Staff Picks 2019

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The audiobooks which feature as Staff Picks in 2019 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 2019

January 2019: Epic Resolutions


War and Peace by Leo Tolstory, group recordings

Middlemarch (version 2) by George Eliot, read by Margaret Espaillat

Le Comte de Monte-Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, group recording in French

The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray, read by Nick Bulka

Varney, the Vampyre Vols. 1-3 by Thomas Prest, group recordings


Gray's Anatomy by Henry Gray, group recordings

la Historia de Heródoto by Herodotus, translated by Bartolomé Pou, read in Spanish by Tux

The Life of Jesus Critically Examined by David Friedrich Strauss, translated by George Eliot, read by Leni


Faust I and Faust II, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, translated by Bayard Taylor, plays


The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser, read by Thomas A. Copeland

Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 37271 times in January 2019.

February 2019: What’s so Funny?


Humour of the North by various, group recording

Bildergeschichten by Wilhelm Busch, group recording in German

The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton, read by Ray Clare

The Mirror Of Kong Ho by Ernest Bramah, read by David Wales

Historia de la vida del Buscón, llamado Don Pablos, ejemplo de vagabundos y espejo de tacaños by Francisco de Quevedo, read in Spanish by Epachuko


My Mark Twain by William Dean Howells, read by Denny Sayers

The Enemies of Books by William Blades, read by Maria Kaspar

English as She is Wrote by Anonymous, read by TriciaG


Wappin' Wharf: A Frightful Comedy of Pirates by Charles S. Brooks, play


Sonnets of a Budding Bard by Nixon Waterman, group recording

Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 15612 times in February 2019.

March 2019: Women's March


Die Reise nach Tilsit by Hermann Sudermann, read in German by Karlsson

Langs een omweg by A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint, read in Dutch by Anna Simon

Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green, group recording

La Comédie Humaine: La Femme de trente ans by Honoré de Balzac, read in French by Ezwa

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, group recording


War and Women by Mabel Annie Stobart, read by Celine Major

In Defense of Women by H. L Mencken, read by ML Cohen

Heroines of Fiction by William Dean Howells, read by Jim Locke


The Parson's Wedding by Thomas Killigrew, play


Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics by Bliss Carman, read by Peter Yearsley

Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 6712 times in March 2019.

April 2019: A Man's World


The King of Ireland's Son by Padraic Colum, read by Don W. Jenkins

Eddie of Jackson's Gang by Brother Ernest Ryan, read by Maria Therese

The Man Who Lost Himself by H. De Vere Stacpoole, read by Roger Melin

Mr. Harrison's Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell, read by Noel Badrian

The Lesson of the Master by Henry James, read by Nicholas Clifford


Father and Son by Edmund Gosse, group recording

40 Seasons of First-Class Cricket by Richard Gorton Barlow, read by Phil Benson

George and Robert Stepehnson by Samuel Smiles, read by Andy Minter


The Good-Natured Man by Oliver Goldsmith, play


Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads by John Lomax, group recording

Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 6528 times in April 2019.

May 2019: The Quest for Freedom


The House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, read by Expatriate

The Penal Cluster by Rendall Garrett, read by Phil Chenevert

The Trial of Callista Blake by Edgar Pangborn, read by Roger Melin

Seven Wives and Seven Prisons by L.A. Abbott, read by Nathalie J.

Claude Gueux by Victor Hugo, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers in French


Prisoner for Blasphemy by George William Foote, read by Rob Marland

J'accuse by Emile Zola, read in French by Ezwa

Briefe aus dem Gefaengnis by Rosa Luxemburg, read in German by Hokuspokus


The Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, dramatic reading


Bars and Shadows by Ralph Chaplin, read by Ben Adams

Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 8466 times in May 2019.

June 2019: Let's Hear it for the Kids!


The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, read by Mama Bear and Barbara Bear

The Quest of the Golden Pearl by John Robert Hutchinson, group recording

Das Ruebezahlbuch by Carl Hauptmann, read in German by a group of LibriVox volunteers

El Raton Perez / Perez the Mouse by Luis Coloma, read in English and Spanish

Elsje by A.C. Kuiper, read by Hanny Gunninck in Dutch


Insect Adventures by Jean-Henri Fabre, group recording

Indian Boyhood by Ohiyesa, aka Charles Alexander Eastman, read by Carol Pester

How to Tell Stories to Children by Sara Cone Bryant, group recording


Sylvie and Bruno by Lewis Carroll, dramatic reading


The Rocket Book by Peter Newell, read by Denny Sayers

Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 4342 times in June 2019.

