Sir Gibbie

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(4.8 stars; 116 reviews)

These are the adventures of Sir Gibbie through the Scotland moors. Not being able to read or speak, Gibbie survives on the streets without a mother and having an alcoholic father. Yet, he wins the hearts of his neighbors and helps others. Children and adults learn through Sir Gibbie self-sacrifice, honesty, and purity. (Summary by Maggie Travers) (18 hr 1 min)


The Earring 12:35 Read by Mary Ann Weathers
Sir George 14:47 Read by Mary Ann Weathers
Mistress Croale 13:45 Read by Mary Ann Weathers
The Parlour 19:47 Read by Taysha Lynn
Gibbie's Calling 15:43 Read by Taysha Lynn
A Sunday at Home 36:10 Read by Taysha Lynn
The Town-Sparrow 16:48 Read by Mark Hissong
Sambo 22:17 Read by Mark Hissong
Adrift 27:22 Read by Hannah Mary
The Barn 17:15 Read by Anna Roberts
Janet 22:30 Read by Maggie Travers
Glashgar 15:34 Read by Tony Addison
The Ceiling 8:51 Read by Maggie Travers
Hornie 22:50 Read by Hannah Mary
Donal Grant 9:46 Read by Mark Penfold
Apprenticeship 9:19 Read by Liz Loomans
Secret Service 12:23 Read by Hannah Mary
The Broonie 14:20 Read by Hannah Mary
The Laird 20:02 Read by Hannah Mary
The Ambush 15:14 Read by Jeremybuttler
The Punishment 26:08 Read by Jeremybuttler
Refuge 27:03 Read by Devorah Allen
More Schooling 20:55 Read by Devorah Allen
The Slate 16:27 Read by Devorah Allen
Rumours 17:15 Read by Devorah Allen
The Gamekeeper 29:12 Read by Devorah Allen
A Voice 10:36 Read by Amarlie
The Wisdom of the Wise 10:08 Read by Hannah Mary
The Beast-Boy 21:53 Read by Devorah Allen
The Lorrie Meadow 18:05 Read by Devorah Allen
Their Reward 13:08 Read by Devorah Allen
Prologue 17:48 Read by Devorah Allen
The Mains 29:12 Read by Devorah Allen
Glashruach 22:08 Read by Devorah Allen
The Whelp 13:45 Read by Devorah Allen
The Brander 22:40 Read by Devorah Allen
Mr. Sclater 10:43 Read by Devorah Allen
The Muckle Hoose 13:32 Read by Devorah Allen
Daur Street 18:00 Read by Hannah Mary
Mrs. Sclater 15:48 Read by Devorah Allen
Initiation 8:30 Read by Devorah Allen
Donal's Lodging 32:16 Read by Hannah Mary
The Minister's Defeat 17:19 Read by Hannah Mary
The Sinner 24:13 Read by Devorah Allen
Shoals Ahead 15:37 Read by Hannah Mary
The Girls 17:46 Read by Devorah Allen
A Lesson of Wisdom 10:35 Read by Mark Penfold
Needfull Odds and Ends 25:10 Read by Devorah Allen
The Houseless 13:21 Read by Twinkle
A Walk 25:03 Read by Devorah Allen
The North Church 12:42 Read by Devorah Allen
The Quarry 22:35 Read by Devorah Allen
A Night-Watch 17:16 Read by Devorah Allen
Of Age 13:22 Read by Devorah Allen
Ten Auld Hoose O' Galbraith 11:45 Read by Mary Ann Weathers
The Laird and the Preacher 10:11 Read by Devorah Allen
A Hiding-Place from the Wind 15:04 Read by Maggie Travers
The Confession 12:55 Read by Devorah Allen
Catastrophe 16:00 Read by Devorah Allen
Arrangement and Preparation 9:58 Read by Mark Penfold
The Wedding 14:30 Read by Hannah Mary
The Burn 14:02 Read by Hannah Mary


(4.5 stars)

What a lovely, imaginative story. If only there were people like “Sir Gibbie” - what a wonderful world it would be. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.I give it 5 stars although the site does not appear to quite fill in the last star for some reason.

Thankful for Sir Gibbie

(5 stars)

I really enjoyed "Sir Gibbie." I'd heard about it being one of MacDonald's best "non-fantasy" books for a while and was glad to see the LibriVox community take it one. The readers did a wonderful job--thanks to each one of you! And the story itself was captivating. Never a real "page turner" (though the climax of the second third of the tale was pretty intense), MacDonald's story still drew me in and I was involved in the character's lives....learning from them and intrigued to see what the author had in store for them.....I actually didn't see the ending coming and was pleasantly surprised!

Sir Gibbie: Fully Alive

(5 stars)

Sir Gibbie is a picture of a child, a boy, and a young man fully alive. The readers for the most part did an amazing job bringing the story and words to life. George MacDonald portrays a heart responsive to grace and mercy. Sir Gibbie is a picture of what a person fully alive in God’s grace. We may say Sir Gibbie is someone we should aspire to live like but is not attainable. I think George McDonald is saying let us all live like Gibbie and we will find out whether it is attainable or not. Gibbie was a human fully alive!

Beautiful Tale

(5 stars)

Having only read the Princess and the Goblin and its sequel among George MacDonald's fiction, this is more of the same inspiring goodness, in the full and classical and Christian sense of the word. Gibbie is a figure of purity that would be pitiable were he not so earnest and joyous, and serves as a wonderful role model for selfless yet childlike goodwill. great story for all ages though is less fitting for children than the Princess and the Goblin books. I look forward to reading the sequel Donal Grant, who was a great character in this one and the one I most identified with.

Lovely Story

(5 stars)

After listening to other books and getting frustrated with the main character being 'overly perfect' I wondered, 'What is so different about Sir Gibbie?' I just loved him right from the start! I think the reason is that, instead of being the model of a 'perfect Christian' he is, instead, a type of Christ, who is the model for what a Christian should be like. This book has a lot of Scots in it, but I got used to it as the book went on. Most of the readers are excellent, Esp. Devorah Allen and Hannah Mary. Thanks for making this available! So inspiring 💕

(5 stars)

Great story. Even though George MacDonald's theology is not completely sound it is evident his love of Jesus is real. Gibbie is an unreal human being with a nature more akin to a pre-fall condition of man than after. Donal seems more real because of his weakness than Gibbie but it is an inspiring tale non the less.

(4.5 stars)

This book is fantastic. So many gems of wisdom, truth, goodness, and beauty throughout each chapter. There were several chapters that were quite difficult to understand due to a change of reader, but the majority of readers were fine and even relayed a delightful Scottish accent.

Echoes of so many themes

(5 stars)

There is a little of "The Gods must be Crazy". Janet could be Curdie's mother in "The Princess and the Goblin". Greed undermining wealth. Alcoholism is vividly portrayed, but unlike with Pansy, Prohibition is not a cure.