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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 sands of the Arabian desert, 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.
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How can Psmith reconcile Ms. Halliday to the fact that he is, at least in name only, the same Ralston McTodd that has broken the heart of her school chum? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going. I hope you all are safe and well during this unprecedented outbreak. Hopefully you are taking advantage of the special selection of titles I have made available for free. I have received many messages that they have helped many parents and children who have found a lot of time on their hands lately. I’m so glad I can help. Thanks again to all of our financial contributors. This is a very direct way that your support has been paid forward to help many during this crisis. Thank you so much for helping to keep our heads above water. The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been named as a finalist for the Independent Audiobook Awards. It is such an honor to be among these incredibly talented narrators. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. The Classic Tales Merchandise store:  If you have the Classic Tales app, you can listen to more of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in the special features area. Once again: as a response to the COVID-19/ Corona virus outbreak, I am giving away for free a selection of my audiobooks geared for grades K-12 through the website. This is to help those who find themselves with kids at home from school during this difficult time. Please tell your friends, family, or anybody who could benefit from this service. You can find the link to the free material in the description of today’s episode. You can find the free audiobooks here: And now, Leave it to Psmith, part 4 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook    
Who, precisely, is snoring lustily on the train to Blandings with a stealthy handkerchief over his face? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going. I hope you all are safe and well during this unprecedented outbreak. Hopefully you are taking advantage of the special selection of titles I have made available for free. I have received many messages that they have helped many parents and children who have found a lot of time on their hands lately. I will be adding more titles to the Home from School – FREE category of the website as the crisis continues, so feel free to check back from time to time. Thanks again to all of our financial contributors. This is a very direct way that your support has been paid forward to help many during this crisis. Thank you so much for helping to keep our heads above water. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. The Classic Tales Merchandise store: http://tee.pub/lic/yl9wRRWqhnY If you have the Classic Tales app, you can listen to more of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in the special features area. Once again: as a response to the COVID-19/ Corona virus outbreak, I am also giving away for free a selection of my audiobooks geared for grades K-12 through the website. This is to help those who find themselves with kids at home from school during this difficult time. Please tell your friends, family, or anybody who could benefit from this service.  You can find the free audiobooks here: https://tinyurl.com/wfrphaw And now, Leave it to Psmith, part 4 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse. Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook  
Lord Emsworth meets a poet, and yet incredibly winds up inviting someone completely different to Blandings Castle. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going. I have been approached by one of my distributors who distributes my audiobooks to schools, and I have been able to offer all of my audiobooks to schools for free for a limited time, to help during the Corona virus outbreak. I can do this because of your support. Since I am largely a one-man band, I can move quickly in allowing my audiobooks to be made free to schools during this crisis. This can happen because our listeners, and especially our financial supporters. Thank you for your financial support for The Classic Tales, so that when things like this happen, we can respond quickly. And thank you for your continued financial support during this crisis. It helps our little family, as well. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. The Classic Tales Merchandise store: http://tee.pub/lic/yl9wRRWqhnY If you have the Classic Tales app, you can listen to more of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in the special features area. As I mentioned, as a response to the COVID-19/ Corona virus outbreak, schools should have access to my library of titles for free through their libraries. I am also giving away for free a selection of my audiobooks geared for grades K-12 through the website. This is to help those who find themselves with kids at home from school during this difficult time. I’m happy to report that over a hundred people have availed themselves of this service, amounting to over a thousand dollars donated. Please help us help those who may benefit from some free audiobooks that may help educate and entertain those stuck at home. Please share our link, located in the show’s full description, to any family or friends you may know who could benefit from these free audiobooks. You can find the free audiobooks here: https://tinyurl.com/wfrphaw And now, Leave it to Psmith, part 3 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.   Tap for a selection of FREE audiobooks for kids at home during the COVID-19/Corona virus outbreak   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!    
