144 episodes

Hi everyone. This is Robert. Welcome to The Well Told Tale. Every week I narrate a classic story; the greatest science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction stories ever written, not just in a small chunk at a time, but enough for you to really relax into. No adverts in the middle, just the story itself. All stories are pubic domain and free from copyright.

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Hi everyone. This is Robert. Welcome to The Well Told Tale. Every week I narrate a classic story; the greatest science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction stories ever written, not just in a small chunk at a time, but enough for you to really relax into. No adverts in the middle, just the story itself. All stories are pubic domain and free from copyright.

    The Happy Prince

    The Happy Prince

    This week, we return to one of the English language's wittiest writers, Oscar Wilde. We have already dipped into his 1880 short story collection for children 'The Happy Prince and Other Tales', and this time we bring you the title story from that collection. It would be a few years before he wrote 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' and subsequently carve out his reputation as a playwright, but the brilliance Wilde would be known for is evident in these earlier stories.

    Books - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):
    Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-tale

    The Happy Prince and Other Stories - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781604506587
    The Canterville Ghost and Other Stories - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781444931655
    The Picture of Dorian Gray - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780993995132

    I would like to thank my patrons: Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, and Cade Norman.
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    • 21 min
    The Gift of the Magi

    The Gift of the Magi

    To celebrate the end of the Christmas season and the start of a New Year, we bring you this classic short story, 'The Gift of the Magi', by O. Henry. It is his first appearance on The Well Told Tale, but will not be his last - he is the veritable master of the short story, and this example is no exception.  Traditionally, the Magi reached the baby Jesus 12 days after Christmas to bestow their gifts, bringing the Christmas season to a close. While this story is set at Christmas, it is a message that resonates all year round.

    Books - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):
    Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-tale

    Christmas with O. Henry - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781454944393
    O. Henry's Cops and Robbers - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781589633001
    Collected Works of O. Henry - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781374909373

    I would like to thank my patrons: Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, and Cade Norman.
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    • 13 min
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Part 10 (of 10)

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Part 10 (of 10)

    We have reached the finale of Jules Verne's '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' with a bumper episode. This week, our adventurers find themselves in freezing waters. Will our heroes finally escape the Nautilus? And will they discover the identity of the mysterious Captain Nemo..?

    Books - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):
    Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-tale

    Jules Verne: Seven Novels - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781435122956
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781513265926
    Around the World in 80 Days - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780008514280
    From the Earth to the Moon - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781398810594

    I would like to thank my patrons: Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, and Cade Norman.
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    • 2 hrs 50 min
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Part 9 (of 10)

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Part 9 (of 10)

    This week, we have the penultimate part of '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'.  Our intrepid heroes are plotting their escape from the grip of Captain Nemo, but will he ever give them the opportunity? Will they ever learn who he really is... and what he really wants?

    Books - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):
    Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-tale

    Jules Verne: Seven Novels - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781435122956
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781513265926
    Around the World in 80 Days - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780008514280
    From the Earth to the Moon - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781398810594

    I would like to thank my patrons: Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, and Cade Norman.
    Support the show

    • 1 hr 2 min
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Part 8 (of 10)

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Part 8 (of 10)

    We return to the Nautilus this week, where we are starting to learn more about the secretive Captain Nemo. What secrets will he reveal? And will he be able to keep his grip on his captives?

    Books - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):
    Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-tale

    Jules Verne: Seven Novels - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781435122956
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781513265926
    Around the World in 80 Days - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780008514280
    From the Earth to the Moon - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781398810594

    I would like to thank my patrons: Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, and Cade Norman.
    Support the show

    • 55 min
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Part 7 (of 10)

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Part 7 (of 10)

    This week, we continue with our fantastic Tale under the sea. So much has befallen our heroes so far, but what do we really know of the mysterious Captain Nemo?  Who is he really, and why has he taken to life under the water, shut away from the world on land?

    Books - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):
    Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-tale

    Jules Verne: Seven Novels - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781435122956
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781513265926
    Around the World in 80 Days - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780008514280
    From the Earth to the Moon - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781398810594

    I would like to thank my patrons: Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, and Cade Norman.
    Support the show

    • 39 min

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