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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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Can a cricket on the hearth of a tiny Carrier’s cottage foresee the future? Charles Dickens, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you, and we really appreciate your support. We’ve set it up so that for a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook order. Give more, and you get more! This way you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much. And if you can’t support us financially right now, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, so more folks can find us. Go now to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Well, it’s Christmastime. And you know what Christmas means – Charles Dickens. Dickens wrote several Christmas stories. The most famous, of course, being A Christmas Carol. A Cricket on the Hearth is another one, but it’s not super Christmasy. We have a bunch of fun characters, and Dickens’ charming prose winding around it all. I hope you like it. And now, A Cricket on the Hearth, Part 1 of 3, by Charles Dickens.   Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase 813, Arsène Lupin Vol. 4, by Maurice Leblanc!   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:  
All is revealed, and we finally learn the answer to Robert’s burning question: who exactly is Anthony Ferrara? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you, and we really appreciate your support. We’ve set it up so that for a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook order. Give more, and you get more! This way you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much. And if you can’t support us financially right now, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, so more folks can find us. Go now to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Well, the day I knew would finally come has finally come. We have come to the end of this book. Now, I told you when we began that it’s been criticized because it has a weak ending. Well, it does. It’s not a good ending. It’s quite likely when you are in a conversation about books that are great, but have really weak endings, this will be the top one that comes to mind. Maybe not, but maybe so. This book has been so fun. I mean, we’ve had murderous invisible hands, spiders, bats, and the curse with the hair and the orchids. We’ve crawled through an Egyptian pyramid, and discovered Ferrara creating the nefarious incense. I mean, it’s been a fun ride. Let’s just try to remember that as we finish this up.   And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 8 of 8, by Sax Rohmer. Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase 813, Arsène Lupin Vol. 4, by Maurice Leblanc!   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:    
What would Robert do if he came face to face with the evil Antony Ferrara? Let’s find out. Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you, and we really appreciate your support. We’ve set it up so that for a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook order. Give more, and you get more! This way you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much. And if you can’t support us financially right now, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, so more folks can find us. Go now to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. The top 200 supporters for the year 2021 will be receiving a custom designed Classic Tales Audiobooks enamel pin in the mail as a thank you gift. I’ve been working on this for a while, and I’m excited to get these sent out. If you’d like to get one, hop onto the website, and show us a little love. Thanks again, everyone! And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 7 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase 813, Arsène Lupin Vol. 4, by Maurice Leblanc!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:  
What rare illness has brought Myra Duchesne to death’s door? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you, and we really appreciate your support. We’ve set it up so that for a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook order. Give more, and you get more! This way you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classic in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much. And if you can’t support us financially right now, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, so more folks can find us. Go now to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Last week’s story ended with Dr. Cairn and Sime entering the pyramid of Meydum, and discovering within the secret chamber, Antony Ferrara chanting in an unknown tongue. After Sime shot at Ferrara, Dr. Cairn and Sime chased Ferrara out of the pyramid. Today’s story begins when Robert Cairn meets up with the two, and reports on what he witnessed exiting the pyramid just before his father and Sime appeared.   Note: in this week's episode, there is some muddiness about romantic consent. Parents might want to take the opportunity to talk about how the hero might have done things better.  And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 6 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.   Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase 813, Arsène Lupin Vol. 4, by Maurice Leblanc!   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:  
