Staff Picks 2012

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The audiobooks which feature as Staff Picks in 2012 will be added here. More details of these selections may be found on the linked blog posts. For more information and a list of Staff Picks in previous years, have a look at the main Staff Picks page

Suggestions for future Staff Picks on the LibriVox home page and the Internet Archive LibriVox index page are always welcome. Please post your suggestions in this thread.

LibriVox Staff Picks 2012

January 2012: Improve Yourself!


Little Lord Fountleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett, group reading

Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling, read by Mark F. Smith

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, read by Peter Bobbe

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, group recording

Tip Lewis and His Lamp by Pansy, read by Tricia G


How to Live on 24 Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett, read by Mark F. Smith

The Book of Household Management, by Mrs. Isabella Beeton, group recording

Habits that Handicap by Charles B. Towns, group recording


Everyman by Unknown, drama


The Goop Directory by Gelett Burgess, read by Andrea L.

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 19332 times in January 2012.

February 2012: LibriVox World Tour 2012: EUROPE


Ireland: The Gambler by Katherine Thursdon, read by Tom Weiss

Hungary: Eyes Like the Sea by Mór Jókai, read by MaryAnn

The Netherlands: Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge, read by Mark F. Smith

Sweden: The Story of Gösta Berling by Selma Lagerlöf, read by Lars Rolander

Russia: The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy, read by Dorlene and Larry Caplan


France: Five Years of My Life 1894 - 1899 by Alfred Dreyfus, read by Sue Anderson

Greece: Histories, by Herodotus, group recording

Switzerland: Scrambles Amongst the Alps in the Years 1860--69 by Edward Whymper, read by Nicholas Clifford


Italy: Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello, drama


Portugal: The Lusiads by Luis Vaz de Camões, read by Leni

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 3048 times in February 2012.

March 2012: Mighty Women


The Awakening by Kate Chopin, group recording

The Sturdy Oak, group recording

The Third Miss Symons by F. M. Mayor, read by Rachel Lintern

The Devil's Pool by George Sand, read by J. M. Smallheer

The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox, group recording


Eighty Years and More - Reminiscences 1815 - 1897 by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, group recording

Woman in Science, by John Augustine Zahm, group recording

A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy by Ida Laura Pfeiffer, read by Sibella Denton


Miss Sara Sampson by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, drama


Selected Works: Poems by Voltairine de Cleyre, group recording

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 5373 times in March 2012.

April 2012: LibriVox World Tour 2012: ASIA


Afghanistan: The Man Who Would be King by Rudyard Kipling, read by Philippa

Burma: On the Irrawaddy by G. A. Henty, read by Mike Harris

China: The Tribulations of a Chinaman in China by Jules Verne, group recording

Philippines: Noli Me Tangere by José Rizal, read by Availle


Turkey: Ambassador Morgenthau's Story by Henry Morgenthau, read by Margaret Espillat

India: Sadhana, by Rabindranath Tagore, group recording

Siam: The English Governess at the Siamese Court by Anna H. Leonowens, duet

Russia/Mongolia/China: Beasts, Men and Gods by Ferdinand Ossendowski, read by Mark F. Smith


Persia: Tamburlaine the Great by Christopher Marlowe, drama


Japan: One Hundred Verses from Old Japan by Fujiwara no Teika, read by Kevin Steinbach

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 4447 times in April 2012.

May 2012: The Fine Arts


The Moving Picture Girls by Laura Lee Hope, read by Cori Samuel

The Street of Seven Stars by Mary Roberts Rinehart, read by Mary Ann

The Pagan Madonna by Harold MacGrath, read by Don W. Jenkins

Sarrasine by Honoré de Balzac, read by Chip

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, group recording


The Seven Lamps of Architecture, by John Ruskin, read by Todd Ulbrich

How to Sing by Lilli Lehmann, read by Ruth Golding

How to Appreciate Music by Gustav Kobbé, group recording


The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, dramatic reading


Poems of William Blake, read by Sam Stinson

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 9753 times in May 2012.

June 2012: LibriVox World Tour 2012: AUSTRALIA & OCEANIA


New Zealand: Maori Land Fairy Tales by Edith Howes, read by Mareab

Tahiti: Omoo by Herman Melville, read by TriciaG

New Zealand: Prelude by Katherine Mansfield, read by iremonger

Samoa: Rain by W. Somerset Maugham, read by Bellona Times

Australia: The Pioneers by Katharine S. Prichard, read by kirstyl


Tonga: The Eventful History of the Mutiny and Piratical Seizure of H.M.S. Bounty, by Sir John Barrow, group recording

The Solomon Islands, Fiji, Bora Bora...: The Cruise of the Snark by Jack London, group recording

Australia: Robert O'Hara Burke and the Australian Exploring Expedition 1860 by Andrew Jackson, group recording


Penzance (well, it's about pirates, that must count...): The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan, musical


Australia: Songs of a Sentimental Bloke, by C. J. Dennis, read by Algy Pug

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 3522 times in June 2012.

