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

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

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

We are proudly supported by our listeners. Please sign up to be a supporter for as little as $5 a month. We’ll give you a monthly coupon code for $8 off any audiobook order. Your support on a monthly basis is vital to keep us going.

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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.

App users can follow along with the attached PDF.

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

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Direct download: CT_819_MissingWill.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.

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

We are proudly supported by our listeners. Please sign up to be a supporter for as little as $5 a month. We’ll give you a monthly coupon code for $8 off any audiobook order. Your support on a monthly basis is vital to keep us going.

Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Thank you so much.

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.

App users can follow along with the attached PDF.

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

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Direct download: CT_819_MissingWill.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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.

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

We are proudly supported by our listeners. Please sign up to be a supporter for as little as $5 a month. We’ll give you a monthly coupon code for $8 off any audiobook order. Your support on a monthly basis is vital to keep us going.

Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Thank you so much.

And if you’re looking for an interesting gift, consider an Audiobookmark of Treasure Island. It’s one-of-a-kind, a great way to open the world of classic literature, and it’s on sale for 2.99. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and get yours today.

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.

App users can follow along with the attached PDF.

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.

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

We are proudly supported by our listeners. Please sign up to be a supporter for as little as $5 a month. We’ll give you a monthly coupon code for $8 off any audiobook order. Your support on a monthly basis is vital to keep us going.

Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Thank you so much.

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.

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

App users can follow along with the attached PDF.

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

 

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Direct download: CT_817_DisappearanceofMrDavenheim.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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.

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

We are proudly supported by our listeners. Please sign up to be a supporter for as little as $5 a month. We’ll give you a monthly coupon code for $8 off any audiobook order. Your support on a monthly basis is vital to keep us going.

Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Thank you so much.

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.

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

App users can follow along with the attached PDF.

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

 

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Direct download: CT_817_DisappearanceofMrDavenheim.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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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And if you’re not up for becoming a supporting member, please subscribe to our YouTube channel, or give us a review on Apple Podcasts. Every bit helps!

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.

App users can follow along with the attached PDF.

 

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 MST

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 if you’re not up for becoming a supporting member, please subscribe to our YouTube channel, or give us a review on Apple Podcasts. Every bit helps!

If you’ve been thinking of starting up your own podcast, go to Libsyn.com, and put in my promo code: SHERLOCK. You’ll get up to two months of free podcasting service. I’ve been with Libsyn for years, and I couldn’t be happier with them. So, if you’re thinking of starting your own show, go to LIBSYN dot com, and use my promo code: SHERLOCK. They’ll set you up to succeed.

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

App users can follow along with the attached PDF.

 

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

 

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Direct download: CT_815_MillionDollarBondRobbery.mp3
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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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Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Thank you so much.

And if you’re not up for becoming a supporting member, please subscribe to our YouTube channel, or give us a review on Apple Podcasts. Every bit helps!

If you’ve been thinking of starting up your own podcast, go to Libsyn.com, and put in my promo code: SHERLOCK. You’ll get up to two months of free podcasting service. I’ve been with Libsyn for years, and I couldn’t be happier with them. So, if you’re thinking of starting your own show, go to LIBSYN dot com, and use my promo code: SHERLOCK. They’ll set you up to succeed.

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

App users can follow along with the attached PDF.

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

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Direct download: CT_814_HuntersLodge.mp3
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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.

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

We are proudly supported by our listeners. Please sign up to be a supporter for as little as $5 a month. We’ll give you a monthly coupon code for $8 off any audiobook order. Your support helps us to continue making amazing audiobooks and other tools to help improve literacy.

Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Thank you so much.

And if you’re not up for becoming a supporting member, please subscribe to our YouTube channel, or give us a review on Apple Podcasts. Every bit helps!

If you’ve been thinking of starting up your own podcast, go to http://libsyn.com, and put in my promo code: SHERLOCK. You’ll get up to two months of free podcasting service. I’ve been with Libsyn for years, and I couldn’t be happier with them. So, if you’re thinking of starting your own show, go to LIBSYN dot com, and use my promo code: SHERLOCK. They’ll set you up to succeed.

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

App users can follow along with the attached PDF.

And now, The Cheap Flat, by Agatha Christie.

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

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!

If you’ve been thinking of starting up your own podcast, go to Libsyn dot com, and put in my promo code: SHERLOCK. You’ll get up to two months of free podcasting service. I’ve been with Libsyn for years, and I couldn’t be happier with them. So, if you’re thinking of starting your own show, go to LIBSYN dot com, and use my promo code: SHERLOCK. They’ll set you up to succeed.

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

App users can follow along with the attached PDF.

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 MST

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.  

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And now, The Western Star, by Agatha Christie.

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Direct download: CT_811_TheWesternStar.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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

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

We are proudly supported by our listeners. This show was created with the intent to make the classics less intimidating, and more accessible. Over the years, we’ve been able to help many, many people discover authors and stories they never would have read, and we’ve also helped a lot of people learn to read. We really appreciate your help.

Please sign up to be a supporter for as little as $5 a month. We’ll give you a monthly coupon code for $8 off any audiobook order. It’s a great way to build out your classic audiobook library, and help us to continue to provide this service.

Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Thank you so much.

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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Direct download: CT_809_The_Wendigo_Part2of2.mp3
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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.

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

We are proudly supported by our listeners. This show was created with the intent to make the classics less intimidating, and more accessible. Over the years, we’ve been able to help many, many people discover authors and stories they never would have read, and we’ve also helped a lot of people learn to read. We really appreciate your help.

Please sign up to be a supporter for as little as $5 a month. We’ll give you a monthly coupon code for $8 off any audiobook order. It’s a great way to build out your classic audiobook library, and help us to continue to provide this service.

Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Thank you so much.

If you’d like to learn more about how classic audiobooks are made, please check out my blog.

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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Direct download: CT_808_The_Wendigo_Part1of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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.

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

We are proudly supported by our listeners. This show was created with the intent to make the classics less intimidating, and more accessible. Over the years, we’ve been able to help many, many people discover authors and stories they never would have read, and we really appreciate your help.

Please sign up to be a supporter for as little as $5 a month. We’ll give you a monthly coupon code for $8 off any audiobook order. It’s a great way to build out your classic audiobook library, and help us to continue to provide this service.

Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Thank you so much.

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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Direct download: CT_807_PitandPendulum-Tell-TaleHeart.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

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

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

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.

If you enjoy the show, please sign up to be a supporter for as little as $5 a month. We’ll give you a monthly coupon code for $8 off any audiobook order. This is why we break down the larger titles on the website, so you can use three codes it you want to get The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s a great way to build out your classic audiobook library, and help so we can continue to provide this service.

Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Thank you so much.

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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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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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:45am MST

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

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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.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:27am MST

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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Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:10am MST

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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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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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

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 MST

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 MST

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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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 MST

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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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 MST

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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Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:30am MST

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

And you can pick it up on Audible here: https://tinyurl.com/snze9cvh

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 MST

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 MST

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

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 MST

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 MST

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

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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:48am MST

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

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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