Can Dr. Cairn ascertain how he was bewitched to nearly take the life of his son? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you, and we really appreciate your support. We’ve set it up so that for a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook order. Give more, and you get more! This way you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classic in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much. And if you can’t support us financially right now, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, so more folks can find us. Go now to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. If you’re looking for a unique gift for a book lover, check out our merchandise store. For a limited time, you can save up to 35% off our merchandise. How about an Ivanhoe hoodie? A Pride and Prejudice Gift Bag? An Erudite Troglodyte mug? How about a sticker of The Great Gatsby? Pick up some fun stuff, and be the perfect gift giver this holiday season. Head on over to our merch store: https://www.teepublic.com/user/classictales Last week’s story ended with Dr. Cairn nearly killing his son Robert. He was under the influence of a strange dream, and he thought that he was about to rid the world of Antony Ferrara. Now, father and son will begin to unpack the events of the night, and compare notes. And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 5 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.   Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to purchase 813, Arsène Lupin Vol. 4, by Maurice Leblanc!   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:  
Locals believe that a supernatural entity is behind the unseasonably hot sandstorms in Egypt. Can it be true?  Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you, and we really appreciate your support. We’ve set it up so that for a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook order. Give more, and you get more! This way you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much. And if you can’t support us financially right now, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, so more folks can find us. Go now to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. 813, the fourth novel in the Arsène Lupin series is also now available! Head on over to classictalesaudiobooks.com and pick up this fantastic adventure! If we can pick up a few more monthly supporters, we can start working on the fifth in the Arsène Lupin series. Don’t miss this extraordinary adventure! A note on our story: Sax Rohmer’s work is pretty problematic. I mean, there’s no reason to point out that the vampire in last week’s episode was a Jewess for any other reason than being antisemitic. It didn’t add anything to the plot or character. But sentiments such as these shouldn’t go unaddressed. Just want to point that out. And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 4 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.   Tap here to purchase 813, Arsène Lupin Vol. 4, by Maurice Leblanc!   Tap here to purchase your copy of The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas!   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:  
Why do ghouls and other creatures of the night haunt the remnants of the house of Dhoon?  Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you, and we really appreciate your support. We’ve set it up so that for a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook order. Give more, and you get more! It actually takes quite a bit to make this show every week, and I really appreciate all the help I can get. The content curation, the direction, editing, marketing, artwork, and of course, the narrating, that’s all me. I also have to hire out some of the work, as well, so every little bit helps. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much. And if you can’t support us financially right now, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, so more folks can find us. Go now to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. 813, the fourth novel in the Arsène Lupin series is also now available! Head on over to classictalesaudiobooks.com and pick up this fantastic adventure! And if you’d like to save 2 dollars when you get 813, simply enter the coupon code: podcast. No subscription, no additional purchase necessary, just enter the word podcast, and save 2 bucks. This is the last week for this promotion.  The Society of Voice Arts and Sciences has nominated Scaramouche as a finalist for a SOVAS award! We are going up against a few icons in the narration industry whom I’ve actually paid for training! It’s about as prestigious as they come. I’m shocked and honored to be a nominee for this very special award. And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 3 of 8, by Sax Rohmer. Tap here to purchase 813, Arsène Lupin Vol. 4, by Maurice Leblanc!   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:  
Why exactly does Antony Ferrara keep ancient brain-eating beetles? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you, and we really appreciate your support. We’ve set it up so that for a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook order. Give more, and you get more! This way you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much. And if you can’t support us financially right now, please rate and review us, so more folks can find us. Go now to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. 813, the fourth novel in the Arsène Lupin series is also now available! Head on over to classictalesaudiobooks.com and pick up this fantastic adventure! And if you’d like to save 2 dollars when you get 813, simply enter the coupon code: podcast. No subscription, no additional purchase necessary, just enter the word podcast, and save 2 bucks. Thank you for your support! And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 2 of 8, by Sax Rohmer. Tap here to purchase 813, Arsène Lupin Vol. 4, by Maurice Leblanc!   Tap here to purchase your copy of The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas!   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:  
Antony Ferrara heats his quarters like an inferno, collects brain-eating beetles, and wears an Egyptian ring. So, why does Cairn suspect him of killing a swan? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you, and we really appreciate your support. We’ve set it up so that for a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook order. Give more, and you get more! This way you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much. Go now to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. We won a podcast award! The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts has awarded The Classic Tales Podcast with a Gold Award! Juried by some titans from the top media firms, (Disney, Conde Nast, Microsoft, etc.), I share this honor with Trevor Noah’s Daily Show Podcast, MTV’s Official Challenge Podcast, Broadway Podcast Network and a few others. Only the top 10% of those who entered were awarded the Gold Award. We are super psyched about that. 813, the fourth novel in the Arsène Lupin series is also now available! Head on over to classictalesaudiobooks.com and pick up this fantastic adventure! And if you’d like to save 2 dollars when you get 813, simply enter the coupon code: podcast. No subscription, no additional purchase necessary, just enter the word podcast, and save 2 bucks. Thank you for your support! Today’s story is from the creator of the Fu-Manchu series, Sax Rohmer. It was originally titled, The Brood of the Witch-Queen. I think that the unfortunate title is the reason that this book is not more well know today. That, and the ending isn’t super great. Just putting that out there right now. But H.P. Lovecraft compared this book with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and many critics of the time considered it one of Rohmer’s best. I’ve taken the liberty of releasing it as Knight of the Necropolis. Hopefully ol’ Sax isn’t turning too much in his grave at that. One of the things that really draws me to classic Halloween monsters is that they are steeped in literature. Obviously, Dracula and Frankenstein immediately come to mind with their respective baddies. There are many werewolf short stories, from Kipling’s The Mark of the Beast, to Murryat’s The White Wolf of the Harz Mountains. Alexandre Dumas even wrote a full length, lack luster novel about a werewolf, clumsily translated as The Wolf Leader. I’m told Steinbeck also wrote a werewolf yarn. Mummy tales also abound in short fiction. Among the best are Conan Doyle’s Lot No. 249, Louisa May Alcott’s The Ring of Thoth, and H.P. Lovecraft’s Imprisoned with the Pharaohs. Among the less successful is Bram Stoker’s novel Jewel of the Seven Stars. Now, today’s story isn’t perfect by any means. It’s not high literature. But when I read it, I felt that it really delivered the same feeling that I get when I watch the original movie of The Mummy, with Boris Karloff. It’s set up as a series of adventures where we can eventually piece together the identity of that devotee of ancient sorcery: Antony Ferrara. The similarities to Dracula are evident. Nobody believes in Egyptian sorcery, there’s only one scholar who’s studied enough to stop him, etc.. But what can I say, when it comes to magic rings, brain-eating beetles, vampires, ancient curses, Egyptian mummies, and the like, I’m always up for it. I hope you are, too. And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 1 of 8, by Sax Rohmer. Tap here to purchase 813, Arsène Lupin Vol. 4, by Maurice Leblanc!   Tap here to purchase your copy of The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas! Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:  
Can Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson discover the identity of a cyclist that appears and disappears like a phantom? Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you, and we really appreciate your support. We’ve set it up so that for a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook order. Give more, and you get more! This way you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much. Go now to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Coupon codes will now work with The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas. Head on over to the website, and download your copy of this extraordinary adventure. 813, the fourth novel in the Arsène Lupin series is also now available! I hope you liked the first chapter. Head on over to classictalesaudiobooks.com and pick up the rest of this fantastic adventure! And if you’d like to save 2 dollars when you get 813, simply enter the coupon code: podcast. No subscription, no additional purchase necessary, just enter the word podcast, and save 2 bucks. Thank you for your support! Today’s story is from the collection The Return of Sherlock Holmes. I hope you like it! And now, The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist, by Arthur Conan Doyle. Tap here to purchase 813, Arsène Lupin Vol. 4, by Maurice Leblanc!   Tap here to purchase your copy of The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas!   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:  
Everything about Wilberforce Billson screams that he’s a first-rate pugilist, from his broken nose to his ham-sized fists. But what exactly is his critical weakness? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you, and we really appreciate your support. For a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook order. Give more, and you get more! It kind of cracks open the website for you, so you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much. Go now to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Coupon codes will now work with The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas. Head on over to the website, and download your copy of this extraordinary adventure. 813, the fourth novel in the Arsene Lupin series is also now available! I hoped you liked the first chapter. Head on over to classictalesaudiobooks.com and pick up the rest of this fantastic adventure! I think this is the last we’ll hear from Ukridge for a little while. We’ve got some other amazing stuff coming this fall. So, enjoy! And now, Battling Billson, by P.G. Wodehouse. Tap here to purchase 813, Arsène Lupin Vol. 4, by Maurice Leblanc!   Tap here to purchase your copy of The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas! Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:  
