were filming a movie in her neighborhood based on this short story. 

And now, “Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 

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What clue does Parker find in Paris that blows the case wide open? Dorothy Sayers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Vintage Episode for the week is “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday. 

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The Classic Tales Book Club is moving forward. Details coming soon. 

And now, Clouds of Witness, Part 4 of 9, by Dorothy Sayers.

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From his vantage point high above the city, the statue of the happy prince gives of himself in a way that is most astonishing. Oscar Wilde, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s episode consists of three short stories. In "The Model Millionaire", the destiny of a young, ambitious, brilliant pauper changes with an act of his misplaced generosity.

"The Happy Prince" is one of Oscar Wilde's renowned fairy tales. Sacrifice and empathy are layered into this beautiful story.

Finally, in "The Sphinx without a Secret", we learn of an enigmatic woman who holds a secret so close, no suitor can win her.

And now, "The Happy Prince and Other Tales", by Oscar Wilde.  

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The investigation leads Wimsey to a quaint Yorkshire farm. But why would the farmer set the dogs on him?   Dorothy Sayers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Vintage Episode for the week is “The Happy Prince and Other Stores”, by Oscar Wilde. Three short stories you’re sure to enjoy. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday. 

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The Classic Tales Book Club is moving forward. If any of you have an idea you’d like to contribute, or a special knowledge or skill you think might help, please send me an email through the website. I’d really like to make this a fun place where we can have great conversations, and I’m learning how difficult that is to create. So, if you’d like to pitch in, let me know. Details coming soon. 

And now, Clouds of Witness, Part 3 of 9, by Dorothy Sayers. 

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While sailing in the Arctic the Pole-Star becomes trapped in ice. But when superstition begins to run rampant among the crew, the captain begins to cope in a strange way. Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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While mostly famous for his creation of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle enjoyed crafting tales about the supernatural as well. The Captain of the Polestar and other tales includes many great pieces of short fiction. 

And now, The Captain of the Pole-star, by Arthur Conan Doyle. 

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Could a green-eyed cat be the clue that cracks the mystery?   Dorothy Sayers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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I’m planning to start a new thing this year – The Classic Tales Book Club. It will be a monthly meeting over Zoom, where we can talk about the books we love. Might be about the stuff on the show, maybe not. But I figured it’s about time we start to know each other better. There’s a familiar comfort with the classics. I just love them. I’d love to have a discussion! 

So keep your ears open for the Classic Tales Book Club. Easiest book club ever. Details coming soon. 

And now, Clouds of Witness, Part 2 of 9, by Dorothy Sayers.

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Ardita Farnam has a feisty will and a fiery tongue. But when seven hulking musicians seize her yacht while her rich uncle goes ashore, she soon discovers the limits of her persuasive powers. F. Scott Fitzgerald, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s story was released as one of eight stories in Flappers and Philosophers in 1920. It was Fitzgerald’s first published collection, and showcases his rapid development as a writer. 

And now, The Offshore Pirate, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Can Lord Peter Wimsey help when his brother is accused of murder? Because things aren’t looking good.  Dorothy Sayers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Dorothy Sayers was a pioneer in the world of detective fiction, and in her second novel featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, she deepens her craft. In his first outing in Whose Body, Wimsey verges on caricature, and in Clouds of Witness, he’s drawn as more of a man of action. Sayers will deepen this aspect of Wimsey in subsequent novels. 

The title for this book comes from the Bible: Hebrews Chapter 12, verse 1: "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us." 

And now, Clouds of Witness, Part 1 of 9, by Dorothy Sayers.

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When big-game hunter Sanger Rainsford falls overboard and swims to an island with a bad reputation, the hunter quickly becomes the hunted. Richard Connell, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Big-game safaris and expeditions were fashionable among the wealthy in the 1920’s. The story has had several media appearances, including an audio drama in the CBS Radio Suspense series, featuring Orson Welles in 1943, and an RKO film featuring Fay Wray in 1932. 

And now, The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell

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The Cisco Kid’s days are numbered, now that they’ve located his sweetheart. How can they evade the Federales?  O. Henry, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The character of the Cisco Kid was originally created in this short story by O. Henry, but he went through a huge transformation before he became the character widely known today. 

The Cisco Kid is not a beloved character in his first appearance in today’s story, first published in 1907. Nope, he’s a vicious killer. However, by the time of his third feature film, The Old Arizona in 1927, Cisco was revamped as a witty Mexican hero, winning the Oscar for Best Actor for Warner Brothers – the second ever given!

Nearly thirty films were produced with the character, along with 156 television episodes produced between 1950 and 1956. 

But in today’s story by O. Henry, Cisco is a duplicitous scoundrel. The kind that can’t be killed.

And now, The Caballero’s Way, by O. Henry.

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Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson deduce the whereabouts of a famous jewel based on a hat and a Christmas goose. Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle is one of twelve short stories included in the seminal volume The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. If you haven’t checked it out, you should. A link to the complete audiobook can be found in the show notes. 

And now, The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, by Arthur Conan Doyle.

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A last-minute shopping excursion leads to a Christmas miracle in the country. Lucy Maud Montgomery, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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And now, Christmas at Red Butte, by Lucy Maud Montgomery. 

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The Ghosts of Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come. Neither pull any punches for Ebeneezer Scrooge. Charles Dickens, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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And now, A Christmas Carol, Part 3of 3, by Charles Dickens.

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All is revealed, and Jimmy shows his true mettle – while demonstrating his singular gift for intrusion. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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And now, The Intrusion of Jimmy, Part 7 of 7, by P.G. Wodehouse. 

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Perspective. That’s what Ebeneezer Scrooge needs, and a journey with a ghost can give it to him. Hopefully. Charles Dickens, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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And now, A Christmas Carol, Part 2 of 3, by Charles Dickens.

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Ah, the things we’ll do when we’re driven to our limits. Burglary? For a Lord of the Realm? I’m not saying it’s completely out of the question. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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At the end of last week’s episode, Spike had proactively stolen Lady Julia’s diamond necklace, and Jimmy planned to put it back during the theatricals that evening.  

And now, The Intrusion of Jimmy, Part 6 of 7, by P.G. Wodehouse.  

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Ebeneezer Scrooge rules his shop with an iron fist and a miserly glare. Perhaps a ghost or two can snap him out of it. Charles Dickens, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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A Christmas Carol was the first Christmas story I tackled when I started the podcast back in 2007. I think most every actor would love to be involved in a production of A Christmas Carol, and I was no different. 

11 years later, in 2018, when I saw how much I had grown as a narrator, and also how much my studio had improved, I decided to record this one again. This recording is the 2018 version, available in the anthology, The Christmas Stories of Charles Dickens. A link is available in the show notes. 

And now, A Christmas Carol, Part 1 of 3, by Charles Dickens.

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Safe and sound aboard a canoe on the lake, Jimmy can straiten things out with Molly. But how can he possibly win over her bulldog of a father? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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At the end of last week’s episode, Jimmy had placed Molly bodily into a canoe, and rowed out onto the lake.  

And now, The Intrusion of Jimmy, Part 5 of 7, by P.G. Wodehouse.  

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Between the detectives, the suspicious father, and the upcoming theatricals, how is Jimmy to get closer to Molly? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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In his attempts to woo Molly McEachern, Jimmy’s got a lot working against him. Let’s see how he does this week. 

And now, The Intrusion of Jimmy, Part 4 of 7, by P.G. Wodehouse. 

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How can Jimmy convince Molly’s pugnacious father that he is not, in fact, a professional burglar? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Well-to-do Jimmy broke into a house on a bet. He got help from Spike Mullins, a penny larcenist who happened to be burgling Jimmy. Together, they broke into the house of the grafting police captain, Mr. McEchern, who coincidentally was the father of the girl Jimmy had been smitten with on his recent steam ship travels. 

A year later, Jimmy is in London, and is invited to stay at the country estate of Lord Dreever, a penniless noble with a moneyed and intimidating aunt and uncle. Due to an oversight, Jimmy must walk from the train station to the estate, and who should he meet on his way but Molly McEchern, the very girl who had so impressed him on the steamship, and whose father’s house he had bunglingly burgled. 

And now, The Intrusion of Jimmy, Part 3 of 7, by P.G. Wodehouse.  

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A year of globe-trotting can’t cure Jimmy’s curious affliction. Will he ever get the remarkable girl from the steamer out of his head? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Last week, we met Jimmy, who had just returned to America from England, and was smitten with a girl he met, kind of. Their eyes met, but they never spoke. On returning to New York, Jimmy’s flat was broken into by Spike Mullins, who Jimmy took a liking to. Spike and Jimmy then broke into the home of Mr. McEchern, the grafting chief of police, and the father to the enigmatic girl Jimmy saw on the steamer. 

And now, The Intrusion of Jimmy, Part 2 of 7, by P.G. Wodehouse. 

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Everyone says that Jimmy is the same jolly chap as ever, even after coming into money. So why does he agree to break into a house? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s story is a standalone Wodehouse title. It’s not part of a series, and like a lot of his books, contains both American and British characters. I hope you like it. 

I particularly enjoy his reference to Arsène Lupin. Keep an ear open for it!

And now, The Intrusion of Jimmy, Part 1 of 7, by P.G. Wodehouse. 

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Why does withholding Culwin make things worse by holding his tongue? Edith Wharton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Edith Wharton loved ghost stories, and The Eyes is one of her finest. The concept of “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” is on full display, here. Let’s get to it:

And now, The Eyes, by Edith Wharton. 

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Sleepy Hollow sounded like such a peaceful place to the gentle Ichabod Crane. Boy, was he in for a surprise. Washington Irving, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The character of Ichabod Crane in Irving’s immortal story has had many incarnations. He’s been a detective, a dabbler in the supernatural, and a criminologist, among other things. First published in 1820, this is among the first examples of American fiction with enduring popularity. Of course, cartoons help. 

I’ve always appreciated how much of the original text survived in the Disney version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Required viewing at Halloween time. 

And now, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving.

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Why is an unobtrusive, simple flat in the middle of London outrageously haunted? Edward Bulwer-Lytton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Right Honourable Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton was a prolific novelist, and very popular in his day. He coined many phrases now commonplace, such as, “the pen is mightier than the sword”, “The pursuit of the almighty dollar”, and “It was a dark and stormy night”. He represented the Whigs in Parliament, and was the Secretary of State for the Colonies from June 1858 to June 1859. 

He married Rosina Doyle Wheeler, also a writer, and they had two children. He wasn’t a faithful husband, and they parted acrimoniously in 1833. When he was standing as a parliamentary candidate in June 1858, Rosina continued to publicly denounce him, in print and in person, and his responses escalated until he eventually had her committed to a mental asylum. She was shortly released after a public outcry. 

He suffered with gradual hearing loss from the time he was a young man. As it worsened during the course of his life, he pulled out of the public eye. An unsuccessful ear operation eventually killed him, and he died in 1873. 

And now, The Haunters and the Haunted, by Edward Bulwer Litton.

 

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Dreaming of eternal tranquility, Winzy quaffs the elixir of immortality. But soon his tranquility turns to torture. Mary Shelley, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s story was commissioned in 1833 for The Keepsake, a literary annual which combined short fiction, poetry, and engraved artwork. “The Mortal Immortal” is an example of a Godwinian confessional narrative, a technique developed by Mary’s father, William Godwin, in his novel St. Leon. Godwin’s novel features a tragic immortal protagonist possessed of exceptional powers, but unable to use them well. 

The narrative technique and the theme of exploring the nature of life and immortality are evident in many of her writings, including the short story “Transformation” and of course, Frankenstein

And now, The Mortal Immortal, by Mary Shelley. 

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It was the dull, sightless, vulture's eye that shredded his final nerve. Edgar Allan Poe, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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In today’s story, an unnamed narrator attempts to convince us of his sanity, while simultaneously describing a murder he committed. It was first published 180 years ago in 1843. 

I heard a radio version of this story where they have different voice actors “tempt”, or “guide”  the narrator through the steps of the murder, which was rather effective. When I first recorded this back in 2007, it was in the middle of the night, and I was all alone, and really into the height of the drama, and right at the critical point, a car drove by with some crazy bass going on, and it nearly gave me a heart attack.

This recording was the #3 bestselling audiobook at the iTunes Music Store in 2008. 

And now, The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe. 

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The mystery of the cursed room is solved, and all is revealed. Anonymous, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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This week concludes our story by Anonymous of The Closed Cabinet, jointly narrated with Nancy Peterson. 

Evie’s cousins live on an ancient estate with a cursed history. Featured in this history is a room with a closed cabinet, where tradition has it that if a single woman sleeps in the room, she will die. On her third night in the room, Evie has an extremely realistic dream, where she lived through the terrifying moment of a wronged woman taking revenge against her abusive husband. She awakes with a cut on her hand from a dagger she retrieved from the closed cabinet – which was open in her dream. 

I know that the writing of this story isn’t as fast paced as some of our other offerings, but I am so impressed with the level of craft in the book. Evie is initially extremely naïve and innocent, and Alan is aloof to the point of boorishness. But Evie and Alan gently move from opposite sides of the “worldly experience” spectrum, until they meet at just the right place. 

And once again, a huge thank you to Nancy Peterson for her stunning narration. Do yourself a favor, and check out her recordings of the Anne of Green Gables series. Links are in the show notes.

And now, The Closed Cabinet, Part 3 of 3, by Anonymous. Narrated with Nancy Peterson

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Seeking shelter from the storm, a young traveler finds refuge in a cozy cottage nestled in the notch of a hill. But is the cottage really safe? Nathaniel Hawthorne, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s story is based in fact. The basis of the story is the Willey tragedy of Crawford Notch, New Hampshire. On August 28, 1826, a family living in the Notch of the White Mountains was killed by an avalanche as they rushed from their home attempting to seek safety. The home they fled, however, was unharmed. Hawthorne visited the area four years later.

Hawthorne wrote this piece as a series of travel pieces he titled, “Sketches from Memory, by a Pedestrian”, in the November 1835 issue of The New-England Magazine. It was later included in the second edition of Twice-Told Tales

And now, The Ambitious Guest, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. 

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After abandoning a life of dissipation, the baron settles down - but this version of simple domesticity isn’t what he had in mind. Charles Dickens, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Dickens’ first serialized novel, The Pickwick Papers, used a significant amount of peripheral short fiction to bulk up the length of the story, or as Dickens said, “make length”. In Nicholas Nickleby, he did it again, inserting a short story in his serialized title. The Baron of Grogswig can be found in Chapter 6. 

Considered a “satire of a Gothic tale”, hopefully the charm of Dickens is still shining strong. 

And now, The Baron of Grogzwig, by Charles Dickens. 

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What does Evie discover when she finds the cursed, closed cabinet – open? Anonymous, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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This week continues our story by Anonymous of The Closed Cabinet, jointly narrated with Nancy Peterson. 

Last week, we met Evie who is visiting her esteemed cousins, the Mervyns, who live on an ancient estate with a wicked history. Featured in this history is a room with a closed cabinet, where it is rumored that a girl died when she slept there 150 years ago. Events so fell out that Evie has to stay in this room for several nights. Each night she has terrible dreams. 

Note how Evie’s reaction to the elements helps to move the story along, and adds to the supernatural nature of the story. It’s a small step from reacting strongly to the wind, to reacting to other invisible things. 

And now, The Closed Cabinet, Part 2 of 3, by Anonymous. Narrated with Nancy Peterson.  

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Jabez Wilson is exorbitantly paid to copy the Encyclopedia Britannica at a certain time and place every day. Is he right to be suspicious? Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Adventure of the Red-Headed League is one of 12 Sherlock Holmes stories comprising The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It is one of the 56 short stories in the Sherlock Holmes canon. It was originally published in the Strand Magazine in August 1891. 

One thing to note – the dates in the story don’t match the characters’ descriptions of time passing. Wilson first discovers the advertisement for the League on April 27, 1890, works for 8 weeks, finishing at the end of June. However, the story begins as “one day in autumn”, and describes the league closing on October 9, 1890. 

The story is still great, but nitpickers are going to nitpick, so we thought we’d point it out. 

And now, The Adventure of the Red-Headed League, by Arthur Conan Doyle. 

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Father and son enter a magic shop where the shopman is a genius at sleight of hand. But, as the son becomes more and more enthralled, the father feels an icy hand grip his heart. H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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H.G. Wells. Yeah, when he invents a genre, he invents a genre. Think of all the stories with magic shops like the one in today’s story – Harry Potter, The Twilight Zone, Gremlins, Little Shop of Horrors, the list goes on and on. 

This story is a little lighter than Wells’ typical fare, and is perfect for Halloween listening. So, let’s journey to a magic shop where “All goods (are) of the same quality…and that is the best”

And now, The Magic Shop, by H.G. Wells. 

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A family secret, an ominous curse, and a mysterious cabinet equals a surplusage of horrors. No wonder the writer withheld their name. Anonymous, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today begins a three-part series of The Closed Cabinet, by Anonymous. There are so many wonderful elements in today’s story – a bespelled cabinet built by an ancient witch, a family curse, and beautiful prose tying it all together. But the majority of this story is told from the point of view of a 19-year-old woman. And so I reached out to Nancy Peterson, the award-winning narrator and Tik-Tok sensation, and we decided to collaborate again. So the parts of the story that are told from the heroine, Evie’s point of view will be read by Nancy, and I’ll be chiming in when the men speak.

