I love road trips. Hanging out with friends or family, snacks, music, and maybe a few car games. But lately do you know what I’ve really started to enjoy on road trips? Audiobooks! It is a wonderful way to get through more of my TBR list without getting car sick. To celebrate Take a Road Trip Day, I put together a list of audiobooks that you can enjoy on your next road trip.
The Dutch House by Ann Pratchett
This dark fairy tale is told in a span of five decades, beginning when Cyril Conroy begins a real estate empire at the end of World War II. Bringing his family up from poverty, Cyril buys the Dutch House as a surprise for his wife. But the house sets the undoing of everyone he loves. The story is told by Cyril’s son, Danny, who was kicked out of the Dutch House along with his protective sister, Maeve, by their stepmother. Danny tells the story of how he and Maeve fall back into poverty becoming only each other’s allies. Although their relationship is tested when they are confronted by the people who left them behind
The Dutch House, narrated by none other than Tom Hanks, will have you enthralled the whole way through, anxious to know what is going to happen. Hanks is the perfect voice for Danny’s character and he makes it so easy to listen to the story for hours on end.
Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
You may know Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark from their true crime comedy podcast, My Favorite Murder. In this memoir, the two share stories about their struggles with depression, addiction, and eating disorders. They also discuss their biggest mistakes and deepest fears as they focus on self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being nice or helpful.
Narrated by Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark, and Paul Giamatti, this audiobook will have you laughing out loud as you are traveling down the most boring highway.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
If you haven’t read this classic, this six-hour science fiction audiobook is perfect for a road trip. Narrated by English actor Stephen Fry, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will have you searching for similar audiobooks. Seconds before Earth is destroyed, Arthur Dent has been taken off the planet by his friend, Ford Prefect, who is also a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The two travel the galaxy with a few other quirky characters as they search for all the answers to life.
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
As the Tokyo Summer Olympics are getting closer, people all over the world are getting excited to watch their country compete for the gold medal. While we are waiting oh so patiently, I mean it was delayed for a whole year, The Boys in the Boat is an inspiring story about the 1936 University of Washington’s Rowing team as they competed for the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. The story truly follows teenager, Joe Rantz, who without a family or prospects, joins the rowing team to find a place he can call home. The team members are sons of loggers, farmers, and shipyard workers, yet they defeat elite rivals. The trust the boys have in one another is what ultimately leads them to victory.
Edward Herrmann, well known for his role as Richard Gilmore in Gilmore Girls, melds commitment, determination, and optimism as the narrator of this inspiring audiobook.
The Secrets You Keep by Kate White
This thrilling audiobook, narrated by Amy McFadden, will definitely keep you awake as you are driving down the interstate. Bryn is a self-help author whose world is beginning to fall apart. After a horrible car accident, she is still trying to shake smoke-filled nightmares that she feels may contain a warning. On top of that, she believes her once supportive husband is hiding something from her as he becomes more evasive, and weird incidents continue to happen after they move into a new home. When a woman they hired to cater a dinner party ends up being murdered along with another woman in town, Bryn must find her inner strength to protect herself and maybe even find the answer to these strange murders.
Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
During your next road trip, why not enjoy hearing Matthew McConaughey narrate his own memoir. Listen as he explores the lessons he has learned the hard way, shares things that made him laugh out loud, and finds a common theme in his life, “If you know how, and when, to deal with life’s challenges – how to get relative with the inevitable – you can enjoy a state of success I call ‘catching greenlights.’”
You know how in poetry they say it’s best to hear the poem from the poet’s voice? Well, I believe it is also true for McConaughey’s memoir. Or, as he likes to call it, his “love letter to life.”
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I think just about everyone has read this book by now, but Cassandra Campbell makes it so easy to listen to the audiobook. If by chance you haven’t heard of this book, Kya Clark is known as the Marsh girl in her little fishing village. With only one day of schooling, Kya learns about the world from the land she lives on. But when town favorite, Chase Andrews, is found dead, the locals all suspect Kya. In this coming-of-age mystery, you will fall in love with Kya as she grows up to be an intelligent young woman who knows more about the land than anyone else.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
You may know Trevor Noah from Comedy Central’s satirical news, The Daily Show. What you may not know is that his birth was actually a crime when his mom, a black Xhosa, and his white, Swiss dad had him. During this time in South African, a union like this was punishable by five years in prison. For a lot of Noah’s life, he was kept indoors, hidden from the government. When South Africa is finally liberated, Noah and his mom begin to live a life of freedom that took centuries to win.
Listen to the audiobook as Trevor Noah tells his own coming-of-age story and gives tribute to his courageous mom.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
The Great Alone is a wonderful audiobook for a road trip because it’s all about love and loss, survival, and our connection with nature. Narrated by Audie award winner, Julia Whelan, this story takes us to 1974 Alaska where former POW, Ernt Allbright, moves his family after losing yet another job. His wife will follow him anywhere, but his thirteen-year-old daughter, Leni, is yearning for a place to belong. At first it seems like things are beginning to look up, but when winter hits the family begins to crumple as Ernt’s mental health deteriorates. Soon Leni and her mother realize that no one is there to protect them from the wilderness or the threats they face inside, but themselves.
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