Paris is aghast at the news that of one of Lupin’s victims was discovered murdered. As the bodies continue to pile up, Lupin demonstrates his indefatigable tenacity - on a mission to clear his name and discover the shattering secret of 813. Maurice Leblanc, on a special episode of The Classic Tales Podcast. 813, the fourth novel in the Arsène Lupin series, is now available at classictalesaudiobooks.com. Tap here to get your copy of 813, by Maurice Leblanc! In this fourth adventure, Arsène Lupin seeks to firmly establish himself as the anti-hero, though he clearly wants to be the hero. In developing the complex side to Lupin’s character, and twisting the many plot threads in true Leblanc style, 813 is considered one of the finest Arsène Lupin novels.  And here’s a bonus for podcast listeners: enter the coupon code podcast and save $2 off! No need to sign in, or be a supporter. Anyone who wants to save $2 off can simply enter the word podcast in the box, and save $2 off the adventure of 813, clocking in at over 12 hours in length. And now, the first chapter of 813, by Maurice Leblanc. This is BJ Harrison. I hope you’ve enjoyed this healthy sample of 813, by Maurice Leblanc. Head on over to classictalesaudiobooks.com, and pick up your copy today. Enter the coupon code podcast to save $2 off this brand new title. I’ll see you again on Friday. Have a good one!
It’s not exactly fraud - more of a scheme. When a group of like-minded blighters plan to pool their funds and cash in on an unhappy accident, why, what could happen?  P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you. We really try make your support worth your while. For a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off your audiobook order. Give more, and you get more! It kind of cracks open the website for you, so you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much. The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas is now available at classictalesaudiobooks.com. Download your copy of this extraordinary adventure. And we have another new title being released this week! 813, the fourth novel in the Arsene Lupin series will be available on Tuesday. Clocking in at over 12 hours, this is one of the most overlooked and unheralded adventure/mystery/heist novels I’ve ever run across. I think it’s on par with The Hound of the Baskervilles, or The Secret Adversary. I’ll be releasing a sample chapter in the podcast feed midweek, once it becomes available. And the fun part is – coupon codes will be available for this title. So head on over to classictalesaudiobooks.com. Pick up 813 and The Black Tulip. You’ve got some fun listening ahead. And thank you so much for your support. This week, we have another story about Ukridge. I’m not sure exactly how many of these Ukridge stories we’ll do, but I’m loving them so much, I can’t turn away from them. We may start our Halloween stories next week. We’ll see how things shake out. And now, Ukridge’s Accident Syndicate, by P.G. Wodehouse. Tap here to preorder 813, Arsène Lupin Vol. 4, by Maurice Leblanc!   Tap here to purchase your copy of The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas!   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:  
When it becomes strikingly evident to Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge that the world is short one dog college, how will he get one up and running? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you. We really try make your support worth your while. For a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off your audiobook order. Give more, and you get more! It kind of cracks open the website for you, so you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much. Go now to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. We have some fun new titles appearing along with The Black Tulip! Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll, Sinbad the Sailor, from the Arabian Nights, and Casting the Runes, by M.R. James are available now. While your there, reserve your copy of The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas. A prize of 100,000 florins is offered to the person who can produce a perfectly black tulip – a feat considered impossible. But at the very moment when Cornelius van Bearle is on the brink of achieving the impossible, he is imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. The story of his black tulip’s journey is absolutely riveting, and an event you don’t want to miss. Coupon codes will not be available for The Black Tulip. At least for a little while. Once we meet a certain threshold, we will release this title for coupon code use, and send it to our retail partners. But for now, this title is exclusively available at classictalesaudiobooks.com. Be the first to listen to this tender leaf of historical fiction. Go to classictalesaudiobooks.com, and reserve your copy of The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas. And now for something completely different. We first met Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge in the novel Love Among the Chickens. That was actually the second in the Ukridge line of stories. The first book, Ukridge, is a collection of short stories that are loosely woven together, as is Wodehouse’s wont.  And now, Ukridge’s Dog College, by P.G. Wodehouse.   Tap here to reserve your copy of The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas!   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:  
