Staff Picks 2015

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The audiobooks which feature as Staff Picks in 2015 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

If you prefer to download m4b files, all our staff picks have been converted to this format, which can be downloaded from the respective catalog pages.

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 2015

January 2015: Bright Lights


Janet of the Dunes by Harriet T. Comstock, read by Roger Melin

The Finding of Haldgred by Charles W. Diffin, read by Richard Kilmer

The Light that Failed by Rudyard Kipling, group recording

Lavender and Old Lace by Myrtle Reed, read by Bridget

Doctor Ox's Experiment by Jules Verne, read by Alan Winterrowd


Optics by Isaac Newton, group recording

Instructions to Light Keepers by US Lighthouse Board, read by Maria Kasper

Light on Life's Difficulties by James Allen, read by Andrea Fiore


A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, drama


Hymns to the Night, by Novalis, read by Pete Williams

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 3774 times in January 2015.

February 2015: Mother Tongues


Short Stories by Jin-geon Hyun, read by Jessie Yun in Korean

Guld og Ære by Otto Martin Møller, read by Kristoffer Hundsdahl in Danish

Historia Apollonii Regis Tyris by Unknown, read by zaaf in Latin

La Aventuroj de Alicio en Mirlando by Lewis Carroll, read by Nicholas James Bridgewater in Esperanto

Trafalgar by Benito Pérez Galdós, read by Tux in Spanish


A Handbook of the Kavirondo Language by Fathers of St. Joseph's Society, read by Nicholas and Grace Bridgewater in English and Dholuo

The Lives of the Saints for February by St. Dimitri of Rostov, read by euthemius in Church Slavonic

The Apology of Socrates by Plato, read by zaaf in Ancient Greek


Faust: Der Tragödie erster Teil by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, drama in German


Puisi Dari Indonesia, by various authors, read by Christianese in various Indonesian languages

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 4959 times in February 2015.

March 2015: Good Times


The Life and Death of Harriett Frean by May Sinclair, read by Expatriate

The Blue Bird for Children by Maurice Maeterlinck and Georgette Leblanc, group recording

The Blue Flower by Henry van Dyke, group recording

Michael O'Halloran by Gene Stratton Porter, read by Mary Anderson

Happy Jack by Thornton W. Burgess, group recording


Foundation Stones to Happiness and Success by James Allen, read by Andrea Fiore

A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells, group recording

Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer, read by D. E. Wittkower


Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter, dramatic reading


An Essay on Man, by Alexander Pope, read by Martin Geeson

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 5150 times in March 2015.

April 2015: Space Odyssey


Off on a Comet by Jules Verne, group recording

Gulliver of Mars by Edwin L. Arnold, read by James Christopher

The Planet Strappers by Raymond Z. Gallun, read by Richard Kilmer

Unwise Child by Randall Garrett, read by Mark Nelson

Planet of Dread by Murray Leinster, read by Phil Chenevert


Curiosities of the Sky by Garrett P. Serviss, group recording

Great Astronomers by Robert Stawell Ball, read by MaryAnn Spiegel

The Unreality of Time by John McTaggart, read by Carl Manchester


R.U.R. - Rossums Universal Robots by Karel Capek, drama


The Star Treader and Other Poems, by Clark Ashton Smith, group recording

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 3236 times in April 2015.

May 2015: Work Force


A Country Doctor by Sarah Orne Jewett, read by Jeannie

Collaboration by Henry James, read by David Wales

Calumet "K" by S. Merwin & H.K. Webster, read by Betsie Bush

The Efficiency Expert by Edgar Rice Burroughs, read by Delmar H. Dolbier

Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville, read by Bob Tassinari


The Autobiography of Mother Jones by Mary Harris Jones, group recording

Just Me by Pearl White, read by Pamela Krantz

Essays on Work and Culture by Hamilton Wright Mabie, group recording


Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare, drama


The Complete Public Domain Poems of Wallace Stevens, Vol. 1, by Wallace Stevens, read by Alan Davis Drake

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 4514 times in May 2015.

June 2015: Ship Ahoy!


The Cruise of the Esmeralda by Harry Collingwood, group recording

Mr. Midshipman Easy by Frederick Marryat, read by Adrian Praetzellis

The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig' by William Hope Hodgson, read by Jason Mills

The Trawler by James Brendan Connolly, read by Roger Melin

The Mystery of the Ocean Star: A Collection of Maritime Sketches by William Clark Russell, group recording


A Voyage to the South Sea by William Bligh, read by Tom Crawford

The Loss of the S.S. Titanic by Lawrence Beesley, read by Allison Hester

A Waterbiography by Robert C. Leslie, read by Peter Kelleher


The Lady from the Sea by Henrik Ibsen, drama


Sea Poems: An Idiosyncratic Selection, by various authors, read by David Wales

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 2455 times in June 2015.

