Staff Picks 2021
The audiobooks which feature as Staff Picks in 2021 will be added here. A short summary 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. Bonus points if they fit the current monthly theme.
LibriVox Staff Picks 2021
We're still in the throes of COVID-19, but hopefully, this year's picks will take you out of the house a bit and bring some relief for your stressed mind.
January 2021: Silver Linings
Happy New Year 2021! With 2020 finally over, we can start to make new plans for the coming year, which will hopefully be much better… Let’s look into a brighter tomorrow!
The Peril Finders by George Manville Fenn, read by a group of LibriVoxers
The Charwoman's Daughter by James Stephens, read by Michele Fry
The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim, read by Tom Weiss
Preferred Risk by Frederik Pohl, read by Nick Bulka
Marthas Kinder by Bertha von Suttner, read in German by Eva
All Things Are Possible by Lev Shestov, read by Expatriate
The Hope of the Gospel by George MacDonald, read by Jordan
In the Fourth Year by H. G. Wells, read by John Schuurman
The Enterprise of the Mayflower, by Amice MacDonell, play
All That Matters by Edgar A. Guest, read by a group of LibriVoxers
Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 19693 times in January 2021.
February 2021: History in Black and White
February marks Black History Month in the US, and together with the Black Lives Matter movement, LibriVox has risen to put out more books by African Americans. Delve into a truly black part of world history.
The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories by Paul Laurence Dunbar, read by Kirks Voice
The Homesteader by Oscar Micheaux, read by a group of LibriVoxers
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson, read by James K. White
Violets and Other Tales by Allice Dunbar Nelson, read by James K. White
Hagar's Daughter by Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins,read by a group of LibriVoxers
On Being Nebro in America by J. Saunders Redding, read by Kevin S.
Report on Civil Disorders by the Kerner Commission, read by a group of LibriVoxers
Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation 1838 - 1839 by Fanny Kemble, read by James K. White
Eunuchus - The Eunuch, by Terence, play
Os Escravos by Antonio Frederico de Castro Alves, read in Portuguese by Leni
Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 2813 times in February 2021.
March 2021: Into the Future
With the vaccinations for COVID-19 starting up all over the world, we may look into the future a bit more optimistically! Let’s take a glimpse into what may lie ahead of mankind...
The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, read by Maire Rhode
L'Eve Future by Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, read in French by Isad
El Anacronopete by Enrique Gaspar y Rimbau, read in Spanish by Epachuko
Star Ship by Poul William Anderson, read by Paul Harvey
Arqtiq, a Study of the Marvels at the North Pole by Anna Adolph,read by Chuck W.
The Fourth Dimension by Charles H. Hinto, read by Peter Yearsley
Mars and its Canals by Percival Lowell, read by a group of LibriVoxers
Seeking a Human Spaceflight Program Worthy of a Great Nation read by a group of LibriVoxers
La Vida es Sueno, by Calderon de la Barca, play; read by Kendal Rigans
In the Net of the Stars by F.S. Flint, read by Nemo
Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 20934 times in March 2021.
April 2021: In Short
Life seems to pick up speed again, leaving less time to read. Short Works to the rescue! Take a time-out – a brief one. ;-)
Contes de la Becasse by Guy de Maupassant, read in French by a group of LibriVoxers
Trolley Folly by Henry W. Phillips, read by Tom Penn
Call to Arms by Xun Lu, read in Chinese by Jing Li
Sasha by Eleksandr Kuprin, read by a group of LibriVoxers
Tradiciones Peruanas by Ricardo Palma, read in Spanish by a group of LibriVoxers
Flowers of Freethought by George W. Foote, read by a group of LibriVoxers
Women, Children, Love and Marriage by Catherine G. Hartley, read by a group of LibriVoxers
On Nothing and Kindred Subjects by Hilaire Belloc, read by Ray Clare
Stille Existenzen, by Jeanne Marni, one-act plays, read by a group of LibriVoxers
A Father of Women and Other Poems by Alice Meynell, read by a group of LibriVoxers
Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 16216 times in April 2021.
May 2021: Celebrating: Moms
In May, many countries celebrate Mother’s Day, and after the last 12+ months, an extra big “Thank you mom!” is in order. Let’s have a look at what the world owes to moms – and mother figures.
Mother by Kathleen Norris, read by Megan Kunkel
Regiment of Women by Clemence Dane, read by a group of LibriVoxers
Memorias de Martha by Julia Lopes de Almeida, read in Portuguese by Rachel Moraes
The Mother's Recompense by Edith Wharton, read by annie70
My Lady of the Chinese Courtyard by Elizabeth Cooper, read by MaryAnn Spiegel
Proeve over de opvoeding by Betje Wolff, read in Dutch by Edith van der Have-Raats
My Mother and I by Elizabeth Stern, read by a Sue Anderson
The Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux, read by Ann Boulais
Sweet Lavender, by Arthur Wing Pinero, play
Mother and Daughter by Agusta Webster, read by Newgatenovelist
Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 3477 times in May 2021.
June 2021: Celebrating: Dads
In June, many countries celebrate Father’s Day and they indeed deserve a big “Thank you!” Let’s have a look at what the world owes to dads – and other father figures.
The Wooden Horse by Hugh Walpole, read by David Wales
The Abysmal Brute by Jack London, read by Warren Kati
His Family by Ernest Poole, read by James E. Carson
Nell and Her Grandfather by anonymous, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre by Johanna Spyri, read in German by a group of LibriVox volunteers
Voltaire and the French Enlightenment by Will Durant, read by Pam Nagami
Relativity: The Special and General Theroy by Albert Einstein, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
The Boy's Book of Famous Soldiers by J. Walker McSpadden, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
If I had a Father, by George MacDonald, play
Flowers from the Garden of St. Francis by St. Francis of Assisi, read by Dave7
Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 15523 times in June 2021.
