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. 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 Society for Voice Arts and Sciences nominee - Podcast category 2019

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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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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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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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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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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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

And if you’re looking for plays that have also received the audiobook treatment, I’ve created a new category on the website: Play Adaptations. If you have a play you’d like me to adapt, or other title suggestions, feel free to send me an email through our website at https://classictalesaudiobooks.com.

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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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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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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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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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.

For those who listen through YouTube, our channel is now updated, and will continue to be updated in the future. A big shout out to A.J. Shuck, also an audiobook narrator, who is helping us out there. Thanks, A.J.!

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.

https://time.com/6180539/podcasts-to-help-you-fall-asleep/

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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. In case you haven’t heard, we recently discovered that Basil, my eldest, after four years at our local art academy, was accepted for a month-long residency to The New York Academy of Art. This is a life changing opportunity. 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 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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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.

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 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.

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

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.

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 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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