The Classic Tales Podcast

The Classic Tales Podcast

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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 Gothic castles of Eastern Europe, 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.

Episodes

Ep. 515, Pride and Prejudice, Part 12of14, by Jane Austen  

The newlyweds come to visit the Bennets at Longbourne, though their stay is rather brief. Yet in this brief period, Lydia lets slip a piece of news that both shocks and alarms Elizabeth to her very center. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It only costs $5 a month. Fewer than 2% of our listeners are financial supporters, and we really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and helping out.

I hope all of our supporting members are enjoying The Enchiridion: four hours of the audiobook Allan Quatermain, the sequel to King Solomon’s Mines, by H. Rider Haggard. The Enchiridion is an ongoing series of special bonus content for supporters of The Classic Tales Podcast, consisting of a 3-4 hour long portion of an audiobook, released every month. It basically doubles your Classic Tales Podcast experience.

From here on out, supporters will receive their links to The Enchiridion when they receive the email that contains their monthly coupon codes.

And if you love the artwork that I created for The Enchiridion, you can order a t-shirt or hoodie with The Enchiridion artwork on it for an extremely limited time. Go to https://teespring.com/enchiridion ( or follow the link in the description of this episode) and you can order a long or short sleeve t-shirt, hoodie or tote bag of The Classic Tales: Enchiridion. The ordering period closes on April 3rd, so don’t delay! It’s the perfect gear for the well-read adventurer.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 12 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 514, Pride and Prejudice, Part 11of14, by Jane Austen  

The news of Lydia’s disastrous elopement hits Longbourne and its environs like a bombshell, as every day brings a new dark secret to light in the history of Mr. Wickham. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It only costs $5 a month. Fewer than 2% of our listeners are financial supporters, and we really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and helping out.

We are doing the finishing touches on The Enchiridion. Four hours of the audiobook Allan Quatermain, the sequel to King Solomon’s Mines, by H. Rider Haggard will be released in just a few days. We are nailing down our mailing list, to make sure that it goes out to all of our current supporters. If you are a supporter, and you haven’t received an email with The Enchiridion by next Thursday, please login to your account and make sure that you are a current subscriber. This will ensure that you are on the list to receive this and subsequent releases of The Enchiridion – special content for supporting members of The Classic Tales Podcast. If you have any questions, reply to any of our emails. They all come to me, and I’ll get you squared away in no time.

And if you aren’t already a supporting member, have no fear. I’m making it so that once you initially become a supporting member, you will receive the latest episode of The Enchiridion as well as your first $8 credit for the store instantly.

And so to recap, for $5 a month, you get an $8 credit for anything in the store, and access to The Enchiridion, a four-hour long audiobook delivered via email every month. And you take an active part of keeping the podcast alive. Thank you very, very much.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 11 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 513, Pride and Prejudice, Part 10of14, by Jane Austen  

Elizabeth and the Gardiners visit Pemberley, and are surprised by Mr. Darcy’s unexpected appearance there. In fact, there are many surprises in store for them in Derbyshire. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our new monthly supporters. Thank you for stepping up to the plate and supporting us every month. It really helps. For your monthly donation of $5, you will get a monthly credit for $8 off anything in the online store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com, PLUS access to the new line of audiobooks: The Enchiridion.

All of our financial supporters will receive, starting in March, a four hour segment of an audiobook, usually leaning toward the Adventure genre. The first is Haggard’s Allan Quatermain, the sequel to King Solomon’s Mines. Other titles in the Enchiridion will be Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, London’s The Sea Wolf, Sabatini’s Scaramouche and many more. It’s like getting a free gift every month. I’m sure you’re going to love it. Note that the Enchiridion will only be released once a month. So, if you don’t want to miss the first part of Allan Quatermain, be sure to become a financial supporter as soon as possible so you don’t miss out! Again, thank you for your support.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 10 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 512, Pride and Prejudice, Part 9of14, by Jane Austen  

Lydia receives a controversial invitation, and Elizabeth travels to Darbyshire with her aunt and uncle. But when the Gardiners desire to visit Pemberly, the ancestral home of Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth becomes seriously conflicted. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our new monthly supporters. Thank you for stepping up to the plate and supporting us every month. It really helps. For your monthly donation of $5, you will get a monthly credit for $8 off anything in the online store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com, PLUS access to the new line of audiobooks: The Enchiridion.