Upon seeing Eve Halliday stranded in the London rain, Psmith springs into action with an umbrella – never minding that it isn’t his. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. It’s a seriously great deal, and helps us to keep doing what we’re doing. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. The Classic Tales Merchandise store:  If you have the Classic Tales app, you can listen to more of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in the special features area. Recently, it came to my attention that you can listen to the audiobooks purchased through the website on the Audible app. If you purchase a book from classictalesaudiobooks.com, first, download it to your computer, either Windows or Mac. Second, sync your device using iTunes, and send the audiobook to your device. Finally, open the Audible app and tap the “iTunes” tab at the top, where it says “Cloud/Device/iTunes”. The audiobook should show up there, and you can use all the listening features of the Audible app. And now, Leave it to Psmith, part 2 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook    
How could Freddy Threepwood possibly raise £3,000 to help a dear relative? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. It’s a seriously great deal, and helps us to keep doing what we’re doing. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. The Classic Tales Merchandise store:  Today’s story is by P.G. Wodehouse, and begins the novel Leave it to Psmith (the ‘P’ is silent): part 2 of the Blandings Castle series. The first in the series was Something New, where we met Lord Emsworth, Freddy Threepwood, Beach, Baxter and many others. I’ve tried to keep the character voices consistent with Something New, which we did back in 2014. A note on the title: Wodehouse has placed the letter “P” in front of the name “Smith”, for reasons which will be explained later on. In the audiobook format, you don’t see that, and miss out on the joke. And so, rather than try to enunciate “Psmith”, for the audiobook version, I’ll add the term: “The ‘P’ is silent” when it seems appropriate. This is simply to try to convey in audio form, the joke that those who are reading visually get to enjoy. And now, Leave it to Psmith, part 1 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.
What exactly lies beyond the treacherous and previously impassable Canadian glacier? Robert W. Chambers, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. It’s a seriously great deal, and helps us to keep doing what we’re doing. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. The Classic Tales Merchandise store:  Today’s story is by Robert W. Chambers, whose most famous collection of short stories, The King in Yellow, influenced many writers of weird fiction in his day, including H.P. Lovecraft. I’ve taken the liberty of naming today’s story, “Beyond the Broken Glacier”. It comprises chapters 6 to 8 in his book In Search of the Unknown. This book consists of several stories about strange, fabled and unknown creatures encountered by a secretary of the Zoological Gardens in Bronx Park. We heard the first story in this collection a while ago: “The Harbor Master”, which inspired the film The Creature From the Black Lagoon. The story has some playful humor, and also touches on the lost world genre with I am rather fond of. I hope you enjoy it. And now, Beyond the Broken Glacier, by Robert W. Chambers.   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook    
How much influence can an unremarkable woman have on a womanizing, well-to-do banker? Anton Chekhov, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. It’s a seriously great deal, and helps us to keep doing what we’re doing. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. The Classic Tales Merchandise store:  App users can hear more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in their special features. Today’s story is by the master of the short story: Anton Chekhov. Now, I’ve known of this story for years. It’s one of his most famous. But when I read it years ago, it scared me. It seemed like it was a story the legitimized illicit infidelity, and it freaked me out. Now that I’m a little older, and hopefully a little wiser, I could look at it more objectively. I was amazed at what I found. The infidelity in the story is simply a vehicle. The theme of the story is essentially: the black and white world we live in is constructed for us by others, and cannot make us happy. Only when we dare to look at and live in the gray area, and choose to live life on our own terms can we be happy. Dmitri is a wealthy banker. He did it all right – married young, has kids, and is successful in his vocation – banking. And he hates it. He lives a black and white life. He knows his infidelities are wrong, and categorizes them as such. His “white” life above board dissatisfies him, so he delves into the “black” from time to time. Then he meets Anna, the lady with the dog. Notice how with her, everything is described as gray. Her eyes, her dress, even the town where she lives is enigmatic, only described as “S---“ And she lives behind a gray fence. In her foray with Dmitri into the “black” area, she’s not okay with it. She doesn’t like it. She belongs in the gray area. I don’t want to go too into detail, but the reason this story hit me with such force now, is that I can now see it’s truth. If I had a vocation like banking, or worked in a cubicle, and had to sign the card for Bill in accounting’s birthday, and talk over the ramen in my cup in a break room that smells like microwaved bad breath, etc. etc., I would go crazy. I’d probably make good money, and have things like health insurance, retirement, and stock options, but I’d be dead inside. Cilla told me when we first got married that she needed to live in the gray area, and it changed my life. Living in the gray, outside the clear cut boundaries of work, school, business, etc., and scrapping work as a freelance artist for 19 years, then trying to eke out a living by making audiobooks of classic literature is about the most crazy, off the rails way to raise a family and make a career. But I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s infinitely rewarding, but it’s so complicated and difficult. Nobody would choose this unless they had to. But once you allow yourself to live in the gray area, you have to stay. Because you know what it’s like in the black and white world, and it’s just not for you. The last line of the story is: “…the most complicated and difficult part of it was only the beginning.” Yes. People don’t just live complicated and difficult lives just because. Their reasons are their own. And they are complicated. But for them, it’s worth it. And now, The Lady With The Dog, by Anton Chekhov. Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook    