I thought this approach would be best for the way this story is written. Hopefully it works okay. Just trying something new. 

And if you’re a fan of Nancy’s, like I am, she is in the process of recording the Anne of Green Gables series of books, by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Links to her recordings can be found in the show notes. I’ve seen her perform some of it live – it’s amazing. 

And now, The Closed Cabinet, Part 1 of 3, by Anonymous. Narrated with Nancy Peterson. 

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Enter the tormented mind of a prisoner in his quest for hope in a world of darkness. Edgar Allan Poe, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Edgar Allan Poe. This master of the short story was such a pioneer, defining the sleuth mystery, expanding the realm of science fiction. And of course, he gave us the definitive canon of horror stories. 

Today’s story was published 180 years ago, in 1843. There are no supernatural elements in the story itself. The realism of the story is enhanced through the reported sensations of the narrator. It’s a thrill ride, moving from one thrilling episode to the next. It seems as though Poe is experimenting with the effectiveness of several devices to create a desired thrilling effect.

16 years ago, this episode rocketed The Classic Tales Podcast to the #3 Top Podcast in Apple Podcasts (then iTunes). Let’s see how it holds up. 

And now, The Pit and the Pendulum, Edgar Allan Poe. 

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Everyone says Henry’s wife, Phoebe, has died. But to Henry, she’s still alive. Theodore Dreiser, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Theodore Dreiser was a leading figure of a new literary movement in America, replacing the observances of the Victorian days with new social problems that reflected the industrialization of America. His best known works are Sister Carrie (1922), and An American Tragedy (1925). 

Dreiser’s works are far from perfect, and tend to get longer as you read them. However, like many who brave new paths, the writers before Dreiser were remarkably different than those who followed him. While perhaps not a perfect guidepost, he nevertheless showed a new path and took a few wavering steps.

The Lost Phoebe is the only one of Dreiser’s titles in the Classic Tales canon. I’ve tried to return to him over the past 16 years and it just hasn’t worked out. Strange, because The Lost Phoebe has some absolutely masterful moments. 

And now, The Lost Phoebe, by Theodore Dreiser.

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Have 30 years dimmed the memory of music in Clark’s aunt? What will happen if it’s awakened? Willa Cather, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Monday we’ll have Theodore Dreiser’s incredible story The Lost Phoebe, and on Wednesday, Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum. Believe it or not, when this episode of The Pit and the Pendulum was originally released, The Classic Tales Podcast was the #3 podcast in all of iTunes (Apple Podcasts) not just fiction, but in ALL podcasts, in between This American Life and Car Talk. Times have changed, and I’m glad we’ve kept up, to some extent. If you’d like more Vintage Episodes, head on over to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and let us know one way or another. And thanks for your support! 

Today’s story is about a gifted musician who fell in love, and eloped to the frontier, forsaking her promising career as a professional musician. It’s interesting to think of this time when her life was wholly unconnected. Talk about off the grid. No internet, television, movies, or even a band concert. Hymns in church – that’s entertainment. 

Beautifully written by the great Willa Cather, A Wagner Matinee takes us to a simpler time, while still capturing much of the darker complexities we don’t want to talk about. 

And now, A Wagner Matinee, by Willa Cather.

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Does a mummified monkey’s paw have supernatural powers? What happens when a careless wish puts it to the test? W. W. Jacobs, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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William Wymark Jacobs’ remarkable story of The Monkey’s Paw was originally published in 1902 in Harper’s Monthly. It was reprinted the same year in his third collection of short stories, entitled The Lady of the Barge.

It’s been celebrated on stage, screen, radio, television, comics, and even opera since 1903. Something about the unintended consequences connected with having your wish granted really strikes a chord. Let’s strike it again. 

And now, The Monkey’s Paw, W.W. Jacobs. 

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It’s the most glorious flower garden the world has ever known. But when a young student falls in love with the mysterious Eve who tends the garden, he learns that this Paradise is anything but a Garden of Eden. Nathaniel Hawthorne, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today we continue the Gothic vein with a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Most of us are familiar with The Scarlet Letter. But Hawthorne really shines in the medium of the short story, and this story is an excellent example. 

Gothic elements abound – Beatrice is socially and physically isolated from the rest of the world. There is a supernatural and scientific element to the garden, the romance of the two lovers, and the Faustian/diabolical figure of Dr. Rappaccini. 

All in all, it’s a solid piece of literature, if you can overlook the green narrator.  

And now, Rappaccini’s Daughter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. 

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Why does the rose bush tremble, when there isn’t a hint of wind? Mary Wilkins Freeman, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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When I first started the show, we did a lot of ghost stories. So, this week, you’ll hear Rappaccini’s Daughter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and The Monkey’s Paw, by W. W. Jacobs. Keep an eye on your podcast feed for two Vintage Episodes – one on Monday, another on Wednesday. If you like them, head on over to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and let us know one way or another. And thanks for your support! 

Today’s story is riddled with secrets, and but the main theme is deception. Each woman handles the truth differently in this story, and it’s interesting to see who does what with the information they have. 

Puritanism is rampant in the story, from the characters’ style of speaking, their way of life, the attitude toward teenage boys, and the unspoken understanding of how to handle the truth. Good people don’t tell lies, right? Well, let’s see. 

And now, The Wind in the Rose Bush, by Mary Wilkins Freeman.

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How does Barbara cope with the loss of her handsome Edmond? Can Lord Uplandtowers use this to exact a cruel revenge? Thomas Hardy, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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T.S. Eliot said that Barbara of the House of Grebe “would seem to have been written solely to provide a satisfaction for some morbid emotion”. Looking back on this production, I’m rather inclined to agree. When you think about why this story was written, or what message it’s trying to convey, it may be simply to scratch some dark and murky itch. See how far you can go, kind of thing. 

In short, the ending of this story is pretty dark. Just a heads up. 

And now, Barbara of the House of Grebe, Part 2 of 2, by Thomas Hardy.  

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When Barbara elopes with her penniless lover, it sets in motion a series of events culminating in tragedy. Thomas Hardy, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast was originally released on June 22, 2007, along with The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe, and The Speckled Band, by Arthur Conan Doyle.

I ran across this story in a collection of short stories called The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales, edited by Chris Baldick, which I’d highly recommend. Of course, you’ll run into most of the stories if you listen to the Vintage Episodes of the podcast. 

Barbara of the House of Grebe was originally published in the periodical The Graphic in 1890, and later collected with nine other stories in A Group of Noble Dames, and published in book form in 1891. 

It’s a pretty gothic story. You’ve got the dark atmosphere, romance, tragedy, and a dark villain. So buckle up. It’s about to get real. 

And now, Barbara of the House of Grebe, Part 1 of 2, by Thomas Hardy. 

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Why is Bryden’s doppelgänger curiously disfigured? Henry James, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today we finish Brydon’s story, and he meets his doppelgänger – the darker man he could have been. This desperate need to reconnect with his lost chances, lost friendships, lost opportunities, etc. has its roots in the writings of Emmanuel Swedenborg, who influenced James greatly. One of Swedenborg’s theories was that of “vastation”, in which a supernatural encounter with your darker alter-ego occurred, which must be defeated and overcome to progress in the spiritual plane.

Emmanuel Swedenborg influenced many great thinkers, including Fjodor Dostoyevsky, Robert Louis Stevenson, George Bernard Shaw, Sheridan LeFanu,  Abraham Lincoln, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and many others. 

And now, The Jolly Corner, Part 2 of 2, by Henry James.

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Helen Stoner is terrified. Two years ago, her sister died after hearing strange noises in her room. Now after moving into her sister’s room, Helen is hearing the noises again! Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast was originally released on June 22, 2007, along with The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe, and Part One of Barbara of the House of Grebe, by Thomas Hardy. 

The Adventure of the Speckled Band is one of 12 Sherlock Holmes stories comprising The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It is one of the 56 short stories in the Sherlock Holmes canon, and hosts many tell-tale signs of the classic detective genre. Doyle himself called it his “best story”. It was originally published in the Strand Magazine in February 1892. 

And now, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, by Arthur Conan Doyle. 

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The bloody-minded Montresor leads the pompous Fortunato deep into the wine vaults and catacombs, crowning in a climax that is delightfully sinister. Edgar Allan Poe, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast was originally released on June 22, 2007, along with The Speckled Band, by Arthur Conan Doyle, and Part One of Barbara of the House of Grebe, by Thomas Hardy. 

The recording of Basil Rathbone recording The Cask of Amontillado changed my life. It really did. Up until that time, I couldn’t understand the heavier language of the classics. I never really understood Poe until I had an actor help me with it. But when I heard this recording, the world opened up for me. I listened to it over and over again, until I practically memorized it. Then I discovered other audiobooks, and learned how to really read. I could understand these amazing stories that were up until that time, hidden from me. I can’t emphasize how deeply this impacted my life. We named our first-born son Basil. 

So, after I listened to a few hundreds of audiobooks over a dozen years or so, I heard about podcasting, and I had an idea for one. The Cask of Amontillado had to be the first episode. I cobbled together an old computer, borrowed some recording equipment, and threw three episodes together. 

Now, 17 years later, I record audiobooks as my full-time job. 

Let’s start the journey again. 

And now, The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe. 

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Is the spectral presence in Bryden’s home the ghost of his alter ego, or is he just seeing what he wants to see? Henry James, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s story is incredibly autobiographical, and is considered one of Henry James’ best ghost stories. He wrote it six years before his death, and thirty-three years after he settled in Europe after leaving America. 

It’s the story of a wealthy young man who leaves America in his youth, follows a life of dissipation for 33 years in Europe, and returns to his ancestral home in New York. He is struck by the changes he sees, of course. But upon realizing he has a certain knack for real estate development, he is haunted by his alter ego – the man he could have been. 

And now, The Jolly Corner, Part 1 of 2, by Henry James. 

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Why is a spectre haunting a lonely signal man in the small hours of the night? Charles Dickens, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Oliver Twist. Great Expectations. David Copperfield. A Christmas Carol. Nicholas Nickleby. The list goes on. When it comes to classic literature, Charles Dickens has it covered. He’s written some of the most iconic characters in our canon of classic literature. 

He used his power to point out some of the worst parts of the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England. And he also showed us the heights of humanity by detailing the lives of the poor and lower classes. Now, let’s hear a ghost story. 

And now, The Signal Man, by Charles Dickens. 

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Ten undetectable humanoids are loose in the United States, and if they get together, they will transform into a horrific bomb. How can they be stopped? Isaac Asimov, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Isaac Asimov (1920 – 1992) was an American writer and professor. In his time, he was considered one of the “Big Three” most influential science fiction writers of his day, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke. He wrote or edited over 500 works, including the Foundation series, the first three books of which won the Hugo Award for “Best All-Time Series” in 1966. His other major series are the Galactic Empire series, and the Robot series. 

Asimov is also known for inventing terms which are now commonplace. He coined the phrase “robotics” in his 1941 story, “Liar”. Also, the word psychohistory, having to do with a fictional branch of science that combines statistics, science, and history, to make predictions about the future. This concept is explored in his Foundation series. 

Today’s story was first published in the February 1957 issue of Infinity magazine. Extensive research did not uncover that the U.S. copyright was renewed. 

And now, Let’s Get Together, by Isaac Asimov. 

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Why does Mr. Lavington insist that his nephew remain in the brutal winter of New England, defying the diagnoses of many doctors? Edith Wharton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Edith Wharton wrote several ghost stories in the early twentieth century. Today’s story was first published in 1914. She believed a good supernatural tale should, “ send a cold shiver down one’s spine”, but not resort to conventional descriptions of ghosts and similar spirits. In this way she is similar to her contemporary and friend, Henry James. 

The craft of the Victorian Ghost Story is evident in the subtle way the atmosphere is crafted, and the suspense gently builds. Notice how Mr. Lavington is described. His smile is fixed on his face. “His intense personality has permeated every corner of his dwelling, in an occult way.” It’s one of those stories you want to listen to again once you’re done, to see what you missed. I hope you like it. 

And now, The Triumph of Night, by Edith Wharton.

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Why are Mr. and Mrs. Brede telling so many lies? They seem like such nice people. Henry Cuyler Bunner, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Henry Cuyler Bunner (1855-1896) Was an American journalist, novelist, and poet. His works were largely anthologized in the early 1900s, but he’s mostly forgotten now. His short story about the comedic adventures of a circus elephant, Zenobia’s Infidelity, was made into a film in 1939 starring Oliver Hardy. 

This piece stuck out to me because there are some really nice moments of description, and the way characters can be described so concisely. It’s also an interesting study of how humor has evolved over the years. 

And now, The Nice People, by Henry Cuyler Bunner.

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How will mother respond when she learns that a new barn is being built where she’d been promised a house? Mary E Wilkins Freeman, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Mary E Wilkins Freeman (1852 – 1930) was an American author who wrote in a variety of formats, including novels, short stories, and children’s poetry. She is known for her strong voice in defending the plight of women. 

Today’s story was published in her most famous work, A New England Nun and Other Stories (1891) I discovered it in a book published for high school English students in 1920. I just wanted to point out a couple of things about this story. Note that in the beginning, no names are used for the characters – their roles are emphasized first, then the names come after a while. 

Also, in the beginning, when the mother and daughter are discussing father’s behavior, mother says: “You hadn't ought to judge father, though. He can't help it, 'cause he don't look at things jest the way we do.” Notice how this one line sets up everything that follows.  

And now, The Revolt of Mother, by Mary E Wilkins Freeman.

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Will the joys of the Araby bazaar live up to the hype, or is this enthusiasm possibly misplaced? James Joyce, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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James Augustine Aloysius Joyce lived from 1882 – 1941, and is widely considered one of the most important writers of the 20th century. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde movement, and stream of consciousness writing. His most well-known works include The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), Finnegan’s Wake (1939), and Ulysses (1922).

Today’s story was published in the short story collection Dubliners in 1914. It centers around a coming-of-age narrator who is infatuated with his friend’s sister, and promises to get her something at the Araby bazaar. 

There are several themes touched on in Araby, many of which recur frequently in Dubliners. The meeting of imagination with reality, the consequences of idealization, The Catholic Church’s influence to shame desire and sensuality, among others. There is also a focus on the pain one feels when encountering love in reality, rather than in its idealized form. 

And now, Araby, by James Joyce.

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A cutthroat quest for buried treasure begs the question - is one life more sacred than another? H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Herbert George Wells lived from 1866 to 1946, and saw the world change on a scale like never before. A forward-thinking social critic, he wrote a number of utopian works and foresaw the advent of aircraft, space travel, nuclear weapons, and the world wide web.  

He was known for placing commonplace detail alongside a single extraordinary assumption in each work. This method was dubbed “Wells’ Law”. His most notable works include The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The War of the Worlds. 

Today’s story contains the commonplace details surrounding a hunt for buried treasure. What do you see as the single extraordinary assumption? 

And now, The Treasure in the Forest, by H.G. Wells. 

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Are there really more things in heaven and earth than we can dream of? Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis is widely regarded as the greatest Brazilian writer. Born on June 21st, 1839 to a poor family, and the grandson of freed slaves in Rio de Janeiro, he did not achieve notoriety outside of Brazil during his lifetime. He was an autodidact, never attending university, and scrapping to learn everything he could while struggling to rise in society. He taught himself French, English, German and Greek, and was the first President of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. 

Today’s story begins by referencing the expression from Shakespeare about there being more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in our philosophy. There’s more going on than we can see, or touch, etc.. Ghosts, mystical forces, prophesy, divine guidance, destiny, these types of things. It’s possible that like most people, a version of these things give you comfort. The question I’d pose is – why do they comfort you? 

And now, The Fortune-Teller, by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis.  

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Is a young man’s philandering ever really a victimless crime? D.H. Lawrence, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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If you’re in the mood for a good contemporary thriller, check out Immortal Red, by Keith Hummel on Audible. The link is in the show notes. When a biologist discovers a jellyfish that holds the secret to immortality, things start to spin out of control. Tapping into his years of medical experience, Hummel’s convincing thriller spans the globe as governments and mercenaries conspire to acquire the real essence of eternal life. I had a great time recording it. That’s Immortal Red, by Keith Hummel. Don’t miss it! 

David Herbert Lawrence was a novelist, poet, short story writer and essayist. His best known novels, including “Sons and Lovers”, “The Rainbow”, and “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”, were subjects of censorship trials for their radical use of strong language and sexuality. Lawrence was largely maligned and estranged during his career. However, E.M. Forster in an obituary notice challenged this view, dubbing Lawrence, “the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation”. 

Today’s story isn’t particularly racy at all, please don’t worry about that. But it’s elegantly written, and very powerful in it’s message. It’s from a collection of short stories written from 1913 – 1922, and takes place during World War I. Written a hundred years before the “Me Too” movement, this is one of the issues we’re still struggling with as a species. See if the punishment fits the crime. Then ask yourself why you came to that conclusion. 

And now, Tickets, Please, by D.H. Lawrence. 

