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October 9th, 2015
Episode 89 of 171 episodes
The Martians reveal a devastating secret weapon, and England braces itself for full Martian occupation. H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Dracula, Volume 1 of 2, by Bram Stoker is now available. Like our last title, The Last of the Mohicans, this is one I’ve been saving up since the inception of The Classic Tales, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out. When my kids were younger, I would read them simplified versions of the classics. They were great, with an illustration on each page, and of course, I did all the character voices. Well, we were reading Dracula together at nights, and one Saturday we went to a matinee. At the movie theater, there was a poster announcing the new Hugh Jackman film: Van Helsing. My wife pointed the poster out to my kids, and said, “Look at that, boys! Do you recognize that name?” I mean, the poster was all about a vampire killer, and the name Van Helsing was right there. Maybe they couldn’t read it. So my wife said, “Don’t you recognize the name Van Helsing?”. Nope. Still blank faces. No idea. She double-checked, “Van Helsing. You’ve never heard that name?” Still nothing. She thought about how they couldn’t recognize the name, after I had been reading Dracula to them most every night. Then it hit her. She said, “Do you know Van Helsing (with an accent)” and then the kids lit right up. “Oh yeah! Dracula! He’s like a vampire slayer super hero! Look at all his cool gadgets!” If you’re gonna do Dracula, you’d better do it right. Maybe that’s why I waited so long. I really wanted to do it right. Dracula is formatted like The Moonstone, in that the story is told through a collection of journal entries, letters, newspaper clippings, etc.. After today’s episode of The War of the Worlds, continue listening for a healthy sample of Dracula, Volume 1 of 2. Each Volume is over 8 hours in length, and priced at only $10.99. Supporters can use their coupon code and get it for 5 bucks. Also, when you purchase Dracula, Volume 1 you can also get Frankenstein by Mary Shelley AND Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales by Robert Louis Stevenson for only $7 more. So follow the silvery mist over to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and enjoy the grandsire of all vampire stories today. And now, The War of the Worlds, Part 4 of 7, by H.G. Wells