Fan Favorite Audiobooks for Long-Distance Commutes

Posted by Marie on May 3, 2018


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Long commutes can be tough, especially if they last for an hour or more. So we asked our followers on Twitter and Facebook for audiobook recommendations that can make time fly while you're behind the wheel or braving public transportation.

Below is a roundup of titles from some of the most popular comments. If your upcoming vacation also requires some long-distance travelling, you’re in for a treat. Lengthy novels like Gone with the Wind are perfect for frequent flyers or for those planning a cross-country road trip, clocking in at a total of 49 hours and 7 minutes. And if you dive into popular series like Red Rising or The Dresden Files, you won't be at a loss for what to listen to next.

Make sure to add your favorites to your Want to Read shelf, and don't forget to share your own recommendations in the comments.

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What audiobooks would you recommend for long-distance commutes? Let us know in the comments!

For more inspiration, check out the Goodreads' audiobooks page, brought to you by Audible.

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message 1: by Rouan (new)

Rouan I like to listen to audiobooks for long distance commutes. A couple of favorites include Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series and the LoTR books by J.R.R. Tolkein.


message 2: by Becky (new)

Becky The Outlander series is definitely one of my favorite long haul listens. Davina Porter does an excellent job narrating that one too!


message 3: by Julia (last edited May 03, 2018 09:13AM) (new)

Julia Every one of the Harry Potter books (read by Jim Dale, not Stephen Fry) as well as THE HELP. Oh my goodness, so good. My husband and I both love those.

We've also listened to each book in the Wheel of Time series. Those are around 50 hours each! We started listening when we were driving from Calgary to Vancouver and never stopped after that. Those were the first audiobooks we listened to, after the Harry Potter series. It was great for my long commute to work in those days. I was driving 45 minutes to work and my husband, 1 hour. I like them because they have a male and female narrator.

I loved LOTR, Narnia ... pretty much any classic fantasy series is great.

I also REALLY enjoy listening to James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small series. Christopher Timothy is such a fantastic narrator and those books are so funny.

You don't even get mad when you're stuck in traffic because that just means you can listen longer!

Oh, and recently I've listened to Georgette Heyer books and they are hilarious. Short and sweet.


message 4: by Sherise (new)

Sherise Will Wheaton's narration of Ready Player One is great. Ready Player One


message 5: by Janice (new)

Janice Christine Feehan's, and Lynsay Sands.


message 6: by Louise (new)

Louise Game of Thrones series is a good long listen, as is Neil Gaiman full cast readings (American Gods, Stardust etc) and Terry Pratchett :D


message 7: by Louise (new)

Louise it wasn't a commute, but I painted my apartment once while listening to the first three Harry Potter books read by Stephen Fry (because who else?)


message 8: by Kelly (new)

Kelly The Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood has an excellent narrator and is definitely one of my favorite mystery and audiobook series.

1920's flapper turned lady private eye takes cases in Melbourne, Australia.

The first is Cocaine Blues


message 9: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia I really enjoyed Life of Pi as an audiobook as well as I know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou, and American Gods and Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.


message 10: by Colette! (new)

Colette! Teacher Man read by Frank McCourt was extremely enjoyable. It's like having him sit in the car with you.


message 11: by Cillian (new)

Cillian All these are good recs, but I'm so glad I won't need them anymore since I stopped commuting from Stockton to the bay area...
That was a blessing. XD


message 12: by Megan (new)

Megan I enjoy memoirs read by the author. Born A Crime by Trevor Noah and The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish have been recent ones I've enjoyed. Also Infinite Tuesday by Michael Nesmith.


message 13: by Condwiramurs (new)

Condwiramurs The Thief of Time and The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett are recent long trip favourites, but from a few years ago the audiobooks for Garth Nix's Abhorsen trilogy are also quite wonderful - I also enjoyed listening to Bruce Coville's Unicorn Chronicles


message 14: by Chris (last edited May 03, 2018 05:46PM) (new)

Chris Evans Pretty good, I'd add the

The Thrawn Omnibus - excellent story telling and production quality (sound effects, music, and the narrator is great).
The Witches Trilogy - Can't go wrong with Discworld
The Way of Kings - Sanderson books are all great, and the books in this series are really long.


message 15: by Olivia (new)

Olivia I listened to the current 8 Outlander books during the commute to my previous job, took just over a year. They were fantastic to listen to.


message 16: by Rachel..♦ (new)

Rachel..♦ Audiobooks do make the commute less of a time drain. Some of my favorite audiobooks have narrators that really make the book come to life.
14 by Peter Clines 14
Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1) by Kevin Hearne Hounded
Oracle's Moon (Elder Races, #4) by Thea Harrison Oracle's Moon
Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim, #1) by Richard Kadrey Sandman Slim
Charming (Pax Arcana, #1) by Elliott James Charming


message 17: by Rainey (last edited May 03, 2018 12:09PM) (new)

Rainey The Broken Earth Series is excellent for long distance commutes: The Fifth Season; The Obelisk Gate and The Stone Sky.