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What gruesome mystery surrounds the two-hundred-year-old derelict? William Hope Hodgson, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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There are 10 new titles from the archives now available on the website. Works from O. Henry, Kate Chopin, Guy de Maupassant, Louisa May Alcott and others are ready when you are. 

One of the things I love about the classics is that even the “scary” stories have something interesting to offer. Take today’s story for instance. It’s not just a story where, “oh, you know what would be really creepy…”. Hodgson, as he often does, has couched his scary story within a story where two men are discussing the nature of life. 

Is it life as we know it simply something that spontaneously happens when the elements and conditions are perfect? Or is there a deeper, more mysterious power at play? What does this mean about life after death? Then the story illustrates a point. I mean, seriously, to probe these profound questions in the midst of getting thrilled and spooked is one of the charms of these stories. 

And if you’d like to experience this phenomenon further – go read Frankenstein. Again.

 

And now, The Derelict, by William Hope Hodgson

 

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Will Bess and Venters make it out of the valley with Tull’s men on their trail? Will Lassiter and Jane find safety? Zane Grey, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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And now, Riders of the Purple Sage, part 12 of 12, by Zane Grey

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Why does Bess’s true identity shatter the worlds of Venters, Jane, and even Lassiter? Zane Grey, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Okay, so I’m trying a new thing. I’ve talked before about how much these stories mean to me. I couldn’t read well as a kid, then I discovered audiobooks, and all of these classics which I’ve wanted to read for years but were too difficult were now available to me. I want to share the joy I find in these stories with everyone who’ll hear. This is why I do what I do.

Here’s the thing: I’m sure there are a lot of people listening now with a similar story to tell. I want you to tell them. Here. Here’s the plan: 

Send me an email to mail@classictalesaudiobooks.com. Briefly tell me why classic literature means so much to you. Doesn’t need to be much, maybe a quick story, an experience you had while reading something. A decision you made because of a book you read, reaffirmation of a tough decision you made, how they make you feel, whatever it is. There’s a reason you’re listening to this podcast. Tell me what it is, and we’ll see if it will work!  

We’ll set up a time, and do a quick zoom meeting where you can tell me about your love for classic literature. Doesn’t need to be long. I’ll record our meeting, and share it with all the classic tales fans on the podcast and YouTube. 

Then, we’ll start sprinkling our award-winning audiobook content with your stories. Hopefully we can deepen the conversation, and all develop a greater appreciation for these amazing stories! 

So send me an email – mail@classictalesaudiobooks.com. Tell me your story, and we’ll see if we can get you on the show! 

And now, Riders of the Purple Sage, part 11 of 12, by Zane Grey

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With Faye’s abduction, Lassiter’s about to show what he’s made of.  Zane Grey, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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This week’s episode starts right where the last one left off, so I’m including a few minutes of the tail end of last week’s episode to lead us into Chapter 20.  

And now, Riders of the Purple Sage, part 10 of 12, by Zane Grey

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When the townsfolk see Venters returning to town with Jane Withersteen’s stolen horses, they know somebody’s gonna die. Zane Grey, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The National Audio Theatre Festival has awarded a Platinum Award to my recording of 813, by Maurice Leblanc. It’s the highest honor they bestow, and I’m so happy and humbled to have received it. Thanks to all of our monthly supporters who have made it possible for us to create this award-winning content. 

And now, Riders of the Purple Sage, part 9 of 12, by Zane Grey 

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Who are the shady horsemen Venters finds leading Jane Withersteen’s favorite horses? Zane Grey, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The first season of the Arsène Lupin Podcast is complete!  Binge all episodes of our gentleman burglar’s own show. And tell your friends! Links can be found in the show notes. 

The National Audio Theatre Festival has awarded a Platinum Award to my recording of 813, by Maurice Leblanc. It’s the highest honor they bestow, and I’m so happy and humbled to have received it. Thanks to all of our monthly supporters who have made it possible for us to create this award-winning content.

  And now, Riders of the Purple Sage, part 8 of 12, by Zane Grey

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Can Venters publicly call out Tull’s crimes without a serious backlash? Zane Grey, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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It looks like it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room: The Mormonism in this story. 

First of all, I’ve got to say that Mormon people are some of the best people I’ve known. My parents, friends, colleagues, neighbors - I have a Mormon background. Most of the people I know locally are Mormon. And they’re wonderful – I love them dearly! Mormons, or members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are great. They’re my folks. The fact that I’m producing this book now isn’t any reflection on them. 

The thing that’s so nefarious about this book is its villain. It’s not a person – it’s systemic religious extortion used to build wealthy empires, while neglecting the poor and needy. That’s what it’s all about – when the institutions we trust to take care of us that actually take way more than they give. Now, is this a uniquely Mormon/LDS problem? No! But it happened then, and it’s happening now. Don’t believe me? Check out 60 Minutes on CBS last week. This religious empire building they talk of in the book is still happening today. 

And so, like other topics that we’ve discussed over the years - racism, classism, poverty, - things that these classic authors wrote about over 100 years ago that were a problem then and are still a problem now, I’m afraid religious-oriented extortion is among them. I wish it wasn’t but here we are. 

Let’s see if we can do better.

And now, Riders of the Purple Sage, part 7 of 12, by Zane Grey

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Can Jane Withersteen handle another devastating blow to her livelihood? How many hits can her trembling loyalty take? Zane Grey, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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And now, Riders of the Purple Sage, part 6 of 12, by Zane Grey

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What will Lassiter do when Jane Withersteen’s true intentions are revealed? Zane Grey, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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This week we continue our series of Riders of the Purple Sage, by Zane Grey. Last week Venters and Bess found a secret place where they could hide and heal. Today we’ll pick up right where we left off there. 

And now, Riders of the Purple Sage, part 5 of 12, by Zane Grey

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Why does Venters want to save the cattle rustler he shot? How is he going to save anyone, with the rustlers on his trail? Zane Grey, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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And finally, if you’d like to be an Audible reviewer, here’s your chance. I just finished an amazing project, and we need some reviews on Audible to help give it some traction. CBS News reporter Charles Gomez was fearless when facing down dictators. Earning an Emmy and an Edward R. Murrow Award, the Latin correspondent and son of a Cuban immigrant seemed on top of the world. But the terror of exposing his sexuality and AIDS diagnosis led him down a dark path of drugs and depression that nearly destroyed him. 

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This week we continue our series of Riders of the Purple Sage, by Zane Grey. Today we return to Venters and his dilemma. He had just shot the famed Masked Rider, afterwards discovering that the rider was, in fact, an unarmed young woman. 

And now, Riders of the Purple Sage, part 4 of 12, by Zane Grey 

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Lassiter discovers another plot to sabotage Jane Withersteen’s cattle, and only he can stop it. Zane Grey, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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This week we continue our series of Riders of the Purple Sage, by Zane Grey. Last week, we followed Venters as he discovered the hideout of the cattle rustlers, and discovered that the famed Masked Rider was, in fact, a young woman. 

Our story now turns back to Jane Withersteen, as she tries to discover who called her riders in, opening the door for her herd of 2,500 cattle to be stolen.

And now, Riders of the Purple Sage, part 3 of 12, by Zane Grey

 

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Venters heads off to discover the cattle rustlers’ hideout in Deception Pass. But when he crosses paths with the Masked Rider, everything goes sideways. Zane Grey, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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This week we continue our series of Riders of the Purple Sage, by Zane Grey. Last week, we met Jane Withersteen, a wealthy single woman who owns an extensive ranch in Southern Utah. Her refusal to enter into a polygamous marriage with Tull caused a deal of friction and threats from the Mormon elders. 

Venters, her most trusted hand, saw Judkins from afar riding like gangbusters back to the ranch – apparently with some terrible news…

And now, Riders of the Purple Sage, part 2 of 12, by Zane Grey 

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Jane Withersteen has a reputation for befriending the homeless outcast. So why are the town elders fuming mad? Zane Grey, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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And now for something completely different. 

This week we’re beginning a 12-part series of the Zane Grey classic: Riders of the Purple Sage. 

Riders of the Purple Sage is consistently short-listed as one of the best westerns of all time. Zane Grey was instrumental in defining the western novel, and Purple Sage was his best-selling book. Multiple films, operas, and TV adaptations have all been made of Jane Withersteen’s courageous story. Grey also wrote a sequel to it: The Rainbow Trail. I hope you like it!

And now, Riders of the Purple Sage, part 1 of 12, by Zane Gre

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With the world’s population perfectly regulated, what does it mean when Mrs. Wehling has triplets? Kurt Vonnegut, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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This week we’re continuing our little foray into the world of classic science fiction. 

Kurt Vonnegut attained international success with his novel Slaugherhouse-Five in 1969. His other notable works include Welcome to the Monkey House, Sirens of Titan and Cat’s Cradle. The latter two were nominated for Hugo Awards for notable science fiction. 

And now, 2BR02B, by Kurt Vonnegut.

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In a world where delusions become reality, what is the standard for sanity? Ray Bradbury, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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This week we’re continuing our little foray into the world of classic science fiction. 

The New York Times dubbed Ray Bradbury, “The writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream”. While he wrote chiefly in the realm of speculative fiction, he also worked in other genres, including horror, mystery, and coming of age fiction. 

His best-known works include the novel Fahrenheit 451, his collections of short stories, The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, and the speculative horror novel Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Today’s story was first published in the pulp magazine, Thrilling Wonder Stories, in October 1948. 

And now, The Square Pegs, by Ray Bradbury. 

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What do you call a con man in an advanced world of rocket ships, concrete, and stainless steel? A stainless steel rat. Harry Harrison, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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And now for something completely different.  

I thought we’d have a little bit of classic science fiction for a while. We’re starting with a short story by Harry Harrison. The Stainless Steel Rat is his most well-known story, along with the Deadworld series. Originally released in the August 1957 issue of Astounding Science Fiction, the noir style of the story helps us to immediately know our protagonist, and the world he inhabits. I hope you like it. 

And now, The Stainless Steel Rat, by Harry Harrison 

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How is Ukridge hoping to finagle his own wedding bells? PEPPO – the tonic that bucks you up! I don’t see a problem, here. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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And now, Ukridge Turns a Nasty Corner, by P.G. Wodehouse. 

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What happens when you mix up Ukridge, Battling Billson, and a Welsh revival meeting? Let’s find out. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Arsène Lupin Podcast is coming along. If you haven’t heard, I’ll be releasing the first collection of Lupin stories as its own show. Wednesdays are about to get even better. 

And now, The Exit of Battling Billson, by P.G. Wodehouse. 

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Direct download: CT_828_ExitofBattlingBillson.mp3
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What’s the most substantial thing that Ukridge can bring to a political campaign? Hopefully not scandal – anything but that. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Arsène Lupin Podcast is coming along. If you haven’t heard, I’ll be releasing the first collection of Lupin stories as its own show. Wednesdays are about to get even better.

And now, The Long Arm of Looney Coote, by P.G. Wodehouse. 

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How much harm can be done by taking a simple car ride with a chummy chauffeur? Well, if Ukridge is involved, apparently, quite a bit. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Arsène Lupin Podcast is coming along. If you haven’t heard, I’ll be releasing the first collection of Lupin stories as its own show. Wednesdays are about to get even better. 

And now, No Wedding Bells For Him, by P.G. Wodehouse. 

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Direct download: CT_826_NoWeddingBellsforHim.mp3
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Can Ukridge deliver on a promise he made to save Doris’ fledgling dictation business? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.  

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I’m pleased to announce a new endeavor – The Arsene Lupin Podcast. I’ll be releasing the first collection of Lupin stories as its own show. I hope you like it! It’s still in the preliminary phase, but it’s a coming! 

And now, Ukridge sees her through, by P.G. Wodehouse. 

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Corky’s flat is invaded by an unknown woman whose stripling in tow is bent on seeing the sights of London – the murderey ones. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We’re going to continue with the adventures of Ukridge. Wodehouse uses this character elsewhere, but I think that this collection of stories from Corky’s point of view, and seeing Ukridge as the well-meaning antagonist is quite effective.

The first few stories in this series are available in the podcast feed. You can hear them if you scroll back to episodes 748, to 751, back in September of 2021.

And now, The Return of Battling Billson, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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Direct download: CT_824_ReturnofBattlingBillson.mp3
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Dora has lost her position because of Ukridge’s gratuitous “help”. But Ukridge has a plan to make it right – with a little help from his friend. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now for something completely different.

P.G. Wodehouse’s Ukridge series begins with a collection of short stories featuring Stanley Featherstonhough Ukridge, a bombastic, leather-headed sentimentalist. He frequently tries to help friends of his, but his schemes seem to always get twisted around. His adventures are seen through the lens of writer James “Corky” Corcoran, an old school chum of Ukridge’s, and a friend of Bertie Wooster’s.

And now, First Aid for Dora, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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When Uncle Pio discovers his protégé, his life seems complete. But the protégé’s tragedy is only beginning. Thornton Wilder, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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One of the main themes in this book, The Bridge of San Luis Rey is the nature of love. Wilder deftly dissects it, and we examine it in the many ways love manifests itself. We’ve seen it in the parent-child relationship, and the sibling relationship. We’ve also seen it in the romantic relationship, with Camilla Perichole and the brothers Manuel and Esteban. Today we’ll examine the surrogate parent relationship. Afterwards, we’ll conclude our journey.

 

And now, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Part 3 of 3, by Thornton Wilder

 

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Direct download: CT_822_BridgeofSanLuisRey_Part3of3.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Manuel and Esteban are identical twins that no one can tell apart – they even have their own language. It seems to everyone that they have an almost supernatural connection.  Thornton Wilder, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Part 2 of 3, by Thornton Wilder

 

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Five people fall to their deaths when a bridge collapses in Peru. Can Brother Juniper discover the reason that these five individuals had to die?  Thornton Wilder, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Thornton Wilder won two Pulitzer Prizes: one for the novel we’ll begin today: The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and another for his play: Our Town.

In The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Brother Juniper witnesses the tragedy of five people falling to their deaths when a bridge collapses in Peru. He takes it upon himself to study the lives of those who fell in the accident, in an effort to figure out why these five people had to die.

In 1998, the book was selected by the American Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of the twentieth century.

It has also been hinted that this book is the progenitor of the modern-day disaster epic, where a single disaster intertwines the lives of the victims, whose previous histories are then explored through a series of flashbacks.  

British Prime Minister Tony Blair quoted the final words of the book in a memorial service for the victims of the September 11th attacks. Nine days after the attacks, he read:

"A witness to the deaths, wanting to make sense of them and explain the ways of God to his fellow human beings, examined the lives of the people who died, and these words were said by someone who knew the victims, and who had been through the many emotions, and the many stages, of bereavement and loss.

"But soon we will die, and all memories of those five will have left earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead, and the bridge is love. The only survival, the only meaning."

And now, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Part 1 of 3, by Thornton Wilder

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Direct download: CT_820_BridgeofSanLuisRey_Pt1of3.mp3
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Can Poirot discover the critical whereabouts of a missing will? It’s worth a fortune! Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I’m still beaming with gratitude at our Voice Arts Awards this year. Having won not one, but TWO such prestigious awards is something I never dreamed of. Yet here we are. Thank you all for your generous support. We have some great things lined up for next year! Thanks for stepping up and chipping in.

And now, to continue our investigations with Hercule Poirot and Agatha Christie.

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And now, The Adventure of the Missing Will, by Agatha Christie.

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Can Poirot discover the critical whereabouts of a missing will? It’s worth a fortune! Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I’m still beaming with gratitude at our Voice Arts Awards this year. Having won not one, but TWO such prestigious awards is something I never dreamed of. Yet here we are. Thank you all for your generous support. We have some great things lined up for next year! Thanks for stepping up and chipping in.

And now, to continue our investigations with Hercule Poirot and Agatha Christie.

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And now, The Adventure of the Missing Will, by Agatha Christie.

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

A startling phone call leads to the discovery of a dead Italian nobleman. Can Poirot catch the killer? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I’m so pleased to announce that we won TWO awards from the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences. The awards gala was held on Sunday, at the Warner Brother Studios in Hollywood, CA. 813, by Maurice Leblanc won in the Best Audiobook Mystery category. We also won Outstanding Podcast Host : Arts and Entertainment category. I’m absolutely gobsmacked to have won two awards by those who are the best in the business. So again, a huge thank you to all of our supporters who help us create this award-winning content.

And now, to continue our investigations with Hercule Poirot and Agatha Christie.

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And now, The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman, by Agatha Christie.

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Direct download: CT_818_ItalianNobleman.mp3
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The head of one the largest banks in England is missing! Can Poirot discover his whereabouts before it's too late? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim, by Agatha Christie.

 

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

The head of one the largest banks in England is missing! Can Poirot discover his whereabouts before it's too late? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And if you’re looking for a last-minute gift for a niece, nephew or grandchild, get them an Audiobookmark of Treasure Island. It’s a one-of-a-kind gift, and a great way to open the world of classic literature, and it’s on sale for 2.99. We only have a few left, so go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and get yours today.

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And now, The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim, by Agatha Christie.

