Staff Picks 2016

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The audiobooks which feature as Staff Picks in 2016 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 are always welcome. Please post your suggestions in this thread.

LibriVox Staff Picks 2016

January 2016: American Graffiti


That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green, read by Dawn Larsen

Angelina by Rafael Delgado, read by Karen Savage in Spanish

The Avalanche by Gertrude Atherton, read by Lynn Thompson

La Chasse-Galerie by Honoré Beaugrand, group recording in French

Contending Forces by Pauline Elizabeth Hopkinss, read by Margaret Espalliat


The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice by Stephen Leacock, read by Sean Michael Hogan

From the Deep Woods to Civilization by Ohiyesa (Charles Alexander Eastman), read by Laura Victoria

The Strenuous Life by Theodore Roosevelt, read by Bob Neufeld


Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, dramatic reading


Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman, group recording

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 23141 times in January 2016.

February 2016: From Russia With Love


War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, group recording

White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, read by Valery Yakovlev in Russian

A Sportsman's Sketches by Ivan Turgenev, read by tovarisch

Satan's Diary by Leonid Andreyev, read by Crln Yldz Ksr

Die Lady Makbeth des Mzensker Landkreises by Nikolai Leskov, read by Friedrich in German


All Things are Possible by Lev Shestov, read by Expatriate

Ice March by Roman Gul, read by Mark Chulsky in Russian

God and the State by Mikhail Bakunin, read by Carl Manchester


Der Baer by Anton Chekhov, dramatic reading in German


Kamen, by Osip Mandelstam, read by Mark Chulsky in Russian

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 3411 times in February 2016.

March 2016: French Kiss


The Revolt of the Angels by Anatole France, read by Roger Melin

The Heptameron by Marguerite de Navarre, group recording

La Fille aus Yeux D'or by Honore de Balzac, group recording in French

Monsieur Lecoq by Emile Gaboriau, read by Ezwa in French

La Princesse de Cleves by Mme de La Fayette, read by Isabelle Brasme in French


Essays by Michel de Montaigne, group recording

L'Art de payer ses dettes by Emile Marco de Saint Hilaire, read by Ezwa in French

The Mason Bees by Jean Henri Fabre, read by Bellona Times


Le Cid by Pierre Corneille, dramatic reading in French


Poemes Saturniens, by Paul Verlaine, read by JC Guan in French

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded at least 4773 times in March 2016.

April 2016: Conquest of Paradise


Contos para Velhos by Olavo Bilac, group recording in Portuguese

La Edad de Oro by Jose Marti, group recording in Spanish

Senhora by Jose de Alencar, read by Leni in Portuguese

Triste Fim de Policarpo Quaresma by Lima Barreto, read by Miramontes in Portuguese

South American Jungle Tales by Horacio Quiroga, read by James K. White

Esau e Jaco by Machado de Assis, read by Felipe Vale Da Silva in Portuguese


Sermões by Padre Antonio Vieira, read by Leni in Portuguese

Garcia Moreno by Augustine Berthe, read by Maria Therese


El Gaucho martin Fierro, by Jose Hernandez, group recording in Spanish

Pan American Poems: An Anthology by various Authors from Latin America, group recording

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded at least 6921 times in April 2016.

May 2016: La Dolce Vita


The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni, group recording

Under the Shadow of Etna: Sicilian Stories by Giovanni Verga, read by Hoosier Mary

Cuore by Edmondo de Amicis, read by Davide Lequile in Italian

Il fu Mattia Pascal by Luigi Pirandello, read by Ricardo Fasol in Italian

Le Meraviglie del Duemila by Emilio Salgari, read by Ricardo Fasol in Italian


Dialogo delle lingue by Sperone Speroni, read by Ricardo Fasol in Italian

An Essay on Crimes and Punishments by Cesare Beccaria, read by Crln Yldz Ksr

Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, by Giorgio Vasari, group recording


Don Juan by Lorenzo da Ponte, dramatic reading


I Colloqui by Guido Gozzano, read by Sergio Baldelli in Italian

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 4101 times in May 2016.

June 2016: Tulip Fever


The Inevitable by Louis Couperus, group recording

Goena-goena by Paul Adriaan Daum, read by Coenders in Dutch

Drei korte verhoale in 't Meestrechs by alphonse Olterdissen, read by Ans Wink in the Maastricht dialect

God's Fool by Maarten Maartens, read by Anna Simon

Gevleugelde Daden by Herman Heijermans, read by Bart de Leeuw


The Letters of a Post Impressionist by Vincent van Gogh, group recording

Twee redevoringen tegen de slavernij in de nederlandse kolonien by Nicolaas Beets and Julien Wolbers, read by Edith van der Have-Raats

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, read by David Barnes

Treatise on Light by Christiaan Huygens, read by Availle


Kleine Gedigten Voor Kinderen by Hieronymus van Alphen, read by a group of Dutch speakers

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 5202 times in June 2016.