What manner of man is the mysterious Vanderhausen, and why does he keep his face hidden? J. Sheridan LeFanu, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. The Classic Tales Merchandise store:  App users can hear more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in their special features. And now, Schalken the Painter, by J. Sheridan LeFanu.   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook    
Can Arséne Lupin really solve a murder before the police even have a victim? Maurice LeBlanc, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. It’s a seriously great deal, and helps us to keep doing what we’re doing. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. The Classic Tales Merchandise store:  App users can hear more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in their special features. Do you love binging The Classic Tales Podcast? How about 36 hours of fantastic stories, curated and narrated for you? The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Five is now available for only $19.99 at our website at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com. I’ve optimized the audiobook for listening on mobile devices. Each chapter or story has customized artwork, and you can easily navigate from story to story when you want to listen again. This artwork-enriched edition of the audiobook is only available at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com -you won’t be disappointed. Today’s story is by Maurice Leblanc, whose magnificent gentleman burglar is visiting us again. We heard from him earlier in September with The Infernal Trap. If you’d like more of Lupin’s adventures, feel free to check out our website. The first two novels of the series are available. And now, The Red Silk Scarf, by Maurice Leblanc. Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook    
What happens when an Italian profligate makes a deal with an unusual magician? Mary Shelley today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. It’s a seriously great deal, and helps us to keep doing what we’re doing. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. The Classic Tales Merchandise store:  Today’s story begins with a quote from Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. App users can hear the entire epic poem in their special features. Do you love binging The Classic Tales Podcast? How about 36 hours of fantastic stories, curated and narrated for you? The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Five is now available for only $19.99 at our website at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com. I’ve optimized the audiobook for listening on mobile devices. Each chapter or story has customized artwork, and you can easily navigate from story to story when you want to listen again. This artwork-enriched edition of the audiobook is only available at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com -you won’t be disappointed. Today’s story is by Mary Shelley. Many of you may be familiar with the story of how Frankenstein was created. Lord Byron had rented a house in Geneva, Switzerland, along with John Polidori, and Mary and Percy Shelley. It was dark and stormy the whole time. After a while, they had a contest to see who could write the best ghost story. John Polidori wrote “The Vampyre”, which was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And Mary Shelley wrote a short story called “Transformation”, which she later developed into the novel Frankenstein. I always felt I was missing something about the origin of Frankenstein. Knowing that it came from a short story, and was fleshed out makes more sense. That being said, it is anything but a watered down version of our favorite flat-topped monster. And now, Transformation, by Mary Shelley.   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!     Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook    
What must Ruscha do to secure the magic word that kills when it’s uttered? Elizabeth F. Ellett, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. Each week, I strive to bring you a classic selection that is relevant, well written, and entertaining. If you can’t tell, I love what I do. I love discovering so many amazing stories and sharing them with you. But to continue to do this, I need your help. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. It’s a seriously great deal, and helps us to keep doing what we’re doing. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. The Classic Tales Merchandise store:  Do you love binging The Classic Tales Podcast? How about 36 hours of fantastic stories, curated and narrated for you? The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Five is now available for only $19.99 at our website at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com. I’ve optimized the audiobook for listening on mobile devices. Each chapter or story has customized artwork, and you can easily navigate from story to story when you want to listen again. The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Five -you won’t be disappointed. Today’s story is by Elizabeth Ellett. Her grandfather was a General in the Revolutionary War, and she grew up imbued with patriotic as well as religious feelings, which nourished her mind. She had a thirst for learning, and at the age of 16 was married to Dr. William H. Ellet, a Professor of Chemistry at Columbia College. In the college, she took advantage of the opportunities of education, and soon rose to prominence. She began to write for the magazines, or periodicals of the time, and the name of Mrs. Ellet became recognized in literary circles. Like George Eliot, she also gained a reputation for translating. In 1848, she published her most important work: “The Women of the American Revolution”. Today, Ellet is perhaps known best for the scandal she leaked about Edgar Allan Poe’s rumored affair with Frances Sargent Osgood when both were married to other people. Leaking this story didn’t help her at all. Poe maligned her in the press, knocked her writings, accused her of plagiarism, and even referred to her as “short and fat”. In print. Today’s story was taken from a Danish folk tale that Ellet has spiced up with lively characters and wonderful atmosphere. It’s on the short side, but delivers some wonderful chills along the way. And now, The Witch Caprusche, by Elizabeth F. Ellet. Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook  