 

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

Yesterday the Prime Minster escaped an assassination attempt, and now he’s missing! Can Poirot find him? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The five Treasure Island Audiobookmarks sets are being shipped out this week. I’m shipping out five of these to early bird purchasers of Bellarion. And if you’d like one, I’ve got 5 more that I’m selling at our website at http://classictalesaudiobooks.com. They include: a printed copy of Treasure Island signed by me, along with an Audiobookmark of Treasure Island which includes QR codes to stream the audiobook while you follow along. It’s a great gift for the holiday season!

Audiobookmarks of Treasure Island are also available, and sold separately.

And now, to continue our investigations with Hercule Poirot and Agatha Christie.

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And now, The Kidnapped Prime Minister, by Agatha Christie.

 

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Direct download: CT_816_KidnappedPrimeMinister.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

The theft of a million dollars in bonds puts the career of a promising young man in jeopardy. Can Poirot see where others do not? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, to continue our investigations with Hercule Poirot and Agatha Christie.

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And now, The Million Dollar Bond Robbery, by Agatha Christie.

 

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Direct download: CT_815_MillionDollarBondRobbery.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

A murder in Darbyshire demands that Poirot investigate. But how can the great detective do his deducing when he’s laid up with the flu?  Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, to continue our investigations with Hercule Poirot and Agatha Christie.

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And now, The Adventure of Hunter’s Lodge, by Agatha Christie.

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Direct download: CT_814_HuntersLodge.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

What could possibly be amiss by securing rent for a particularly cheap flat? I mean, it’s not haunted, is it?  Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, The Cheap Flat, by Agatha Christie.

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Direct download: CT_813_TheCheapFlat.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Everyone seems okay with a sudden death in the country, but Poirot senses that something is off. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We’ve been nominated for two awards! The Society of Voice Arts and Sciences has nominated our show for Best Podcast – Producer or Host, and 813, by Maurice Leblanc has been nominated for Best Audiobook – Mystery category. It’s such an honor to be competing with some of the best in the business!

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And now, The Tragedy at Marsden Manor, by Agatha Christie.

 

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Direct download: CT_812_TragedyatMarsdenManor.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Cryptic letters threaten the theft of an ancient jewel, yet Poirot seems powerless to prevent the inevitable. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Bellarion is now released. I hope you enjoyed the sampling in last week’s episode. It’s such a great story. Order now and be entered in a drawing to win a Treasure Island Audiobookmarks™ Gift Set. Just in time for the holidays!  

Once again, if you’re doing a book club of one of our titles, you can share the download link with your group. Just send me an email and let me know. And teachers, you can do the same. Send me an email, and let me know the plan. Thanks!

Keep an eye open for the first Audiobookmarks™ to be available for purchase at the website. It’s a great way to share the audiobook in a new and innovative way. The first one is Treasure Island, and I’ll have more coming soon!

And now for something completely different.

Poirot Investigates is a collection of short stories by Agatha Christie. We heard one in September from this collection, and we’ll be presenting one every week until the end of the year! So, buckle up, and enjoy some sweet sleuthing from the Queen of Crime herself.  

App users can follow along with the attached PDF.

And now, The Western Star, by Agatha Christie.

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Sir Hugh takes his secret to the grave with a vicious grin on his lips – a devious grin that is contagious. F. Marion Crawford, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Bellarion is now released. Continue listening after today’s story for a healthy sample of this amazing piece of historical fiction. Order now and be entered in a drawing to win a Treasure Island Audiobookmarks™ Gift Set. Just in time for the holidays!  

I heard something that didn’t sit right with me last week. There was a book club in my neighborhood that wanted to discuss The Scarlet Letter, and a couple of the people in the group were excited, but waiting for the audiobook to be available at the local library. Well, we’re not doing that! My friend Rachel came up with this idea, and I’ve embellished it. Here it is:

If you’re doing a classic title for your book club, you can buy ONE copy of the audiobook, and share the download link with the people in your book club. Just send me an email, and let me know the plan. Furthermore, if you want, we can set up a zoom call, and I can talk to your book club about the creation of the audiobook you all are discussing. Again, just send me an email, and we can set it up. I’m happy to do it.

And finally, one more thing. I discovered that Audiobookmarks™, the bookmark with QR codes to stream an audiobook, can be read by Chromebooks. So kids who are reading Huckleberry Finn, Great Expectations, etc. in many public schools, can listen to my narration and follow along even if they don’t have a smart phone.

It struck me that the Audiobookmarks™ can be a dynamic way to help kids learn to read, and it can help adults learn to read better. I’m starting a venture to get all of the most commonly studied titles into this format, and get them into the hands of students everywhere.

To support this venture, simply make any purchase on our website at classictalesaudiobooks.com. This is our new direction and focus. Make amazing audiobooks, and use them to create tools to help people of all ages learn to read better. Improving literacy is what we’re all about. Thanks for helping out.

Okay. Now, for a nice, scary story. Happy Halloween, everyone!

And now, The Dead Smile, by F. Marion Crawford.

 

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Direct download: CT_810_TheDeadSmile_w_Bellarion_Sample.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

The search party discovers a certain horror when they find what they’ve been looking for. Algernon Blackwood, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I have a new blog post about how classic audiobooks are made, so check out my blog.

Bellarion is now recorded, and should be released next week. It runs around 16 hours, and is an absolutely incredible story. So much fun – you're going to love it.

I’d also like to announce a new item I’ve developed. It’s called the Audiobookmark. I’m actually trademarking it. My first one is Treasure Island. I’ve split the book into seven parts, and linked a qr code to a streamable file for each part. Then, I created a bookmark with the Treasure Island artwork and each of the qr codes in succession. So now, you can click the QR code on your phone, listen to the book, and follow along with your own copy of Treasure Island. You want to gift someone an audiobook? Here’s an Audiobookmark. Follow along if you have the book, or give it as a gift to your child or grandchild.

I have made a few initial copies of the first Audiobookmark of Treasure Island. Now, here’s the deal: The first 100 people who purchase Bellarion, by Raphael Sabatini, will be entered in a drawing to get one of five Treasure Island packages I’m creating. Each Treasure Island package will contain: An Audiobookmark of Treasure Island, and a hard copy of the book, signed by me.

And, if you preorder during this next week, you’ll also save two dollars. How can you lose? You save two dollars, are entered in winning a great prize package, and get a fantastic audiobook of historical fiction.

Go go classictalesaudiobooks.com and preorder your copy of Bellarion, by Raphael Sabatini today. You’ll be automatically entered to win one of five Treasure Island packages.

We pick up today’s story when young Simpson is still searching in the night for Defago, who has just run off into the freezing forest.

And now, The Wendigo, Part 2 of 2, by Algernon Blackwood.

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

A monster lurks in the Canadian forests. If the legends are to be believed, a small band of hunters is about to meet the Wendigo. Algernon Blackwood, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Well, my loss is your gain. My schedule got a little muddled this month, so I’m pleased to announce the release of Bellarion, by Raphael Sabatini will be released in a few weeks. Set in pre-Renaissance Italy, Bellarion is a nameless orphan who is raised by monks, and rises to political prominence. Applying his scholarly training to the intrigues of the court, coupled with his strong sense of duty, Bellarion is a thrilling adventure.

Look for a healthy sampling in the next couple of weeks!

Today’s story is the first part of The Wendigo, by Algernon Blackwood. The legend of the Wendigo originates from folk stories from the Plains and Great Lakes Native Americans. The creature is a malevolent spirit, known to possess and even eat humans.

Yep, he’s a charming fellow. So let’s dive in!

And now, The Wendigo, Part 1 of 2, by Algernon Blackwood.

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

The torments of the Inquisition, and a murder that won’t keep quiet. Halloween comes with a vengeance with Edgar Allan Poe, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I’ve got a new blog post about some training I recently had with Elishia Merricks from Macmillan, and the great PJ Ochlan. If you’d like to learn more about how classic audiobooks are made, please check out my blog.

We also won a w3 Silver award for this season of the podcast! Hazzah!

I’m planning on releasing a new classic title this month, outside of the podcast. So round up your coupon codes, and keep an ear open for the announcement next week.

And now for something completely different.

I first recorded The Tell-Tale Heart and The Pit and the Pendulum back in 2007, during the first year of the show. I wanted to try it again now, and see how my approach has changed and hopefully improved.

It’s actually quite difficult to perform Poe aloud. I mean, he’s talking about such outrageous stuff, it’s really easy to overdo it. In today’s reading, I try to make it as conversational and natural as possible, while still remaining true to the author’s original intent.

Poe actually wrote the stories with the intention for them to be read aloud. 1800s-style. There are a million different ways to approach this text. I hope this one works for you.

And now, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe.

 

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

Why would someone break into the safe of a millionaire industrialist, and leave the money? Arthur B. Reeve, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We are proudly supported by our listeners. This is something I’ve done for fifteen years, now. We’ve been able to help many, many people discover authors and stories they never would have read, and be surprised and inspired. It’s free for you to listen to, but it does cost real money to make it happen. But instead of just asking for your financial support, we like to give back more.

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If you’re looking for another great podcast, let me direct you to Great Pods. It’s like a Rotten Tomatoes directory for podcasts – they only list shows that have been professionally reviewed, and I’m glad we made their directory. Head on over to greatpods.co and find your next favorite show.

We wind up September Sleuths with an introduction to the work of Arthur B. Reeve. His sleuth is Craig Kennedy, and he’s professional scientist and amateur detective, based at Columbia University. Like Augustus van Dusen from a couple of weeks ago, Kennedy also has an enthusiastic journalist in the Watson role, and can use a wide array of state-of-the-art gadgets in his detective work.

And now, The Scientific Cracksman, by Arthur B. Reeve.

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

An extravagant pearl necklace is missing. Can Poirot discover the elusive thief? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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September Sleuths continues with the Queen of Crime herself – Agatha Christie. Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie became, and remains, the best-selling novelist of all time.

She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play – The Mousetrap. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation. She was homeschooled by her father, an American, and taught herself to read by the age of 5.

During the first World War, she worked in a hospital dispensary in Torquay. She completed the examination of the Society of Apothecaries, which is where she got her extensive knowledge of poisons. During this time there were many Belgian refugees along the British countryside. Agatha thought that a Belgian refugee, who used to be a famous Belgian policeman, would make an excellent detective. She was right.

 

And now, Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan, by Agatha Christie.

 

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Direct download: CT_805_JewelRobberyattheGrandMet.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:45am MDT

Enjoy a sample of the first chapter of the paranormal thriller Grave Intervention, by Shira Shiloah. You can download the entire audiobook here:

https://tinyurl.com/4f79u3tc

Dr. Amir Hadad is being stalked. A stranger, hiding in the dark crevices of his home, whispers, “I can’t rest.

Alarmed and unwilling to risk his family’s safety, Amir contacts the police. Only there is no trace of an intruder, no marks of forced entry. If there is a prowler afoot, the police cannot find him.

As the days wear on and Amir continues to hear the same disembodied voice speaking to him, he begins to worry about his health and sanity. The Irish lilt has escalated from pleas for help to threats against Amir’s family unless Amir does precisely as he says; help the voice find rest—and revenge.

Inspired by true events set in Naperville, Illinois, Dr. Shira Shiloah once again takes listeners on suspenseful twists and turns in her latest novel. Grave Intervention is a paranormal medical suspense that blurs the lines between real and imaginary, exposing the hidden side of a historical suburban town.

Direct download: Grave_Intervention_Podcast_Drop.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:27am MDT

Why does a woman demand that a surgeon amputate part of her finger? Jacques Futrelle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today we continue with September Sleuths with a story by Jacques Futrelle, who created a sleuth named Professor Augustus S.F.X. Van Dusen, but known as The Thinking Machine. He’s American, and has many similarities with Sherlock Holmes. He isn’t a policeman, but he works with them on occasion, he’s happy to be “hands on”, and he summarizes his deductions once the case is solved.

Jacques Futrelle wrote over 40 short stories featuring The Thinking Machine. He died aboard the Titanic, after forcing his wife into a lifeboat.

And now, The Superfluous Finger, by Jacques Futrelle.

 

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Direct download: CT_803_Superfluous_Finger.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:10am MDT

Top secret plans have been stolen, and a man lies dead in the Underground. Can Sherlock Holmes stave off an international incident? Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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If you’re interested in learning more about the craft of audiobook narration, I’m updating my blog to reflect the various training and coaching I’m doing. In the last week, I’ve had some training from Christina Rooney from Penguin Random House, PJ Ochlan from Lepton Productions, and Almeda Beynon from Harper Audio. It’s been a big week. You can read about it at classictalesaudiobooks.com/blog and bjharrisonnarrator.com/blog.

It's time once again for September Sleuths. We’ll be highlighting detective stories in September, and who better to start with than Sherlock Holmes?

Today’s story also features Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft. He is described as more of a corpulent, Orson Wellesian kind of character, and I tried to have his voice sound as such. So, if you’re expecting a trim Mark Gatiss, well, you’ll see.

And now, The Bruce-Partington Plans, by Arthur Conan Doyle.

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

Treachery, duplicity and intrigue abound as the final secrets of Treasure Island are revealed. Robert Louis Stevenson, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Treasure Island, Part 7 of 7, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

 

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

What will Jim discover once he returns triumphant from his sea adventure? Robert Louis Stevenson, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Treasure Island, Part 6 of 7, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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

After the pirates attack, Jim has a terrible yet brilliant idea. Robert Louis Stevenson, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Treasure Island, Part 5 of 7, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Direct download: CT_799_TreasureIsland2022_Part5of7.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

After the ship is abandoned, a new character emerges – Captain Silver. Robert Louis Stevenson, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Treasure Island, Part 4 of 7, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

 

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

While hiding in an apple barrel, Jim discovers a horrible treachery afoot. Robert Louis Stevenson, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Last week, we set sail to Treasure Island. Using Billy Bones’ map, and a crew largely hand-picked by Long John Silver, Jim Hawkins, Dr. Livesey, Squire Trelawney, Captain Smollett and a handful of trustworthy men headed Silver’s crew of miscreants. But late one night, as Jim was asleep inside an apple barrel, he was suddenly jostled awake, and heard something that chilled him to the bone.

And now, Treasure Island, Part 3 of 7, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:54am MDT

Based on the contents of the dead man’s chest, a voyage is prepared for Treasure Island, and among the crew is a certain seafaring man with one leg. Robert Louis Stevenson, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I hope you enjoyed the healthy sampling of The Man in the Brown Suit, by Agatha Christie. I was so honored that Nancy asked me to be a part of it. You can also use your coupon code, and purchase it at our website here: https://store.classictalesaudiobooks.com/the-man-in-the-brown-suit-p335.aspx

Last week, we met an old buccaneer who died at the Admiral Benbow Inn. Upon searching through the dead man’s sea chest, young Jim Hawkins discovered a certain packet that he secreted away. Shortly afterwards, a band of pirates ransacked the Inn looking for the package that Jim had in his pocket. Jim then went to see Dr. Livesy and Squire Trelawney, to try to make sense of it all.

And now, Treasure Island, Part 2 of 7, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

 

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:50am MDT

A seafaring stranger comes to the Admiral Benbow Inn, and the greatest pirate tale of all begins. Robert Louis Stevenson, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I hope you enjoyed the healthy sampling of The Man in the Brown Suit, by Agatha Christie. I was so honored that Nancy asked me to be a part of it. You can also use your coupon code, and purchase it at our website here: https://store.classictalesaudiobooks.com/the-man-in-the-brown-suit-p335.aspx

Treasure Island. This was the first novel that I narrated. Now, 15 years later, with an upgraded mic, studio, and ability, I thought I’d give it another shot.

So much of our pirate lore comes from this book. Dead Man’s chest, a pirate with a parrot that talks, you’ll see. If you missed it the first time around, I hope you like revisiting my old stomping grounds. I must have read this book a dozen times, and it’s always an amazing adventure.

And now, Treasure Island, Part 1 of 7, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:32am MDT

Frederick discovers that he truly is a slave of duty when a certain paradox turns his world upside down. W.S. Gilbert, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, The Pirates of Penzance, Part 2 of 2, by W.S. Gilbert.

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A man dies mysteriously, and spunky Ann Beddingfeld is the only one who discovers the key to his death. Agatha Christie, today on a special episode of The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today we present a special extensive sampling of our new release: The Man in the Brown Suit, by Agatha Christie. This title is narrated by the multiple award-winning narrator Nancy Peterson, and she was nice enough to let me read a few chapters.

Today is a healthy sampling of the audiobook, which is now available on Audible, and many other online retailers. You can also use your coupon code, and purchase it at our website here: https://store.classictalesaudiobooks.com/the-man-in-the-brown-suit-p335.aspx

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We’ll be finishing up The Pirates of Penzance on Friday. Until then, enjoy the genius of Agatha Christie, and Nancy Peterson.

And now, a healthy sampling of The Man in the Brown Suit, by Agatha Christie. Narrated by Nancy Peterson:

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:04am MDT

Frederick is freed of his indentures to the judiciously ferocious Pirates of Penzance. What will he do with his newfound freedom? W.S. Gilbert, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Welcome to Pirate Summer! Our series of piratical tales continues with The Pirates of Penzance! They said it couldn’t be done. They meant it probably shouldn’t be done. Nevertheless, we did it. You are about to hear the first installment of the audiobook version of The Pirates of Penzance. It’s based on the libretto from W. S. Gilbert, of Gilbert and Sullivan fame. I’ve sought to keep all the original material in the libretto, and adding whatever else was necessary to make the tale a narrative, rather than an operetta.