July 2012: Pulp (Non-) Fiction


The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 1 by Eugene Sue, group recording

The Curse of Capistrano by Johnston McCulley, read by Barry Eads

Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper, read by tabithat

Red Nails by Robert E. Howard, read by Gregg Margarite

Way of the Lawless by Max Brand, read by Richard Kilmer


National Geographic Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1 by various, group recording

Simple Sabotage Field Manual by the US OSS, read by James Christopher

Chapters from my Autobiography by Mark Twain, read by John Greenman


The Inventions of the Idiot by John Kendrick Bangs, drama


A London Plane Tree and Other Verse, by Amy Levy, duet

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 3655 times in July 2012.

August 2012: LibriVox World Tour 2012: NORTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA


Barbados: Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini, group recording

Honduras: Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders by Victor Appleton, read by Kevin McAsh

Cuba: A Prisoner of Morro by Upton Sinclair, read by Tom Weiss

Barbados: Dog Watches at Sea by Stanton H. King, read by Peter Kelleher


Jamaica: The Atrocities of the Pirates by Aaron Smith, read by James K. White

Bermuda: Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion by Mark Twain, read by John Greenman

Mexico: History of the Conquest of Mexico by William H. Prescott, group recording

Belize and Guatemala: Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan (Vol. 1) by John Lloyd Stephens, read by Sue Anderson


United States: Inheritors by Susan Glaspell, drama


Canada: Selections from Ballads of a Cheechako, by Robert W. Service, read by Heidi Preuss

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 7079 times in August 2012.

September 2012: LibriVox World Tour 2012: SOUTH AMERICA


Brazil: Brazilian Tales by Various, read by Leni Ribeiro

Chile: Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, group recording

Guyana: Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest by W. H. Hudson, read by Mark F. Smith

Venezuela: The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, group recording

Antarctica: A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James de Mille, group recording


Argentina: Far Away and Long Ago by W. H. Hudson, group recording

Peru: Inca Lands by Hiram Bingham, group recording

Ecuador and Brazil: The Andes and the Amazon by James Orton, group recording


Garden of Eden: A Drama of Exile by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, drama


South America: Chocolate: Or an Indian Drinke, by Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma, group recording

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 6632 times in September 2012.

October 2012: Animals


Lady into Fox by David Garnett, group recording

The Biography of a Grizzly by Ernest Thompson Seton, read by Mike Vendetti

Penguin Island by Anatole France, read by Michael Sirois

Told Under a White Oak Tree by Bill Hart's Pinto Pony, read by Chuck Williamson

Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel C. Pedley, group recording


Our Vanishing Wildlife by William T. Hornaday, group recording

The Bird Study Book by Thomas Gilbert Pearson, read by J. M. Smallheer

On the Hive and the Honey Bee by L. L. Langstroth, read by LivelyHive


Barks and Purrs by Colette, drama


Fables for the Frivolous, by Guy Wetmore Carryl, group recording

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 5174 times in October 2012.

November 2012: LibriVox World Tour 2012: AFRICA


Algeria: Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet, group recording

South Africa: The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner, read by SallyMC

Zulu Kingdom: Black Heart and White Heart by H. Rider Haggard, read by Vira Denton

Tanzania: Zanzibar Tales by George W. Bateman, group recording

East Africa: Black Ivory by Michael Ballantyne, read by Tom Weiss


Uganda: The Man Eaters of Tsavo and other East African adventures by John Henry Patterson, group recording

Sudan: The River War by Winston Churchill, read by Mark F. Smith

Cameroon and others: Travels in West-Africa by Mary Kingsley, read by Kehinde


Egypt: Anthony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, drama


Congo: The Congo, by Vachel Lindsay, read by Laura Fox

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 5163 times in November 2012.

December 2012: Children Only


Viking Tales by Jenny Hall, group recording

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett, read by as101

Heidi by Johanna Spyri, read by Kara Shallenberg

A little Bush Maid by Mary Grant Bruce, read by Bellona Times

The Enchanted Castle by Edith Nesbit, read by Peter Eastman


Indian Child Life by Charles Alexander Eastman (Ohiyesa), group recording

Mighty Animals by Jennie Irene Mix, group recording

The Story of Mankind by Hendrik van Loon, group recording


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, dramatic reading


Struwwelpeter: Merry Tales and Funny Pictures, by Heinrich Hoffman, read by Catharine Eastman

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 20919 times in December 2012.