Staff Picks 2013

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The audiobooks which feature as Staff Picks in 2013 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 2013

January 2013: After the Apocalypse


The Master Knot of Human Fate by Ellis Meredith, read by Roger Melin

The Iron Heel by Jack London, read by Matt Soar

The Edge of the Knife by H. Beam Piper, read by jfmarchini

The Last Man by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, group recording

Omega: The Last Days of the World by Camille Flammarion, group recording


Notes on Nursing by Florence Nightingale, read by Cori Samuel

The Esperanto Teacher by Helen Fryer, group recording

Food Preparedness by Dr. Albert Philip Sy, read by TriciaG


The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, dramatic reading


The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri, group recording

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 21937 times in January 2013.

February 2013: The Color Black


The Marrow of Tradition by Charles Waddell Chesnutt, read by James K. White

J. Poindexter, Colored by Irvin S. Cobb, read by Grant Hurlock

The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar, group recording

Passing by Nella Larsen, read by Elizabeth Klett

Clotel, or, The President's Daughter by William Wells Brown, group recording


Toussaint L'Ouverture, A Biography and Autobiography by John Relly Beard, read by James K. White

Meditations from the Pen by Maria W. Stewart, read by James K. White

The Colored Cadet at West Point by Henry Ossian Flipper, read by James K. White


Othello by William Shakespeare, drama


The Tar Baby and Other Rhymes of Uncle Remus, by Joel Chandler Harris, read by Phil Chenevert

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 7359 times in February 2013.

March 2013: Like Day and Night


The Poor Little Rich Girl by Eleanor Gates, read by Susan Umpleby

The Day Boy and the Night Girl by George MacDonald, read by Laurie Anne Walden

Tempest and Sunshine by Mary Jane Holmes, group recording

The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens, read by Euthymius

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, group recording


Robin Hood by J. Walker McSpadden, read by Barry Eads

Sketches New and Old by Mark Twain, read by John Greenman

The Life of God in the Soul of Man by Henry Scougal, read by J. L. Raimundo


Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, drama


The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, by William Blake, read by Nick Duncan

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 14701 times in March 2013.

April 2013: Mother Nature


Freckles by Gene Statton-Porter, group recording

Little Tales of the Desert by Ethel Twycross Foster, read by BellonaTimes

The Blazed Trail by Stewart Edward White, read by Tom Weiss

The Book of Nature Myths by Forence Holbrook, read by Raybrite

Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim, read by ashleighjane


The World's Lumber Room by Selina Gaye, read by Ruth Golding

Meteology or Weather Explained by J.G. M'Pherson, group recording

The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection by Charles Darwin, group recording


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, dramatic reading


The River Duddon - A Series of Sonnets, by William Wordsworth, read by Phil Benson

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 10441 times in April 2013.

May 2013: Love and Marriage


The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett, read by tabithat -->

That Mother in Law of Mine by Anonymous, read by Carolin Kaiser

Daniel Deronda by George Eliot, read by Becky Miller

Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu, read by Elizabeth Klett

The Pastor's Wife by Elizabeth von Arnim, read by James E. Carson


Sex - Avoided Subjects Discussed in Plain English by Henry Stanton, group recording

The Spinster Book by Myrtle Reed, group recording

The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise by Abelard and Heloise, read by icyjumbo and Laura Koskinen


The LIfe and Amours of the Beautiful and Dashing Kate Percival by Kate Percival, dramatic reading


Aucassin and Nicolette, by Unknown, read by Leonard Wilson

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 11138 times in May 2013.

June 2013: Underneath


The Sacred Fount by Henry James, read by skoval

Niels Klim's Journey under the Ground by Baron Ludvig Holberg, read by Alan Winterrowd

Diary of a U-Boat Commander by Sir Stephen King-Hall, read by Kaffen

The Girl in the Golden Atom by Ray Cummings, read by Richard Kilmer

Miss Pim's Camouflage by Lady Dorothy Tennant, read by Grant Hurlock


The Underground Railroad (Part 1) by William Still, group recording

Psychotherapy by Hugo Muensterberg, group recording

Within the Deep by R. Cadwallader Smith, read by Laura Victoria


Vera and the Nihilists by Oscar Wilde, dramatic reading


On the Nature of Things, by Titus Lucretius Carus, group recording

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 5854 times in June 2013.

