40 Reader-Approved Audiobooks for Your Next Road Trip

Posted by Marie on May 29, 2019

This post is sponsored by Audible.

So you've packed your bags, your travel pillows, and your snacks for the road ahead. But don’t forget another travel essential: a great audiobook. To help you with the latter, we asked our audiobook fans on Facebook and Twitter for their recommendations.

For getting into the journeying mood, you can listen to Neil Gaiman's American Gods or Jack Kerouac's On the Road. For laugh-out-loud listens, there's Trevor Noah's Born a Crime or Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians. And if you really want to intellectually challenge yourself (and your companions), listen to Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton, which clocks in at a little under 36 hours.

Which audiobooks would you recommend for a road trip or a long day of travel? Share them with us in the comments!

Fiction

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Nonfiction

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Mystery & Thriller

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Sci-Fi & Fantasy

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Which audiobooks would you recommend for a road trip? Let us know in the comments!

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Comments Showing 1-48 of 48 (48 new)

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message 1: by Leticia (new)

Leticia Interesting, but unfortunately nothing in SFF that I haven't read before and would be really wanting to hear.


message 2: by Leticia (new)

Leticia I personally like if the Audiobook has more than 20 hours, so I get more ROI ;-).
I think I'll get The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1) by Brandon Sanderson or The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke by Arthur C. Clarke for that reason.


message 3: by Lee (new)

Lee Leticia wrote: "I personally like if the Audiobook has more than 20 hours, so I get more ROI ;-).
I think I'll get The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1) by Brandon Sanderson or [bookcover:The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke|3155..."

I read the Connie Willis books via audiobooks for that reason. They're so long and daunting as normal books but lovely and long for audio listening.


message 4: by Leticia (new)

Leticia Great tip, thanks!


message 5: by Corey (last edited May 29, 2019 03:28AM) (new)

Corey By all means have Harry Potter on the list... yes.. but make it the British version read by Stephen Fry. Much better than the American one, sorry.


message 6: by Deanna (new)

Deanna Corey wrote: "By all means have Harry Potter on the list... yes.. but make it the British version read by Stephen Fry. Much better than the American one, sorry."

YES! We re-listen to the series every year or so, and the kids always choose Stephen Fry > Jim Dale.


message 7: by Elin (new)

Elin I got into Agatha Christie by listening to The Orient Express, just make sure you pick an edition with a narrator who does all the voices and settle in. So far my favourites are And Then There Were None and Five Little Pigs - oh, and Orient Express, of course! :)


message 8: by Meryl (new)

Meryl Sapiens is excellent Audiobook listening. As is any of the Chernow bios.


Sera ~ Catty Reader Corey wrote: "By all means have Harry Potter on the list... yes.. but make it the British version read by Stephen Fry. Much better than the American one, sorry."

Agreed. The preferences for Stephen Fry and Jim Dale always seem pretty 50/50, but I personally can't understand why anyone would prefer the Jim Dale version.


message 10: by Michael (new)

Michael Davison I was unaware that people preferred the Stephen Fry version.. Jim Dale is so unbelievably good. I couldn't get in to Stephen Fry at all.


message 11: by Elaine (new)

Elaine Jan Karon's Mitford series. The first book is At Home in Mitford and Sing a New Song is a great summer listen! Also, James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small read by Christopher Timothy is wonderful.


message 12: by Sheena (last edited May 29, 2019 09:40AM) (new)

Sheena Currently listening to 11/22/63 by Stephen King and it is blowing my mind. Craig Wasson is amazing.


message 13: by John (new)

John best audio ? Mitch Albom - The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto !


message 14: by Ashley (new)

Ashley I find it funny that people don't realize that Stephen Fry and Jim Dale are both English. Audible US doesn't offer a version by an American narrator. Stephen Fry is offered as the narrator in the UK marketplace and Jim Dale is offered as the narrator in the US marketplace. But they are both English. I talked to a British woman once who was desperate to get the version by Jim Dale because she preffered him to Stephen Fry, she even created an account in the US just to get the Jim Dale version. It's all preference.


message 15: by A.K. (new)

A.K. White For mystery, you must try any of Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series. It starts with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and there are ten in total. Fantastic audio with Jayne Entwistle narrating. Great for kids, families, adults.
Daisy Jones and the Six was also amazing, glad to see it on the list. Audio productions are my favourite way to experience books - I listen to them every day.


message 16: by Stephanie (last edited May 29, 2019 10:44AM) (new)

Stephanie Sheena wrote: "Currently listening to 11/22/63 by Stephen King and it is blowing my mind. Craig Wasson is amazing."

