Audiobooks are a great way to keep the family entertained on long road trips. They can help pass the time, keep everyone engaged, and provide a shared experience that everyone can enjoy. There are a wide variety of audiobooks available, so it’s easy to find something that everyone will enjoy.
Whether you’re looking for a classic story, a new best-seller, or something in between, there’s an audiobook out there that’s perfect for your family road trip.
11 Best Audiobooks For Family Road Trips
1. The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel [Book]
Jodi Picoult It’s impossible not to love Enzo.
Minneapolis Star Tribune This old soul of a dog has much to teach us about being human. I loved this book.
The New York Times bestselling novel from Garth Stein–a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of a dog’s efforts to hold together his family in the face of a divisive custody battle.
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals.
On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny’s wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody.
In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side.
Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.
Fifty thoughtful and playful questions about the past, present, and future will inspire great family conversations. Great game to play indoors on a rainy day or when you just want to have some family time.
Bring this portable tin along on your next family road trip, or break the ice at the next family dinner and learn new things about each other. A wide range of intriguing questions about the past, present, and future – a family-friendly party game that leads to interesting conversations.
Two exes reach a new level of awkward when forced to take a road trip together in this endearing and humorous novel by the author of the international bestseller The Flatshare. What if the end of the road is just the beginning? Four years ago, Dylan and Addie fell in love under the Provence sun.
Wealthy Oxford student Dylan was staying at his friend Cherry’s enormous French villa; wild child Addie was spending her summer as the on-site caretaker. Two years ago, their relationship officially ended.
They haven’t spoken since. Today, Dylan’s and Addie’s lives collide again. It’s the day before Cherry’s wedding, and Addie and Dylan crash cars at the start of the journey there. The car Dylan was driving is wrecked, and the wedding is in rural Scotland—he’ll never get there on time by public transport.
So, along with Dylan’s best friend, Addie’s sister, and a random guy on Facebook who needed a ride, they squeeze into a space-challenged Mini and set off across Britain. Cramped into the same space, Dylan and Addie are forced to confront the choices they made that tore them apart—and ask themselves whether that final decision was the right one after all.
OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEARONE OF THE WALL STREET JOURNAL TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEARPEOPLE’S #1 BEST BOOK OF THE YEARONE OF GQ’s TOP 50 BOOKS OF LITERARY JOURNALISM IN THE 21st CENTURYNamed a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, TIME, Slate, Smithsonian, The New York Post, and Amazon The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease.
Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don’s work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965.
In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins–aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony–and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence, hidden abuse.
By the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after another, were diagnosed as schizophrenic. How could all this happen to one family? What took place inside the house on Hidden Valley Road was so extraordinary that the Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health.
Their story offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia, from the era of institutionalization, lobotomy, and the schizophrenogenic mother to the search for genetic markers for the disease, always amid profound disagreements about the nature of the illness itself.
And unbeknownst to the Galvins, samples of their DNA informed decades of genetic research that continues today, offering paths to treatment, prediction, and even eradication of the disease for future generations.
With clarity and compassion, bestselling and award-winning author Robert Kolker uncovers one family’s unforgettable legacy of suffering, love, and hope.
I found this an amazing story full of sadness. Dedicatedf mental health workers and researchers who pursued the search into the mystery of schizophrenia were incredible It was so well described by the author especially the numerous episodes of the sick sons but also the unravelling of the whole family when confronted with their unending obstacles.
The book ended on a promising note. I thoroughly enjoyed the book especially as I have experienced mental illness within my family.
Don’t miss this audiobook, Audible’s Young Adult Audiobook of the Year and an Audie Award finalist! The YA love letter to hip-hop—streaming on Paramount+ September 23, 2022! Starring Sanaa Lathan (in her directorial debut), Jamila C.
Gray, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Lil Yachty, Method Man, Mike Epps, Ga – Ta (Davionte Ganter), Miles Gutierrez-Riley, Titus Makin Jr. , and Michael Anthony Cooper Jr. #1 New York Times bestseller · Seven starred reviews · Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book – Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time.
Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job.
So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral. for all the wrong reasons. – Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC.
But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be. – Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation.
It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free. “ For all the struggle in this book, Thomas rarely misses a step as a writer.
Thomas continues to hold up that mirror with grace and confidence. – Hear about more of life in Garden Heights from Angie Thomas in The Hate U Give and Concrete Rose.
On the Come Up, by Angie Thomas is a story about one girl’s struggle between doing what is best for her family and following her heart. Bri, a high school teenager, loves to rap and feels most comfortable when writing lyrics.
Her father has died, her mother is eight-years drug free, and her older brother works at a local pizza place to help pay the bills while putting grad school on hold. As the story unfolds, readers are immersed into the struggles of an inner-city family who cannot make ends meet and every corner seems to offer a new struggle instead of a window of opportunity.