July 2013: Through Time and Space


Tourmalin's Time Cheques by F. Anstey, group recording

The Time Traders by Andre Norton, read by R. J. Davis

Police Operation by H. Beam Piper, group recording

Deathworld by Harry Harrison, read by Gregg Margarite

The Creature from Beyond Infinity by Henry Kuttner, read by Mark Nelson


The Concept of Nature by Alfred North Whitehead, group recording

On the Heavens by Aristotle, read by Geoffrey Edwards

Is Mars Habitable? by Alfred Russel Wallace, read by Caliban


Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum, dramatic reading


Poems: Series One, by Emily Dickinson, read by Shurtagal

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 19963 times in July 2013.

August 2013: Librivox Languages


Ukranian: Fables by Leonid Glibov, read by radar

Hebrew: Etsel by Uri Nissan Gnessin, read by Omri Lernau

Bulgarian: Staroplanisnski Legendi by Yordan Yovkov, read by Euthymius

Polish: Na Wzgorzu Roz by Stefan Grabinski, read by Piotr Nater

Bisaya: Si Amboy ang Palahubog by Vicente Rama, read by April Gonzalez


Arabic: Kitab Adab Al Dunya Wal Din by Al Mawardi, read by Youssef Safiljil

Swedish: Från barnaår till silfverhår by Anders Ramsay, read by Måns Broo

Russian: Jews and Russia by Vladimir Jabotinsky, read by Mark Chulsky


Italian: La Locandiera by Carlo Goldoni, drama


Tamil: Tiruppavai, by Andal, read by Neeru Iyer

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 2113 times in August 2013.

September 2013: Unreadable


Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, group recording

Candide by Voltaire, read by Ted Delorme

The Call of the Wild by Jack London, group recording

Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland, group recording

L'Assommoir by Emíle Zola, group recording


The Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau, group recording

Areopagitica by John Milton, read by Moira Fogarty

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, read by Stephen Escalera


1601 by Mark Twain, dramatic reading


Jerusalem Delivered, by Torquato Tasso, read by Thomas A. Copeland

Note:' The books from this selection got downloaded 32020 times in September 2013.

October 2013: Independence


A Daughter of the Land by Gene Stratton Porter, group recording

The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison, read by Jason Mills

St. Bartholomew's Eve by G. A. Henty, read by Anna Christensen

The Woman Who Did by Grant Allen, read by Ruth Golding

Bertram Cope's Year by Henry Blake Fuller, read by James K. White


On Liberty by John Stuart Mill, group recording

History of Holland by George Edmundson, group recording

The Insurrection in Dublin by James Stephens, read by iremonger


Rosmersholm by Henrik Ibsen, drama


The Lord of the Isles, by Sir Walter Scott, read by Nathan

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 3323 times in October 2013.

November 2013: Stormy Weather


The Rider on the White Horse by Theodor Storm, read by Availle

Typhoon by Joseph Conrad, group recording

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronté, read by Ruth Golding

The Harbor of Doubt by Frank Williams, read by Roger Melin

Tom Swift and his Wireless Message by Victor Appleton, group recording


Gardening Without Irrigation by Steve Solomon, read by Betsie Bush

The Book of the Damned by Charles Fort, group recording

Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air by Joseph Priestley, read by LivelyHive


The Tempest by William Shakespeare, drama


The Bush Debate, by various Australian Poets, group recording

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 19863 times in November 2013.

December 2013: Giving Gifts


The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, read by Betsie Bushle

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day by Edward Everett Hale, read by David Wales

The Stolen White Elephant by Mark Twain, read by Kristin

The Dragon of Wantley by Owen Wister, read by D. A. Frank

The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation by Annie Fellows Johnston, read by Lars Rolander


The Feast of St. Friend by Arnold Bennett, read by Ruth Golding

The Wit and Wisdom of Chesterton by G. K. Chesterton, group recording

Dallam's Travels with an Organ to the Grand Signieur 1599-1600 by Thomas Dallam, read by Sue Anderson


Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde, drama


Christmas Roses, by Lizzie Lawson and Robert Ellice Mack, read by Charlotte Duckett