185 episodes

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.

The Classic Tales Podcast B.J. Harrison

    • Fiction
    • 4.7 • 2K Ratings

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.

    With the Buccaneers, by Howard Pyle

    With the Buccaneers, by Howard Pyle

    How will Captain Morgan save his fellow captain who is being held prisoner by the Spanish vice admiral? Howard Pyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
    Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.
    We are proudly supported by our listeners. Many, many thanks to our financial supporters who pitch in every month to help us keep the lights on. If you enjoy the show, please sign up to be a supporter for as little as $5 a month. We’ll give you a monthly coupon code for $8 off any audiobook order. Give more, and you get more! Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Thank you so much.
    And if you can’t support us financially at this time, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts.
    And if you prefer listening on YouTube, our channel is now up to date.
    Welcome to Pirate Summer! Today we have a story taken from Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates. Howard Pyle was first and foremost an artist. He taught for several years at what became Drexel University, and many noteworthy artists studied under him, including N.C. Wyeth and Frank Schoonover.
    Pyle is credited with establishing what has come to be known as the modern stereotype pirate attire. Since there wasn’t much to draw upon as far as historical documentation as to what pirates actually wore, Pyle borrowed largely from gypsy garments and styles to create the pirate look we know today. It’s been criticized as being wildly impractical for actual sailoring.
    He wrote and illustrated several books for young adults, including The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, and a four-volume set on the life of King Arthur. He breathed new life into children’s literature, bringing a solid artistic background to his illustrations, raising the genre to a new level.
    While today’s story features Captain Henry Morgan, it is a total work of fiction.
    And now, With the Buccaneers, by Howard Pyle.
     
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    • 53 min
    Pirates' Gold, Part 4 of 4, by H. Bedford-Jones

    Pirates' Gold, Part 4 of 4, by H. Bedford-Jones

    The pirates ashore may have the treasure, but how will Ned Low and George save their skins while getting the treasure to the ship? H. Bedford-Jones, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
    Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.
    We are proudly supported by our listeners. Many, many thanks to our financial supporters who pitch in every month to help us keep the lights on. If you enjoy the show, please sign up to be a supporter for as little as $5 a month. We’ll give you a monthly coupon code for $8 off any audiobook order. Give more, and you get more! Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Thank you so much.
    And if you can’t support us financially at this time, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts.
    And if you prefer listening on YouTube, our channel is now up to date.
    Welcome to Pirate Summer! Today we come to the end of our first adventure, but we have a few tales of swashbuckling sea-dogs in our future. Keep a weather eye open for next week’s seafaring frolic!  
    And now, Pirates’ Gold, part 3 of 4, by H. Bedford-Jones.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Pirates' Gold, part 3 of 4, by H. Bedford-Jones

    Pirates' Gold, part 3 of 4, by H. Bedford-Jones

    How will Captain Ned Low and George possibly escape from the hold, and regain control of the ship? H. Bedford-Jones, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
    Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.
    We are proudly supported by our listeners. Many, many thanks to our financial supporters who pitch in every month to help us keep the lights on. If you enjoy the show, please sign up to be a supporter for as little as $5 a month. We’ll give you a monthly coupon code for $8 off any audiobook order. Give more, and you get more! Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Thank you so much.
    And if you can’t support us financially at this time, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts.
    And if you prefer listening on YouTube, our channel is now up to date.
    We are going to have a Pirate Summer! Seeing the end of this story on the horizon, I’m not quite ready to go ashore. I’ve just got my sea legs on! So this summer, we will continue to present piratical adventures of the seven seas. By thunder, there won’t be a timber that hasn’t been shivered when we’re through!
    And now, Pirates’ Gold, part 3 of 4, by H. Bedford-Jones.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Pirates' Gold, Part 2 of 4, by H. Bedford-Jones

