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

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

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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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:37am MDT

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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813, the fourth novel in the Arsène Lupin series is also now available! I hope you liked the first chapter. Head on over to classictalesaudiobooks.com and pick up the rest of this fantastic adventure! And if you’d like to save 2 dollars when you get 813, simply enter the coupon code: podcast. No subscription, no additional purchase necessary, just enter the word podcast, and save 2 bucks. Thank you for your support!

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.

This is BJ Harrison. I hope you’ve enjoyed this healthy sample of 813, by Maurice Leblanc. Head on over to classictalesaudiobooks.com, and pick up your copy today. Enter the coupon code podcast to save $2 off this brand new title.

I’ll see you again on Friday. Have a good one!

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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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The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas is now available at classictalesaudiobooks.com. Download your copy of this extraordinary adventure.

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.

I’ll be releasing a sample chapter in the podcast feed midweek, once it becomes available. And the fun part is – coupon codes will be available for this title. So head on over to classictalesaudiobooks.com. Pick up 813 and The Black Tulip. You’ve got some fun listening ahead. And thank you so much for your support.

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.

Coupon codes will not be available for The Black Tulip. At least for a little while. Once we meet a certain threshold, we will release this title for coupon code use, and send it to our retail partners. But for now, this title is exclusively available at classictalesaudiobooks.com. Be the first to listen to this tender leaf of historical fiction.

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

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.

Coupon codes will not be available for this title. Once we meet a certain threshold, we will release this title for coupon code use, and send it to our retail partners. But for now, this title is exclusively available at classictalesaudiobooks.com. Be the first to listen to this tender leaf of historical fiction.

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

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

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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Can Beautrelet deduce the royal secret of the Hollow Needle?  Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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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Can Beautrelet use his colossal brainpower to rescue his kidnapped father?  Maurice Leblanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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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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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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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.

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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 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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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.

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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.

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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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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Direct download: CT_731_The_Phantom_Hearse.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

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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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.

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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Direct download: CT_729_TheInvisiblePrisoner.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

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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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.

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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App users can hear the poem, “Ozymandias”, by Percy Blythe Shelley, in the special features for today’s episode. I actually have this poem printed on a t-shirt.

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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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App users can hear the poem, “The Destruction of Sennacherib”, by George Gordon, Lord Byron, in the special features for today’s episode.

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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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App users can hear the poem, “She Walks in Beauty”, by George Gordon, Lord Byron, 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. 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.

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, along with supporting the show. 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 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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App users can hear the short story, “The Murder in the Rue Morgue”, by Edgar Allan Poe in the special features for today’s episode.

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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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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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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.

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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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Direct download: CT_713_TheOvercoat.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

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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Direct download: CT_712_TheReluctantDragon.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT