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

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

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The Vintage Episode for the week is “The Most Dangerous Game”, by Richard Connell. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Vintage Episodes are back. Check us out on Tuesday for The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, by Arthur Conan Doyle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Vintage Episodes are coming back. Did we raise all that we needed to? No. But I don’t like going backwards. I think I went too big too soon. So, we’re going to do one vintage episode on Tuesdays, and one episode of new content on Fridays. The next one will be part one of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. This way you get some Christmas stories, along with the ongoing Wodehouse tale.  

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

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

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