The Classic Tales Podcast
By B.J. Harrison
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The Classic Tales Podcast delivers professional performances of unabridged classics. Enjoy classic short fiction from Poe, Dickens, Hardy, and others. Performed by character actor B.J. Harrison.
||Episode 362, Coriolanus, Part 2of5, by William Shakespeare||Coriolanus returns triumphant from the war. Many anticipate that he will be consul, but the tribunes of the people have other plans. William Shakespeare, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.||4/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 361, Coriolanus, Part 1of5, by William Shakespeare||Shakespeare’s mighty tale of valor, honor, and betrayal comes to life as an unprecedented audiobook. Coriolanus by William Shakespeare, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. App users: Check your special features for the Life of Themistocles, part 3 of||4/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 360, The Tree That Reached The Sky, Part 2of2, by Anonymous||A snake and horse team up to save our hero from certain annihilation. Hungarian Folk Tales, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. App users: Check your special features for the Life of Themistocles, part 2 of 3. Themistocles is the lead character in the n||4/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 359, The Tree That Reached The Sky, Part 1of2, by Anonymous||A quest to cure a king takes a lowly swineherd on a journey in the skies. Here he finds an enchanted castle, a princess, and a seven headed dragon. Hungarian Folk Tales, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. App users: Check your special features for the||3/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 358, Something New, Part 8of8, by P.G. Wodehouse||The upstairs/downstairs scene at Blandings Castle comes to its rollicking conclusion. P.G. Wodehouse. Today on The Classic Tales Podcast.||3/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 357, Something New, Part 7of8, by P.G. Wodehouse||The Efficient Baxter attempts to clear his name, and then the unthinkable happens. For when it comes to sleuthing, Baxter is more of a Watson than a Holmes. P.G. Wodehouse. Today on The Classic Tales Podcast. App users, check your special features to h||3/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 356, Something New, Part 6of8, by P.G. Wodehouse||Bloodshed and riot at Blandings Castle. With so many ambitious people bent on spurious designs, accidents are bound to happen. P.G. Wodehouse. Today on The Classic Tales Podcast. App users, check your special features to hear the life of Coriolanus, Part||3/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 355, Something New, Part 5of8, by P.G. Wodehouse||Today the quest to re-purloin the purloined scarab continues. If you’re wondering where we are in the story, just look up the word purloin. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. App users, check your special features to hear Plutarch's L||2/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 354, Something New, Part 4of8, by P.G. Wodehouse||Ashe discovers the wondrous world below stairs. If he can ever get his head wrapped around the butlers, maids, footmen, valets, cooks, chefs, and scullery maids, he may get around to stealing the “sacred” scarab. P.G. Wodehouse, today, on The Classic||2/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 353, Something New, Part 3of8, by P.G. Wodehouse||P.G. Wodehouse does Downton Abbey. Our fine young American friends both find themselves in situations below stairs, and Ashe isn’t sure he’ll quite cut the mustard. P.G. Wodehouse, today, on The Classic Tales Podcast.||2/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 352, Something New, Part 2of8, by P.G. Wodehouse||Lord Emsworth displays his absent-mindedness in a manner that may jeopardize his son’s engagement. We meet more characters, and the crows begin to circle around Blandings Castle. P.G. Wodehouse, today, on The Classic Tales Podcast.||2/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 351, Something New, Part 1of8, by P.G. Wodehouse||Two unlikely American writers meet in London, and Lord Emsworth’s hapless son Freddy fears blackmail from a chorus girl. The threads of P.G. Wodehouse begin, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.||1/30/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 350, The Day The World Screamed, 2of2, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle||Professor Challenger's outrageous proposal about the earth being a living organism is put to the ultimate test. Will the Professor again deliver the goods? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Remember: Only one week remians for o||1/23/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 349, The Day The World Screamed, 1of2, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle||What if the world was not just a mass of stone, but something else? Something different? There is only one man with the stubborn audacity to prove it out – Professor Challenger. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Save 30% off o||1/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 348, The Skull, by Philip K. Dick||An assassin is sent back in time to prevent the ravings of a religious zealot. Philip K. Dick, today on The Classic Tales Podcast||1/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
Just what I want
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.
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.
Very high quality and value!
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!