I’ve done this treatment with plays before, but not with operettas. I found it a rare opportunity to really focus on the sharp writing of the piece, once stripped of the beloved music. There’s nothing like live theatre. But here’s something that’s a bit more portable.

And now, The Pirates of Penzance, Part 1 of 2, by W.S. Gilbert.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:09am MDT

How will Captain Morgan save his fellow captain who is being held prisoner by the Spanish vice admiral? Howard Pyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Welcome to Pirate Summer! Today we have a story taken from Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates. Howard Pyle was first and foremost an artist. He taught for several years at what became Drexel University, and many noteworthy artists studied under him, including N.C. Wyeth and Frank Schoonover.

Pyle is credited with establishing what has come to be known as the modern stereotype pirate attire. Since there wasn’t much to draw upon as far as historical documentation as to what pirates actually wore, Pyle borrowed largely from gypsy garments and styles to create the pirate look we know today. It’s been criticized as being wildly impractical for actual sailoring.

He wrote and illustrated several books for young adults, including The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, and a four-volume set on the life of King Arthur. He breathed new life into children’s literature, bringing a solid artistic background to his illustrations, raising the genre to a new level.

While today’s story features Captain Henry Morgan, it is a total work of fiction.

And now, With the Buccaneers, by Howard Pyle.

 

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The pirates ashore may have the treasure, but how will Ned Low and George save their skins while getting the treasure to the ship? H. Bedford-Jones, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Welcome to Pirate Summer! Today we come to the end of our first adventure, but we have a few tales of swashbuckling sea-dogs in our future. Keep a weather eye open for next week’s seafaring frolic!  

And now, Pirates’ Gold, part 3 of 4, by H. Bedford-Jones.

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

How will Captain Ned Low and George possibly escape from the hold, and regain control of the ship? H. Bedford-Jones, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We are going to have a Pirate Summer! Seeing the end of this story on the horizon, I’m not quite ready to go ashore. I’ve just got my sea legs on! So this summer, we will continue to present piratical adventures of the seven seas. By thunder, there won’t be a timber that hasn’t been shivered when we’re through!

And now, Pirates’ Gold, part 3 of 4, by H. Bedford-Jones.

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

The secret location of the treasure is revealed to a chosen few, and it’s clear that there’s mischief afoot. H. Bedford-Jones, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Man in the Brown Suit will be available on July 12th. Keep an eye open for a healthy sampling around that time.

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And now, Pirates’ Gold, part 2 of 4, by H. Bedford-Jones.

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George Roberts of Virginia is happy to be shipping with his new friend, Ned Low. But when he discovers that his friend is actually known as Bloody Ned, the merciless pirate, his salty pluck is put to the test. H. Bedford-Jones, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We have been shortlisted by Time Magazine! In a recent article, TIME chose 8 podcasts that help you wind down at the end of the day. Turns out, our show is up there with Levar Burton, Lore, and Atlas Obscura. A link to the article can be found in the description of today’s episode.

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Henry James O’Brian Bedford-Jones was a Canadian-American writer of adventure fantasy, science fiction, crime and Westerns in the golden age of pulp magazines. Enormously prolific, he wrote nearly 200 novels, 400 novelettes, and 800 short stories. He used so many pseudonyms that a perfect accounting of all of his works is impossible.

While many writers cranked out reams of adventure stories for the pulps in this period, this story is a standout for several reasons. It’s firstly a story of pirates who have dark pasts, and are trying to go straight. There’s a plucky woman on board, who is anything but a damsel in distress. And the focus on character progression over sensational plot devices is a breath of fresh air. But rest assured, there’s plenty of action. This is a pirate story, after all!

And now, Pirates’ Gold, part 1 of 4, by H. Bedford-Jones.

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

A young couple finds the perfect country cottage with one caveat - it has a horrible legend attached to it. Edith Nesbit, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Edith Nesbit wrote under E. Nesbit, and is most famous for her stories for children, and has influenced the likes of J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis and P.L. Travers. She wrote over 60 books, including The Railway Children, Five Children and It, and The Story of the Treasure Seekers.

Her second, darker reputations is a purveyor of horror stories, which are sublime in their elegance and simplicity. Today’s story is quite simple, but when you take into account the beauty of the language, the skill of the plot movement, and the intriguing supporting characters, it really ranks high when it comes to classic ghost stories.

And now, Man-Size in Marble, by Edith Nesbit.  

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

Will Father Brown discover who killed the well-to-do ne’er-do-well? It appears as though he was stricken with the hammer of God. G.K. Chesterton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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G.K. Chesterton is most notable for his creation of Father Brown. This unlooked for, and often unwelcome, detective is actually not a detective. But rather, an individual trained to think as criminals think, for he has heard so many of their confessions. He knows how their minds work, and can piece together many things that others cannot.

Today’s story is from the first collection of Father Brown Stories, the Innocence of Father Brown.

And now, The Hammer of God, by G.K. Chesterton.  

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When poor Mally’s curse on the thieving farm boy suddenly comes to pass, will she be proclaimed a murderess? Anthony Trollope, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Anthony Trollope was a British writer of the Victorian period. He was very prolific, writing 47 novels, 42 short stories and five travel books. He is primarily known for his “Barsetshire” series of novels, including the books “The Warden” and “Barchester Towers”. It is held that his satiric novel, “The Way We Live Now” is his masterpiece.

Today’s story, Malachi’s Cove takes place in Cornwall, and is based around a spot of beach that is an actual place. I can just see the author discover this interesting Cornish cove, and begin to erect the scaffoldings of a story around it.

And now, Malachi’s Cove, by Anthony Trollope.  

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

What will the final set of testimonials reveal about the Great God Pan? Arthur Machen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, The Great God Pan, Part 3 of 3, by Arthur Machen.

 

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A rash of suicides plagues London, and another house is enshrouded in a dark mystery. Arthur Machen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Crystal Stopper, the fifth installment in the Arsène Lupin series, is now available at http://classictalesaudiobooks.com. I’ve also uploaded around a dozen short stories from the archives that are now available. Works by Guy de Maupassant, Mary Fortune, Sax Rohmer and Arthur Conan Doyle are ready when you are. You can find the new titles in the “new” category in the store.

And now, The Great God Pan, Part 2 of 3, by Arthur Machen.

 

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

Some have seen the veil of existence lifted, and wonders upon wonders opened before their mind’s eye. They call this seeing the Great God Pan. Now Dr. Raymond will attempt to lift the veil again, surgically. Arthur Machen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Crystal Stopper, the fifth installment in the Arsène Lupin series, is now available at http://classictalesaudiobooks.com. The fourth installment, 813, was recently reviewed in Audiofile Magazine. You can pick up 813 and The Crystal Stopper by visiting the links in the details for this week’s episode.  

And now for something completely different.

Welsh author Arthur Machen pioneered the world of Gothic fiction, spanning the distance between Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. This particular work of classic horror is instrumental in employing the triggering device of occultism, as well as using several different points of view to build a story. This use of various letters to build a cohesive narrative was also used by Victorian authors Wilkie Collins in The Moonstone, Bram Stoker in Dracula, and later by H.P. Lovecraft in The Call of Cthulhu. The concept of a veil that is lifted to reveal a “world elsewhere” is also a common Victorian story device, as used by George Eliot in “The Lifted Veil”. Machen moved them all forward.

First published in 1890, it is interesting to consider that when the story’s editor, Clarke, is compiling his volume of proof of the existence of the Devil, he assiduously refrains from using published works. In the compiling of his theory, the use of unpublished works is far more valuable to make his point absolutely clear.  

And now, The Great God Pan, Part 1 of 3, by Arthur Machen.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:46am MDT

Bertie has the fabulous idea of adopting a young child, and it’s up to Jeeves to help him change his mind. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Crystal Stopper, the fifth installment in the Arsène Lupin series, is now available at http://classictalesaudiobooks.com. I’ve also uploaded around a dozen short stories from the archives that are now available. Works by Guy de Maupassant, Mary Fortune, Sax Rohmer and Arthur Conan Doyle are ready when you are. You can find the new titles in the “new” category in the store.

I intend to chip away at the archived episodes throughout the year. Hopefully we’ll be all caught up by the end of December.

And now, Carry On, Jeeves, Part 9 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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

Bingo Little needs help in a big way. A big way. If Jeeves doesn’t come through this time, both of their reputations will be absolutely smashed. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Crystal Stopper, the fifth installment in the Arsène Lupin series, is now available at http://classictalesaudiobooks.com. I’ve also uploaded around a dozen short stories from the archives that are now available. Works by Guy de Maupassant, Mary Fortune, Sax Rohmer and Arthur Conan Doyle are ready when you are. You can find the new titles in the “new” category in the store.

I intend to chip away at the archived episodes throughout the year. Hopefully we’ll be all caught up by the end of December.

Happy springtime, everyone!

And now, Carry On, Jeeves, Part 9 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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

When Freddie’s engagement gets broken off, Bertie knows just the thing to cheer him up – a trip to the seaside! But when Freddie’s ex appears at the same resort, Bertie cooks up a crackerjack plan to get the two back together. Crackerjack.  P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I’ll be sending out the links for The Crystal Stopper to all donors on Saturday, when I close down the Go Fund Me account.  Thanks again! It really wouldn’t have happened without your help!

And now, Carry On, Jeeves, Part 8 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:12am MDT

It didn’t work. Stealing the policeman’s helmet did not, in fact, make Bertie’s chum Sippy feel better. In fact, he’s now got 30 days in the stir. And in the meantime, Bertie must impersonate him.  P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We’ve come up a bit short, and we need some help to get him there.

We need to raise $6,000, and we are over halfway there. Thank you so much for helping him out. We’ve been blown away by the generosity of our parents, friends, family members, and especially YOU! We’ve done what we can, but things have kind of slowed down. We’re still $2,000 shy of what we need, and to get us over this final hump, I’ve cooked a little something up.

I’ve recorded the fifth book in the Arsène Lupin series: The Crystal Stopper. I’ve read quite a few of these mysteries, and this one is seriously one of the best. So, here’s what I was thinking. I’m willing to give a free download of the audiobook to each and every donor who donates to Basil’s New York Student Residency Fund, once we reach our goal.

So please step up and help our boy to an experience of a lifetime. You can find a link in the description for today’s podcast. And again, thank you so very much.

Follow this link to go to Basil Harrison’s New York Residency Go Fund Me page.

 

Thank you so very much. It really wouldn’t happen without your help.

 

And now, Carry On, Jeeves, Part 7 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

 

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Direct download: CT_777_CarryOnJeeves_Part_7of10.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:14am MDT

Biffy has fallen in love. Well, he fell in love. Then he lost the girl. Like, he couldn’t find her. Then he forgot her last name. And the name of his hotel. Is it really “better to have loved and lost”? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Many, many thanks to those of you who have so generously donated to Basil’s Student Residency fund. Last week we discovered that Basil, my eldest, after four years at local art academy, was accepted for a month-long residency to The New York Academy of Art. We are so very proud of him.  

We’ve come up a bit short, and we need some help to get him there.

We need to raise $6,000, and we are halfway there. Thank you so much for helping him out. We’ve been blown away by the generosity of our parents, friends, family members, and especially YOU! We’ve done what we can, but things have really slowed down. We’re still $3,000 shy of what we need to send our boy to New York for the experience of a lifetime.

Basil has actually been on the podcast team. He started proofing the podcast for me when he was in seventh grade, and he did it all through high school. So, if you’ve listened to Pride and Prejudice, Uncle Silas, or the first Arsène Lupin stories, you’ve heard his work.

I’ve set up a Go Fund Me account for Basil, and all of the proceeds go directly to fund his residency. It’s actually not connected to me or the podcast at all. It all goes to help Basil make this next milestone in what is sure to be an illustrious art career. The link can be found in the description of this week’s episode.

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Thank you so very much. It really wouldn’t happen without your help.

And now, Carry On, Jeeves, Part 6 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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Rocky, a wistful poet, is forced to trip the light fantastic every night in order to keep his aunt safely sequestered. Jeeves has a scheme that shows that one man’s poison is another man’s pleasure. Let’s just hope it lasts. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Well, this week, we had one of those amazing moments of a parent’s life. My oldest son, Basil, after four years at his art academy, has been accepted for a month-long residency to The New York Academy of Art. He even got a merit-based scholarship. This is a major milestone in his art career. We are so proud of him.

But here’s the thing. We’ve come up a bit short. We need some help to get him there.

We told him to reach for the stars, and he made it. He even got a scholarship. But we are $6,000 short. If you could pitch in a few bucks, and help get Basil to his New York residency we would really, really appreciate it.

Basil has actually been on the podcast team. He started proofing the podcast for me when he was in seventh grade, and he did it all through high school. So, if you’ve listened to Pride and Prejudice, Uncle Silas, or the first Arsène Lupin stories, you’ve heard his work.

I’ve set up a Go Fund Me account for Basil, and all of the proceeds go directly to fund his residency. It’s actually not connected to me or the podcast at all. It all goes to help Basil make this next milestone in what is sure to be an illustrious art career. The link can be found in the description of this week’s episode.

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Thank you so very much. It really wouldn’t happen without your help.

 

And now, Carry On, Jeeves, Part 5 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

 

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Fat-headed Bicky must convince his uncle that he’s rolling in the dough. But Jeeves is on the scene with a splendid plan, that’s sure to bring home the bacon. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Carry On, Jeeves, Part 4 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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Meek and submissive Motty is foisted upon Bertie as an uninvited guest. But when Motty begins to cut up a rug, Bertie finds himself in the soup. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Carry On, Jeeves, Part 3 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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Corky is a born artist, but his uncle doesn’t think so, and he’s the one who pays the bills. So when Corky wants to marry the love of his life, he needs the white gloved, helping hand of Jeeves. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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In the spirit of the Olympics, I thought I’d share about how I won a medal for wrestling. Yes, in my youth, I was a wrestler. Mostly because I couldn’t dribble, catch, hit, shoot, or pass. But as a clumsy little 8-year-old in a singlet, I was a pretty below average wrestler. This surprised no one. But once I won a medal. 

I don’t know if you’ve noticed how the bracket system works, but in these competitions of grit and technique, if you win, you go in to the winner’s bracket, and fight more winners. Losers drop to the loser’s bracket where they duke it out for second place.

The thing with this gladiator display was that once I lost my first match, there was no one else in my weight class to wrestle. So, I automatically made it to the end. Every time a new match was announced, there was nobody there. So, I advanced. Until it was all over, and I was given a third place medal. For losing. And honestly, it felt kinda good.

Anyway, let’s get on with the story.

And now, Carry On, Jeeves, Part 2 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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It cannot be done. Uncle Willoughby’s memoirs are simply too scandalous, and Bertie’s fiancée demands that they not be printed. I mean, what’s a fellow to do? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Well, I know it’s been a while since we’ve had some serious literature, and I hope you can hold out with me for one more comedic episodic novel. I discovered that the novel Carry On, Jeeves contains 10 short stories, many of which I haven’t recorded before.

And so, I’m going to go ahead and produce them episodically, as they appear in the original book form. I figured that 10 weeks of Jeeves would be a great way to finally button up this horrible pandemic. Hopefully at the end of this Jeeves bash, we can all breathe a little easier.

And now, Carry On, Jeeves, Part 1 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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After battling the tempestuous sea, four men in a boat finally spy land. But will the process of getting to the land be their undoing? Stephen Crane, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We had a great time in our Facebook Live event! Many thanks to all of you who came and visited. We’ll have to do it again soon. If you missed it, I’ll be posting the video up on our YouTube channel in a couple of days

This week’s story is by Stephen Crane, and is often anthologized and taught in high schools. There are a few things that struck me when I researched this book:

When the crew in the boat near land, the approach to safety (land) is the very thing that could kill them, if they are smashed on the rocks. It totally reminded me of our bout with COVID. As we get closer and think that’s okay, but then, no, no, no, that’s too dangerous, get back, get back. Hopefully we can all make it to safety soon.

One of the main themes of this story is the ambivalence of nature, and how we tend to put our human spin on the nature of nature. The story kind of states that nature just doesn’t care about the plight of mankind. In the softer, contemplative moments of the book, it isn’t a gentle providence taking care of the men, and they don’t humbly surrender to it. It’s a harsh, ambivalent nature that could care less if the creatures living on it live or die. But in the end, humanity is humanity. It’s a fascinating look at how we take care of each other in times of crisis.

And now, The Open Boat, by Stephen Crane.

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Piglet, being such a very small animal, is very afraid of the rainstorm. How will Pooh bear and his friends save him? A.A. Milne, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I’m going to try a new thing. I’m going to have a Facebook Live event, where we can discuss the things we liked about Winnie-the-Pooh, and whatever else might come up. Everyone is invited. It will be on Wednesday, February 2nd, at 4:00 PM Mountain Time. Head over to our Facebook page, and tap the link. I hope to see you there.

If this goes well, maybe we can do more!

And now, Winnie-the-Pooh, Part 4 of 4, by A. A. Milne.