Shouts of “Murder!” yield a mind-bending mystery. Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. Do you love binging The Classic Tales Podcast? How about 36 hours of fantastic stories, curated and narrated for you? The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Five is now available for only $19.99 at our website at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com. The novels of this anthology include mystery with The Mysterious Case at Styles, featuring Hercule Poirot, adventure with The Mark of Zorro, literary romance with A Room With A View, dystopian Science Fiction with Anthem, by Ayn Rand, and fantasy with The Snow Queen, by Hans Christian Andersen. Over a dozen other short stories and poems round out this outstanding collection of classics. I’ve optimized the audiobook for listening on mobile devices. Each chapter or story has customized artwork, and you can easily navigate from story to story when you want to listen again. The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Five -you won’t be disappointed. And now, The Mystery of the Blue Jar, by Agatha Christie.   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook  
Will Latimer’s existence change dramatically when his clairvoyance is supplanted with visions of the future? George Eliot, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Many, many thanks to all of our listeners and supporting members who help to keep us going. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. The Classic Tales Merchandise store:  I am working on an initiative to make The Classic Tales audiobooks free for public schools. Thank you to everyone who has visited the website, purchased audiobooks, or recommended or reviewed us. It all goes a long way! Anything you can do to help us to grow and sustain ourselves will help us put the classics into the ears of the next generation. Thank you. And now, The Lifted Veil, Part 2 of 2, by George Eliot. Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook    
Are the dreamlike musings of a sensitive intellectual truly predictive, or merely the result of an overactive imagination? George Eliot, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Many, many thanks to our 340 members who support us regularly. Each episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is initially downloaded over 10,000 times in the course of a week from the time it’s released, and we are so grateful for all of our supporters who have stepped up and helped to sustain us. 2020 marks the beginning of our 14th season, and we’d love to keep on going. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. I am working on an initiative to make The Classic Tales audiobooks free for public schools. Thank you to everyone who has visited the website, purchased audiobooks, or recommended or reviewed us. It goes a long way! Anything you can do to help us to grow and sustain ourselves will help us put the classics into the ears of the next generation. Thank you. This week we are showcasing the amazing work of George Eliot, the pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans. A good friend of mine, Morag Kawasaki, did a recent research project showcasing the role of women in romantic and Victorian literature. George Eliot/Mary Ann Evans came up time and time again as the most important female author at this time. Some key takeaways were: women weren’t judged against the published men of the time, they were only reviewed against each other. They were also held to a much higher standard than the male writers of the time. Also, Eliot not only spoke but translated four languages: English, German, Greek and Hebrew. Henry James, when writing about her novel Middlemarch, pointed to the ‘constant presence of thought, of generalizing instinct, of brain’ and he paid passionate tribute to Eliot’s ‘intellectual vigor, her immense facility, her exemption of cerebral lassitude’”. Today’s story is about an intellectual, who, after suffering an illness, realizes he has gained the ability to read the thoughts of those around him. His name is Latimer, which means ‘one who interprets Latin’. Even this person’s name is indicative of understanding that which is hidden to most others. The command of the language, and this ability of Eliot’s to see what others don’t are elegantly evident. I hope you like it. App users can read Morag’s entire research project, The Journey of the Romantic & Victorian Female Author in their special features for this week’s episode. And now, The Lifted Veil, Part 1 of 2, by George Eliot.   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook    
If the mystery has wrapped up so nicely, why does Poirot still feel like something is not right? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. The Classic Tales Merchandise store:  App users can find more Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in their special features for this week’s episode. I am working on an initiative to make The Classic Tales audiobooks free for public schools. Thank you to everyone who has visited the website, purchased audiobooks, or recommended or reviewed us. It goes a long way! Anything you can do to help us to grow and sustain ourselves will help us put the classics into the ears of the next generation. Thank you. And now, The Murder on the Links, part 7 of 7, by Agatha Christie   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!     Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook    
What does Poirot mean when he says that there isn’t just one crime, but two? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. The Classic Tales Merchandise store:  App users can find a special Christmas bonus in their special features for this week’s episode. I am working on an initiative to make The Classic Tales audiobooks free for public schools. Thank you to everyone who has visited the website, purchased audiobooks, or recommended or reviewed us. It goes a long way! Anything you can do to help us to grow and sustain ourselves will help us put the classics into the ears of the next generation. Thank you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone. And now, The Murder on the Links, part 6 of 7, by Agatha Christie   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - visit The Classic Tales Merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook    