When Sándor discovers some disturbing clues, the only answer is a Hungarian duel – on horseback. Maurus Jokai, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you. We really try make your support worth your while. For a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook download. Give more, and you get more! It kind of cracks open the website for you, so you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much. Go to classictalesaudiobooks.com and make a donation today. We’ve got a new title available for presale:  The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas. A prize of 100,000 florins is offered to the person who can produce a perfectly black tulip – a feat considered impossible. But at the very moment when Cornelius van Bearle is on the brink of achieving the impossible, he is imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. The story of his black tulip’s journey is absolutely riveting, and an event you don’t want to miss. Coupon codes will not be available for this title. Once we meet a certain threshold, we will release this title for coupon code use, and send it to our retail partners. But for now, this title is exclusively available at classictalesaudiobooks.com. Be the first to listen to this tender leaf of historical fiction. Go to classictalesaudiobooks.com, and reserve your copy of The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas. Last week, Ferko drove the herd of cattle to jump off the ferry as they were crossing the river. Let’s see how that works out for him. And now, The Yellow Rose, Part 3 of 3, by Maurus Jokai.   Tap here to reserve your copy of The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas!   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:  
A wayward horse carries a dying man across the lone puszta. He is not injured – he is poisoned. Maurus Jokai, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you. We really try make your support worth your while. For a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook download. Give more, and you get more! It kind of cracks open the website for you, so you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much.. Go to classictalesaudiobooks.com and make a donation today. I’m hoping that if we get enough supporters, I can record some more classics outside of the podcast. I’m researching out an Alexandre Dumas book that might fit the bill. If you can swing it, please chip in! In this week’s story, we delve more into the Hungarian horse culture, and learn more about the flatland known as the puszta. I’ve been there, and it’s as flat as it’s described in the story. I’ve grown up all my life in the mountains, and that was the first time in my life I experienced the complete absence of anything varying the skyline. No mountains, no hills. Just a dome of sky. It’s really an amazing place. Last week, we met Sandor Decsi, a Hungarian horseman, or csikos, who was drafted into the war to serve the Emperor. He gave a comb, signifying his engagement to Klari, the young woman who run the Hortobagy Inn. Sandor wasn’t too happy with her, because it was evident that she had been a little unfaithful, as he had met on the way to see her he met Ferko Lacza, a cowboy, who had received from Klari a yellow rose from the only yellow rose bush on the puszta. Due to this lover’s spat, Klari remembered the teachings of a gypsy woman, who said to add mandragora root to her sweetheart’s wine, if she wanted to get him to love her again. Meanwhile, Ferko the cowboy was on his way to escort a herd of cattle to Austria, and start a new life as the lead cowherd there. Our story today begins when the group of men are getting ready to start the journey across the puszta to their new home and country. And now, The Yellow Rose, Part 2 of 3, by Maurus Jokai. Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter! Tap here to go to our merchandise store! Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel: Tap here to pick up some of our new titles:    
Will the maid known as The Yellow Rose remain true while her beau is away soldiering for the emperor? A Hungarian Western by Maurus Jokai, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you. We really try make your support worth your while. For a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook download. Give more, and you get more! It kind of cracks open the website for you, so you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much. Go to classictalesaudiobooks.com and make a donation today. I’m hoping that if we get enough supporters, I can record some more classics outside of the podcast. I’m researching out an Alexandre Dumas book that might fit the bill. If you can swing it, please chip in! And now for something completely different. A while ago, back in May, I asked via Facebook whether  it might be time for a western to be in order. Since I’m from the West myself, I thought it might be fitting. For one reason or other, I wasn’t feeling it. However, I did run across this idea. Today’s book, The Yellow Rose, is from Maurus Jokai, or Jokai Mor, one of Hungary’s most famous writers. Hungary is famous for its horse culture, and this book takes place at a time before railroads, and deals largely with the traditions and way of life for the cowherds and horsemen, or csikos, of Hungary. Well, I thought, what if I performed this book as if it were an American Western? It parallels our trope of “Western” so well, why not? So, let’s give it a shot. Let’s go now to an adventure in the old world, in a Western that takes place a stone’s throw from Asia. And now, The Yellow Rose, Part 1 of 3, by Maurus Jokai.   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:   Tap here to pick up some of our new titles:
