Staff Picks 2014

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The audiobooks which feature as Staff Picks in 2014 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 2014

January 2014: Role Models


The Autobiography of Methuselah by John Kendrick Bangs, read by Matthew Reece

Shakspere: Personal Recollections by John A. Joyce, group recording

The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham, read by Termin Dyan


Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey, read by R. S. Steinberg

The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie, read William Tomcho

Behind the Scenes by Elizabeth Keckley, group recording

Edison: His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin, group recording

Geronimo's Story of His Life by Geronimo, read by Sue Anderson


Henry V by William Shakespeare, drama


The Ballad of the White Horse, by G.K. Chesterton, read by Joshua B. Christensen

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 8728 times in January 2014.

February 2014: Together


The Ten Foot Chain or Can Love Survive the Shackles by Various, group recording

Ulysses by James Joyce, group recording

The Dog Crusoe and His Master by R. M. Ballantyne, read by Allyson Hester

The Aliens by Murray Leinster, read by tabithat

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney, group recording


Recollections of Life in Ohio by William Cooper Howells, read by Sue Anderson

An Address to Free Colored Americans by an Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women, group recording

The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph by Henry M. Field, read by Alex C. Telander


The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, drama


Tales of a Wayside Inn, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, read by Peter Yearsley

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 2590 times in February 2014. (But archive's counter was broken for some time in February...;-))

March 2014: Carnival


Philo Gubb - Correspondence School Detective by Ellis Parker Butler, group recording

An Irishman's Difficulties wieth the Dutch Language by Cuey Na Gael, read by Anna Simon

The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson by Anthony Trollope, read by Arnold

The Calico Cat by Charles Miner Thompson, read by Allyson Hester

Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais, group recording


The College Freshman's Don't Book by George Fullerton Evans, group recording

Happy Dayz by A. A. Milne, group recording

Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle, Gent. by Washington Irving, read by James K. White


Mr. Punch's Dramatic Sequels by St. John Hankin, drama


Laughable Lyrics, by Edward Lear, read by roeg11

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 3237 times in March 2014.

April 2014: Spring


The Adventures of Johnny Chuck by Thornton Burgess, read by John Lieder

Enchanted Castle by Hartwell James, read by Kalynda

Under the Lilacs by Louisa May Alcott, group recording

The Story of a Candy Rabbit by Laura Lee Hope, read by Cori

Our Little Japanese Cousin by Mary Hazelton Blanchard Wade, read by Julia Niedermaier


The Flower Garden by Ida Dandrige Bennett, group recording

Nature Near Home and Other Papers by John Burroughs, read by Edith Phern

Hannibal by Jacob Abbott, group recording


The Awakening of Spring by Frank Wedekind, drama


Nocturne of Remembered Spring And Other Poems, by Conrad Aiken, read by Expatriate

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 2943 times in Ápril 2014.

May 2014: Nerds and Geeks


The Secret of Lonesome Cove by Samuel Hopkins Adams, read by Roger Melin

Trilby by George Du Maurier, group recording

Card Trick by John Berryman, read by Gary Dana

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, group recording

The Brotherhood of the Seven Kings by L.T. Meade and Robert Eustace, read by J. M. Smallheer


Radioactive Substances by Marie Curie, read by Availle

My Life and Work by Henry Ford, read by LivelyHive

Mozart: The Man and the Artist Revealed in His Own Words by Friedrich Kerst, group recording


An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, drama


The Recluse, by William Wordsworth, read by Andrea Fiore

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 4749 times in May 2014.

June 2014: Sports


The Game by Jack London, read by Tom Crawford

The Clicking of Cuthbert by P.G. Wodehouse, group recording

Rival Pitchers of Oakdale by Morgan Scott, group recording

Tom Swift and His Electric Runabout by Victor Appleton, read by Tom Weiss

Our Little Canadian Cousin by Elizabeth Roberts MacDonald, group recording


A Treatise on Modern Falconry by James Campbell, read by Curt Walton

The Exploits and Triumphs, in Europe, of Paul Morphy, the Chess Champion by Frederick Milnes Edge, group recording

Football Days - Memories of the Game and the Men Behind The Ball by William Hanford Edwards, group recording


The Admirable Bashville by George Bernard Shaw, drama


Casey at the Bat, by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, fortnightly poetry

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 2449 times in June 2014.