Why is young Jack Renauld under suspicion for murdering his father? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. Time is about up if you’d like some Classic Tales merchandise for Christmas. If you’d like an Erudite Troglodyte hoodie, or a Pride and Prejudice tote bag, there’s only a couple of days left to have them in time for Christmas. Tap here to go to The Classic Tales Merchandise store   App users can still find bite size portions of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in their special features. Finally, I’d like to talk a bit about a new project. High school, and I’m not a great reader. For my AP History class, I had to read The Scarlet Letter. It was arguably the worst experience with a book I’d had up to that moment. I was so lost and frustrated. I wanted to read the classics so badly. I could tell there was something amazing there that was hidden from me. But I couldn’t get to it. Fast-forward ten years or so, and I discover audiobooks. It was literally life changing. Suddenly, the whole world of the classics is open to me, and I can enjoy The Three Musketeers, David Copperfield, Jane Eyre, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. All of these stories I had always wanted to read, I could now enjoy with a little help from a narrator. I want to other kids who might be struggling to have the same experience. So that’s why I’m working on an initiative to make my library of Classic Tales free for all public schools. It’s a tricky plan, but I really don’t want other kids to struggle like I did. If they have ready access to these productions, I think I can help to prevent that. But I need your help. Please become a supporting member, or purchase one of our larger one-time support options. If you can’t do that, please leave us a review, or tell your friends about us. I want to make this free for kids and schools with limited resources. So anything you can do to help us to grow and sustain ourselves will help us put the classics into the ears of the next generation. Thank you.   And now, The Murder on the Links, part 5 of 7, by Agatha Christie Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook  
Why does Hercule Poirot suddenly decide that he absolutely must travel to Paris? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. We actually have physical merchandise this year. If you’re a Classic Tales fan, we’ve got t-shirts, hoodies, stickers and more at our online merchandise store. Do you know an Erudite Troglodyte? Maybe you know a Jane Austen fan, who would like a Pride and Prejudice tote bag. How about a hoodie from The Count of Monte Cristo, or Wuthering Heights? Click on the link in the description for this episode to get a unique gift for the literary lover in your life.   Tap to go to The Classic Tales Merchandise store    And now, The Murder on the Links, part 4 of 7, by Agatha Christie Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook        
Why is Hercule Poirot seemingly ignoring some apparently critical evidence that M. Giraud recently discovered? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. For CyberMonday, we actually have physical merchandise this year. If you’re a Classic Tales fan, we’ve got t-shirts, hoodies, stickers and more at our online merchandise store. Do you know an Erudite Troglodyte? Maybe you know a Jane Austen fan, who would like a Pride and Prejudice tote bag. How about a hoodie from The Count of Monte Cristo, or Wuthering Heights? Click on the link in the description for this episode to get a unique gift for the literary lover in your life. The Classic Tales Merchandise store: http://tee.pub/lic/yl9wRRWqhnY   And now, The Murder on the Links, part 3 of 7, by Agatha Christie   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to visit The Classic Tales Merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook  
What can the hotshot detective from Paris reveal about the case that eludes the great Hercule Poirot? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. If you enjoy listening to The Classic Tales, please consider becoming a supporting member. It helps support the podcast, and it’s a great way to build out your library of classics. By making a monthly donation of just $5, you’ll receive a corresponding thank-you code for an $8 discount off any audiobook order. Donate $10 a month or more, and you get a $17 discount. You win, and we get to keep going strong. Go now to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a member today. We’d like to thank Spotify for being a partnering sponsor. The Hunchback of Notre Dame has now been released in its entirety. If you are a current supporter of the podcast, and have not received the email an corresponding link for the entire audiobook, please send an email to: support@thebestaudiobooks.com and I’ll get you squared away. Do you know a student, teacher or researcher who studies a lot? If you’re looking for the perfect gift for them, look no further – for they are Erudite Troglodytes. Intellectual Cave Dwellers. Click on the link in the description for this episode to get an Erudite Troglodyte t-shirt, coffee mug, tote bag or even a sticker for the Erudite Troglodyte in your life. It’s a one of a kind gift that is only available at the Classic Tales online store. I have two shirts, and I wear them all the time! Well, it looks like I didn’t win any of my SOVAS nominations. But that’s okay. We’ll keep plugging along. Thank you for all of your support. And now, The Murder on the Links, part 2 of 7, by Agatha Christie   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to become an Erudite Troglodyte - The Classic Tales Merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase Huckleberry Finn – the first Hybrid Audiobook Hear us on roku:    
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mostly dead

