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Please note: This page is being transferred from the old Wiki and has not been updated since May 2009, so will not include recent recordings.


Librivox accepts and appreciates everybody who volunteers in any capacity. We love accents; we love variety; we love books and voices. We embrace American Southerners who read Jane Austen and Scot Highlanders who read Zane Grey equally. All are welcome. There are no auditions. There are standards, but no barriers. All this and more has made Librivox one of the (or, THE, according to some) most prolific producer of audio books in the world. This is a direct result of the Librivox philosophy of openness and inclusiveness.

That being said, variety inevitably leads to variability, and there can be little argument that some recordings stand out for their excellence. While quality and enjoyment are subjective, even casual listening to the works in the Librivox catalog will reveal a recording or two that, for what ever reason, especially appeals to you. Maybe it’s just the story itself. Maybe it’s the voice, style, and characterizations of the reader that lets you close your eyes and transports you to the settings of the tale (hopefully you’re not driving when this happens). Or maybe--just maybe--it’s the background whine of the reader’s computer, or the hum of his air conditioner, or the timely barking of her neighbor’s dog that sets just that right tone you needed to really bring the story home for you. That experience, surely, should be shared. Well, here’s your chance.

The idea here is to provide and way for those in the Librivox community to recognize outstanding works created by our volunteers. To accentuate the positive. To say, simply, “I liked this.”

This wiki page is for the compilation of these favorites. Selections are divided into categories: Solos, Short Works, and Collaborative Works.

Selections with !!! have received multiple suggestions as "favorites."

Enjoy! Please post any suggestions to the What are your favourite recordings?" thread in the forum.

- Jim Christopher


  • Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, A by Mark Twain Recorded By: Steve Andersen
  • Cosmic Computer, The by H. Beam Piper Recorded By: Mark Nelson
  • Dutch De lotgevallen van Ferdinand Huyck by Jacob van Lennep Recorded By: Anna Simon
  • German Der Selbstmordverein by Franziska Gräfin zu Reventlow Recorded By: Stephanie König
  • Enchanted April, The by Elizabeth von Arnim Recorded By: Diana Kiesners
  • Four Max Carrados Detective Stories by Ernest Bramah Recorded By: Andy Minter
  • Gone To Earth by Mary Webb Recorded By: Rachel Lintern
  • God and the State by Mikhail Bakunin Recorded By: CarlManchester
-) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad Recorded By: Kristin Luoma
  • Heart of the World by H. Rider Haggard Recorded by: Paul Hansen
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri Recorded By: Kara Shallenberg
  • Helen’s Babies by John Habberton Recorded By: Kara Shallenberg
  • Hound of the Baskervilles, The by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Recorded By: Laurie Anne Walden
  • Howards End by E. M. Forster Recorded By: Elizabeth Klett
  • Invisible Man, The by H.G. Wells Recorded By: Alex Foster
  • King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard Recorded By: John Nicholson
  • Love Among the Chickens by P. G. Wodehouse. Recorded By: Mark Nelson
  • Dutch Majoor Frans by A.L.G. Bosboom-Toussaint Recorded By: Anna Simon
-) Man Who was Thursday, The by G. K. Chesterton Recorded By: Zachary Brewster-Geisz
  • Man Who Would Be King, The by Rudyard Kipling Recorded by Philippa
  • German Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist Recorded By: platatoe
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville Recorded by: Stewart Wills
  • My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse Recorded By: Mark Nelson
  • Mysterious Island, The by Jules Verne Recorded By: Mark F. Smith
  • Mystery of a Hansom Cab, The by by Fergus Hume Recorded By: Sibella Denton
  • No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens Recorded By: Alan Chant
  • Old Wives’ Tale, The by Arnold Bennett Recorded By: Andy Minter
  • Dutch Paddeltje, de scheepsjongen van Michiel de Ruijter by Johan Been Recorded By: Anna Simon
  • Plague Ship by Andre Norton Recorded By: Mark Nelson
  • Poetics by Aristotle Recorded By: Robert Foster
  • Prisoner of Zenda, The by Anthony Hope Recorded By: Andy Minter
  • Railway Children by E. Nesbit Recorded by: Karen Savage
  • Red House Mystery, The by A. A. Milne Recorded By: Kristin Hughes
  • Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey Recorded by: Laurie Anne Walden
  • Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse Recorded By: Mark Nelson
  • Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery Recorded By: Karen Savage
  • Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope Recorded By: Andy Minter
-) Scarlet Pimpernel, The by Baroness Emmuska Orczy Recorded By: Karen Savage
  • Secret Garden, The by Frances Hodgson Burnett Recorded By: Kara Shallenberg
  • Seven Little Australians by Ethel Sybil Turner Recorded By: Ophelia Darcy
  • Souls of Black Folk, The by W.E.B. Du Bois Recorded By: toriasuncle
  • Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, The by Robert Louis Stevenson Recorded By: David Barnes
  • Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs Recorded By: Mark F. Smith
  • Thousand Miles up the Nile, A by Amelia B. Edwards Recorded by: Sibella Denton
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson Recorded By: Adrian Praetzellis
  • Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys by Amelia B. Edwards Recorded by: Sibella Denton
  • Dutch Van Oude Menschen de Dingen, die Voorbij Gaan by Louis Couperus. Recorded by: Carola Janssen
-) Walden by Henry David Thoreau Recorded by: Gord Mackenzie
  • Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers Recorded by: Kristin Hughes and Kara Shallenberg (Yes, I know this "Solo" is a duet)
  • Wind in the Willows, The by Kenneth Grahame Recorded by Adrian Praetzellis


  • Ashiepattle and his Goodly Crew by P.C. Asbjörnsen Recorded by: Cori Samuel
  • The Brazilian Cat by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Recorded By: Justin Brett
  • German Der Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffman Recorded By: Kara Shallenberg
  • Englishwoman in America, The by Isabella Lucy Bird Recorded By: Sibella Denton
  • Open Window, The by Saki Recorded By: Marc Short
  • Parenticide Club, The by Ambrose Bierce Recorded By: Peter Yearsley


  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Chapter 5 by Lewis Carroll Recorded by: Mark Bradford
  • Anne of Green Gables Chapters 9 and 10 by Lucy Maud Montgomery Recorded by: Mark Bradford
  • Barchester Towers by by Anthony Trollope Recorded by: Various
-) Call of the Wild by Jack London Recorded By: Various
  • German Die Elixiere des Teufels by E.T.A. Hoffmann Recorded By: Various
  • Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland Recorded By: Various
  • Golden Road, The - Chapter 6 by Lucy Maud Montgomery Recorded By: Karen Savage
  • Grimms’ Fairy Tales Chapter 18 by The Brothers Grimm Recorded by: Mark Bradford
  • Importance of Being Earnest, The by Oscar Wilde Recorded By: Various
  • Journey to the Interior of the Earth, A by Jules Verne Recorded By: Various
  • The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster Recorded By: Jenilee and E. Tavano
-) Moonstone, The by Wilkie Collins Recorded By: Various
  • Prince, The by Niccolò Machiavelli Recorded By: Various
  • Tale of Two Cities, A by Charles Dickens Recorded by: Various
  • Three Men in a Boat Chapter 13 by Jerome K. Jerome Recorded by: Peter Yearsley
  • Three Musketeers, The by Alexandre Dumas Recorded by: Various
  • Ulysses by James Joyce Recorded by Various
  • Varney, the Vampyre Volume 1 by Thomas Preskett Prest Recorded by: Various
  • Woman in White, The by Wilkie Collins Recorded by: Various
  • War of the Worlds, The by H.G. Wells Recorded by Various