    Pirates' Gold, Part 2 of 4, by H. Bedford-Jones

    The secret location of the treasure is revealed to a chosen few, and it’s clear that there’s mischief afoot. H. Bedford-Jones, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
    Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.
    We are proudly supported by our listeners. Many, many thanks to our financial supporters who pitch in every month to help us keep the lights on. If you enjoy the show, please sign up to be a supporter for as little as $5 a month. We’ll give you a monthly coupon code for $8 off any audiobook order. Give more, and you get more! Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today. Thank you so much.
    The Man in the Brown Suit will be available on July 12th. Keep an eye open for a healthy sampling around that time.
    For those who listen through YouTube, our channel is now updated, and will continue to be updated in the future. A big shout out to A.J. Shuck, also an audiobook narrator, who is helping us out there. Thanks, A.J.!
    And now, Pirates’ Gold, part 2 of 4, by H. Bedford-Jones.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Pirates' Gold, part 1 of 4, by H. Bedford-Jones

    Pirates' Gold, part 1 of 4, by H. Bedford-Jones

    George Roberts of Virginia is happy to be shipping with his new friend, Ned Low. But when he discovers that his friend is actually known as Bloody Ned, the merciless pirate, his salty pluck is put to the test. H. Bedford-Jones, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
    Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.
    We are proudly supported by our listeners. Many, many thanks to our financial supporters who pitch in every month to help us keep the lights on. If you enjoy the show, please sign up to be a supporter for as little as $5 a month. We’ll give you a monthly coupon code for $8 off any audiobook order. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today.
    We have been shortlisted by Time Magazine! In a recent article, TIME chose 8 podcasts that help you wind down at the end of the day. Turns out, our show is up there with Levar Burton, Lore, and Atlas Obscura. A link to the article can be found in the description of today’s episode.
    https://time.com/6180539/podcasts-to-help-you-fall-asleep/
     
    Also, in collaboration with the Audie award-winning Nancy Peterson, I’m happy to announce that our dual narration of Agatha Christie’s The Man in the Brown Suit will soon be available to purchase through our website. Look for a healthy sample coming your way in the podcast feed!
    Henry James O’Brian Bedford-Jones was a Canadian-American writer of adventure fantasy, science fiction, crime and Westerns in the golden age of pulp magazines. Enormously prolific, he wrote nearly 200 novels, 400 novelettes, and 800 short stories. He used so many pseudonyms that a perfect accounting of all of his works is impossible.
    While many writers cranked out reams of adventure stories for the pulps in this period, this story is a standout for several reasons. It’s firstly a story of pirates who have dark pasts, and are trying to go straight. There’s a plucky woman on board, who is anything but a damsel in distress. And the focus on character progression over sensational plot devices is a breath of fresh air. But rest assured, there’s plenty of action. This is a pirate story, after all!
    And now, Pirates’ Gold, part 1 of 4, by H. Bedford-Jones.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Man-Size in Marble, by Edith Nesbit

    Man-Size in Marble, by Edith Nesbit

    A young couple finds the perfect country cottage with one caveat - it has a horrible legend attached to it. Edith Nesbit, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
    Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.
    We are proudly supported by our listeners. Many, many thanks to our financial supporters who pitch in every month to help us keep the lights on. If you enjoy the show, please sign up to be a supporter for as little as $5 a month. We’ll give you a monthly coupon code for $8 off any audiobook order. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today.
    Edith Nesbit wrote under E. Nesbit, and is most famous for her stories for children, and has influenced the likes of J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis and P.L. Travers. She wrote over 60 books, including The Railway Children, Five Children and It, and The Story of the Treasure Seekers.
    Her second, darker reputations is a purveyor of horror stories, which are sublime in their elegance and simplicity. Today’s story is quite simple, but when you take into account the beauty of the language, the skill of the plot movement, and the intriguing supporting characters, it really ranks high when it comes to classic ghost stories.
    And now, Man-Size in Marble, by Edith Nesbit.  
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

marketpop ,

Jeeves in any form

First time listener…love it! I’ll be joining up! Excellent!

Jennilee57 ,

Exceptional Narration

First I must admit that I like the personal stories and was poking around trying to figure out why they ceased. I’m guessing the host took the criticisms to heart and eliminated them. That’s too bad. I thought it was a nice touch. I was happy to contribute to his son’s student residency recently.

Secondly, I think BJ Harrison is a gifted voice actor who brings books and short stories alive. He’s got an arsenal of voices and accents which are top notch. Classic Tales is a go to for me.

lewzoomom ,

Great find

Found this gem today and am now addicted!

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