Nice, more of Shiel's short stories need to be avaiable in audio.

May 8th
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Larry Peninger

much love to B.J. Harrison

Jan 1st
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Hetta

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Dec 10th
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Audiobook Sorcery

great show.

Dec 3rd
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Ezra Fickov

this one may have a broken source. bummed.

Oct 10th
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Ezra Fickov

Harry Harrison is the man! deathworld is a fave!

Sep 22nd
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David Kear

Brightens up my daily dog walk. I would like to become a $5/month supporter but the website doesn't work on my android phone.

Aug 22nd
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Raktim Pal

anyone knows how I can find some older episodes? it starts at ep 503.

Aug 22nd
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Larry Peninger

lovely story so far

Jul 17th
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Kelly Marie

it's not Welsh rabbit... it's Welsh rare bit ... just so you know (posh cheese on toast 😂)

Jul 3rd
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Ezra Fickov

secret adversary is just so soooo good! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Jun 29th
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Camille Diola

Love this podcast! Voice is a winner.

Feb 18th
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Nancy Nuzer

Best voice for the classics I am glued to the player from start to finish.

Feb 8th
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Raven Crawford

I would like to know how I could find some older episodes

Nov 20th
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iTunes User

I'm always impressed when someone takes their huge talent and a large chunk of their time and gives it away for free. B.J. Harrisson has a beautiful voice and does a wonderful job of bringing to life all the characters in these classic stories. Some I've heard, some are new to me, but they are all wonderful. Thank you for upping the turn-out to once a week! This is right up there with Wait-wait and This American Life on my list of the podcasts I most look forward to every week. You will not be disappointed!

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

Great selection of literature, that is flawlessly read by Mr. Harrison. Mr. Harrison's enthusiasm and character voices draw you in, and every podcast leaves you well entertained. His purpose is to bring back those classic stories,and it is being acheived outstandingly. You will be surprised, as was I, when you listen to how well this podcast is produced.

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

The selection of tales is nearly perfect for what is available. People who have complained need to realize a few things: 1) Mr Harrison has to choose short stories from the public domain. It just so happens that most "classic tales" are already there. 2) Many classic tales are, uh, by definition OLD. Complaining about the narrator's "accent" makes little sense. Mr Harrison has to choose a voice that doesn't sound like it's someone from 2008. Some people have wondered why he sounds British--well, urm, a few centuries ago many Americans were only a few generations removed from England, and most of the authors showcased in this podcast are from nineteenth-century America or else actually from England. Does Mr Harrison's accent sound phony? I don't know, I never really thought of it as an "accent" but as an effected (and effective) reading voice. I'm an American living in Britain--but like most people I'm not two hundred years old, so I've never heard "accents" from a century or a century and a half ago on either side of the Atlantic. I would imagine that genuine voices of people from those times would inescapably sound "phony" to some listeners today. Moreover, this artificial quality is sort of the point. If I'm listening to Dickens read aloud, it would displease me NOT to hear a Victorian-era voice. If I'm listening to Twain, I want to hear an old American accent much like the one Mr Harrison provides. Is his reading voice perfect? No, but I think it's very good. Do I think he puts a lot of emotion into certain passages? Yes. Too much emotion? Sometimes I think so, when I'm not particularly into the story. But I don't think he "hams it up" too much. I've never found his voice or accent to be a problem. Sometimes I want reverence and (slightly reserved) enthusiasm for the classics. Sometimes I want to hear sophistication and excitement for our American literary heritage and the heritage of many European writers from the past centuries. Not only is it escapism--to imagine how these authors lived, how they managed to write--but it is edifying. This podcast gives me that once a week. I love it. It's a shame that there aren't other podcasts like it, completing with it, being inspired by it, trying to outdo it, just as those featured writers from centuries ago were inspired by each other with each tale. ...I don't understand one reviewer's "Frasier Crane" comment. Frasier Crane wasn't British, but I guess anything "smart sounding" must be British, right? I guess "talking smart" is just an intolerable crime to some ears. Maybe when Mr Harrison reads some of these sophisticated or wordy, purple-prose authors (e.g. Poe) he should just not read the words that are there or read them in more of a Homer Simpson voice? Thank God for this podcast. It's my one hour a week of contemporary entertainment media that is actually smart, enjoyable and literary.

Aug 30th
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