A “shop-girl”, a thief, and a drunkard each encounter a crisis of conscience. How will they measure up? O. Henry, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you. I’m happy to announce that based on downloads, we are in the top 1% of all podcasts! And the thing is, we always have been. You may notice that we don’t top the charts. Not any more, anyhow. So, why the disparity? Well, the charts are all run by algorithms, and each platform has their own. Judiciously curated titles, and professional audiobook quality are the things that we focus on. And for those who have found us – congratulations! I don’t run ads or commercials, and I focus on things that make the listening experience truly wonderful. For 14 years now, I’ve always striven to increase the quality however I can, and thus enhance the end listener’s experience. No ads in the middle of the story, no new printer to buy at the beginning. If you like it, please lend a hand. Around 2% of the listeners donate at all, and I really like where we’ve landed. Please help us out, if you can. Go to classictalesaudiobooks.com and make a donation today. O. Henry wrote over 300 short stories, and was coined the American equivalent of Guy de Maupassant. The O. Henry award is given out each year for outstanding short stories. This was his medium, and he used it very, very well. The stories in today’s episodes I’ve dubbed “Crisis of Conscience: Regular People and Uncomfortable Decisions” because that’s the thread all three of these stories have in common. The first, An Unfinished Story, I really love for the craft of writing involved. In only half telling two stories, O. Henry delivers a clear and powerful message. I think it’s quite amazing. The other two stories are more typical narratives, each setting up folks who are trying to get back up on the straight and narrow, and their terrible wrangle with the most evil adversary of all – hope. Let’s see how they do. And now, Crisis of Conscience: Regular People and Uncomfortable Decisions, 3 short stories by O. Henry.   Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:   Tap here to pick up some of our new titles:    
Why does a great crack appear in the canoe, after a night beached near the willows?  Algernon Blackwood, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you. We really try make your support worth your while. For a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook download. Give more, and you get more! It kind of cracks open the website for you, so you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much. Go now to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. We are pleased to announce that the audiobook of The Hollow Needle and the complete audiobook, The Confessions of Arsene Lupin are now available at the website. If you’re wanting to hear them all in one go, now you can, at classictalesaudiobooks.com.   The Classic Tales App is a great little tool for listening to the podcast. You can easily follow the links in the show notes, and you can see the episode specific artwork that I create for every title. You can also hear the occasional special feature. This app doesn’t interact with the website, though. Just a fair warning. I’ve looked into it, and to create such an app is cost prohibitive at this point. But if you want a quick place to jump and get your classic tales fix, the Classic Tales App is a great place to go. Last week, we followed our narrator and The Swede down the Danube. They entered an area between Vienna and Pest containing boundless willows, making their way through the innumerable islets that would appear and disappear as the flood ebbed and flowed. Our hero felt that the Willows were ominous, alive, and somehow influenced by a supernatural force. Let’s see how the story plays out. And now, The Willows, part 2 of 2, by Algernon Blackwood. Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:   Tap here to pick up some of our new titles:    
A river adventure down the Danube turns dark, when an eerie presence is felt in the willows… Algernon Blackwood, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you. We really try make your support worth your while. For a five-dollar monthly donation, you get a monthly code for $8 off any audiobook download. Give more, and you get more! It kind of cracks open the website for you, so you can easily build out your classic audiobook library, and you help to give more folks like you the chance to discover the classics in a curated and easily accessible format. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com today, and become a financial supporter. You’ll be glad you did. Thank you so much. Go now to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today.     We are pleased to announce that the audiobook of The Hollow Needle and the complete audiobook, The Confessions of Arsene Lupin are now available at the website. If you’re wanting to hear them all in one go, now you can. The Classic Tales App is a great little tool for listening to the podcast. You can easily follow the links in the show notes, and you can see the episode specific artwork that I create for every title. You can also hear the occasional special feature. This app doesn’t interact with the website, though. Just a fair warning. I’ve looked into it, and to create such an app is cost prohibitive at this point. But if you want a quick place to jump and get your classic tales fix, the Classic Tales App is a great place to go. And now for something completely different. H.P. Lovecraft, who coined the term “weird fiction”, considered “The Willows” to be the finest supernatural tale in English Literature. You can see how it would appeal to him: the masterful way that Blackwood personifies the Willows to be ominous, alive, and menacing, the human natures attributed to the river, the omniscient power of the wind, all build to create a very Lovecraftian atmosphere that begs the question of whether there is an ancient supernatural force guiding it all. And now, The Willows, part 1 of 2, by Algernon Blackwood. Tap here to go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!   Tap here to go to our merchandise store!   Tap here to visit our YouTube Channel:   Tap here to pick up some of our new titles:    
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Comments (44)

