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Welcome to 1001 Classic Short Stories and Tales Audio Podcast!  This is a hand-picked collection of favorites from writers like Jack London, Louisa May Alcott, Hans Christian Anderson, Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling, and many more. I narrate the stories and often add background music and sound effects to bring the stories to life. These are suitable for the entire family, enjoyed by all ages and levels of literary experience, and often make great discussion starters for students who are just getting exposed to literature. 

For all of you who love a good story, we hope you come back again and again, and please share our show with others!

Jon Hagadorn/1001 Stories Podcast Network


Jun 26, 2017

A traveler visiting an old castle ruins in France meets a very lonely old woman who shares the story of her estranged son with him . The story covers many levels of grief and empathy, and leaves the reader wondering if perhaps her son, who she hasn't seen in years, is accompanying her in spirit.

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Jun 19, 2017

The exciting conclusion to Edgar Allen Poe's classic detective story, which established the detective in SAmerican literature, and inspired dozens of new writers like Sherlock Holmes.



Jun 12, 2017

In what many consider to be one of Poe's best short stories, and the first detective story, a man uses his extraordinary powers of deduction to solve a crime that the Paris police find baffling. 

Jun 5, 2017

In this highly acclaimed short story, a southern farmer is accused of being a spy by the Union Army and finds himself about to be hung from a bridge trestle. This is one of the first short stories to use a "stream of conscience" narrative, and a story that has been used in countless movies and television shows.