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No one remembered poor Eeyore’s birthday, and Pooh bear and Piglet are determined to do something about it. A.A. Milne, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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In today’s story, we discover one of the great things about Winnie the Pooh – Eeyore. Eeyore has depression. It’s quite clear. But he is never shamed, or left out, or shunned because of it. He’s never told he’s broken, or deficient. His friends just pitch in, and do what they can to make his life a little better. They don’t expect him to act in any certain way after they help him. He’s one of them, period.

The way Eeyore is depicted clearly shows that Milne knew what he was talking about, and is a magnificent way for those suffering with depression to be represented. If you know someone who really loves this book, or Eeyore in particular, there’s probably a lot more going on there. Please tread lightly.

And now, Winnie-the-Pooh, Part 3 of 4, by A. A. Milne.

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The nefarious heffalumps don’t stand a chance, with Pooh and Piglet on the case. But when their trap is baited with honey, Pooh bear begins to sleep extra restlessly.  A.A. Milne, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, Winnie-the-Pooh, Part 2 of 4, by A. A. Milne.

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Winnie-the-Pooh has eaten so much honey that he can’t fit through Rabbit’s front door. How will he ever get home?  A.A. Milne, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Winnie-the-Pooh has just entered the public domain in America, so I thought I’d take a whack at it. We also have some more Jeeves stories coming your way, as well as some other surprises this year.

As for now, let’s take a walk in the Hundred Acre Wood.

And now, Winnie-the-Pooh, Part 1 of 4, by A. A. Milne.

 

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What will the heralded war hero Dalyrimple do with himself, once all the hand shaking and parades are over? F. Scott Fitzgerald, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We have some really fun titles that are entering the public domain this year, and I’ve also discovered some overlooked gems I hope you’ll enjoy. Here’s to a fantastic 2022, everyone! 

Today’s story is in the collection of short stories “Flappers and Philosophers”. Be sure to mind the fence, everyone!

And now, Dalyrimple Goes Wrong, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Who will help the tailor of Gloucester to finish the Mayor’s elegant coat? For the Mayor is to be married wearing it tomorrow - on Christmas Day in the morning.  Beatrix Potter, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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If you’d like more Charles Dickens this holiday season, the version of A Christmas Carol that I recorded in 2018 is now available as a standalone audiobook at classictalesaudiobooks.com. Pick it up and make it a tradition to enjoy every year!

I just wanted to say thank you for spending another Christmas with The Classic Tales. This is our fifteenth Christmas, and it’s been so fun to research and discover new Yuletide stories every year. Thanks for joining me on this adventure.

Beatrix Potter was born to a middle-upper class family. She was privately educated by governesses at home, which was usual for the time. She was an incredibly gifted artist, and specialized in mycology, which is the study of fungi. Her beautiful illustrations of various fungi are still consulted by botanists today.

Though she wasn’t allowed to attend university because of her sex, she submitted a paper challenging the theory of symbiosis to the Linnean Society in 1897.

A few years later she self-published her first book, because no publisher was interested in it. She published a few copies for her family and friends. Two years later, in 1902, Frederick, Warne and Company reconsidered publishing her “bunny book”, as they called it, and The Tale of Peter Rabbit was an immediate success.  

Beatrix Potter loved vacationing in the English lake district near Windermere, and purchased several farms to preserve the landscape of the area. Upon her death, she left nearly all of her property to the National Trust, including over

And now, The Tailor of Gloucester, by Beatrix Potter.

 

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Will Mrs. Peerybingle forever be estranged from her honest, simple husband? Charles Dickens, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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If you’d like more Charles Dickens this holiday season, the version of A Christmas Carol that I recorded in 2018 is now available as a standalone audiobook at classictalesaudiobooks.com. Pick it up and make it a tradition to enjoy every year!

And now, A Cricket on the Hearth, Part 3 of 3, by Charles Dickens.

 

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Penurious Caleb Plummer has created an imaginary world of wonder for his blind daughter. But how will he disguise the bilious speeches of the cantankerous Tackleton? Charles Dickens, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, A Cricket on the Hearth, Part 2 of 3, by Charles Dickens.

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Can a cricket on the hearth of a tiny Carrier’s cottage foresee the future? Charles Dickens, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Well, it’s Christmastime. And you know what Christmas means – Charles Dickens. Dickens wrote several Christmas stories. The most famous, of course, being A Christmas Carol. A Cricket on the Hearth is another one, but it’s not super Christmasy. We have a bunch of fun characters, and Dickens’ charming prose winding around it all. I hope you like it.

And now, A Cricket on the Hearth, Part 1 of 3, by Charles Dickens.

 

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All is revealed, and we finally learn the answer to Robert’s burning question: who exactly is Anthony Ferrara? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Well, the day I knew would finally come has finally come. We have come to the end of this book. Now, I told you when we began that it’s been criticized because it has a weak ending. Well, it does. It’s not a good ending. It’s quite likely when you are in a conversation about books that are great, but have really weak endings, this will be the top one that comes to mind. Maybe not, but maybe so.

This book has been so fun. I mean, we’ve had murderous invisible hands, spiders, bats, and the curse with the hair and the orchids. We’ve crawled through an Egyptian pyramid, and discovered Ferrara creating the nefarious incense. I mean, it’s been a fun ride. Let’s just try to remember that as we finish this up.

 

And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 8 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.

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What would Robert do if he came face to face with the evil Antony Ferrara? Let’s find out. Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 7 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.

 

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What rare illness has brought Myra Duchesne to death’s door? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Last week’s story ended with Dr. Cairn and Sime entering the pyramid of Meydum, and discovering within the secret chamber, Antony Ferrara chanting in an unknown tongue. After Sime shot at Ferrara, Dr. Cairn and Sime chased Ferrara out of the pyramid. Today’s story begins when Robert Cairn meets up with the two, and reports on what he witnessed exiting the pyramid just before his father and Sime appeared.  

Note: in this week's episode, there is some muddiness about romantic consent. Parents might want to take the opportunity to talk about how the hero might have done things better. 

And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 6 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.

 

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Can Dr. Cairn ascertain how he was bewitched to nearly take the life of his son? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Last week’s story ended with Dr. Cairn nearly killing his son Robert. He was under the influence of a strange dream, and he thought that he was about to rid the world of Antony Ferrara. Now, father and son will begin to unpack the events of the night, and compare notes.

And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 5 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.

 

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Locals believe that a supernatural entity is behind the unseasonably hot sandstorms in Egypt. Can it be true?  Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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A note on our story:

Sax Rohmer’s work is pretty problematic. I mean, there’s no reason to point out that the vampire in last week’s episode was a Jewess for any other reason than being antisemitic. It didn’t add anything to the plot or character. But sentiments such as these shouldn’t go unaddressed. Just want to point that out.

And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 4 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.

 

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Why do ghouls and other creatures of the night haunt the remnants of the house of Dhoon?  Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Society of Voice Arts and Sciences has nominated Scaramouche as a finalist for a SOVAS award! We are going up against a few icons in the narration industry whom I’ve actually paid for training! It’s about as prestigious as they come. I’m shocked and honored to be a nominee for this very special award.

And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 3 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.

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Why exactly does Antony Ferrara keep ancient brain-eating beetles? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 2 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.

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Antony Ferrara heats his quarters like an inferno, collects brain-eating beetles, and wears an Egyptian ring. So, why does Cairn suspect him of killing a swan? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We won a podcast award! The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts has awarded The Classic Tales Podcast with a Gold Award! Juried by some titans from the top media firms, (Disney, Conde Nast, Microsoft, etc.), I share this honor with Trevor Noah’s Daily Show Podcast, MTV’s Official Challenge Podcast, Broadway Podcast Network and a few others. Only the top 10% of those who entered were awarded the Gold Award. We are super psyched about that.

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Today’s story is from the creator of the Fu-Manchu series, Sax Rohmer. It was originally titled, The Brood of the Witch-Queen. I think that the unfortunate title is the reason that this book is not more well know today. That, and the ending isn’t super great. Just putting that out there right now. But H.P. Lovecraft compared this book with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and many critics of the time considered it one of Rohmer’s best. I’ve taken the liberty of releasing it as Knight of the Necropolis. Hopefully ol’ Sax isn’t turning too much in his grave at that.

One of the things that really draws me to classic Halloween monsters is that they are steeped in literature. Obviously, Dracula and Frankenstein immediately come to mind with their respective baddies. There are many werewolf short stories, from Kipling’s The Mark of the Beast, to Murryat’s The White Wolf of the Harz Mountains. Alexandre Dumas even wrote a full length, lack luster novel about a werewolf, clumsily translated as The Wolf Leader. I’m told Steinbeck also wrote a werewolf yarn.

Mummy tales also abound in short fiction. Among the best are Conan Doyle’s Lot No. 249, Louisa May Alcott’s The Ring of Thoth, and H.P. Lovecraft’s Imprisoned with the Pharaohs. Among the less successful is Bram Stoker’s novel Jewel of the Seven Stars.

Now, today’s story isn’t perfect by any means. It’s not high literature. But when I read it, I felt that it really delivered the same feeling that I get when I watch the original movie of The Mummy, with Boris Karloff. It’s set up as a series of adventures where we can eventually piece together the identity of that devotee of ancient sorcery: Antony Ferrara. The similarities to Dracula are evident. Nobody believes in Egyptian sorcery, there’s only one scholar who’s studied enough to stop him, etc.. But what can I say, when it comes to magic rings, brain-eating beetles, vampires, ancient curses, Egyptian mummies, and the like, I’m always up for it. I hope you are, too.

And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 1 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.

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Can Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson discover the identity of a cyclist that appears and disappears like a phantom? Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today’s story is from the collection The Return of Sherlock Holmes. I hope you like it!

And now, The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist, by Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Everything about Wilberforce Billson screams that he’s a first-rate pugilist, from his broken nose to his ham-sized fists. But what exactly is his critical weakness? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I think this is the last we’ll hear from Ukridge for a little while. We’ve got some other amazing stuff coming this fall. So, enjoy!

And now, Battling Billson, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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Paris is aghast at the news that of one of Lupin’s victims was discovered murdered. As the bodies continue to pile up, Lupin demonstrates his indefatigable tenacity - on a mission to clear his name and discover the shattering secret of 813. Maurice Leblanc, on a special episode of The Classic Tales Podcast.

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In this fourth adventure, Arsène Lupin seeks to firmly establish himself as the anti-hero, though he clearly wants to be the hero. In developing the complex side to Lupin’s character, and twisting the many plot threads in true Leblanc style, 813 is considered one of the finest Arsène Lupin novels. 

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And now, the first chapter of 813, by Maurice Leblanc.

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It’s not exactly fraud - more of a scheme. When a group of like-minded blighters plan to pool their funds and cash in on an unhappy accident, why, what could happen?  P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And we have another new title being released this week! 813, the fourth novel in the Arsene Lupin series will be available on Tuesday. Clocking in at over 12 hours, this is one of the most overlooked and unheralded adventure/mystery/heist novels I’ve ever run across. I think it’s on par with The Hound of the Baskervilles, or The Secret Adversary.

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This week, we have another story about Ukridge. I’m not sure exactly how many of these Ukridge stories we’ll do, but I’m loving them so much, I can’t turn away from them. We may start our Halloween stories next week. We’ll see how things shake out.

And now, Ukridge’s Accident Syndicate, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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When it becomes strikingly evident to Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge that the world is short one dog college, how will he get one up and running? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We have some fun new titles appearing along with The Black Tulip! Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll, Sinbad the Sailor, from the Arabian Nights, and Casting the Runes, by M.R. James are available now. While your there, reserve your copy of The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas.

A prize of 100,000 florins is offered to the person who can produce a perfectly black tulip – a feat considered impossible. But at the very moment when Cornelius van Bearle is on the brink of achieving the impossible, he is imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. The story of his black tulip’s journey is absolutely riveting, and an event you don’t want to miss.

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And now for something completely different.

We first met Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge in the novel Love Among the Chickens. That was actually the second in the Ukridge line of stories. The first book, Ukridge, is a collection of short stories that are loosely woven together, as is Wodehouse’s wont. 

And now, Ukridge’s Dog College, by P.G. Wodehouse.

 

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When Sándor discovers some disturbing clues, the only answer is a Hungarian duel – on horseback. Maurus Jokai, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We’ve got a new title available for presale:  The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas. A prize of 100,000 florins is offered to the person who can produce a perfectly black tulip – a feat considered impossible. But at the very moment when Cornelius van Bearle is on the brink of achieving the impossible, he is imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. The story of his black tulip’s journey is absolutely riveting, and an event you don’t want to miss.

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Last week, Ferko drove the herd of cattle to jump off the ferry as they were crossing the river. Let’s see how that works out for him.

And now, The Yellow Rose, Part 3 of 3, by Maurus Jokai.

 

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A wayward horse carries a dying man across the lone puszta. He is not injured – he is poisoned. Maurus Jokai, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I’m hoping that if we get enough supporters, I can record some more classics outside of the podcast. I’m researching out an Alexandre Dumas book that might fit the bill. If you can swing it, please chip in!

In this week’s story, we delve more into the Hungarian horse culture, and learn more about the flatland known as the puszta. I’ve been there, and it’s as flat as it’s described in the story. I’ve grown up all my life in the mountains, and that was the first time in my life I experienced the complete absence of anything varying the skyline. No mountains, no hills. Just a dome of sky. It’s really an amazing place.

Last week, we met Sandor Decsi, a Hungarian horseman, or csikos, who was drafted into the war to serve the Emperor. He gave a comb, signifying his engagement to Klari, the young woman who run the Hortobagy Inn. Sandor wasn’t too happy with her, because it was evident that she had been a little unfaithful, as he had met on the way to see her he met Ferko Lacza, a cowboy, who had received from Klari a yellow rose from the only yellow rose bush on the puszta. Due to this lover’s spat, Klari remembered the teachings of a gypsy woman, who said to add mandragora root to her sweetheart’s wine, if she wanted to get him to love her again.

Meanwhile, Ferko the cowboy was on his way to escort a herd of cattle to Austria, and start a new life as the lead cowherd there. Our story today begins when the group of men are getting ready to start the journey across the puszta to their new home and country.

And now, The Yellow Rose, Part 2 of 3, by Maurus Jokai.

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Will the maid known as The Yellow Rose remain true while her beau is away soldiering for the emperor? A Hungarian Western by Maurus Jokai, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I’m hoping that if we get enough supporters, I can record some more classics outside of the podcast. I’m researching out an Alexandre Dumas book that might fit the bill. If you can swing it, please chip in!

And now for something completely different.

A while ago, back in May, I asked via Facebook whether  it might be time for a western to be in order. Since I’m from the West myself, I thought it might be fitting. For one reason or other, I wasn’t feeling it. However, I did run across this idea. Today’s book, The Yellow Rose, is from Maurus Jokai, or Jokai Mor, one of Hungary’s most famous writers. Hungary is famous for its horse culture, and this book takes place at a time before railroads, and deals largely with the traditions and way of life for the cowherds and horsemen, or csikos, of Hungary.

Well, I thought, what if I performed this book as if it were an American Western? It parallels our trope of “Western” so well, why not? So, let’s give it a shot.

Let’s go now to an adventure in the old world, in a Western that takes place a stone’s throw from Asia.

And now, The Yellow Rose, Part 1 of 3, by Maurus Jokai.

 

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A “shop-girl”, a thief, and a drunkard each encounter a crisis of conscience. How will they measure up? O. Henry, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I’m happy to announce that based on downloads, we are in the top 1% of all podcasts! And the thing is, we always have been.

You may notice that we don’t top the charts. Not any more, anyhow. So, why the disparity? Well, the charts are all run by algorithms, and each platform has their own. Judiciously curated titles, and professional audiobook quality are the things that we focus on. And for those who have found us – congratulations!

I don’t run ads or commercials, and I focus on things that make the listening experience truly wonderful. For 14 years now, I’ve always striven to increase the quality however I can, and thus enhance the end listener’s experience. No ads in the middle of the story, no new printer to buy at the beginning. If you like it, please lend a hand. Around 2% of the listeners donate at all, and I really like where we’ve landed. Please help us out, if you can.

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O. Henry wrote over 300 short stories, and was coined the American equivalent of Guy de Maupassant. The O. Henry award is given out each year for outstanding short stories. This was his medium, and he used it very, very well.

The stories in today’s episodes I’ve dubbed “Crisis of Conscience: Regular People and Uncomfortable Decisions” because that’s the thread all three of these stories have in common.

The first, An Unfinished Story, I really love for the craft of writing involved. In only half telling two stories, O. Henry delivers a clear and powerful message. I think it’s quite amazing.

The other two stories are more typical narratives, each setting up folks who are trying to get back up on the straight and narrow, and their terrible wrangle with the most evil adversary of all – hope. Let’s see how they do.

And now, Crisis of Conscience: Regular People and Uncomfortable Decisions, 3 short stories by O. Henry.  

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Why does a great crack appear in the canoe, after a night beached near the willows?  Algernon Blackwood, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We are pleased to announce that the audiobook of The Hollow Needle and the complete audiobook, The Confessions of Arsene Lupin are now available at the website. If you’re wanting to hear them all in one go, now you can, at classictalesaudiobooks.com.  