All of our financial supporters will receive, starting in March, a four hour segment of an audiobook, usually leaning toward the Adventure genre. The first is Haggard’s Allan Quatermain, the sequel to King Solomon’s Mines. Other titles in the Enchiridion will be Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, London’s The Sea Wolf, Sabatini’s Scaramouche and many more. It’s like getting a free gift every month. I’m sure you’re going to love it. Note that the Enchiridion will only be released once a month. So, if you don’t want to miss the first part of Allan Quatermain, be sure to become a financial supporter as soon as possible so you don’t miss out! Again, thank you for your support.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 8 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 511, Pride and Prejudice, Part 8of14, by Jane Austen  

Mr. Darcy defends himself from the accusations of Elizabeth, and each revelation is more shocking than the last. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our new monthly subscribers. Thank you for stepping up to the plate and supporting us every month. For your monthly donation of $5, you will get a monthly credit for $8 off anything in the online store at www.thebestaudiobooks.com, PLUS access to the new line of audiobooks: The Enchiridion.

Enchiridion is a Greek word meaning literally, “that which is held in the hand”, usually containing guidelines for healthy living. Many ancient writers wrote Enchiridions, the most notable probably that of Epictetus. Fans of the cartoon series Adventure Time will recognize the term as the special book of Adventure, revealing everything a hero needs to know. The Classic Tales Enchiridion falls somewhere in between.

All of our financial supporters will receive, starting in March, a four hour segment of an audiobook, usually leaning toward the Adventure genre. The first is Haggard’s Allan Quatermain, the sequel to King Solomon’s Mines. Other titles in the Enchiridion will be Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, London’s The Sea Wolf, Sabatini’s Scaramouche and many more. It’s like getting a free gift every month. I’m sure you’re going to love it. But it’s only available to supporters of the podcast, so step up and become a supporting member today. Again, thank you for your support.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 8 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 510, Pride and Prejudice, Part 7of14, by Jane Austen  

Visitors come to Rosings, namely Colonel Fitzwilliam and Mr. Darcy himself. And it seems that it is no accident has brought Mr. Darcy to the environs of Miss Elizabeth Bennet. He is a man with a plan. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Thank you very, very much!

You may have noticed that there has been a dearth of new audiobooks appearing through the website. The last one that was produced for the website was A Study in Scarlet, which came out last May. The reason for this lag is that I can no longer afford to produce these “bonus” audiobooks out of my own pocket. You see, every episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is downloaded or streamed over 16,000 times in the course of a month. Yet, I have just over 300 monthly financial subscribers. This is great, and it pays the podcast and website bills and a little more, but it’s far from the funding required to produce a new audiobook every month.

Now, I would rather go forward than go back. If we get more supporting members, we can produce more Classic Tales. So I’d like to offer you more incentive to become a monthly supporter of The Classic Tales. Starting in March, there will be a new 4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook that will be available to subscribers only, in addition to The Classic Tales Podcast. This line of additional subscribers-only content will be called the Enchiridion. Every month, subscribers will get an email with a link to approximately 4 hours of additional Classic Tales content. What titles will be available through The Enchiridion? We will start with Alan Quatermain, the sequel to King Solomon’s Mines. From there, we have an entire catalogue of fantastic titles in the queue, including London’s The Sea Wolf, Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Sabatini’s Scaramouche and many, many more.

