The Classic Tales PodcastAuthor: B.J. Harrison
16 Aug 2018

The Classic Tales Podcast

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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 Gothic castles of Eastern Europe, join us on a fantastic journey through the words of the world's greatest authors. Critically-acclaimed and highly recommended for anyone who loves a good story with plenty of substance.

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    Ep. 587, The Mysterious Key and What It Opened, part 2of2, by Louisa May Alcott

    An unknown stranger is introduced, who looks just like the vanished Paul. What secret life has he been living? And what does The Mysterious Key open? Louisa May Alcott - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

    The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month, and get a monthly coupon code for $8 off any digital audiobook.

    We have some new developments at the website. First of all, you can find us also by going to classictalesaudiobooks.com! So if that’s easier to remember, feel free to update your browser bookmarks. www.classictalesaudiobooks.com.

    We’ve also updated our website! I’ve been working on this for a long while, now, and we finally have a brand new look. I still need to redo the store side of things, and we’ll get there eventually. I really like how clean it is, and the artwork for each of the titles really has a chance to shine.

    So visit us at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com and see what all the fuss is about. I think you’ll like it!

    And now, The Mysterious Key and What It Opened, part 1of2, by Louisa May Alcott.

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  • Posted on 10 Aug 2018

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    Ep. 586, The Mysterious Key and What It Opened, part 1of2, by Louisa May Alcott

    Louisa May Alcott is back with “blood and thunder”. She gives us a tale of a boy with mysterious secrets and suspect agendas - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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

    The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month. Thank you so much for all of our friends who have become supporters, sent us encouraging emails, and left stellar reviews. We’ll keep on plugging away, and

    When Louisa May was 19, she took a job as a companion to a young woman, sister of James Richardson, a lawyer in Dedham, Massachusetts. The old gentleman described the job as requiring some light housework, but that she should be regarded as one of the family. The reality was that the light housework was rather heavy, the sister was rarely seen, and Mr. Richardson attempted to woo with poetry an unimpressed young Louisa. When Louisa protested and delivered an ultimatum, the situation worsened. After seven weeks of drudgery, she left. She was paid four dollars, which the outraged Alcotts returned. Louisa May later wrote about the incident in “How I Went Out to Service”. Doubtless this event fuelled much of the anger and frustration that burns bright in many of Louisa’s “blood and thunder” tales. The first of which, entitled “Pauline’s Passion and Punishment”, won a contest that paid her one hundred dollars for its publication. Her “blood and thunder” tales sold for fifty to seventy-five dollars each. They were published under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard.

    I can just see Jo from Little Women reading this story aloud to her sisters, maybe before she got the message to “write what you know”. If you liked the first of Alcott’s “blood and thunder” tales that we did back in January, The Mysterious Key and What It Opened shouldn’t disappoint.

    And now, The Mysterious Key and What It Opened, part 1of2, by Louisa May Alcott.

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  • Posted on 03 Aug 2018

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    Ep. 585, The Secret Adversary, Part 9 of 9, by Agatha Christie

    Tommy and Tuppence’s adventures come to a cataclysmic conclusion. 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. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

    Thank you so much – all of you who have stepped up and become supporters of the podcast, especially those of you who took action during this past week in our last ditch effort to save The Enchiridion. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more evident that my expansion to doing The Enchiridion was overly ambitious, and I’m going to need to stop producing it.

    I will finish The Hunchback of Notre Dame at some point in the future, and when I do, I’ll send the complete book in its entirety to all of our supporters. But right now it’s time to take stock of the situation and reevaluate the best way to move forward.

    The coupon code system works really well. I really like giving so much back to my supporters – that is so important to me. So that’s not going to change. But as far as producing more than The Classic Tales Podcast at this point, we’re just going to have to put those plans on hold.

    Again, thank you so much for all of our friends who have become supporters, sent us encouraging emails, left stellar reviews and even called me with their encouraging words. We’ll keep going, and we will expand to revisiting The Enchiridion as soon as we can justify the production cost. I’m not going anywhere; we’re just bringing the bonus content back into the realm of reality.

    Thank you so much for your support.

    And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 9 of 9, by Agatha Christie

    Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

     

     


  • Posted on 27 Jul 2018

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    Ep. 584, The Secret Adversary, Part 8 of 9, by Agatha Christie

    The twists and turns continue, and Mr. Brown strikes in the place we are least expecting. 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. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

    Thank you so much – all of you who have stepped up and become supporters of the podcast, especially those of you who took action during this past week in our last ditch effort to save The Enchiridion. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more evident that my expansion to doing The Enchiridion was overly ambitious, and I’m going to need to stop producing it.

    I will finish The Hunchback of Notre Dame at some point in the future, and when I do, I’ll send the complete book in its entirety to all of our supporters. But right now it’s time to take stock of the situation and reevaluate the best way to move forward.

    The coupon code system works really well. I really like giving so much back to my supporters – that is so important to me. So that’s not going to change. But as far as producing more than The Classic Tales Podcast at this point, we’re just going to have to put those plans on hold.

    Again, thank you so much for all of our friends who have become supporters, sent us encouraging emails, left stellar reviews and even called me with their encouraging words. We’ll keep going, and we will expand to revisiting The Enchiridion as soon as we can justify the production cost. I’m not going anywhere; we’re just bringing the bonus content back into the realm of reality.

    Thank you so much for your support.

    And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 8 of 9, by Agatha Christie

    Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

     

     


  • Posted on 20 Jul 2018

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    Ep. 583, The Secret Adversary, Part 7 of 9, by Agatha Christie

    Jane Finn is recovered, and her story leads to many incredible discoveries. 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. Go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and find out how you can become a financial supporter for only $5/month.

    Well, it’s time to get a little real. I’ve been crunching some numbers, (something I don’t do too often), and I’ve discovered something that I thought I’d pass on. It’s kind of critical to the future of the podcast.

    Like most of you, I can only work for so many hours in a month. I’ve come to discover that reserving the production time that it takes me to record 4 hours of audiobook content for The Enchiridion and 4 hours of Classic Tales Podcast content is actually costing me $1,000 every month. I don’t know about you, but for me, that’s not very sustainable.

    I know that a lot of the podcasts you might listen to probably have big sponsors, or grants, or something that keeps them up and going when the listeners can’t ante up. But I don’t have that. If I don’t have enough supporters, I lose. I hate to say it, but there it is. Believe me, I hate to say it.

    Now, I don’t want to cut back on anything. I have some amazing stuff coming up for both The Classic Tales Podcast and The Enchiridion. But I really need your help. If you haven’t already, please become a monthly supporter for 5 or 10 dollars a month. You’ll get a coupon code for 8 to 17 dollars off any audiobook in the store, and access to a 4 hour long portion of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

    Please don’t think that someone else will step in and do it. I need your help. If you’ve found any value from the podcast over the years, please step up and help us out. I can’t really afford to lose $1,000 a month, every month. I’m not asking for a huge commitment, and I’m not looking to get rich here. I just don’t want to fall any more behind.

    And if you’re not in a position to become a supporter at this time, please rate and review us on iTunes, and recommend us to your friends. That is also a big help.

    Thank you so much for your support.

    And now, The Secret Adversary, Part 7 of 9, by Agatha Christie

    Tap here to go to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter!

     

     


  • Posted on 13 Jul 2018

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