Her Inheritance Trilogy is excellent for long commutes as well:

The Inheritance Trilogy - Which covers 3 books:
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Broken Kingdoms
The Kingdom of Gods

IQ series: 2 books in the series out - 3rd - called Wrecked comes out 9 of October: IQ; Righteous and Wrecked


message 18: by Luann (last edited May 03, 2018 12:40PM) (new)

Luann Chris wrote: "Brandon Sandersons The Way of Kings."

I agree! There are three out in the series so far. Sanderson says it's going to be a 10-book series. With each book at 1000+ pages, that's HOURS and HOURS and HOURS of great listening.


message 19: by Kendra (new)

Kendra I think the Illuminae Files is a must listen. It's done more as an "audio production" with a full cast and sound effects. It's amazing!

Illuminae
Gemina
Obsidio


message 20: by Gregory (new)

Gregory wendt This is missing a few books

1 Born A Crime by Trever Noah
2 Joyland by Stephen King. The book was fantastic and the reader did a phenomenal job
3 A Life In Parts by Bryan Cranston


message 22: by Hoolia (last edited May 03, 2018 07:46PM) (new)

Hoolia Love the emphasis on audiobooks recently!

Two of my favorite novels for commutes were The Nix and White Teeth. For memoirs, I adored Priestdaddy: A Memoir and You Don't Have to Say You Love Me. All doorstoppers with exceptional narrators, engaging narratives and wonderful writing.


message 23: by Julie (new)

Julie The Flavia de Luce series is really good as an audio book. Jayne Entwistle is fantastic.


message 24: by Kendra (new)

Kendra Rouan wrote: "I like to listen to audiobooks for long distance commutes. A couple of favorites include Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series and the LoTR books by J.R.R. Tolkein."

I absolutely adored the Queen's Thief series. The first book had a twist that I never expected and the series got even better after that!


message 25: by Katharine (new)

Katharine Two of my recent favourites have been A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles read by Richard Guy Smith and The Handmaid's Tale read by Claire Danes. Both readers capture so much of the character(s) and nuance that it just makes the books even better! So good I have listened to them a few times...


message 26: by Tristan (new)

Tristan Gotta say any westerns written by Louis L’amour. Legendary stuff - feels like you are driving past the scenery


message 27: by Mel (new)

Mel I think Philip Pullman's Dark Materials is probably the best audiobook I have ever listened to, the cast is marvelous with Pullman as the charismatic narrator . I would suggest Our Mutual Friend over the Pickwick Papers or even Little Dorrit.
My personal favourite narrators are Kate Reading (Loretta Chase and Lauren Willig), Davina Porter (St. Cyr Mysteries) and Renee Raudman (Kate Daniels series). I prefer female narrators, but Nicholas Boulton and Kobra Holbrook-Smith are my favourite guys. While listening to KHS read the Peter Grant series I missed my stop several times, he is that good.


message 28: by Cyn (new)

Cyn I love listening to Jeff Wheeler's Kingfountain series! The Queen's Poisoner (Kingfountain, #1) by Jeff Wheeler is the first book


message 29: by David (new)

David Rouan wrote: "I like to listen to audiobooks for long distance commutes. A couple of favorites include Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series and the LoTR books by J.R.R. Tolkein."

Kendra wrote: "Rouan wrote: "I like to listen to audiobooks for long distance commutes. A couple of favorites include Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series and the LoTR books by J.R.R. Tolkein."

I absolutel..."


You guys are instantly my favorite posters here. Not enough Queen's Thief fans in the world. Megan Whalen Turner is a treasure and one of the nicest and most intelligent authors I've had the chance to meet in person.


message 30: by Holly (new)

Holly The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley, narrated by Susan Duerden, was one I wanted to listen to again as soon as I finished.


message 31: by I, Spy, Books (new)

I, Spy, Books Holly wrote: "The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley, narrated by Susan Duerden, was one I wanted to listen to again as soon as I finished."

