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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. 

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Jon Hagadorn/1001 Stories Podcast Network


Mar 7, 2016

The Three Questions is a short story from Russian author Leo Tolstoy and first published in 1885 as part of a collection titled "What Men Live By and Other Tales". The story takes form of a parable, and it concerns a king who wants to find the answers to what he considers the three most important questions in life. 1. What is the right time to begin everything? 2. Who are the right people to listen to, and who to avoid? 3. What is the most important thing to do? He proclaimed that the ones who gave the right answers would be rewarded. Many learned men tried to answer the king's questions, but they all came up with different answers. The king decided that he needed to ask the wise hermit who lived in the village, and our story follows. The answers, summarized, follow at the end of the podcast.