13 Best Audiobooks To Make Your Next Road Trip Unforgettable

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Best books for road trips

Nothing in the world is more exciting than road trips. 

Just the idea of it makes us shout just like Bilbo Baggins “ I am going on an adventure! “ 

But there is this one problem with long distance road trips that you ONLY realise once you start- the hours and hours of sitting in a car.. 

So if you planning an adventurous road trip, why don’t make it less boring by listening to Audiobooks! 

Audiobooks can transform your travel so you will reach in no time!

The Golem & the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Best books for road trips

Helene Wecker’s debut novel has a whimsical storyline along with the elements of both Historical fiction Jewish, Arab folklore and mythology. It tells the story of two supernatural creatures who mysteriously appear in 1899 New York and develop great friendships. A fascinating audiobook to enjoy during long-distance road trips. 

Praise for the book:

 “The author makes you care enough about the humanity of these magical spirits to not only see them through to the end but also to regret that you’ve reached the last page.” – New York Times

The Martian by Andy Weir

Best books for road trips

This science fiction is an interesting story of an astronaut, Mark Watney & his mission to Mars & it also details the survival on Mars. The overwhelming amalgamation of the breakdown of plots and subplots, science, and suspense make this an ideal book worth listening to during long drives. 

Praise for the book: 

Brilliant…a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years…Utterly compelling.” –Wall Street Journal

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Best books for road trips

The New York Times number one bestseller is an epic survival story set in the wild beauty of the Alaskan landscape.  The Allbright family struggles hard to get through the harsh winter, there are a lot more unexpected family encounters. An entertaining, emotional, and heart-breaking read to take with you while you enjoy traveling. 

Praise for the book:

“Reliably alluring…The Great Alone is packed with rapturous descriptions of Alaskan scenery… Hannah remembers and summons an undeveloped wilderness, describing a gloriously pristine region in the days before cruise ships discovered it.” ―New York Times

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Best books for road trips

This is a suspenseful story created by the inspiration of the classic novel ‘Jane Eyre’. It depicts the life of Jane, who is a professional dog walker. A woman of big dreams, she always wanted to be rich in her life. Fortunately, her fate changes at the time she meets Eddie Rochester, a widower, who lost his wife in an accident. As their relationship grows she is disturbed by thoughts of his former wife whether they had any secrets as she had in her past.

Praise for the book:

“A delicious thriller that you’ll likely want to read in a single sitting.” –TimeOut

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca 

Best books for road trips

It’s a biography based on a true crime story centered upon the character ‘Grace Humiston’. Her impressive life and the strides she made on her way gave her the title ‘Greatest female detective’. An unputdownable story of an unsung hero to make you even more excited for your long journey. 

Praise for the book:

“Ricca makes a heroic case for Humiston…her inspiring story demands a hearing.” -The New York Times Sunday Book Review

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

Best books for road trips

This one comes first in Pullman’s trilogy ‘The book of Dust’ and the story revolves around Malcolm, an eleven-year-old boy, who becomes a spy as he is much interested in observing everything around him. Infused with lots of events Malcolm comes to meet several characters who try to seize Lyra, a young child. Top Fantasy books to listen to for a family road trip. 

Praise for the book:

“Once in a lifetime, a children’s author emerges who is so extraordinary that the imagination of generations is altered. Lewis Carroll, E. Nesbit, C. S. Lewis, and Tolkien were all of this cast. So, too, is Philip Pullman.” —The New Statesman

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Best books for road trips

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo are awful, sympathetic, and sometimes between the two. This historical fiction tells the glamorous life of fictional Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo. Story of an ambitious woman who always dreamed of becoming a Hollywood icon. An alluring tale great to listen to on your scenic road trip. 

 Praise for the book:

“A glamorous romp through Hollywood in its heyday, Taylor Jenkins Reid latest offers up several unexpected twists and a dazzling, ambitious movie star who will break your heart.” (Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse )

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Best books for road trips

Portraying the story of a bank robbery, the book concentrates more on the people who become friends by accident during the same. Set in Sweden, the book makes us witness the journey of these “idiots”, their anxieties after a failed attempt along how they finally realize that they have a lot more in common than they ever imagined. A must-listen audiobook for a whole family. 

Praise for the book:

“[A] quirky, big-hearted novel…Wry, wise, and often laugh-out-loud funny, it’s a wholly original story that delivers pure pleasure.” (People)

The Dry by Jane Harper

Best books for road trips

This crime fiction is a compelling narrative that is set in the worst drought of Australia. Everyone in this work including the central character ‘Aaron’ is a suspect & has secrets to hide. The structure and short chapters will keep the readers turning the pages. And the perfect narration makes this a good book on a tape for your road trip. 

Praise for the book:

“One of the most stunning debuts I’ve ever read. I could feel the searing heat of the Australian setting. Every word is near perfect. The story builds like a wave seeking the purchase of earth before it crashes down and wipes out everything you might have thought about this enthralling tale. Read it!” —David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Guilty

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific by Cheryl Strayed

Best books for road trips

The descriptive story of loss and love will take the readers next to the author’s audacity & courage. The story fearlessly captivates the pleasures & terrors of a young woman heading against all odds of her life that finally healed her.

Praise for the book:

“I was on the edge of my seat. . . . It is just a wild ride of a read . . . stimulating, thought-provoking, soul-enhancing.” —Oprah Winfrey

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Best books for road trips

This honest and realistic heartbreaking historical fiction is set in 1930s Texas, the time of the Dust Bowl. The tragedies of the time like hunger, despair, powerlessness make it heart-wrenching… The story of a helpless family that tries to survive in the great depression. 

Praise for the book:

“Epic and transporting, a stirring story of hardship and love…Majestic and absorbing.”USA Today

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession  & the search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson

Best books for road trips

This is a thrilling adventure of historic mystery & suspense undertaken by three men on a mission to find the wreck of a pirate ship. The graphic description and the curiosity aroused by the treasure hunting make the book moving. A gripping adventurous story you should listen to on your next road trip

Praise for the book:

“An exceptional adventure . . . Highly recommended to readers who delight in adventure, suspense, and the thrill of discovering history at their fingertips.”Library Journal

‘The Temptation of Gracie’ by Santa Montefiore

Best books for road trips

Told in a beautiful narrative along with incredible settings of Tuscany, The temptation of Gracie is an emotive read. It handles the theme of family and romance. If you are a lover of romantic novels and you love the countryside, I am sure that this book won’t disappoint you!  The book itself will make you feel like you are on a Tuscan road trip. 

praise for the book:

“A pleasure to read…. With her characteristic warmth and attention to detail, Montefiore introduces readers to a new cast of compelling characters…. A new Montefiore novel is always a major event.” (Toronto Star)

Time for YOUR action

What’s your all time favorite audiobook? How about the narrator? Let me know in the comments

Always curious to hear from you,

Stephy

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Stephy George

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Hey Kindred Spirit, I’m Stephy! I am a creative bookworm. This blog is for you if you love to read about books.
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Hey Kindred Spirit, I’m Stephy! I am a creative bookworm. This blog is for you if you love to read about books.

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