Summer vacation is almost upon us, and for many that means the inevitable road trip. With the right narrator, listening to a great audiobook can mentally transport you just as effectively as reading an incredible novel. Whether you’re traveling solo or going as a group, the following audiobooks will ensure that you don’t drive directly to crazy. These are ADULT audiobooks. I'll have a list for kids up soon!!
Audiobooks That Make Any Road Trip Better
Written and Read by Tina Fey - You probably thought it couldn’t get any better than reading Fey’s witty, entertaining, and wise memoir, but this way you get to hear her tell it right to you, in her own voice, with all the proper inflection and emphasis.
By Nora Ephron, Read by Meryl Streep - Streep played the title character in the movie version, as well — she knows her inside and out, and it shows in this perfect audio performance.
By Keith Richards, Read by Johnny Depp - Nobody can voice a dangerously disarming charmer like Depp, so this is clearly a match made in audiobook heaven.
Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel
Written and Read by Lauren Graham - Lauren Graham’s fictional tale of a young woman trying to make it in the Big Apple is funny, heartfelt, and just the tiniest bit flaky. Exactly what you would expect from Lorelai Gilmore.
Written and Read by Patti Smith - hear Patti reliving her memories of busted-and-boho NYC.
Written and Read by Neil Gaiman - the fantasy world Gaiman creates comes completely alive when he reads his own book.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
Written and Read by Mindy Kaling - she’s just as funny and fearless when reading her memoir as she is when she’s writing for TV.
The End of the Affair
By Graham Greene, Read by Colin Firth - Fog, passion, steam engines, tweed, fog, wartime despair, desperate lovers, more fog—no one does doomed London romanticism like Graham Greene. Just try to keep a stiff upper lip while listening.
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency
By Alexander McCall Smith - Escape to Botswana with ace private investigator Mma "Precious" Ramotswe. Between the whiff of danger and the warmth and sunny efficiency of Botswana's female Sam Spade, you may never want to close this case.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
By Douglas Adams, Read by Stephen Fry - After 7½ million years, a computer finally has the ultimate answer to the universe. A respite from the humdrum for all ages.
The Art of Racing in the Rain
By Garth Stein – A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope. A beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life, as only a dog could tell it.
In a Sunburned Country
Written and Read by Bill Bryson - Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in Australia, the country that doubles as a continent; the result is a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity.
Are you a fan of audiobooks? Any that you would add to this list??
**Thanks to HCPLC for putting together this great list!**