July 2016: Tiger and Dragon


Assembly of Animals by Guk-seon Ahn, read in Korean by Jessie Yun

Kari the Elephant by Dhan Gopal Mukerji, read by Adrian Praetzellis

The Dream of the Red Chamber by Xueqin Cao, group recording

Nang Bata Pa Kami by Pura L. Medrano, read in Tagalog by mclui

坊っちゃん (Botchan) by Soseki Natsume, read in Japanese by ekzemplaro


My Reminiscences by Rabindranath Tagore, read by bala

Hind Swaraj or Indian Home rule by M. K. Gandhi, group recording

热风 (Hot Wind) by Xun Lu, read in Chinese by Jing Li


The Nō Plays of Japan translated by Arthur Waley, read by Expatriate


The Poetry of Sadi - A Selection by Saadi, read by Algy Pug

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 2196 times in July 2016.

August 2016: Milestones

LibriVox Milestones of 11 years

The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad, group recording - 1st completed LibriVox audiobook

The Road to Oz by L. Frank Baum, read by Kara Shallenberg - 1st LibriVox solo

In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, group recording - 1st weekly poem

Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei by Marx & Engels, read in German by Rainer - 1st non-English recording

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, group recording - 100th book published

Märchen by Gebrüder Grimm, German group recording - 10th non-English completed book

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, group recording - 1st completed English full cast drama

Leonce und Lena by Georg Büchner, German group recording - 1st completed non-English full cast drama

The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe, read by Reynard T. Fox - 1000th completed LibriVox book

Roderick Hudson by Henry James, read by Nicholas Clifford, 500th completed LibriVox recording

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 48937 times in July 2016.

September 2016: Under the Southern Cross


The Stone Axe of Burkamukk by Mary Grant Bruce, group recording

My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin, group recording

Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood, group recording

A Bid For Fortune or: Dr. Nikola's Vendetta by Guy Boothby, read by Peter John Keeble

In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield, read by skoval


The Present Picture of New South Wales by David Dickinson Mann, read by Phil Benson

Station Life in New Zealand by Mary Anne Barker, read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan

Five Months at ANZAC by Joseph Beeston, read by annise


The Time is not yet Ripe by Louis Esson, drama


Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon, group recording

October 2016: Man spricht deutsh


Der grüne Heinrich (2. Fassung) by Gottfried Keller, read in German bz Hans Hafen

Caspar Hauser oder die Trägheit des Herzens by Jakob Wassermann, read in German by Ramona Deininger-Schnabel

Die Frau mit den Karfunkelsteinen by Eugenie Marlitt, group recording in German

Die Judenbuche by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, read in German by Rolf Kaiser

Brennendes Geheimnis by Stefan Zweig, read in German by Julia Niedermaier


Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the Years 1799-1804, Vol.1 by Alexander von Humboldt, read by Gail Timmerman Vaughan

Sämtliche Schriften by Carl von Ossietzky, group recording in German

Der kleine Katechismus by Martin Luther, read in German by Karlsson


Kasperl in der Türkei by Franz Graf von Pocci, drama


Balladen by Carl Spitteler, group recording in German

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded at least 1247 times in October 2016.

November 2016: The Man From La Mancha


Exemplary Novels by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, group recording

Cuentos, Adivinanzas y Refranes Populares by Fernan Cabellero, group recording in Spanish

Platero y Yo by Juan Ramón Jiménez, read in Spanish by Joyfull

The Four Horsemen of the Apolcalypse by Vicente Blasco Ibañez, read by Tony Oliva

Insolación by Emilia Pardo Bazán, read in Spanish by mongope


Historia de la célebre Reina de España Doña Juana, llamada vulgarmente La Loca by anonymous, group recording in Spanish

The Life of Sait Teresa by St. Teresa of Avila, read by Ann Boulais

Constitución Española de 1978 by Las Cortes y el Pueblo Espanol, read in Spanish by AVG


La Dama Duende by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, drama


Las Cien Mejores Poesías de la Lengua Castellana by various Spanish authors, group recording in Spanish

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 18108 times in November 2016.

December 2016: Shakespeare in Love


Sybil or the Two Nations by Benjamin Disraeli, read by Nicholas Clifford

The Little Duke by Charlotte Yonge, group recording

The Mystery of a Turkish Bath by Rita E.M. Gollan, read by Bev J. Stevens

The Secret Power by Marie Corelli, group recording

Doctor Wortle's School by Anthony Trollope, read by Angel5


Selectd House of Commons Speeches by Winston S. Churchill, group recording

The Diary of Samuel Pepys 1660 by Samuel Pepys, read by Nichole Lee

Faces and Places by Henry W. Lucy, read by Ruth Golding


The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd, drama


The Sad Years by Dora Sigerson Shorter, group recording

Note: The books from this selection got downloaded 2552 times in December 2016.