July 2019: Summer Love


Une Rencontre by William Dean Howells, read in French by Margot

The Road to Understanding by Eleanor H. Porter, read by Mike Pelton

Laulu tulipunaisesta kukasta by Johannes Linnankoski, read in Finnish as a group recording

Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing, read by Jim Locke

Love of Zion by Abraham Mapu, read in Hebrew by Omri Lernau


Love Romances of the Aristocracy by Thornton Hall, group recording

The Three Great Virtues - Three Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson, read by Robert Scott

Unmasked or the Science of Immorality by Mary Edwards Walker, read by Pamela Nagami


Kilmeny of the Orchard by Lucy Maud Montgomery, dramatic reading


Edwy by Ann Radcliffe, read by Grant Hurlock

Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 5798 times in July 2019.

August 2019: LibriVox is 14!


Contos Phantasticos by Teofilo Braga, read in Portuguese by a group of LibriVoxers

De H. B. S. Tijd van Joop ter Heul by Cissy Van Marxveldt, read in Dutch by lezer

Obryv by Ivan Goncharov, read in Russian by tovarisch

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, read by Michele Fry

Three Stories and Ten Poems by Ernest Hamingway, read by KevinS


Use of the Dead to the Living by Thomas S. Smith, read by David Wales

Understanding Climatic Change by USGARP, read by Warren Kati

The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen by Howard Carter, read by Availle


A Little Bit of Fluff by Walter W. Ellis, drama


Das Schwarze Revier by Paul Zech, read in German by a group of LibriVoxers

Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 18385 times in August 2019.

September 2019: Home Sweet Home


Odysseus by Karl Friedrich Becker, read in German by Karlsson

Bruce by Albert Payson Terhune, read by SamR

With Her in Ourland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, group recording

The Return by H. Beam Piper and John J. Mcguire, read by Reynard T. Fox

The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore, group recording


My Trip Abroad by Charlie Chaplin, read by Chuck Williamson

Notes of a War Correspondent by Richard Harding Davis, group recording

Making a Rock Garden by Henry S. Adams, read by Peter Yearsley


The Return of Peter Grimm by David Belasco, drama


Lacplesis by Andrejs Pumpurs, read in Latvian by Kristine Bekere

Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 4497 times in September 2019.

October 2019: Our Best Friends


Wilk, psy i ludzie by Adolf Dygasinski, read in Polish by Piotr Nater

The Crocodile by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, read by Tony Addison

I am a Cat by Soseki Natsume, read by Peter Eastman

The Animal Story Book by various authors, group recording

In Search of the Unknown by Robert W. Chambers, read by Peter Eastman


Bert's Treatise of Hawkes and Hawking by Edmund Bert, read by Curt Walton

Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers by John Burroughs, read by Laura Caldwell

The Extermination of the American Bison by William T. Hornaday, group recording


The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting, dramatic reading


Selections from Harris's Cabinet by William Roscoe, read by Phil Benson

Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 3886 times in October 2019.

November 2019: Lurking in the Dark


Wybrane Opowiadania by Stefan Grabinski, read in Polish by Piotr Nater

The Cruel Painter by George MacDonald, read by Ned Troxel

O Defunto by Jose Maria de Eca de Queiros, read in Portuguese by Leni

Black Magic by Marjorie Bowen, read by Molly Craig

El Vampiro by Alexandre Dumas, read in Spanish by phileasfogg


Where no Fear Was by Arthur Christopher Benson, group recording

A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis by Melvin Powers, read by Andrea Fiore

The Coming of the Fairies by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, group recording


The Dream by Joanna Baillie, play


The Spook Ballads by William Theodore Parkes, group recordiing

Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 18130 times in November 2019.

December 2019: A Spiritual Time


Adventskalender 2019 by Various authors, group recording in German

Nußknacker und Mausekönig by E.T.A Hoffman, read in German by Hokuspokus

The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, read by Patti Cunningham

Mr. Beasleys Christmas Party by Booth Tarkington, read by Arnold

The Dead by James Joyce, read by iremonger


Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius Loyola, read by Phil Chenevert

Friendship by Hugh Black, read by Mary Ann

The Book of the Dead translated by E. A. Wallis Budge, read by Jim Locke


The Priest and His Disciples by Hyakuzo Kurata, play, read by Expatriate


Morning Bells by Frances Ridley Havergal, read by Jael Baldwin

Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 23042 times in December 2019.