Much can be inferred from the grit and determination of the character,s and Thomas does not disappoint when it comes to character development. Thomas really does an excellent job connecting the reader to her characters, and at times I felt like I was in the same room as them, observing their ups and downs.
Secondary characters play major roles in the development of the main characters, and I could truly identify with the inner turmoils Bri faced. She knew that she had potential as a musical artist, that others had her back because of her rapper legend dad, and that one day she would break through the daily struggles of not knowing where the next meal would come from.
As those around her try to run her life and make decisions for her, she falls back on her talents and abilities. Unfortunately, On the Come Up by Angie Thomas was a letdown after reading The Hate U Give.
Although this book held my attention, it was not a “can’t-put-it-down” type of book like her debut novel. Themes of teenager love, drug abuse, inferred gang violence are minor themes in this book, and add to rather than take away from the plot.
Strong language is used throughout the book, but I believe it aids the reader in feeling more connected to the characters. I give On the Come Up 3 out of 5 stars.
This is the first time reading anything by this writer. I decided to give it ago because I love Nic Stone and there’s a book they wrote together with couple others. I will say I really like this book.
It held my attention and I like the fact of how it shoes a deeper side to what we normally everyday are subject to believe when you get one sided stories. It gives you a clear view of how life can be seen from other sides and it’ll make you think twice before you just assume things.
It’s a young reader book but I got it for my daughter but once I started reading a little bit before I gave it to her I found myself not wanting to put it down!.
Book was in excellent condition Book rated for mid teens The main character is desperate to make money to help her family, by becoming a rap artist. Unfortunately, she begins by using inciting vocabulary that could put the family in danger.
Random House presents the audiobook edition of Gone By Midnight by Candice Fox, read by Lani Tupu. ___________________’Perfectly paced, super addictive action/thriller/mystery filled with highly original, ridiculously likeable characters.
Pretty much perfect in every way imaginable’ – BOOKTOPIA’Sign me up as a big-time Fox fan!’ – LEE CHILD, author of the Jack Reacher series___________________They left four children safe upstairs. They came back to three.
_________________On the fifth floor of the White Caps Hotel, four young boys are left alone while their parents dine downstairs. But when one of the parents checks on the children at midnight, they discover one of them is missing.
The boys swear they stayed in their room. CCTV confirms that none of them left the building. No trace of the child is found. Now the hunt is on to find him, before it’s too late – and before the search for a boy becomes a search for a body.
___________________’Fresh, lively writing that’s not afraid to deliver shocks’ – SUNDAY TIMES CRIME CLUB ‘It’s hard to put it down, and I was genuinely flummoxed. until the very end. Highly recommended.
Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-O-San into a slimy birth canal, or a roadside honky-tonk into a place for endless love? A book salesman with a grievance might pick up a mute hitchhiker, not knowing the silent man in the passenger seat listens altogether too well.
Or an exercise routine on a stationary bicycle, begun to reduce bad cholesterol, might take its rider on a captivating and then terrifying-journey. Set on a remote key in Florida, The Gingerbread Girl is a riveting tale featuring a young woman as vulnerable and resourceful as Audrey Hepburns character in Wait Until Dark.
In Ayana, a blind girl works a miracle with a kiss and the touch of her hand. For King, the line between the living and the dead is often blurry, and the seams that hold our reality intact might tear apart at any moment.
In N, which recently broke new ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment, a psychiatric patients irrational thinking might create an apocalyptic threat in the Maine countrysideor keep the world from falling victim to it.
Just After Sunset call it dusk, call it twilight, its a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you.
Stephen King’s latest anthology of short stories, Just After Sunset, is quietly dazzling. It is an album of snapshots of his ability to erode the membrane between light and dark, to make the reader believe that any person, given the proper circumstances, could slip into a universe that’s not quite right.
Weird things happen in these tales, but they are not necessarily horrifying. The characters are living, often unawares, on the edge of reality. This latest collection of tales reminds the reader that King’s characters don’t always die in his short stories.
Some of his unfortunates tumble into strange pockets and find themselves unable to get out. Or the opposite happens: They manage to flee against all odds and reclaim normality, or at least a tenuous substitute.
As with his previous collections, this anthology presents the feeling that there are these masses of people out there waiting to be dragged into something that will change, even end, their life as they know it.
Just After Sunset does this better than his previous collections. The unsettling “Willa,” set in a Wyoming railroad station, is the closest thing to an original “Twilight Zone” episode to be written in years.
In “N. “- one of the most unorthodox pieces in the collection- King meditates about death. Just After Sunset stands for all that Stephen King has become to his readers: a gateway between us and them, between here and there.
If you love King, you’ll enjoy this eclectic bouquet of short stories that is not, in the end, about darkness itself, but twilight- that gray, uneasy land that lies between the prosaic texture of human days and the unending desolation of the night.