Seriously one of my all time favorite King novels. Enjoy!


message 17: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Stansel I listened to Paradox Bound recently and it was great!


message 18: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Wyble John wrote: "best audio ? Mitch Albom - The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto !"

Yes, I loved this audiobook! Hearing the music added so much to the story!


message 19: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Wyble The Red Rising trilogy audiobooks are fantastic! The narrator has an Irish accent which lends itself nicely to the story & he does so many different voices. Honestly, one of the best performance I've heard!


message 20: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Short Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. The Son by Philip Meyer, Washington Black, the Game of Thrones books.


message 21: by Sally (new)

Sally taylor Sleeping Giants! The whole series is a full cast audio, and it is AMAZING


message 22: by Sally (new)

Sally taylor Leticia wrote: "Interesting, but unfortunately nothing in SFF that I haven't read before and would be really wanting to hear."

Sleeping giants!


message 23: by Abigail (new)

Abigail Any of Carrie Fisher's memoirs read by the author - I cannot recommend them highly enough!


message 24: by Audrey (new)

Audrey Corey wrote: “By all means have Harry Potter on the list… yes.. but make it the British version read by Stephen Fry. Much better than the American one, sorry.”

Absolutely. That’s also why I DO NOT recommend The Night Circus on audio (besides the fact that is has no plot). However, the Stephen Fry version does not seem to be available in the U.S.


message 25: by Audrey (new)

Audrey Tim Gerard Reynolds narrating Red Rising, Theft of Swords
James Marsters narrating the Dresden Files
The full-cast Illuminae trilogy
Michael Kramer narrating Brandon Sanderson novels. (When Kate Reading shows up, run away.)
Simon Jones narrating the Bartimaeus trilogy

I have not been crazy about any of Rick Riordan’s book narrations.


message 26: by Bryce (new)

Bryce honestly suprised that Outlander narrated by davina porter has not been mentioned. she manages to make the story come alive with the accents and characters making it even better then the books


message 27: by Heather (new)

Heather Perkins For Sci-Fi Fantasy fans I recommend Kraken by China Miéville read by John Lee. I’ve listened to it multiple times I love it so much.


message 28: by Raven Rose (new)

Raven Rose The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud is a great audiobook experience! I listen to the books all the time, and I definitely recommend!


message 29: by Audrey (new)

Audrey Raven Rose wrote: “The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud is a great audiobook experience! I listen to the books all the time, and I definitely recommend!”

Yes!


message 30: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth SciFi/Fantasy titles include:
Mercy Thompson series read by Lorelei King
Dresden Files series read by James Marsters
Iron Druid Chronicles series read by Luke Daniels
John Scalzi novels read by Wil Wheaton

For history: any written by Ron Chernow


message 31: by Tina (new)

Tina Herald Agree. This was a fantastic book. My first Stephen King.


message 32: by Chris (new)

Chris Cohen One of the funniest books I have ever read/listened to is Bill Bryson's "A Walk In The Woods," read by the author. The last time I laughed this hard at an author's reading was "How to be a Woman" by Caitlin Moran (parents may want to review this book before sharing with pre-teen or younger).


message 33: by Tib (new)

Tib Michael wrote: "I was unaware that people preferred the Stephen Fry version.. Jim Dale is so unbelievably good. I couldn't get in to Stephen Fry at all."

