Picks of the Week

Posted on September 25, 2009 by | Posted in For Volunteers, News, Weekly Picks | Comments: 22 Comments on Picks of the Week

Two Years in the Forbidden City by Princess Der Ling. A fascinating glimpse into old China, beautifully read by Jc Guan.

The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, read by Peter Yearsley. We all think we know it, but how many of us do? With its regular, beating rhythm, Hiawatha has often been parodied, but in truth, it is a powerful, emotional epic.

King Coal by Upton Sinclair, read by Michelle Harris, exposes the dirty working conditions in the coal mining industry in the western United States during the 1910s.

Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum, a classic of travel literature, written by the first man to sail around the world alone in a small boat. Read by Alan Chant.

Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll, Vol. 1.. Read by Ted Delorme. Colonel Robert Green Ingersoll (1833–1899) was a Civil War veteran, American political leader and orator during the Golden Age of Freethought, noted for his defense of atheism. Volume 2 is also available.

Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, read by Elizabeth Klett. One of the best examples of 19th century sensational fiction, the book’s plot includes madness, bigamy, attempted murder, and seduction.

The Dhammapada, translated by F. Max Muller. The Dhammapada is is a Buddhist scripture, considered one of the most important pieces of Theravada literature. Despite this, the Dhammapada is read by many Mahayana Buddhists and remains a very popular text across all schools of Buddhism.

The Green Odyssey by Philip Jose Farmer. Read by Mark Nelson. Alan Green is a space traveler stranded on a barbaric planet who has been taken slave and made a consort to an insipid and smelly queen. How can you resist, especially as it is a recording by one of our most popular readers?

À se tordre par Alphonse Allais. Alphonse Allais est un journaliste, écrivain et humoriste français célèbre à la Belle Époque, connu pour sa plume acerbe et son humour absurde.

The Daffodil Mystery by Edgar Wallace.
If you’re in the mood for a good old-fashioned murder mystery, this could be for you.



  1. Pastor Keith Martin says:

    Having gone through bouts of eye problems over the last two years. I dearly miss the ability to read a book without extreem magnification. A slow tidious process. Librivox has become a blessing as I can no longer drive to the local library myself. I thank all the staff and readers for your kindness in making these books available to the public. Pastor Keith Martin Widefield, Colorado

  2. Ruth says:

    Thank you for posting, Pastor Keith Martin. Listening is not the same as reading, I know, but we are very glad that you are finding our recordings so useful. I’d like you to know that we find recording just as enjoyable as listening. :)


  3. Carol in SC says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! My job is mindless boring work and through this lovely site I can listen to books all day long! It “almost” makes me look forward to working…so many books, so little time!

  4. CH in CO says:

    I love Librivox. I have listened to two of these picks so far this week. Of all that the internet provides to me, Librivox is one of the top!

  5. tom lopy says:

    I enjoy librivox free audio books. I think they should put some other stories from other vendors as well like from Amazon and Newfiction.com

  6. LibriVox Admin Team says:

    We’re glad you all are enjoying our audiobooks! We can record only books whose copyright has expired, so our catalog is quite different than what is available on commercial sites.

    Laurie Anne

  7. Antonio M Nieto says:

    I have just enjoyed The Dafffodil Mystery (worderful is not enough to name it) and I would like listen to similar books as the novels written by Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hamett and other american authors already in the public domain (The Maltese Falcon, Red Harvest, The Thin Man ….). Thanks from Spain.

  8. Ruth says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed The Daffodil Mystery, Antonio. Unfortunately, Chandler and Hammett’s works are still almost certainly under copyright in the USA, as they were all published after 1922. However, I will try and find some more good mystery fiction to recommend in the next Picks of the Week. :)


  9. Anne says:

    Is the Egyptian by Mika Waltari still under copyright? It was originally published in 1945 as the first of a trilogy series of books, the other two: The Etruscan, The Roman. The Egyptian, for whatever reason, was not published in English unabridged. Edmund Purdom, who died earlier this year, played Sinuhe in the 1954 movie production of The Egyptian. It would be wonderful to have an unabridged audio recording of The Egyptian, if some Finnish multi-lingual literati would translate it, and LibriVox could record it, IF it’s in the public domain. This is probably a complete pipe dream *sigh.*

  10. Fred Stiens says:

    I love Libribox, I have dry eyes and need to rest a lot and listening to an audiobook makes resting suddenly interesting :-).

  11. Ruth says:

    I’m afraid that The Egyptian in its original Finnish will not be in the public domain in the USA until after 2040, by my calculation. The abridged English translation by Naomi Walford (1949) will come out of copyright in the USA even later than that.

  12. Ruth says:

    And Fred, I am really glad that our audiobooks help!

  13. Fritz says:

    The Green Odyssey was my first librivox try–and I’ve been hooked ever since! I tell all my friends to listen to this one first as I know they will enjoy it. As for me, I can’t wait to listen to ANYTHING read by Mark Nelson!!

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  15. carol ann walker says:

    I wish to thank you for this site. My husband is unable to read books now and I love to listen as I am doing things. I just found your site, we sat down and listen in the evening to Litte Lord Fountleroy for days. My husband was so happy and how we laughed. Thank you again for this site.

  16. yolla haifa says:

    I’m an arabian lady who is interested in hearing Nizar Cabany’s poems, he’s so famous, a syrian poet, really a great one. Is there any possibility of finding his poems and publish them audio way through your website? I’m really so glad to find your website, I’m still new to it and I don’t know yet my way to go through, as to find the poets’s section and what type also. Thank you again for all your efforts; I’m sure it’s a great help to all of us…

  17. Sam says:

    Thank you for the books If I were home more often I would help you record.

  18. Rowena says:

    What a great site you need some way to let others know about it.

  19. Ralph Mange says:

    The Green Odyssey by Philip Jose Farmer is really a great book I was raised in the library reading his works and enjoy them always thank you for doing it for us,

  20. James Mites says:

    There was a copy of the Green Odyssey in the library when I was a kid and I found it to be a great book as was all of Farmers works it is a shame that libraries no longer have them on the shelves they feel that they are too old? Even Heinliens books are very rare only a couple now and then in the libraries I am glad that they are being preserved here.

  21. James Mites says:

    Yes I have relatives that have major sight issues and I have been doing books from here instead of having to order from the blind books they were using before thank you for the service.

  22. Ryan says:

    Could you read The Maltese Falcon Please my class really likes what you have done and we just read Uncle Tom’s Cabin and that was really great listing to the story online so I asking if you could also do The Maltese Falcon.

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