July 2015: Dear Friends...


A Dog of Flanders by Ouida, read by Roger Melin

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, group recording

Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott, read by Mary Anderson

The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells, read by Peter Eastman

Old Friends and New Fancies by Sybil G. Brinton, group recording


Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution by Peter Kropotkin, read by enko

Oscar Wilde: The Story of an Unhappy Friendship by Robert Sherard, read by RobBoard

The Friendship of Christ by Robert Hugh Benson, read by dave7


The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, drama


The Kitten's Garden of Verses, by Oliver Herford, read by SweetPea

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 11184 times in July 2015.

August 2015: 10th Anniversary - special edition

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim, chosen by kayray

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, chosen by Miss Stav

Ulysses by James Joyce, chosen by kathrinee

Dubliners by James Joyce, chosen by carolb

Hero Tales from American History by Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge, chosen by 2peltons

The Thing from the Lake by Eleanor M. Ingram, chosen by Roger

The Agony Column by Earl Derr Biggers, chosen by aradlaw

Astounding Stories 11, Nov. 1930 by various authors, chosen by dread

The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine, chosen by craigdav1

His Big Opportunity, by Amy LeFeuvre, chosen by SweetPea

The Conjure Woman, by Charles Waddell Chesnutt, chosen by Eduard Rochester

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle, chosen by gloriana

Colonel Thorndykes Secret, by G. A. Henty, chosen by Lynnet

The Taming of the Shrew (play) by William Shakespeare, chosen by BellonaTimes

The Mistress of the Inn (play) by Carlo Goldoni, chosen by HoosierMary

Around the World in 80 days (DR) by Jules Verne, chosen by jessieyun0404

Pride and Prejudice (DR) by Jane Austen, chosen by Elizabby

De boeken der kleine Zielen (Dutch) by Louis Couperus, chosen by coenders

Oku no Hosomichi (Japanese) by Basho, chosen by Expatriate

Der Froschmaeusekrieg (German) by Bluethgen and Weinzierl, chosen by Friedrich

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 44971 times in August 2015.

September 2015: Travel Stories


Anything Once by Douglas Grant, read by Roger Melin

Five Little Peppers Abroad by Margaret Sidney, group recording

Free Air by Sinclair Lewis, read by Hollis Hanover

Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne, group recording

The Tragedy of the Korosko by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Lars Rolander


The Art of Travel by Sir Francis Galton, group recording

From Sunrise Land by Amy Wilson Carmichael, read by Expatriate

Wild Wales by George Borrow, read by Steve Gough


Alice in Wonderland by Alice Gerstenberg and Lewis Carroll, drama


Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (Canto IV), by Lord Byron, group recording

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 4577 times in July 2015.

October 2015: Poor Classes


A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison, read by Algy Pug

Hunger by Knut Hamsun, read by Greg W.

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane, group recording

Goldsmith's Friend Abroad Again by Mark Twain, read by John Greenman

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tresselll, read by Tadgh


John Barleycorn or Alcoholic Memoirs by Jack London, read by Peter Kelleher

The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson, read by Annise

Lives of Poor Boys Who Became Famous by Sarah Knowles Bolton, group recording


Widowers' Houses by George Bernard Shaw, drama


Embankment at Night Before the War: Outcasts, by D. H. Lawrence, weekly poetry

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 2663 times in October 2015.

November 2015: Trial and Error


From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne, group recording

A Master of Mysteries by L. T. Meade and Robert Eustache, read by knotyouraveragejo

The Stories Mother Nature Told Her Children by Jane Andrews, group recording

The Uttermost Farthing by R. Austin Freeman, read by Mary Ann Spiegel

Second Variety by Philip K. Dick, read by Gregg Margarite


Kepler by Walter W. Bryant, read by dread

The Seven Follies of Science by John Phin, group recording

The Anatomy of the Human Body by Henry Gray, group recording


Electra by Benito Perez Galdos, drama


A Selection of 19th Century Scientific Verse, by various scientists, read by Ruth Golding

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 5946 times in November 2015.

December 2015: Seeking Refuge


The Flood by Emile Zola, read by R. S. Steinberg

Master Flea by E.T.A. Hoffmann, read by Bob Neufeld

My Antonia by Willa Cather, group recording

The Untilled Field by George Moore, read by Noel Badrian

Children of the Ghetto by Israel Zangwill, read by Adrian Praetzellis


From Alien To Citizen by Edward A. Steiner, read by Michele Fry

The Gospel of Luke (King James Version), group recording

Tea Cup Reading and Fortune-Telling by Tea Leaves by A Highland Seer, group recording


Exiles by James Joyce, drama


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

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 4812 times in December 2015.