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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.

The Classic Tales Podcast B.J. Harrison

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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.

    England to America, by Margaret Prescott Montague

    England to America, by Margaret Prescott Montague

    Do the English just not like Americans? Seriously, why won’t Chev’s family warm up to Skip? Margaret Prescott Montague, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
    Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. 
    The Vintage Episode for the week is “The Blue Hotel”, by Stephen Crane. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday.
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    Also, please follow the link in the show notes to support a Kickstarter campaign to fund the audiobook Immortal, by Joanna White: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joannawhite/immortal-a-valiant-prequel 
    It’s a prequel to her epic fantasy series, Valiant. In Immortal, the protagonist travels through different times without the ability to die. It’s very well-written, and I’m sure you’ll love it. 
    Once we raise the funds, Joanna has hired me to produce the audiobook! I’ll send out a newsletter with a link to the project once we’re ready to launch. Thanks for pitching in! 
    Today’s story won the O. Henry Memorial Award in 1919. World War I had just ended, and there were many military stories written at the time, as most everyone in the world had some connection to the war.
     Margaret Prescott Montague was a short story writer and novelist. Four of her stories were made into films in the 1920s. Winning the O. Henry Memorial Award is the most prestigious of her accomplishments. She lived from 1878 – 1955. 
    From the introduction to the O. Henry Memorial Award volume: “…the young Virginian of "England to America" will bring back, to all who read, their own heroes. It is fitting that Miss Montague's story should have received the first prize: poignant, short in words, great in significance, it will stand a minor climactic peak in that chain of literature produced during the actual progress of the World War.”
    It is interesting to look back on this story over a hundred years later, and see how it fared. I think it’s safe to say that most people have never heard of the story, or its author, which is a shame. Let’s give it a go. 
    And now, “England to America”, by Margaret Prescott Montague.
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    • 47 min
    Paul's Case, by Willa Cather VINTAGE

    Paul's Case, by Willa Cather VINTAGE

    Why does Paul feel like he just doesn’t fit in with this world? What will “not fitting in” do to him?  Willa Cather, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 
    Welcome to this Vintage Episode of The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. 
    A Vintage Episode is released every Tuesday. If you have found value in the show, please help us to help more people like you by going to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com, and becoming a supporter. New stories are coming your way on Friday. 
    Keep an ear open for our Kickstarter for The Golden Triangle – the seventh novel in the Arsène Lupin series. Two boxed sets are now available. We’ll let you know when we’re ready to kick off. 
    In today’s story, Paul just doesn’t fit in. Cather layers on the different woes that Paul has to deal with. He uses art as an escape from reality. He also has had issues with his home life, etc. The author gently layers on the struggles of a character so effectively. By the end, we fully understand his motivations, which as it turns out, is heartbreaking. 
    And now, Paul’s Case, by Willa Cather.
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    • 58 min
    The One Hundred Dollar Bill, by Booth Tarkington

    The One Hundred Dollar Bill, by Booth Tarkington

    Is money the root of all evil? Or does it change happiness to despair simply by existing? Booth Tarkington, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 
    Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. 
    The Vintage Episode for the week is “Paul’s Case”, by Willa Cather. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday. 
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    This summer we are showcasing short stories that have been nominated for the O. Henry Memorial Award from 1919-1923. 
    Booth Tarkington won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction twice. Once in 1919 for his novel The Magnificent Ambersons, and also in 1923 for Alice Adams. 
    He was well-known and prolific, penning many best-selling novels including Penrod and Seventeen. He was also an illustrator, playwright and politician, serving one term in 1905 in the Indiana House of Representatives. 
    In the 1910s and 1920s, Tarkington was regarded as “the most important and lasting writer in his generation”. By the end of the 20th Century, however, he had been completely ignored by academia, and in 2019 he was described by Robert Gottlieb as “America’s most distinguished hack”. Apparently, Tarkington’s penchant for glorifying the past, going beyond typical nostalgia, rubbed the modern academicians the wrong way. 
    I think it might be time we give him another chance. 
    And now, “The One Hundred Dollar Bill”, by Booth Tarkington.
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    • 47 min
    The Minister's Black Veil, by Nathaniel HawthorneVINTAGE

    The Minister's Black Veil, by Nathaniel HawthorneVINTAGE

    Why does the Reverend Mr. Hooper mysteriously don a black veil and never take if off in public?  Nathaniel Hawthorne, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 
    Welcome to this Vintage Episode of The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. 
    A Vintage Episode is released every Tuesday. If you have found value in the show, please help us to help more people like you by going to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com, and becoming a supporter. New stories are coming your way on Friday. 
    Keep an ear open for our Kickstarter for The Golden Triangle – the seventh novel in the Arsène Lupin series. Two boxed sets are now available. We’ll let you know when we’re ready to kick off. 
    Dealing with the concepts of sin, repentance and morality, and set in Puritan New England, the veil in today’s story is a critique of the Puritan’s concept of original sin. The acrimonious reaction of the townspeople to the minister’s behavior easily lends itself to exploring these concepts. I hope you like it.  
    And now, The Minister’s Black Veil, by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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    • 37 min
    A Friend of Napoleon, by Richard Connell

    A Friend of Napoleon, by Richard Connell

    Papa Chibou loves his job as night watchman at the wax museum. But how will he cope when the museum has to close? Richard Connell, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 
    Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.
    The Vintage Episode for the week is “The Minister’s Black Veil”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday. 
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    Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a supporter today. 
    We are going to have a short story summer. Through the summer, we’ll be showcasing the best short stories from 1919 to 1923. Today’s story was written by Richard Connell. You may recognize him from his famous story, The Most Dangerous Game.
    Connell was one of the most popular short story writers of his time. He went on to have similar luck as a screenwriter, being nominated for an Academy Award in 1942 for his script, Meet John Doe, based on his short story, “A Reputation”.
    And now, “A Friend of Napoleon”, by Richard Connell.
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    • 49 min
    The Kiss, by Anton Chekhov VINTAGE

    The Kiss, by Anton Chekhov VINTAGE

    After sampling a taste of the divine, will Ryabovich ever experience it again?  Anton Chekhov, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 
    Welcome to this Vintage Episode of The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. 
    A Vintage Episode is released every Tuesday. If you have found value in the show, please help us to help more people like you by going to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com, and becoming a supporter. New stories are coming your way on Friday. 
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    In today’s story, a kiss is used as a microscope to examine the frailty of hope. Chekhov creates an entire world around the kiss, blurring many lines of social and societal privilege and power. I hope you like it. 
    And now, The Kiss, by Anton Chekhov.
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Customer Reviews

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BassoonMuscle ,

Great selections

I love the variety and quality of the works that are selected for this podcast.

It’s too bad that BJ caved to the whiny naysayers about sharing his personal moments. It’s like they don’t understand that there is a fast forward button….

PNW Jules ,

Fantastic narration

He does a great job with all the character voices. Excellent work on the Jeeves stories especially!

Laura the reader ,

Wonderful Natrator

I really enjoy listening to these. The variety of books is wonderful.

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