Oh yeah! That is a good one to listen too!


message 32: by I, Spy, Books (last edited May 04, 2018 12:48AM) (new)

I, Spy, Books I always enjoy listening to "The Night Circus" written by Erin Morgenstern and narrated by Jim Dale; I think he does a great job!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

(Jim Dale also narrates the Harry Potter books)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


message 33: by Elentarri (new)

Elentarri All Systems Red by Martha Wells.


message 34: by Attack Salmon (new)

Attack Salmon how can ppl audiobook during commute is completely beyond me. Its so noisy in the commute


message 35: by Elentarri (new)

Elentarri Attack Salmon wrote: "how can ppl audiobook during commute is completely beyond me. Its so noisy in the commute"
Earplugs? Personally I wouldn't give up my ability to assess my surroundings by plugging in my ears or concentrating on something else.


message 36: by Jan (new)

Jan Any of Alan Bradley's books. The reader is excellent!


message 37: by Matt (new)

Matt Kelland Ready Player One, read by Wil Wheaton. It's better than reading the book, and far superior to the movie. One of the most enjoyable audiobooks I've listened to.


message 38: by Rainey (last edited May 04, 2018 06:59AM) (new)

Rainey Hoolia wrote: "Love the emphasis on audiobooks recently!

Two of my favorite novels for commutes were The Nix and White Teeth. For memoirs, I adored [book:Priestdaddy: A Memoir|3192082, and You Don't Have to Say You Love Me...."


I have both Priestdaddy and You Dont have to say you loved me on Audio - BUMP UP on my TBR list now


message 39: by Tiffany Tandel (new)

Tiffany Tandel The Help is a great audiobook as well as The Raven Cycles series. The Help
The Raven Boys


message 40: by Sigrid (new)

Sigrid I would recommend Super Powereds: Year 1 by Drew Hayes, since it's really interesting and long, so a lot of book for little money


message 41: by Scott (new)

Scott The Stand by Stephen King was great!


message 42: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia Dagmar I love the Booktown Mystery series by Lorna Barrett. Karen White narrates the series and is wonderful.
I also love the Witchcraft Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell. It's narrated by Xe Sands who is also a great narrator!

For long trips or just for a good mystery, I have enjoyed many P.D. James novels on audio. I just listened to A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George. It was very long, but kept me interested for the whole book.
I recently listened to The Dinner by Herman Koch, narrated by Clive Mantle. I have read some so-so reviews on the book, but I thought the story and the narration were top notch.
The audio version of Station Eleven is also excellent.
Happy listening!


message 43: by Rouan (new)

Rouan David wrote: "Rouan wrote: "I like to listen to audiobooks for long distance commutes. A couple of favorites include Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series and the LoTR books by J.R.R. Tolkein."

Kendra wrot..."

I am envious that you got to meet her. :) I can't wait for the next book to come out. I absolutely love the world she has built and the characters in it.


message 44: by Kat (new)

Kat I love Darynda Jones's Charley Davidson series. Loralei King is an amazing narrator and brings every character to life.


message 45: by Deanna (new)

Deanna Louise wrote: "it wasn't a commute, but I painted my apartment once while listening to the first three Harry Potter books read by Stephen Fry (because who else?)"

Hands down better than the Jim Dale version!


message 46: by Sandra (new)

Sandra I commute 4 hours a day into Cambridge, MA from New Hampshire. Those of you familiar with the route (Hwy 93) can relate. But with the joys of Audio Books, the time passes by so quickly, I find that I sit in the car, at my destination, to finish the chapter. I recommend;

S. King-Dark Tower Opius
K. Hearne- Iron Druid Chronicles (laugh out loud stories)
M. Sullivan- Riyria Chronicles and Revelations


message 47: by Mel (new)

Mel Belle I’ll admit that I had a hard time reading Jane Eyre, but the audible version narrated by Thandie Newton made my Spring commute the highlight of my days!


message 48: by Celia (new)

Celia So glad Station Eleven made it on here. Freaking love that book. Have read twice and listened to the audiobook once.


message 49: by Kelley (new)

Kelley Kendra wrote: "I think the Illuminae Files is a must listen. It's done more as an "audio production" with a full cast and sound effects. It's amazing!

I just finished Illuminae about 5 minutes ago and have Gemina ready to go from teh library. I'm just waiting on Obsidio to become available. These are fantastic as audio books!


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