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Ep. 910, The Man Who Would Be King, by Rudyard Kipling VINTAGE

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Release Date: 03/04/2024

Ep. 922, Leave It to Jeeves, by P.G. WodehouseVINTAGE show art Ep. 922, Leave It to Jeeves, by P.G. WodehouseVINTAGE

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Can the artistic Corky court his bird-loving uncle to continue supporting him? Maybe Jeeves can help. P.G. Wodehouse, 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. Please help us to continue producing amazing audiobooks by going to , and becoming a supporter. Part 3 of Gulliver’s Travels coming your way on Friday.  Keep an ear open for our Kickstarter for The Golden Triangle – the sixth novel in the Arsène Lupin series. We’re getting ready with...

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Ep. 921, A Voyage to Lilliput, Part 2 of 3, from Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift show art Ep. 921, A Voyage to Lilliput, Part 2 of 3, from Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

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How can Gulliver stop a war without any bloodshed? Jonathan Swift, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.  Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.  The Vintage Episode for the week is “Leave It To Jeeves”, by P.G. Wodehouse. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday.  If you enjoy the show, please become a monthly supporter, and help us continue to highlight these amazing stories. Please go to and become a monthly supporter for as little as $5 a month. As a thank you gesture, we’ll send you a coupon code every month for $8 off any audiobook order. Give...

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Ep. 920, The Yellow Wallpaper VINTAGE, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman show art Ep. 920, The Yellow Wallpaper VINTAGE, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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What does our nervous heroine see in the yellow wallpaper, that no one else can?  Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 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. Please help us to continue producing amazing audiobooks by going to , and becoming a supporter. New content is still coming your way on Fridays.  Keep an ear open for our Kickstarter for The Golden Triangle – the sixth novel in the Arsène Lupin series. We’re getting ready with boxed sets,...

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Ep. 919, A Voyage to Lilliput, Part 1 of 3, from Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift show art Ep. 919, A Voyage to Lilliput, Part 1 of 3, from Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

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How can Lemuel Gulliver escape from the Lilliputians? They’re only six inches tall – should be a cinch, right? Jonathan Swift, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.  Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.  The Vintage Episode for the week is “The Yellow Wallpaper”, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday.  If you enjoy the show, please become a monthly supporter, and help us continue to highlight these amazing stories.  Please go to and become a monthly supporter for as little as $5 a month. As a thank you gesture,...

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Ep. 918, Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, and A Horseman in the Sky, by Ambrose BierceVINTAGE show art Ep. 918, Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, and A Horseman in the Sky, by Ambrose BierceVINTAGE

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What knavery occurred during the Civil War at Owl Creek Bridge? Ambrose Bierce, 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. Please help us to continue producing amazing audiobooks by going to , and becoming a supporter. New content is still coming your way on Fridays.  Keep an ear open for our Kickstarter for The Golden Triangle – the sixth novel in the Arsène Lupin series. We’re getting ready with boxed sets, special editions, and more! We’ll...

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Ep. 917, Green Tea, by Sheridan LeFanu show art Ep. 917, Green Tea, by Sheridan LeFanu

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Why is Reverend Jennings so distracted when he gives his sermons? Is it just because he’s partial to green tea? Sheridan LeFanu, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.  Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.  The Vintage Episode for the week is “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, and A Horseman in the Sky”, two stories from Ambrose Bierce. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday.  If you enjoy the show, please become a monthly supporter, and help us continue to highlight these amazing stories.  Please go to and become a monthly supporter for as...

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Ep. 916, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, from The Arabian NightsVINTAGE show art Ep. 916, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, from The Arabian NightsVINTAGE

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Can Ali Baba discover the secret words that open the den of the forty thieves? The Arabian Nights, 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. Please help us to continue producing amazing audiobooks by going to , and becoming a supporter. New content is still coming your way on Fridays.  Keep an ear open for our Kickstarter for The Golden Triangle – the sixth novel in the Arsène Lupin series. We’re getting ready with boxed sets, special editions,...

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Ep. 915, The Prussian Officer, by D.H. Lawrence show art Ep. 915, The Prussian Officer, by D.H. Lawrence

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Why does the Prussian officer pick on his orderly so much? Seriously, what’s eating the guy? D.H. Lawrence, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.  Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.  The Vintage Episode for the week is “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”, from the Arabian Nights. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday.  If you enjoy the show, please become a monthly supporter, and help us continue to highlight these amazing stories.  Please go to and become a monthly supporter for as little as $5 a month. As a thank you gesture, we’ll send you...

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Ep. 914, The Million-Pound Bank Note, by Mark Twain VINTAGE show art Ep. 914, The Million-Pound Bank Note, by Mark Twain VINTAGE

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An outrageously generous gift proves increasingly inconvenient, when no one has change for a million-pound bank note. Mark Twain, 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. Please help us to continue producing amazing audiobooks by going to , and becoming a supporter. New content is still coming your way on Fridays.  Keep an ear open for our Kickstarter for The Golden Triangle – the sixth novel in the Arsène Lupin series. We’re getting ready with...

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Ep. 913, The Wrong Shape, by G.K. Chesterton show art Ep. 913, The Wrong Shape, by G.K. Chesterton

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Can Father Brown solve a murder in a curious household? G.K. Chesterton, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.  Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. The Vintage Episode for the week is “The Million Pound Bank Note”, by Mark Twain. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday.  If you enjoy the show, please become a monthly supporter, and help us continue to highlight these amazing stories.  Please go to and become a monthly supporter for as little as $5 a month. As a thank you gesture, we’ll send you a coupon code every month for $8 off any audiobook...

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Adventurers Dravot and Carnehan have decided to take over a country. Not a big country, just a tiny one. Should be simple, right? Rudyard Kipling, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Welcome to this Vintage Episode of The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. 

A new Vintage Episode is released every Tuesday. Please help us to continue producing amazing audiobooks by going to http://classictalesaudiobooks.com, and becoming a supporter. Thank you so much. 

Keep an ear open for our coming Kickstarter campaign to fund the audiobook of The Golden Triangle, the next in the Arsène Lupin series, by Maurice Leblanc. We’ve got a ton of special bonuses planned. More details coming soon! 

And mark your calendar for the Classic Tales Book Club! We’ll be meeting on Zoom on March 13th at 4:00PM pacific time. See you then!

Today’s story has had many media iterations. Most famous is likely the 1975 film with Sean Connery, Michael Caine, and Christopher Plummer. It’s been dramatized in radio on the program Escape, in 1943, and even the Dreamworks film “The Road to Eldorado” can be said to be loosely based on it. J.M. Barrie called it, “the most audacious thing in fiction”. It inspired T.S. Eliot to write a poem when he was young. Kingsley Amis called it, “grossly overrated”. Overrated? Maybe. Audacious? Absolutely. Either way, we hope you like it. 

And now, “The Man Who Would be King”, by Rudyard Kipling. 

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