The Classic Tales App is a great little tool for listening to the podcast. You can easily follow the links in the show notes, and you can see the episode specific artwork that I create for every title. You can also hear the occasional special feature. This app doesn’t interact with the website, though. Just a fair warning. I’ve looked into it, and to create such an app is cost prohibitive at this point. But if you want a quick place to jump and get your classic tales fix, the Classic Tales App is a great place to go.

Last week, we followed our narrator and The Swede down the Danube. They entered an area between Vienna and Pest containing boundless willows, making their way through the innumerable islets that would appear and disappear as the flood ebbed and flowed. Our hero felt that the Willows were ominous, alive, and somehow influenced by a supernatural force. Let’s see how the story plays out.

And now, The Willows, part 2 of 2, by Algernon Blackwood.

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A river adventure down the Danube turns dark, when an eerie presence is felt in the willows… Algernon Blackwood, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We are pleased to announce that the audiobook of The Hollow Needle and the complete audiobook, The Confessions of Arsene Lupin are now available at the website. If you’re wanting to hear them all in one go, now you can.

The Classic Tales App is a great little tool for listening to the podcast. You can easily follow the links in the show notes, and you can see the episode specific artwork that I create for every title. You can also hear the occasional special feature. This app doesn’t interact with the website, though. Just a fair warning. I’ve looked into it, and to create such an app is cost prohibitive at this point. But if you want a quick place to jump and get your classic tales fix, the Classic Tales App is a great place to go.

And now for something completely different.

H.P. Lovecraft, who coined the term “weird fiction”, considered “The Willows” to be the finest supernatural tale in English Literature. You can see how it would appeal to him: the masterful way that Blackwood personifies the Willows to be ominous, alive, and menacing, the human natures attributed to the river, the omniscient power of the wind, all build to create a very Lovecraftian atmosphere that begs the question of whether there is an ancient supernatural force guiding it all.

And now, The Willows, part 1 of 2, by Algernon Blackwood.

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The mystery of the Hollow Needle comes to its shocking conclusion. Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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This week, a wonderful thing happened. My independent audiobook came in the mail.

Thanks again to all of our financial supporters, Jan Ackerson for proofing, and Annie Sergeant for the help with the French pronunciation. You’ve all pitched in to make Scaramouche an award-winning audiobook.

And now, The Hollow Needle, Part 7 of 7, by Maurice Leblanc.

 

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Direct download: CT_741_HollowNeedle_Part7of7.mp3
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Can Beautrelet deduce the royal secret of the Hollow Needle?  Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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If it’s more convenient, we are streaming our episodes through YouTube, now. A link can be found in the comments section for today’s episode.

For those of you who enjoy the personal moments, I’ve decided to begin to release those stories as a special feature you can access in the Classic Tales app. Open up today’s episode in the Classic Tales app, and you can hear all about how Agatha Christie’s “Evil Under the Sun” is integrated into our family’s culture.

One thing before we begin today’s story – the reason that I chose to produce this book is because Arsene Lupin is largely unknown in America. As I’ve been at this for some time, I’ve been amazed at the volume of material that is absolutely incredible, but largely unknown. I’m not sure why that is. For whatever reason, I’m glad we can enjoy a good Lupin heist now and again.

And now, The Hollow Needle, Part 6 of 7, by Maurice Leblanc.

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Direct download: CT_740_HollowNeedle_Part6of7.mp3
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Can Beautrelet use his colossal brainpower to rescue his kidnapped father?  Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Thank you to all of our financial supporters. You are now a part of an award-winning audiobook production team. Your monthly donation of just $5 helps to keep us creating audiobooks of classic literature that are not only entertaining and educational, but they are winning awards.

 

And so, thank you for helping to create a place where folks like you can find solid performances of heavily curated classics. And for your $5 donation, we’ll give you a monthly coupon code for $8 off any audiobook from our store. It’s our way of showing our appreciation, and you get a chance to build out your audiobook library. Everybody wins!

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If it’s more convenient, we are streaming our episodes through YouTube, now. A link can be found in the comments section for today’s episode.

For those of you who enjoy the personal moments, I’ve decided to begin to release those stories as a special feature you can access in the app. That way they don’t get in the way here, but for those who enjoy them, they are still available through the app. Today you can hear about Rocketman.

And now, The Hollow Needle, Part 5 of 7, by Maurice Leblanc.

 

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Direct download: CT_739_HollowNeedle_Part5of7.mp3
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What supernatural force is keeping Beautrelet from revealing all?  Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you. We really try make your support worth your while. You get so much out of this! For a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook download. Give more, and you get more! It kind of cracks open the website for you, so you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much.

If it’s more convenient, we are streaming our episodes through YouTube, now. A link can be found in the comments section for today’s episode.

For those of you who enjoy the personal moments, I’ve decided to begin to release those stories as a special feature you can access in the app. 

And finally, I am so happy to announce that the Classic Tales version of Scaramouche, by Raphael Sabatini has WON and Independent Audiobook Award! We won for Best General Fiction. There aren’t too many awards available to distinguish yourself in the audiobook world right now, and this is one of the biggest! So a big, huge THANK YOU to all of you who have listened to and financially supported the podcast. You literally made it possible to produce an award-winning audiobook. So give yourself a pat on the back! Now, let’s do it again!

The story so far: Young Beautrelet has uncovered a plot of Arsene Lupin’s to steal certain valuable paintings, and replacing them with copies. During the heist, a man was shot while trying to escape. Beautrelet deduced that the man shot was Arsene Lupin himself, and tracked him to a crypt beneath a great altar stone. However, in chipping away at the altar to gain access to the secret refuge, a great stone fell, and when the dust cleared, the body of Arsene Lupin was discovered - absolutely crushed.

And now, The Hollow Needle, Part 4 of 7, by Maurice Leblanc.

 

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Direct download: CT_738_HollowNeedle_Part4of7.mp3
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Why is Beautrelet receiving threatening notes on his way back to a stale and stagnant crime scene?  Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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If it’s more convenient, we are streaming our episodes through YouTube, now. A link can be found in the comments section for today’s episode.

For those of you who enjoy the personal moments, I’ve decided to begin to release those stories as a special feature you can access in the app. That way they don’t get in the way here, but for those who enjoy them, they are still available through the app.

The story so far: Young Beautrelet has uncovered a plot of Arsene Lupin’s to steal certain valuable paintings from M. de Gevres, replacing them with copies. During the heist, M. Daval, M de Gevres’ secretary was killed, and a man was shot while trying to escape. The wounded man was never found or traced – he simply disappeared.

 

And now, The Hollow Needle, Part 3 of 7, by Maurice Leblanc.

 

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Direct download: CT_737_HollowNeedle_Part3of7.mp3
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Can young Beautrelet really solve a crime which absolutely baffles the police? Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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If it’s more convenient, we are streaming our episodes through YouTube, now. A link can be found in the comments section for today’s episode.

For those of you who enjoy the personal moments, I’ve decided to begin to release those stories as a special feature you can access in the app. That way they don’t get in the way here, but for those who enjoy them, they are still available through the app.

Last week, there was a late night struggle in the mansion of M de Gevres, and his secretary, M. Daval, was found dead. M de Gevres was unharmed, but a man was seen on the grounds carrying something. Before he got too far, he was shot by a witness from the house. He apparently remained trapped in the grounds, but was never discovered. Young Isidore Beautrelet, a local student, posed as a local journalist, and seemed to have a peculiarly intimate knowledge of the case. Let’s see what he can tell us.

And now, The Hollow Needle, Part 2 of 7, by Maurice Leblanc.

 

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Direct download: CT_736_HollowNeedle_Part2of7.mp3
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Who will solve the case of an attempted burglary that led to murder? Is an ambitious young student really the best option? Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you. We really try make your support worth your while. You get so much out of this! For a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook download. Give more, and you get more! It kind of cracks open the website for you, so you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much.

If it’s more convenient, we are streaming our episodes through YouTube, now. A link can be found in the comments section for today’s episode.

For those of you who enjoy the personal moments, I’ve decided to begin to release those stories as a special feature you can access in the app. That way they don’t get in the way here, but for those who enjoy them, they are still available through the app.

The Hollow Needle is the third in the Arsene Lupin series. The story spans an entire novel, so put on your black gloves and your black turtleneck, and let’s get our caper on!

And now, The Hollow Needle, Part 1 of 7, by Maurice Leblanc

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Will Lantry succeed in creating an army of living dead? Ray Bradbury, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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App users can hear a reading of The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe. The story is reference several times in Bradbury’s story, as well as many works by Ambrose Bierce and H.P. Lovecraft.

Today’s story originally released in the Summer issue of Planet Stories in 1948.

Last week, William Lantry awoke from his coffin in a graveyard. He was dead, yet he could move and speak. The year was 2348 or so, and he’d been dead around 350 years. The new world had no graveyards, and all bodies were burned in a great Incinerator, which made a pillar of fire to the heavens. Along with the graveyards, fear, superstition, and macabre imagination were also sterilized in this new world. So Lantry came up with a plan – to destroy the Incinerators, and create an army of living dead “friends”.

And now, Pillar of Fire, Part 2 of 2, by Ray Bradbury.

 

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

How will William Lantry live in a world where no one knows him? For he was born 350 years ago, and he just got out of his grave. Ray Bradbury, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today’s story originally released in the Summer issue of Planet Stories in 1948.

Ray Bradbury was one of the best-known writers of our time. He was a master storyteller, a champion of creative freedom, and a space-age visionary. He was a close friend with Ray Harryhausen, the stop motion special effects pioneer. Bradbury’s most noteworthy works include The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

And now, Pillar of Fire, Part 1 of 2, by Ray Bradbury.

 

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Direct download: CT_733_PillarofFire_Part1of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

How will Click and Irish survive being marooned on a pirate’s asteroid with only a single gun and a news reel camera to defend themselves?  Ray Bradbury, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you. We really try make your support worth your while. You get so much out of this! For a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook download. Give more, and you get more! It helps us have something solid to count on every month, you can build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much.

If it’s more convenient, we are streaming our episodes through YouTube, now. A link can be found in the comments section for today’s episode.

I’ve got a few more titles I’m working from the archives! Check out our NEW PRODUCTS category to see the new stuff we’ve got coming out.

Today’s story originally released in the Spring issue of Planet Stories in 1944.

Ray Bradbury was one of the best-known writers of our time. He was a master storyteller, a champion of creative freedom, and a space-age visionary. He was a close friend with Ray Harryhausen, the stop motion special effects pioneer. Bradbury’s most noteworthy works include The Martian Chronicles, Farenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

And now, The Monster Maker, by Ray Bradbury.

 

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Why does Old Jones insist that anyone who sees The Phantom Hearse stop outside their place of an evening, will die within the week?  Mary Fortune, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you. We really try make your support worth your while. You get so much out of this! For a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook download. Give more, and you get more! It helps us have something solid to count on every month, you can build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much.

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Today’s story is written by one of the pioneers of detective fiction – Mary Helena Fortune. She travelled from Canada to Australia in 1855, where for the next fifty years, she contributed to magazines and newspapers under the pseudonyms “Waif Wanderer”, “W.W.”and her own initials “M.H.F.”. She wrote in a variety of genres: poetry, serialized novels, memoirs, and even gothic romance. But most significantly, she wrote over 500 detective stories. Her collection of stories, The Detective’s Album, by W.W. was published in 1871, and was described as, “The first book of detective stories to appear in Australia”. Only one copy is known to remain in existence.

Mary Fortune helped delineate a few of the techniques significant in detective fiction. For example, the forensic manner in which the crime is treated, and delivering the story from the point of view of the detective. Today’s story also includes a supernatural element, which is also innovative, and synchronous with some Russian crime fiction.

 

And now, The Phantom Hearse, by Mary Fortune.

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It’s going to be so much fun! All of the kids in the neighborhood are playing a super fun game – Invasion!  Ray Bradbury, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We have four new Science Fiction titles available! The cosmic thriller The Colour Out of Space, by H.P. Lovecraft, the psychological thriller The Repairer of Reputations, by Robert W. Chambers, The Rival Mechanicians, another science fiction classic by Lydia Maria Childs, and The Skull, by the great Philip K. Dick. Links to these products can be found in the description for today’s episode.

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And now, Zero Hour, by Ray Bradbury

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A robbery and assault gain local notoriety when it’s believed that the perpetrator is still somewhere on the property – two weeks later.  Is there anyone who find the invisible thief? Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I am finally in the process of getting my back catalog of titles up on the website. I have 130 titles that I’ve been working on, and soon we’ll have a lot more stuff available. Stay tuned!

Today’s story is from Confessions of Arsene Lupin, the sixth book in the Lupin series. 

And now, The Invisible Prisoner, by Maurice Leblanc

 

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The world stands poised to enter the rocket age. But is it really the next best step for mankind? Ray Bradbury, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Ray Bradbury wrote today’s story in 1947. It first appeared in the Spring edition of Planet Stories magazine. Bradbury was one of the best-known writers of our time. He was a master storyteller, a champion of creative freedom, and a space-age visionary. His most noteworthy works include The Martian Chronicles, Farenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

In 2008, a digitized copy of The Martian Chronicles reached the Red Planet in 2008, aboard NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander. Bradbury’s remarks on the subject were:

“The thing that makes me happy is that I know that on Mars, two hundred years from now, my books are going to be read. They’ll be up on dead Mars with no atmosphere. And late at night, with a flashlight, some little boy is going to peek under the covers and read The Martian Chronicles on Mars.”

And now, Rocket Summer, by Ray Bradbury

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This is BJ Harrison. I’d like to apologize for the release earlier today of Armageddon 2419 A.D – the Buck Rogers title. I’m afraid I didn’t fully realize the extent of the racist anti-Asian sentiments in it. I’m usually better at catching and pointing out this stuff. But when a listener reached out to me and brought it to my attention , and I kind of looked at it with new eyes, I just didn’t feel comfortable with it.

And so, I’ve decided not to continue with the story. It’s just too problematic. And for those who felt hurt when I presented Buck Rogers to you as great literature, I’m very sorry. I promise that I’ll do better.

 

And so now, let’s try something completely different. I’m going to substitute it with an episode from Season 10, back in 2016 – The Mixer Moves in Society, by P.G. Wodehouse.

 

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

 

And now, “The Mixer Moves in Society”, by P. G. Wodehouse.

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Why is a dead man found lying beside a treasure chest in an abandoned, derelict ship? Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, The Striped Chest, by Arthur Conan Doyle.

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The Great Gatsby comes to his inevitable end. F. Scott Fitzgerald, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I wrote a new blog post this week, about how to move forward if you’re in a creative field. I know I had no roadmap when I was starting out, and I thought I’d jot down a few key steps to move forward if you’re a freelancer in any creative field. I hope it helps!

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Today’s episode is the fifth of five of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. This piece is a little edgier than the stuff we usually present. There’s also some rougher language, and some violence. Just so you have a heads up.

And now, The Great Gatsby, part 5 of 5, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

 

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What exactly do Tom’s investigations into Gatsby reveal? F. Scott Fitzgerald, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today’s episode is the fourth of five of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. This piece is a little edgier than the stuff we usually present. The themes deal largely with racism, and socio-economic elitism. There’s also some rougher language, and some violence. Just so you have a heads up.

And now, The Great Gatsby, part 4 of 5, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Will Gatsby get what he wants when he risks everything in one bold and clumsy move? F. Scott Fitzgerald, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been named as a finalist for three Independent Audiobook Awards. There isn’t a classics category this year, and so Scaramouche is a finalist in the “General Fiction” category as well as the “Best Male Narrator” category. And seriously, getting nominated for the Best Male Narrator is like already winning. All the other narrators in that group are among the best of the best. I’ve taken coaching from some of them. I’m also a finalist in the “Paranormal” category for “Sucker Punch”, the third volume of Kristen Painter’s First Fangs Club series. Its genre is technically Paranormal Women’s Fiction. Winners are announced in June. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Today’s episode is the third of five where we will be presenting F. Scott Fitzgerald’s immortal The Great Gatsby. This piece is a little edgier than the stuff we usually present. The themes deal largely with racism, and socio-economic elitism. There’s also some rougher language, just so you have a heads up.

And now, The Great Gatsby, part 3 of 5, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

 

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Pieces begin to accumulate in the puzzle of Jay Gatsby. But can Nick see clearly enough to begin putting them together? F. Scott Fitzgerald, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today’s episode is the second of five where we will be presenting F. Scott Fitzgerald’s immortal The Great Gatsby. This piece is a little edgier than the stuff we usually present. The themes deal largely with racism, and socio-economic elitism. There’s also some rougher language, just so you have a heads up.

And now, The Great Gatsby, part 2 of 5, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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It’s New York in the 1920s, and Nick Carraway begins erecting the scaffolding of one of the greatest American novels. F. Scott Fitzgerald, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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App users can hear the story, “Head and Shoulders”, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, in the special features for today’s episode.

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Today’s episode is the first of five where we will be presenting F. Scott Fitzgerald’s immortal The Great Gatsby. This piece is a little edgier than the stuff we usually present. The themes deal largely with racism, and socio-economic elitism. There’s also some rougher language, just so you have a heads up.

