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

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

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 MDT

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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Direct download: CT_770_TheOpenBoat.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MDT