I listened to Stephen Fry read Hitchihiker's Guide and found him to be no better or worse than Jim Dale as far as performance goes. Jim Dale is just the voice of my childhood and would rather listen to him read HP than dig for a Stephen Fry recording seeing as I can't easily find a legal copy of it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


message 34: by Celine (new)

Celine Lean The Trials of Apollo!
Really funny and entertaining. And a fantastic audiobook narrator.


message 35: by Sonia (new)

Sonia Cassell Leticia wrote: "Interesting, but unfortunately nothing in SFF that I haven't read before and would be really wanting to hear."

Have you read or listened to Mary Doria Russell’s ‘Sparrow’ or ‘Children of God’? Both excellent.


message 36: by Stacy (new)

Stacy A.K. wrote: "For mystery, you must try any of Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series. It starts with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and there are ten in total. Fantastic audio with Jayne Entwistle narrati..."

I completely agree with this recommendation! The narrator is amazing!


message 37: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Definitely agree with Matilda for kids. That was an awesome audio book. It's possible my husband and I liked it more than the kids. Kids and adults alike also loved the original Winnie the Pooh on audio. For adults, Life of Pi and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings were both amazing.


message 38: by Karen (new)

Karen The Rivers of London series, written by Ben Aaronovitch and narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. I'd read alll the books in hard copy first (my preferred method), but saw a recommendation for the audio books after a very disappointing experience with an audio version of one of my favourite authors, Donna Andrews - the narrator sounded so wrong. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith perfectly fits the character of Peter Grant, and is brilliant at voicing all the other characters. I'm very sad that I've just finished listening to the last one, and have to wait months for the next to be published.


message 39: by Etaylor (new)

Etaylor Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler


message 40: by Leticia (last edited Jul 03, 2019 02:48AM) (new)

Leticia Sonia wrote: "Leticia wrote: "Interesting, but unfortunately nothing in SFF that I haven't read before and would be really wanting to hear."

Have you read or listened to Mary Doria Russell’s ‘Sparrow’ or ‘Child..."


I read 'Sparrow' a very long time ago and DNFed it, but perhaps I'll give it a second chance.


message 41: by Leticia (new)

Leticia Sally wrote: "Leticia wrote: "Interesting, but unfortunately nothing in SFF that I haven't read before and would be really wanting to hear."

Sleeping giants!"


Good Idea!


message 42: by Leticia (last edited Jul 03, 2019 02:39AM) (new)

Leticia Elizabeth wrote: "SciFi/Fantasy titles include:
"


Mercy Thompson series - I read them all already.
Dresden Files series - perhaps, yeah
Iron Druid Chronicles series - I couldn't really get into this series
John Scalzi novels - good suggestion :-)


message 43: by Faith (new)

Faith Chris wrote: "One of the funniest books I have ever read/listened to is Bill Bryson's "A Walk In The Woods," read by the author. The last time I laughed this hard at an author's reading was "How to be a Woman" b..."

Bill Bryson is a genius narrator of his books. Try The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir. I think it may even be better than Walk in the Woods.


message 44: by Sonia (new)

Sonia Cassell Letitia, I listened to the audiobook. The narrator was very good.


message 45: by PEGGY (new)

PEGGY I had read and very much enjoyed Lois Mcmaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series years ago. I was very happy to discover that my library has the audio versions narrated by Grover Garland. His voice added so much to my listening pleasure that I am searching out other books he has narrated. I get headaches listening to some narrators; never with him.


message 46: by Paula (new)

Paula Mishler willett A.K. wrote: "For mystery, you must try any of Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series. It starts with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and there are ten in total. Fantastic audio with Jayne Entwistle narrati..."

I happened onto the Flavia de Luce books and have really enjoyed them. Since I check them out from the the library, I have missed a couple of them. Listening to her adventures is a nice change from the heavier themed books I usually listen to.


message 47: by Laranda (new)

Laranda The Year of Yes written and read by Shonda Rhimes is soo good and amazing. Wouldn't have been as good to read, her inflections and pacing adds so much.


message 48: by Nirmal (new)

Nirmal Mathew You Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins is a fantastic audiobook as well. It's also uniquely presented in a podcast format.


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