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Hecking great

Nice voice, and stories that are engaging enough so as to not be boring. Great podcast, wish he would keep uploading!

Love this Podcast but…

I love listening to Joe’s voice and hearing the stories. He has such a peaceful, soothing voice!! I really hope he comes out with more stories…BUT I can never finish a story!! I always fall asleep within 10 minutes!! 😂 I’ve listened to one story all week and still haven’t finished it! Last week I listened to the story during the day so I could hear the whole thing!!! He puts me to sleep in no time!! I work at a daycare, and today, I am letting them listen to one of his children stories, and they have never laid so still before falling asleep!!!

Great podcast!

This guy is an amazing narrator and his impressions and voices are great. All the stories have been interesting and well done. I highly recommend all of his podcasts. I hope he keeps doing more.

Thank you

This has helped my anxiety and has allowed me to fall asleep very fast and to sleep deeply. I needed this :). Hope you start making new episodes soon. I really like the sci-fi ones, especially ones dealing with space.

Thank you Joe!

I feel remiss in not writing sooner, I have been listening to you on Spotify for most of a month. Interestingly, I am not using the podcasts as a sleep aid - I like them when I’m driving. I have not availed myself of the meditations and have only listened to the kid friendly ones a bit with my children. This has been more for me - I started with the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, followed with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, dipped in Dickens, Fitzgerald, and more recently have enjoyed Feline Red and am in the middle of Keira’s Quest (what an awesome reading of the Guj part - the assistant to the witch queen!) I really appreciate the care you take with your readings - how you honor each character and each writer. Really good stuff Joe - thank you!


A bit scary

Great bedtime stories for young and old

My son and I love these stories. They’re great when us parents are too tired to read 😅. I usually listen to one with him and if I don’t fall asleep one for myself. Thanks!

What a treat!

I have too often fallen asleep (or not) to disturbing current events podcasts, so have given this Fireside a go, and love it! Last night was Sinbad the Sailor, whom I’ve heard of my whole life but never read. It’s comforting to listen to, Joe’s voice and intonation are great, and I’m taken back to the childhood days when I would fall asleep to a story from my parents, and sleep so deeply.


I have really bad anxiety and stress. Joe has helped me fall asleep so fast. I like how there’s some for kids and some for adults. Very good podcast for sleep, would recommend!

Thank you!

You help me sleep.

Five stars

I can’t say much more than “five stars” since I keep falling asleep so quickly!

Love all except the music

I really love this podcast except 1 thing. The final music that’s played at the end, when you’re hopefully fast asleep is slightly too loud and wakes me up again. So irritating as the rest is great. Really soothing voice, well read stories.

My message

These stories are amazing so my message to hater are that you guys have no taste in life

Great nighttime podcast

The first one I listened to was “the girl who dreamed of sleep” it wasn’t long enough that I fell asleep during it so I just made a playlist. I love the crackling fire background noise and I love that the narrators voice is so calming.

Love Kira’s story!!!!! 😍🥰

Make a third please!!! It’ssss so good 😊. If you haven’t seen this story you have to!!!!! Here’s a preview there’s a guy named Zack who is a prince 👑. The Evil 🦹‍♀️ Queen 👸 who tried to kill him but his mother protected her. Please watch!!!!!! :) PS are you making another one



Best nights sleep I’ve had in months

After an incredibly stressful few months I was finding getting to sleep and staying asleep really difficult which resulted in me being tired snappy mess for most of the day. I’m not sure how I found you but I’ve slept so well every night since. I have no idea what I’m listening to or how any of the stories end as I’m always asleep within minutes. Thank you.

Joe salvaged my sanity!

I went through something very traumatic last summer. Because of the pandemic I was left primarily on my own. I had weeks of insomnia with ruminating thoughts. Then, I found Tales by the Fireside and was able to fall asleep, then back to sleep each time I woke up- a lot! The sleep allowed me to feel more in control of everything. I was so sad when it seemed that Joe had stopped producing podcasts a few months ago because I continued to listen every night up to that point. I’m so glad he’s back at it! I am, gratefully, listening every night to help quiet my mind. Three cheers for Joe!!!

Ahhh sleep finally. Wonderful stories and soothing voice. Wonderful.

My life is filled with my hubby having cancer and I have insomnia from stress. This is a blessing to have access to. Thank you so very much for what you do. You have no idea how much this was needed.

Anytime relaxation

I’ve recommended Tales by the. Fireside to so many people. There is something for everyone. I find the pain meditation very good and the stories are a good bed time anxiety distraction. Resulting in sleep 90% of the time. So thank you Joe.

12 x 0

Loved this, and hope you’ll do more long stories for grown-ups! Thank you.

Sound Quality is much better

The story the Canterville ghost is perfect. I don’t know if perhaps it’s a new microphone or different reading style but the sound quality is much better than past podcast readings. The story is perfect. Loved it! Benjamin button is perfect as well.

Very soothing

I’ve tried a few sleep podcasts and this is one of my favourites. Some of the earlier stories are not as good; for example the fire crackling overwhelms the story of The Velveteen Rabbit but overall worth listening to.


I find the narrator’s voice soothing. I listen in bed to help me fall asleep.

Great help getting my two girls relaxed for bed thank you so much.

Tales By The Fireside

I love this podcast and listen to it nightly . Joes lovely voice is so soothing to drift off too . Hoping for more childhood favourites after listening to Alice in Wonderland for the first time in years . Thank you Joe for all you do on here and your Facebook page 🙏

Highly Recommended

I love falling asleep to these beautifully read stories.

I actually really like this. The way it's told is soothing and the fire effect sounds are pretty good to tune me out. I even like some of the older stories here too. I'd def recommend trying this.


Such a lovely, relaxing podcast! Perfect to listen to after a busy day to settle my mind and help me unwind. Joe has a calming voice, and reads a variety of lovely stories suitable for everyone. Perfect for bedtime!

Crackling Fireside

I have tried paid apps in the past and this is better than most of them. Joes voice is relaxing and although it doesn't always send me to sleep straight away, it definitely relaxes me and I can come here to reduce my anxiety. Thank you Joe!

Worth listening to!

Good stories, well told, for both adults and children, with a soothing crackling fire background.


One of my favourites is this podcast. I am a fan and like interacting on his Facebook group too!

All of them

I suffer from PTSD and have trouble sleeping. Joes voice is very calming and helps me to fall asleep.

Kidnapped santa

Wow ive found an app my supersmart 2yr old grandson can listen to,i also enjoy listening to this chaps gentle voice,and the crackling fire just adds a comforting touch,will recommend to all my friends and family, well done to all at fireside tales for all their hard work


In the current climate, I need something to help me relax after a stressful day working from home. Listening to these stories certainly helps me to wind down. I recommend everyone listens to this soft, eloquent voice.

So relaxing

I have just come across takes-by-the-fire-side, After listening to a few audio books. Joe has such a nice relaxing voice, the crackling of the fire just makes it much more relaxing. I love all of his stories especially Peter Rabbit, my son loves Joe Reading one of his favourite books. If you’re looking for a nice relaxing audio book Tales-by-the-fire-side is the best place to look! We can’t wait for Joe to do more!