And so now, if you become a monthly supporter, not only do you ensure the future of The Classic Tales Podcast,          but also you get a monthly coupon code AND 4 hours of a new audiobook – every month. And if enough people become supporters, we can do the longer titles again!

There’s never been a better time to become a supporter of The Classic Tales Podcast. Become a member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Again, thank you for your support.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 7 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 509, Pride and Prejudice, Part 6of14, by Jane Austen  

Elizabeth sets off on a trip with Sir William and Maria Lucas to visit the newly wedded Mr. and Mrs. Collins. And when Elizabeth dines with Lady Catherine de Burgh, she is anything but speechless. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Thank you very, very much!

Once again, let me reiterate here that the coupon codes from here on out will be worth $8 dollars per month. Yes. Every month, if you donate $5 to The Classic Tales Podcast in return, you’ll get a coupon code for $8 off of anything in the store.

There’s never been a better time to become a supporter of The Classic Tales Podcast. Again, thank you for your support.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 6 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 508, Pride and Prejudice, Part 5of14, by Jane Austen  

The matrimonial aspirations of Jane are absolutely frustrated. But not so with Mr. Collins, who finds another beau only next door. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Thank you very, very much!

Your support ensures that we can continue producing professional audio productions of these treasured classics, so that everybody can enjoy them – especially those who otherwise may never be exposed to classic literature.

I have an exciting announcement for all of our financial supporters. Starting with the coupon code for February 2017, the monthly coupon code will be worth $8 dollars instead of $6. Yes, you heard right. Every month, you donate $5 to The Classic Tales Podcast, and in return, you get a coupon code for $8 off of anything in the store. This means that most of the titles that are in our Most Popular – 30% off category you get for FREE with your coupon code.

There’s never been a better time to become a supporter. I am working every day to get more and more titles onto the website, and now you can have your pick with your monthly coupon code worth $8 every month. And again, thank you for your support.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 5 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 507, Pride and Prejudice, Part 4of14, by Jane Austen  

Elizabeth is mortified of her family’s performance at the Netherfield ball. And afterwards, to top it off, the pompous Mr. Collins takes it into his head to make her a special offer. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Thank you very, very much!

Your support ensures that we can continue producing professional audio productions of these treasured classics, so that everybody can enjoy them – especially those who otherwise may never be exposed to classic literature.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 4 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 506, Pride and Prejudice, Part 3of14, by Jane Austen  

We meet the overly attentive Mr. Collins, and the overly handsome Mr. Wickham. They each have a very different effect on the ladies of Longbourne. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Thank you very, very much!

Your support ensures that we can continue producing professional audio productions of these treasured classics, so that everybody can enjoy them – especially those who otherwise may never be exposed to classic literature.

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And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 3 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 505, Pride and Prejudice, Part 2of14, by Jane Austen  

Elizabeth tends to her suffering sister, Jane, at Netherfield. But as the days drag on, she feels increasingly the claws of the supercilious Bingley sisters. Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Thank you very, very much!

Your support ensures that we can continue producing professional audio productions of these treasured classics, so that everybody can enjoy them – especially those who otherwise would never be exposed to classic literature.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 2 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 504, Pride and Prejudice, Part 1of14, by Jane Austen  

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife… Jane Austen, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Thank you very, very much!

Your support ensures that we can continue producing professional audio productions of these treasured classics, so that everybody can enjoy them – especially those who otherwise would never be exposed to classic literature.

I wanted to do something special as we begin Season 11 of The Classic Tales Podcast. And so, I’ve decided to do an unabridged episodic production of Jane Austen’s seminal work: Pride and Prejudice. I have had several requests for Austen’s novels over the years, and I really cannot put her work aside any longer. While she is not the absolute epitome of high classical fiction, (and I’m not completely sure if anyone is), her work holds a distinctive place in the canon of what is typically understood as classic literature. Her characters are sparkling, her prose style is rich and musical, and the plots, though largely character driven, move like gangbusters.