freddy ZimBobWay

Congratulations for winning with "Scaramouche"!

Nov 26th
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Marv Fj

seems like these stories have gone off the rails. How about something nice for a nice Utah family. #TooMuchDeath

May 21st
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Carolyn Barnes

absolutely love to listen to BJ! Every evening I sit on my front porch and listen as he transports me to another world. He is the best!

Feb 6th
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Judi Carolina

never have I ever enjoyed a story so much. you are the inimitable voice actor. congratulations sir. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Nov 2nd
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Judi Carolina

David Suchet is the best Poirot! Peter Ustinov is an oaf. Just my opinion of course. 😁

Nov 2nd
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Fred Z

The two leaves are adorbs. Autumn of my years true sentiment.

Oct 16th
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Judi Carolina

best story. best narration. great laughs. I'm a fan. ❤️💙thank you so much. 😄

Sep 30th
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Judi Carolina

lemon pyjamas! flower pots!! I don't know how you can keep reading without breaking into hysterical laughter as I ‼️😄😂🤣⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sep 30th
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Judi Carolina

I have absolutely no complaints ☺️💙 only compliments ❤️💙💛💚💜🖤⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sep 30th
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Judi Carolina

I like your curly hair 💙

Sep 30th
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Judi Carolina

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sep 27th
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Judi Carolina

brilliant just brilliant ❤️⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sep 4th
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M.K.A

"I did not WANT to know WHY it ran! I have perfect confidence that there were good reasons for what was so very beautiful" I loved this so much & couldn't help myself laughing 🤣🤣🤣 Then the "ugh" that followed 🤣🤣🤣 Too good! 👏👏👏

Jul 20th
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M.K.A

Had my suspensions, but yeah unless a person knows her work it's not easy to guess. B. J. Harrison's narration is a delight to the ears and feeds the imagination with flavors fitting the story perfectly 👌

Jun 9th
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M.K.A

Had to stifle my laugh to not disturb my sleeping family 😂😅 B. J. Harrison is a talent ever eager to please the ear with his colorful performance. Love this short story and recommend 👌

Jun 9th
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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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