It’s a treat to read Fitzgerald as a narrator, because he has such a masterful command of the language. There’s a lovely rhythm with the words he chooses, and cadence to his prose that really lends itself to being reading aloud. I hope you like it.

And now, The Great Gatsby, part 1 of 5, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Death is the tragic result of Lupin’s latest burglary. Has the gentleman thief gone too far? Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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I’m hoping to resume producing more audiobooks of classic novels like I did in the past. I need to dedicate a week every month to it. My goal is to produce a standalone audiobook every month, like I used to. I’d love to do all of the Lupin novels, and do all the stories of Sherlock Holmes, John Carter of Mars, and tackle some Henry James and more Jane Austen and Victor Hugo. So, if you can swing it, please become a financial supporter. This is where I’d like to use your monthly contribution. And if you can’t do that, please tell a friend about us. I’d just love to get more classic literature into the ears of more people.

And on that note, it’s looking like The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne will be coming to the store soon. Here’s the thing, though. I only narrated the introduction. The great Nancy Peterson narrates the rest. Nancy is an Audie Award Winner, which is the Oscar of audiobooks. She’s absolutely stellar, and I was very humbled to be able to work with her. I’ll let you know when The Scarlet Letter is available.

And now, Edith Swan-neck, by Maurice Leblanc.

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What will our hero see when he climbs to the top of the castle? H.P. Lovecraft, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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App users can hear the poem, “Abou Ben Adhem”, by Leigh Hunt, a contemporary of Byron, Shelley and Keats in the special features for today’s episode.

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I’m hoping to resume producing more audiobooks of classic novels like I did in the past. I need to dedicate a week every month to it. My goal is to produce a standalone audiobook every month, like I used to.

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And now, The Outsider, by H.P. Lovecraft.

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What will become of a king who openly mocks a cripple and a dwarf? Edgar Allan Poe, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Now, for today’s story.

Edgar Allan Poe. I don’t think he actually “invented” the mystery or horror genres, but he definitely lifted the existing genres of his time to largely resemble how they largely look today. I’m comfortable in saying he defined them. The consulting detective of today is essentially a refined version of his vision. And he is still held as the master of the horror short story.

Today’s story, Hop-Frog, isn’t largely anthologized, and can be difficult to find. It wasn’t brought to my attention until a listener recommended it to me years ago. It moves very well, and has a smart, original finish. It’s a rare gem that is largely unmentioned in Poe’s short story canon, and I’m thrilled to present it to you.

And now, Hop-Frog, by Edgar Allan Poe.

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

What will become of the townsfolk when Scratchy Wilson goes on the rampage, and the sheriff is out of town? Stephen Crane, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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App users can hear the poem “Kubla Khan”, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the special features for today’s episode.

And I am beginning to stream all of my podcast episodes through YouTube. If you listen to your audio through YouTube, which is apparently a thing now, you can find a link to our YouTube channel in the comments section for this week’s episode. All of the podcast episodes will be available as a kind of Videogram, with the weekly album art as the visual, while the audio plays behind it.

Now, for today’s story.

Now, as you know recently, I’ve been highlighting Russian literature. One thing that’s been brought to my attention is that it’s not until very recently that they’ve had a mystery genre. Here’s an excerpt from the introduction by Otto Penzler to a book I’m working on that includes these crime oriented Russian short stories:

“It is appropriate to the point of obviousness to recognize that the detective story cannot flourish in a non-democratic society. The chief protagonist in a detective story is a hero: the person who will right the wrongs perpetrated by a criminal. This is possible only in a society in which the rule of law matters, and it must matter to all strata of the society. If a government is corrupt, or dictatorial, its functionaries are, by definition, primarily focused on their own interests or in those of the government that employs them...

The very notion of Russian detective fiction is oxymoronic, as it is a country whose citizens seldom have enjoyed individual freedom. Sinking from the oppression of the czarist regime to the horrors of the Communist police state, Russia was in no position to offer fictional police officers as the heroes of mystery stories, as they were more likely than ordinary citizens to be the criminals and persecutors.” – Otto Penzler, from the introduction to The Greatest Russian Stories of Crime and Suspense. Published by Highbridge Audio.

So, in order to show the contrast between these stories, and to kind of showcase what those of us without such a background are perhaps more accustomed to, we’re presenting a Western from Stephen Crane this week. I figured there’s nothing more illustrative of cut and dried good guy versus bad guy than a Western.

However, while very well written, it still has some problems inherent to the genre.- particularly that of racism. Please note how the author points out the races of the African Americans, Mexicans, and Jewish people. Yet the race of all of the people who have speaking roles isn’t mentioned. This is racism. Even though there aren’t any overt racial slurs, this subtle naming of the race, and connecting the people thus named to their roles as waiter, staff, shepherds, or tailors is a definite form of racism.

So, something to think about as we head out West.

And now, The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky, by Stephen Crane.

 

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

Why is Aksionov’s wife so worried that if he goes to the fair, that she’ll never see him again? Leo Tolstoy, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

 

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App users can hear the poem “The World is Too Much With Us”, by William Wordsworth in the special features for today’s episode.

Today’s story, to me, is a great example of the kind of gap that can sometimes occur between the type of Faith that we may read in our holy works, versus what we actually encounter in reality.

In my faith growing up, we had a set of basically steps we would go through when we had wronged someone else (made a mistake, needed to repent), whatever your phrasing called it.

When we had wronged someone, we were supposed to 1) admit or confess the thing that we did to the person. 2) ask for forgiveness. 3) do all that we could to repair the wrong. 4) never do it again. On the other side, as the person wronged, you were always taught to forgive. (How often should we forgive? Jesus said 70 times 7, right?)

Now that sounds like a great system, and it surely makes for a snappy talk or lesson on Sunday, but what happens when it plays out in reality? Some things can’t be repaired like a broken toy, or returned good as new, like item stolen from the convenience store. When we start to deal with other people, we can hurt each other in ways that can’t easily be repaired. Sometimes, even though we may not want to, we may do the same thing again and again.

Tolstoy was a man of faith, and in today’s story, he demonstrates this gap between precept and personal reality, and leads us to a higher conversation of what it means to live as a person of faith.

And now, God Sees the Truth, but Waits, by Leo Tolstoy.

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Why won’t Tomsky’s 80-year-old grandmother share her incredible secret for gambling? Alexander Pushkin, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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App users can hear the poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”, by William Wordsworth in the special features for today’s episode.

Today we return to Russia, and Alexander Pushkin. He was born to a noble family, but by the time he came along, most of the money was gone. He is one of the great Russian luminaries, and today’s story of self-destructive greed is largely reprinted and anthologized. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky made it into an opera which premiered in St. Petersburg in 1890.

Faro, spelled in the story as f-a-r-o, is a gambling card game in which players bet on the order in which the cards will appear. Pharoah, like the Egyptian Pharoah, is said to have been the name of the king of hearts.

And now, The Queen of Spades, by Alexander Pushkin.

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Arséne Lupin declares it a mystery for babies. But when murder occurs on the open road, it seems everyone is stumped but him. Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today we are celebrating Arséne Lupin, to coordinate with the new Lupin series on Netflix. Not only do we have a lovely story today, but app users can hear “The Queen’s Necklace”, by Maurice Leblanc, in the special features portion for this week’s episode.

The Queen’s Necklace is the first episode in the Netflix series, and is the fifth chapter in The Adventures of Arséne Lupin, gentleman burglar. I love how they reference the source material so much in the show.

If I had to say the one thing that I particularly like about Lupin, is the way that he helps those people who have kind of fallen through the cracks. Folks who have been wronged, or sometimes done wrong, but your heart goes out to them. He helps them out where no one else can. There’s a kindness there. The Netflix series does a couple things to stay true to this trait, and I really, really like that.

And now, The Tragedy in the Forest of Morgues, and Arséne Lupin adventure, by Maurice Leblanc.

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A copyist, a tailor, and an official each demonstrate the cracks in Tsarist Russian society.  Nikolai Gogol, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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App users can hear “Composed upon a Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802”, by William Wordsworth, in the special features portion for this week’s episode.

And now for something completely different.

Today’s story is from Ukranian-born author Nikolai Gogol, and it exposes the various weaknesses of life in Tsarist Russia. Akakii Akakievich is a simple poor man, who is doing everything as he should, following all the rules. Watch how his social status ebbs and flows, as the people in his life help him, or don’t.

And now, The Overcoat, by Nikolai Gogol.

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How will St. George get rid of the dragon in the cave? For, he’s not a proper dragon at all. Instead of rampaging and marauding about, this dragon writes poetry.  Kenneth Grahame, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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App users can hear the poem “London”, by William Blake, in the special features portion for this week’s episode.

Today’s story is written by Kenneth Grahame, who also wrote The Wind in the Willows. The Reluctant Dragon first appeared as a chapter in his book Dream Days. The story takes place in the Berkshire Downs in Oxfordshire, where the author lived and where, according to legend, St. George did fight a dragon.  

And now, The Reluctant Dragon, by Kenneth Grahame.

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All is revealed, and our mystery comes to a stunning conclusion. Dorothy Sayers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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App users can hear “T’was the Night Before Christmas”, by Clement Moore, in the special features portion for this week’s episode.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, all things considered. But now, we have a mystery to solve.

And now, Whose Body, Part 7 of 7 by Dorothy Sayers.

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What proof is required to verify Lord Peter’s unthinkable discovery? Dorothy Sayers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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App users can hear “The Tyger”, by William Blake (one of my favorite poems) in the special features portion for this week’s episode.

And now, Whose Body, Part 6 of 7 by Dorothy Sayers.

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What sends Lord Peter into a grim relapse of shell shock? Dorothy Sayers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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App users can hear “The Sick Rose”, by William Blake in the special features portion for this week’s episode. It’s interesting how many of these ancient poems deal with sickness.

And now, Whose Body, Part 5 of 7 by Dorothy Sayers.

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Why is Lord Peter becoming apprehensive, now that the clouds begin to thin for him? Dorothy Sayers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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App users can hear “The Lamb”, by William Blake in the special features portion for this week’s episode.

And now, Whose Body, Part 4 of 7, by Dorothy Sayers.

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Will Lord Percy discover that a nefarious villain actually owns the golden pince-nez? Dorothy Sayers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And if you just want to shoot us a few bucks to say thanks, that’s awesome. There is  now a Donate button on the website at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com, where you can do just that. And when/if you donate, feel free to let us know what titles you’d like to see us do! We love to hear from you.

App users can hear “The Retreat”, by Henry Vaughan in the special features portion for this week’s episode.

This book was written around 100 years ago, when the world was still reeling after the flu pandemic. See if you can spot the reference during the courtroom scene.

Also, this book contains some Anti-Semitic language. So please be aware of that.

And now, Whose Body, Part 3 of 7 by Dorothy Sayers.

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The dead man in the bath could be Mr. Levy, in fact, with him missing, it should be Mr. Levy – but it ain’t Mr. Levy. Dorothy Sayers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you. I know many of you have had to cancel your subscriptions, and I appreciate those who come back when they can. It really helps us out, so we can keep going forward. And in case you’re wondering, this is our family business. All of the money brought in goes to us. I have no sponsors, or partners who get a cut. Just so you know where your money is going.

And if you just want to shoot us a few bucks to say thanks, that’s awesome. There is  now a Donate button on the website at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com, where you can do just that.

Apparently, in the last month or so, Audible has begun to host podcasts through their service, and they’ve included this one. I have an older phone, so I can’t really see how it works, but I’m thrilled to be included. Feel free to review us on Audible, if you get a chance.  

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App users can hear “To His Coy Mistress”, by Andrew Marvell in the special features portion for this week’s episode.

And now, Whose Body, Part 2 of 7 by Dorothy Sayers.

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Mr. Thipps wakes up to discover a dead body in his bathtub, wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez.  So many questions.  Dorothy Sayers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And if you just want to shoot us a few bucks to say thanks, that’s awesome. There is  now a Donate button on the website at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com, where you can do just that.

I have begun doing special pricing for financial supporters. What does that mean? Well, once you login to the website, financial supporters with a subscription can access subscriber pricing for The Last of the Mohicans, The Lost World, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Wuthering Heights, and The War of the Worlds, so they can purchase these titles using only their monthly coupon codes. Or buy them for a reduced price. Just another way to make your dollars stretch.

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On the app side of things, we’re starting poetry again. App users can hear “To Lucasta, Going to the Wars”, by Richard Lovelace in the special features portion for this week’s episode.

This week we begin Whose Body, by Dorothy L. Sayers. Lord Peter Wimsey is an aristocrat whose hobby is solving crime. A couple things to note in this story: it was published in 1923. That was after World War I, but before the Jewish holocaust of World War II. Wimsey suffers from PTSD from the war, and it’s interesting to see how it is handled at this time. Just a little hint to have compassion for those who might be acting in ways we don’t understand. You never know what’s going on under the surface.

The other thing I wanted to mention is the handling of Jewish terms and epithets. Again, this book was written over 100 years ago, in a time before the Jewish holocaust of World War II. When I read this it struck me how mainstream anti-Semitic sentiment was at the time.

So, with those two disclaimers out of the way, let’s go on with the show!

And now, Whose Body, Part 1 of 7 by Dorothy Sayers.

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Can Psmith make things right when Mike, suffering keenly from bank fatigue, is called upon to abandon his post? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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On the app side of things, we’re starting poetry again. App users can hear “On His Deceased Wife”, by John Milton in the special features portion for this week’s episode.

And now, Psmith in the City, Part 6 of 6 by P.G. Wodehouse.

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When Mike comes gallantly to the rescue of old Mr. Waller, can Psmith save him when things get sticky? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And feel free to check out our FREE category, at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com featuring several longer titles to help you to cope with pandemic fatigue.

And on that point, you can now get masks printed with artwork from your favorite Classic Tales titles, if that’s your idea of a good time. Links can be found at our website: www.classictalesaudiobooks.com.  

App users who absolutely need to get their Halloween monster fix, can hear “The Masque of the Red Death”, by Edgar Allan Poe in the Special Features area for this week’s episode. Tap the box that looks like a present.

And now, Psmith in the City, Part 5 of 6 by P.G. Wodehouse.

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The kindly Mr. Waller invites Psmith and Mike to hear him speak in the park on Sunday. Now, what could possibly go wrong? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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App users who absolutely need to get their Halloween monster fix, can hear a new recording of “The Horla”, by Guy de Maupassant in the Special Features area for this week’s episode. Tap the box that looks like a present.

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And now, Psmith in the City, Part 4 of 6 by P.G. Wodehouse.

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What harm can Psmith possibly do to Mr. Bickersdyke by simply correcting a publishing oversight? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Be sure to go to classictalesaudiobooks.com and take advantage of our FREE category. Several full length novels are available for free, including She, A History of Adventure, by H. Rider Haggard, and The Edgar Allan Poe Collection. 

App users who absolutely need to get their Halloween monster fix, can hear “The Body Snatcher”, by Robert Louis Stevenson in the Special Features area for this week’s episode. Tap the box that looks like a present.

And now, Psmith in the City, Part 3 of 6 by P.G. Wodehouse.

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Will Psmith’s scheme to “cultivate” the irascible Mr. Bickersdyke possibly work? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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App users who absolutely need to get their Halloween monster fix, can hear “Dracula’s Guest”, by Bram Stoker in the Special Features area for this week’s episode. Tap the box that looks like a present, and you’ll get a …present.

And now, Psmith in the City, Part 2 of 6 by P.G. Wodehouse.

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What do cricket, banking, and London all have in common? Why, Psmith, of course! P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now for something completely different…

What with the pandemic wearing away our souls to threads right now, and with everything else going on, I figured the last thing we needed was more horror stories right now. I mean, we’re living in one, right?

And so, for the month of October, instead of our typical monster/ horror stories, we’re going to be going to London with Mike and Psmith, and hear their adventures.

But, if you absolutely need your Halloween monster fix, (which is totally understandable), I’ll be releasing scary stories through the podcast app. So you can have the best of both worlds. App users can hear “Oh Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad”, by M.R. James this week.

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And now, Psmith in the City, Part 1 of 6 by P.G. Wodehouse.

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Why does Sherlock Holmes declare that the person he is to meet is the worst man in London? Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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App users can whet their Halloween appetite by listening to “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, by Washington Irving in the special features area of their app.

September Sleuths concludes this week, with a sharp adventure with Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.

Sherlock Holmes was one of my gateways into the classics. Years ago, like mid 1990s, I bought a set of cassette tapes of Sherlock Holmes radio dramas, which featured John Gielgud as Sherlock Holmes, and Ralph Richardson as Dr. Watson. Between that and the VHS boxed set I bought at a truck stop of old movies with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, I was hooked.

When my son was born, we named him Basil after Basil Rathbone (because we couldn’t name him Sherlock – that’s ridiculous, right?) When he was a baby, and I would be up at night walking with him, I would read Sherlock Holmes stories to him.

When I perform any of the Sherlock Holmes stories, I try to bring the essence of Basil Rathbone to Sherlock Holmes, and Ralph Richardson to Dr. Watson. I say Lestrade with a long “a”, because that is how he was first introduced to me when I listened to John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson.

I hope you like it.

And now, The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton, by Arthur Conan Doyle.

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