And so, while there are many, many wonderful audiobook productions of this work, I wanted to see what I could make of Austen’s remarkable and sumptuous text. I hope you enjoy it.

And now, Pride and Prejudice, Part 1 of 14, by Jane Austen

Ep. 503, The Coin of Dionysius, by Ernest Bramah  

Mr. Carlyle, a private detective, desperately needs to discover if a suspicious coin is a forgery, and receives a recommendation from an experienced coin dealer to look up an amateur expert. There is one thing the old coin dealer failed to mention, however, - the amateur expert is blind. Ernest Bramah, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Thank you very, very much!

Your support ensures that we can continue producing professional audio productions of these treasured classics, so that everybody can enjoy them – especially those who otherwise would never be exposed to classic literature.

What could me more outlandish than a blind detective? Max Carrados is the creation of Ernest Bramah, and appeared alongside Sherlock Holmes in the Strand magazine when Carrados was first brought to life in 1914.

George Orwell wrote that, together with those of Conan Doyle and R. Austin Freeman, Max Carrados and The Eyes of Max Carrados "are the only detective stories since Poe that are worth re-reading."

So, how is it that someone can be blind and yet be an amazing detective? Bramah sets the groundwork for his blind detective in this, the first Max Carrados mystery.

And now, The Coin of Dionysius, by Ernest Bramah

Ep. 502, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum, Part 4of4  

Santa Claus gains the Mantle of Immortality, and the great story of the jolly old elf is concluded. L. Frank Baum, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Thank you very, very much!

Your support ensures that we can continue producing professional audio productions of these treasured classics, so that everybody can enjoy them – especially those who otherwise would never be exposed to classic literature.

“In all this world, there is nothing so beautiful as a happy child.” This quote from Santa Claus is my favorite from the whole book. And I wholeheartedly agree. Let us all create beauty all around us, by taking care of the little ones in our lives – for when they are happy, all the world is beautiful.

And now, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, part 4 of 4, by L. Frank Baum

Ep. 501, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum, Part 3of4  

The evil Awgwas hatch a dastardly plan to destroy Claus, and all the immortals gather for an epic battle. L. Frank Baum, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Thank you very, very much!

Your support ensures that we can continue producing professional audio productions of these treasured classics, so that everybody can enjoy them – especially those who otherwise would never be exposed to classic literature.

And now, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, part 3 of 4, by L. Frank Baum

Ep. 500, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum, Part 2of4  

With the help of the immortals, Claus settles into human life in the Laughing Valley. And as he enters into manhood, he creates one of his most famous inventions: toys.  L. Frank Baum, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

This marks the 500th episode of The Classic Tales Podcast. Since we began back in 2007, we have visited the worlds of Tom Sawyer, Frankenstein, Edgar Allan Poe, The Arabian Nights, and many others. We have also delved into the wonders of the short story with O. Henry, Guy de Maupassant, H.G. Wells and more. But some of my favorite episodes are the ones that are, to me at least, the lesser-known tales. We’ve been able to explore the ancient roman world of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, the complex fantasy of Ambrose Bierce’s The Monk and the Hangmans’ Daughter, and the dashing adventures of Arséne Lupin just to name a few. So here’s to 500 episodes, and here’s to 500 more.

If you have enjoyed The Classic Tales Podcast over the years, please consider becoming a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Your support ensures that we can continue producing professional audio productions of these treasured classics, so that everybody can enjoy them – especially those who otherwise would never be exposed to classic literature.

And now, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, part 2 of 4, by L. Frank Baum

Ep. 499, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum, Part 1of4  

The history, origin and adventures of Santa Claus are brought to life by the great L. Frank Baum. Santa Claus, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Thank you very, very much!

Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It contains 29 audiobooks, and is over 39 hours long. The range of titles in this collection is just incredible. So put it on your iPhone, and listen to it in your car on your way to work. Every story is a new surprise. Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast is only $18.99, and it’s only available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus was first published in 1908. In it, Baum creates a mythological world in which the magical forest of Burzee , created at the beginning of time, is the main source of all other worldly magical power. Ak, the Master Woodsman rules the forests; Kern, the Master Husbandman of the World, rules the food crops; Bo, the Master Mariner of the World, rules the seas. All other immortals are subject to these three. Baum also created Ryls as guardians of the flowers and Knooks as guardians of the animals of the world. He first introduced Ryls and Knooks in his collection of short stories, American Fairy Tales. In The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, his mythology is more fleshed out, comprising a rich enchanted world, which also includes the more traditional nymphs, guardians of the trees and fairies, guardians of humans.

Later, when Baum’s creation of Oz became his main focus, he placed all of his fantastical realms around Oz, yet designated that the forest of Burzee was the source of the magic of Oz itself.

And now, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, part 1 of 4, by L. Frank Baum

Ep. 498, Bill the Bloodhound, by P.G. Wodehouse  

Henry Pifield Rice is a detective, technically. He prides himself in his disguises, which are, in truth, pretty deplorable. So when he’s detailed to follow a touring theatrical romantic comedy, his life is absolutely transformed. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. This doesn’t just happen! Thank you very, very much!

If you haven’t already, check out our Most Popular category at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

All of these titles are 30% off. What does that mean if you are a subscribing member? Once your coupon is applied and 30% is deducted, you can get any $9.99 title for 99 cents. Check it out today at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

And now, Bill the Bloodhound, by P.G. Wodehouse.

Ep. 497, The Man With Two Left Feet, by P.G. Wodehouse  

When Henry Wallace Mills realizes that his inability to dance may cause his wife feelings of cloudy despondency, he decides to take the matter in hand. Or should we say, feet. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. This doesn’t just happen!

Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It contains 29 audiobooks, and is over 39 hours long. The range of titles in this collection is just incredible. So put it on your iPhone, and listen to it in your car on your way to work. Every story is a new surprise.

This 39-hour compilation is only $18.99, and it’s only available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

Now, I know that the definition of autism has been evolving since 1908 until what it is today, but I think that the hero of today’s story is on what is now considered the autism spectrum. My reasons for saying this? 1) His method of study is unorthodox, and requires an incredible amount of tenacity, even fixation. Most people couldn’t do this. This is what I term the autism super power. 2) His unwillingness to vary his study schedule of the Encyclopedia (He won’t skip a volume). 3) He imagines a fantasy scheme where his problems are all solved, and works diligently to accomplish this impossible task. 4) He is rather socially awkward, bless him.

This is no way official, and I can’t back it up with anything other than my own observations, but when I read this story, it struck me how my autistic son has many of these same character traits. He also demonstrates the autism super power, and is a truly amazing boy. I find it encouraging that P.G. Wodehouse saw how characters of this temperament could find happiness and love in a world that largely misunderstands them.

And now, The Man With Two Left Feet, by P.G. Wodehouse.

Ep. 496, Afterward, Part2of2, by Edith Wharton  

Ned has disappeared. And as the horrifying details come to the light, the subtle ghost that haunts the manor shows itself – but not until afterward. Edith Wharton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

Many, many thanks to all of our Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, please become a supporting member at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. This doesn’t just happen!

Season Four of The Classic Tales Podcast is now available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. It contains 29 audiobooks, and is over 39 hours long. The range of titles in this collection is just incredible. You have mystery with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and G.K. Chesterton; Humor from P.G. Wodehouse and Mark Twain; Children’s stories from Oscar Wilde and L. Frank Baum; Classic Horror from H.P. Lovecraft and Henry James; you have Adventure with the entire novel of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Science Fiction from Jules Verne. So put it on your iPhone, and listen to it in your car on your way to work. Every story is a new surprise.

This 39 hour compilation is only $18.99 , and it’s only available at www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

And now, Afterward, Part 1 of 2, by Edith Wharton.

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