July 2021: The World's Favourites
There are stories that have been told and retold so often, they have become universal and known throughout the world. Let’s delve into the world’s collective memory.
The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
Russian Fairy Tales by Alexander Afanasyev, read in Russian by a group of LibriVox volunteers
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howeard Pyle, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, read by Rebecca
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Laurie Anne Walden
Das Evangelium nach Matthäus by Martin Luther, read in German by Christian Al Kadi
Über Psychoanalyse by Sigmund Freud, read in German by a group of LibriVox volunteers
The Kama Sutra by Mallanaga Vatsyayama, read by Mark F. Smith
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, dramatic reading
Sonnets by William Shakespeare, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 39555 times in July 2021.
August 2021: Happy Libriversary!
On August 9, LibriVox celebrates 16 years of audiobooks. Since our last anniversary we have completed more than 1450 new projects, wow!
More Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
We by Alexander Afanasyev, read by mleigh
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
A Stolen Name by Nicholas Carter, read by Nancy Gorgen
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, read by kayray
The Bubonic Plague by Rai Bahadur a Mitra, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
За македонцките работи (On Macedonian Matters) by Krste Petkov Misirkov, read in Macedonian by Ana Naumoska
Dialogo dei Massimi Sistemi by Galileo Galilei, read in Italian by a group of LibriVox volunteers
Madame Pepita by Gregorio Martinez Sierra, play with a full cast
Prairieblummen by Nicolas Gonner, Beckesch Klos, and Jean-Baptiste Nau, read in Luxemburgish by Kitty and Catharmaiden
Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 13718 times in August 2021.
September 2021: Cops and Robbers
These days, summer is on the way out and we’re on the way back to work. Every day, criminals and detectives work against each other on different sides of the law. Let’s look at both sides!
Falsches Geld by Arthur Zapp, read in German by Friedrich
4 Max Carrados Detective Stories by Ernest Bramah, read by Andy Minter
Anthony Trent, Master Criminal by Wyndham Martyn, read by Anna Simon
Les Confidences d'Arsene Lupin by Maurice Leblanc, read in French by a group of LibriVox volunteers
The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katharine Green, read by Richard Kilmer
Crime, Its Causes and Remedies by Cesare Lombroso, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
Criminal Investigation Vol. 1 by Hans Gross, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
The Fall River Tragedy by Edwin Porter, read by Lynne T.
Alias Miss Sherlock by Arthur Lewis Tubbs, play with a full cast
Das Nibelungenlied by Karl Simrock, read in German by Christian Al-Kadi
Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 16435 times in September 2021.
October 2021: Nobel Laureates
The winners of the 2021 Nobel Prizes will be announced this month. What a great opportunity to look back at winners from the prize’s early years.
A Happy Boy by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, read by Mary Ann
Pierre and Luce by Romain Rolland, read by Roger Melin
Die Waffen Nieder! by Berta von Suttner, read in German by a group of LibriVox volunteers
Wampir by Wladyslaw Reymont, read in Polish by a group of LibriVox volunteers
Jenny by Sigrid Undset, read by Expatriate
20 Years at Hull House by Jane Addams, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
The New Freedom by Woodrow Wilson, read by Ben Adams
An Introduction to Metaphysics by Hanri Bergson, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
The Great Galeoto by José Echegaray y Eizaguirre, play with a full cast
Odi Barbare by Giosue Carducci, read in Italian by a group of LibriVox volunteers
Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 3735 times in October 2021.
November 2021: Wrongfully Imprisoned
In the darkening days of November, we shine a light at those who had to suffer unjust accusations. Let’s look at people who were wronged by the law (or others)...
Le Comte de Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, read by Jc Guan
The Spanish Brothers by Deborah Alcock, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
The Last Rebel by Joseph A. Altsheler, read by David G.
Clementina by A.E.W. Mason, read by Jacquerie
Caleb Williams by William Godwin, read by Bev. J. Stevens
My Experiences in a Lunatic Asylum by Herman Merivale, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
Mob Rule in New Orleans by Ida B. Wells, read by Holly Jenson
Jailed for Freedom by Doris Stevens, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
The Witch of Edmonton by Thomas Dekker, play with a full cast
The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde, read by John Gonzales
Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 29321 times in November 2021.
December 2021: The World’s Heroes and Heroines
Two years of the Corona pandemic, and never before have we needed heroes and heroines more than now. Let’s take a look at some classic heroes and their deeds.
The Heroic Life and Exploits of Siegfried the Dragon Slayer by anonymous, read by Phil Schempf
The Hero by W. Somerset Maugham, read by OCTL7
Historia de Simbad el Marino by anonymous, read in Spanish by Kendal Rigans
The Northern Spy by J. Thomas Warren, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
The Counterpane Fairy by Katharine Pyle, read by Lynne T.
The Red Battle Flyer by Manfred von Richthofen, read by Tom Weiss
Across Mongolian Plains by Roy Chapman Andrews, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
Heroines of Service by Mary Parkman, read by a group of LibriVox volunteers
Ion by Thomas Noon Talfourd, play with a full cast
Elves and Heroes by Donald Mackenzie, read by Matthew Reece
Note: The books from this selection were downloaded 8247 times in December 2021.