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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.

    The Hammer of God, by G.K. Chesterton

    The Hammer of God, by G.K. Chesterton

    Will Father Brown discover who killed the well-to-do ne’er-do-well? It appears as though he was stricken with the hammer of God. G.K. Chesterton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
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    G.K. Chesterton is most notable for his creation of Father Brown. This unlooked for, and often unwelcome, detective is actually not a detective. But rather, an individual trained to think as criminals think, for he has heard so many of their confessions. He knows how their minds work, and can piece together many things that others cannot.
    Today’s story is from the first collection of Father Brown Stories, the Innocence of Father Brown.
    And now, The Hammer of God, by G.K. Chesterton.  
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    • 46 min
    Malachi's Cove, by Anthony Trollope

    Malachi's Cove, by Anthony Trollope

    When poor Mally’s curse on the thieving farm boy suddenly comes to pass, will she be proclaimed a murderess? Anthony Trollope, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
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    Anthony Trollope was a British writer of the Victorian period. He was very prolific, writing 47 novels, 42 short stories and five travel books. He is primarily known for his “Barsetshire” series of novels, including the books “The Warden” and “Barchester Towers”. It is held that his satiric novel, “The Way We Live Now” is his masterpiece.
    Today’s story, Malachi’s Cove takes place in Cornwall, and is based around a spot of beach that is an actual place. I can just see the author discover this interesting Cornish cove, and begin to erect the scaffoldings of a story around it.
    And now, Malachi’s Cove, by Anthony Trollope.  
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    • 54 min
    The Great God Pan, Part 3 of 3, by Arthur Machen

    The Great God Pan, Part 3 of 3, by Arthur Machen

    What will the final set of testimonials reveal about the Great God Pan? Arthur Machen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
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    And now, The Great God Pan, Part 3 of 3, by Arthur Machen.
     
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    • 36 min
    The Great God Pan, Part 2 of 3, by Arthur Machen

    The Great God Pan, Part 2 of 3, by Arthur Machen

    A rash of suicides plagues London, and another house is enshrouded in a dark mystery. Arthur Machen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
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    The Crystal Stopper, the fifth installment in the Arsène Lupin series, is now available at http://classictalesaudiobooks.com. I’ve also uploaded around a dozen short stories from the archives that are now available. Works by Guy de Maupassant, Mary Fortune, Sax Rohmer and Arthur Conan Doyle are ready when you are. You can find the new titles in the “new” category in the store.
    And now, The Great God Pan, Part 2 of 3, by Arthur Machen.
     
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    • 54 min
    The Great God Pan, Part 1 of 3, by Arthur Machen

    The Great God Pan, Part 1 of 3, by Arthur Machen

    Some have seen the veil of existence lifted, and wonders upon wonders opened before their mind’s eye. They call this seeing the Great God Pan. Now Dr. Raymond will attempt to lift the veil again, surgically. Arthur Machen, 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 coupon code every month as a thank you. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today.
    The Crystal Stopper, the fifth installment in the Arsène Lupin series, is now available at http://classictalesaudiobooks.com. The fourth installment, 813, was recently reviewed in Audiofile Magazine. You can pick up 813 and The Crystal Stopper by visiting the links in the details for this week’s episode.  
    And now for something completely different.
    Welsh author Arthur Machen pioneered the world of Gothic fiction, spanning the distance between Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. This particular work of classic horror is instrumental in employing the triggering device of occultism, as well as using several different points of view to build a story. This use of various letters to build a cohesive narrative was also used by Victorian authors Wilkie Collins in The Moonstone, Bram Stoker in Dracula, and later by H.P. Lovecraft in The Call of Cthulhu. The concept of a veil that is lifted to reveal a “world elsewhere” is also a common Victorian story device, as used by George Eliot in “The Lifted Veil”. Machen moved them all forward.
    First published in 1890, it is interesting to consider that when the story’s editor, Clarke, is compiling his volume of proof of the existence of the Devil, he assiduously refrains from using published works. In the compiling of his theory, the use of unpublished works is far more valuable to make his point absolutely clear.  
    And now, The Great God Pan, Part 1 of 3, by Arthur Machen.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Carry On, Jeeves, Part 10 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse

    Carry On, Jeeves, Part 10 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse

    Bertie has the fabulous idea of adopting a young child, and it’s up to Jeeves to help him change his mind. P.G. Wodehouse, 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 coupon code every month as a thank you. Go to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com and become a financial supporter today.
    The Crystal Stopper, the fifth installment in the Arsène Lupin series, is now available at http://classictalesaudiobooks.com. I’ve also uploaded around a dozen short stories from the archives that are now available. Works by Guy de Maupassant, Mary Fortune, Sax Rohmer and Arthur Conan Doyle are ready when you are. You can find the new titles in the “new” category in the store.
    I intend to chip away at the archived episodes throughout the year. Hopefully we’ll be all caught up by the end of December.
    And now, Carry On, Jeeves, Part 9 of 10, by P.G. Wodehouse.
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

Em's_etc ,

Professional podcast

BJ Harrison is a pro at what he does. Some of the stories are just ok, but when he gets his hands on a really good story he can have you on the edge of your seat and waiting impatiently for the next chapter to be released.

Lonesome Evdy ,

Some books are better when you can hear them

Since the podcast began, BJ Harrison has been a good storyteller and narrator — and I think in the past couple of years he has risen to another level. He is truly at the top of the narration game (if there is such a thing). Voice, pacing, emotion — he’s got it down. Some books that I have had to plod through as a reader are completely enjoyable when he reads them for me. Gatsby is a good example — I couldn’t get to the end of that book without skipping over chunks of text, so I missed some plot points. Hearing it was a completely different story. Likewise “The Great God Pan.” I’ve never made my way to the end of that story as a reader — it is heavy lifting for someone who naturally skims and reads things fast. But hearing him tell it, it is a great story. This is an older one, but if you get a chance to hear him read “The Happy Prince” by Oscar Wilde (It’s in the archives somewhere), you are in for a treat.

MBrakken ,

Wonderful cray let’s fiction

Excellent quality of production with a wide variety of content to keep you interested. It tends toward the macabre from time to time, especially in the fall around Halloween, but if you want to get a wide look at literature in audio format, it’s hard to beat.

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