July 2014: World War I - Beginnings


The Angels of Mons by Arthur Machen, read by R. S. Steinberg

The Pretty Lady by Arnold Bennett, read by Simon Evers

The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service by James Driscoll, read by Tom Clifton

The Double Traitor by E. Phillips Oppenheim, read by Tom Weiss

The Friendly Terrace Quartette by Harriet Lummis Smith, read by Daryl Wor


Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front 1914 - 1915 by anonymous, group recording

In the Field (1914 - 1915) by Marcel Dupont, read by FNH

Spy Proof America! by J. Francis Logan, group recording


War Brides by Marion Craig Wentworth, drama; from our one-act play collection Vol. 004


The Winnowing Fan - Poems on the Great War, by Robert Laurence Binyon, read by David Wales

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 1963 times in July 2014.

August 2014: Around The World


A Journey From This World To the Next by Henry Fielding, group recording

A Romance of Two Worlds by Marie Corelli, read by Amy Gramour

Life In A Thousand Worlds by William Shuler Harris, group recording

The Machine That Saved the World by Murray Leinster, read by Phil Chenevert

The Smoky God or A Voyage to the Inner World by Willis George Emerson, read by JaySands


Around the World in 72 Days by Nellie Bly, read by Mary Reagan

Around the World on a Bicycle by Thomas Stevens, group recording

What's Wrong With the World by G. K. Chesterton, group recording


The Way Of the World by William Congreve, drama


First World War Centenary Poetry Collection, by Various authors, group recording

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 4699 times in August 2014.

September 2014: Back to School!


The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson, group recording

The Pupil by Henry James, read by Nicholas Clifford

Ann Veronica by H. G. Wells, read by Joy Chan

Glengarry School Days by Ralph Connor, read by Bruce Pirie

Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes, read by icyjumbo


The Montessori Method by Maria Montessori, group recording

What the Mother of a Deaf Child Ought to Know by John Dutton Wright, read by Rapunzelina

The English Governess At the Siamese Court by Anna H. Leonowens, read by Sibella Denton and Kristine Bekere


History Plays For the Grammar Grades by Mary Ella Lyng, drama


A Soup of Alphabets from A - Z, by Various authors, read by Sam Stinson

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 3339 times in September 2014.

October 2014: Halloween


The Thing From the Lake by Eleanor M. Ingram, read by Roger Melin

The History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford, read by MorganScorpion

The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen, read by Ethan Rampton

The House of the Vampire by George Sylvester Viereck, read by Elizabeth Klett

The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson, read by Mark Nelson


Celebrated Crimes Vol. 1 by Alexandre Dumas, group recording

The Dancing Mania by Justus Hecker, read by Martin Geeson

The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud, group recording


The Ghost Breaker by Charles Goddard and Paul Dicky, drama


Emily Dickinson on Death, by Emily Dickinson, read by Libby Gohn

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 4889 times in October 2014.

November 2014: Natives


Iracema the Honey-Lips by José de Alencar, read by Leni

The Algonquin Legends of New England by Charles Godfrey, group recording

Australian Legendary Tales by K. Langloh Parker, group recording

Folklore of the Santal Parganas by Cecil Henry Bompas, group recording

Our Little Korean Cousin by Henry Lee Mitchell Pike, read by Larry Wilson and Jill Engle


Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird, read by Availle

The Indian To-Day by Ohiyesa (Charles A. Eastman), group recording

Francisco Pizarro and the Conquest of Peru by Frederick A. Ober, read by Patrick Eaton


The Trojan Woman by Euripides, drama


The Fasti, by Ovid, group recording

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 2173 times in November 2014.

December 2014: Introspection


Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf, read by Liz Mourant

Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, group recording

Everybody's Lonesome by Clara E. Laughlin, read by Bridget Gaige

The Little Gray Lady by Francis Hopkinson Smith, read by Carolin Ksr

The Death of Ivan Ilyitch by Leo Tolstoy, read by Laurie Anne Walden


Pensées by Blaise Pascal, read by dexter

Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting one's Reason and of Seeking Truth by René Descartes, group recording

The Untroubled Mind by Herbert J. Hall, read by Carol Box


The Symposium by Plato, dramatic reading


The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, by Omar Khayyam, bilingual group recording (in Persian and English)

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 7279 times in December 2014.