I purchased the entire audiobook because I had listened to The Gingerbread Girl. Each story in Just After Sunset is good to the last word! I couldn’t wait to get in my car to run errands, drop off and pick up children! I find it best to listen in the car.
It makes my trip time seem too short. Sometimes I’d sit in the parking lot or my driveway waiting for the end of a chapter! Although there was one very short story relating to 9/11 that I listened to but upset by, it is due to Stephen King’s ability to write so that you are absorbed into the story! The longer of the stories (N.
and Stationery Bike were my favorites). This audiobook is great for the Stephen King fan on the go! As stated, I listen in my car. If you are commuting to work, listen on an a portable CD player. You’ll be at your destination before you know it, and maybe wishing you weren’t! :).
I often travel through mountain areas where radio reception is not good so, a few months back I bought my first audio book and I was hooked! It is great being able to have a good book read to you while you travel.
I recently purchased this one and it is great! I am finding audio books are a lot of fun, just like when I was a kid and we listend to stories on the radio! I would highly recommend this collection, if you like Stephen King, you will enjoy this one very much!.
Elmore Leonard can write circles around almost anybody active in the crime novel today. New York Times Book Review With more than forty novels to his credit and still going strong, the legendary Elmore Leonard has well earned the title, Americas greatest crime writer (Newsweek).
And U. S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Pronto, Riding the Rap, Fire in the Hole) is one of Leonards most popular creations, thanks in part to the phenomenal success of the hit TV series Justified. Leonards Raylan shines a spotlight once again on the dedicated, if somewhat trigger-happy lawman, this time in his familiar but not particularly cozy milieu of Harlan County, Kentucky, where the drug dealing Crowe brothers are branching out into the human body parts business.
Suspenseful, darkly wry and riveting, and crackling with Leonards trademark electric dialogue, Raylan is prime Grand Master Leonard as you have always loved him and always will.
One of Dahl’s biggest fans, David Walliams reads The BFG, while fresh from playing Willy Wonka live on stage, Douglas Hodge lends his voice to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Kate Winslet reads Matilda while comedians Chris O’Dowd, Peter Serafinowicz and Richard Ayoade also add their animated vocal talents to characters like The Twits, Fantastic Mr Fox and Danny the Champion of the World! A must for keeping the whole family entertained on long journeys, the MP3 CDs come in a handy and stylish tin case too.
A wonderful meditation book for anyone who has been affected by another person’s alcoholism. The meditations stress working on our own lives and improving them, rather than spending all our time trying to make the alcoholic stop drinking.
AlAnon is very important program that helps families and loved ones of those addicted by Alcoholism. Being a member to a group in my area, I ordered this to be able to have others read stories of hope.
There is much to be said about those who pass on through E-Bay these books so others can find hope. THANK YOU.
It is a wonderful book for anyone who has a friend or loved one with an alcohol problem. There is a reading for each day of the year. In the index is a list of topics, so if you have a certain problem it is easy to find all the readings that deal with that particular problem.
The readings are easy to understand, and very helpful in keeping us on track as we deal with living with or are associated with a person with addictions. This book focuses on how to make ourselves better and not let a seemingly imossible situation get the best of us.
As we make a better person of ourselves, the loved one with the addiction often notices a change in us and wants to do better themselves. The daily readings were written by ordinary people, just like you and me.
It is easy to relate to the situations, and good to see how others handled theirs. This gives us hope for our own lives. The Twelve Steps are in the book. AlAnon members are urged to follow the 12 steps themselves, and in doing so will see an improvement on their own lives.
It is not a book to learn how to stop the alcoholic from drinking, or to try and change his/her behavior. It is a self-help book. Even if you don’t have someone in your life with an addiction, following the 12 steps yourself will give you a better way of living and handling all of life’s situations.
One Day At A Time In AlAnon is definitely a book to keep and make reference to every day.
The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride’s late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter’s future nuptials.
Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event – but in reality, things are far from perfect. While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling.
Audiobooks can be a great way to entertain the whole family on long road trips. They can help pass the time, keep everyone engaged, and can be a fun way to bond with your kids. There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing audiobooks for a road trip, though.
First, make sure to choose books that are appropriate for all ages. You don’t want to bore the adults or terrify the kids. Second, pick books that are interesting and engaging. If you can find audiobooks with multiple narrators, even better.
Third, make sure you have a way to play the audiobooks in the car. You can use a portable DVD player, a phone or tablet, or even a portable speaker. Whatever you use, just make sure everyone can hear it.
Finally, don’t forget to bring along some snacks and drinks for the trip. No one wants to be hangry on a long car ride.
With these tips in mind, you’re sure to find the perfect audiobooks for your next family road trip. Happy listening!
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