On the Road Again – Audiobooks Perfect for Summer Road Trips

Memorial Day, check. Fourth of July, check. Final Harry Potter movie released, check.  Summer’s biggest milestones have already passed us by.  Stores are even getting school supplies in!  No worries, there’s still plenty of time for road trips or long drives and what better soundtrack than a great audiobook.

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork, narrated by Lincoln Hoppe.

Previously reviewed on the Hub, Marcelo’s story is wonderfully narrated by Lincoln Hoppe who captures Marcelo’s voice and his wonder at new experiences.  It’s a great listen when traveling late at night wondering about the mysteries of life.

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, narrated by Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren.

Katherine Kellgren’s name should look familiar as the narrator of the Jacky Faber books, recently honored at the 2011 Odyssey Award Presentation.  Kellgren and Kevin Free set Riordan’s newest series of Egyptian gods and goddess alive with lots of humor and fast-paced action.  This listen is perfect for the whole family, adventure, ancient myths and a little romance.

Heist Society by Ally Carter, narrated by Angela Dawe.

Mix equal parts Ocean’s Eleven with a Scooby Doo gang and add a dash of art history and you have the perfect fun summer read.  A YALSA Teens’ Top Ten in 2010, Heist Society makes a great listen for that weekend trip with the gang.

The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak, narrated by Allan Corduner.

While The Book Thief, a 2007 Printz Honor, may not seem like an obvious choice for summer reading,  it is a book that packs an emotional punch.  Allan Corduner (one of my all time favorite narrators) has the hard task of bringing the most unreliable of narrator’s to life, Death.  The Book Thief touches on so many themes, war, the Holocaust, family, love.  What better soundtrack for a long road trip with your best friend discussing the big issues in life?

Nation by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs.

Yes, I am mentioning Nation, 2009 Odyssey Honor, again because this is one of those books that can never be sung enough praise for.  But what better summer read is there than being stranded on an island with Mau and Daphne, two of Pratchett’s most engaging characters, while Stephen Briggs works his narrating magic?  Recommend purchasing this title since one listen isn’t enough.

What other audiobooks make for great road trip soundtracks?

– Amanda Margis, reading Chime by Franny Billingsley and listening to The Help by Kathryn Stockett

5 thoughts on “On the Road Again – Audiobooks Perfect for Summer Road Trips”

  1. I love humor on road trips. Some of my favorite audiobooks are David Sedaris (Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk) and Bill Bryson (The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America). Both authors read their own books, and the humor is sarcastic and witty… never gross or dumbed down. Teens and adults will both approve!

  2. You just mentioned two of my other favorite narrators! I got to see David Sedaris perform live this spring, even more funny live. At Home by Bryson is my on deck audiobook right now.

  3. Nation is one of our all time favorite audio books! I really glad you mentioned it. Now I’ll have to go and check out the others you listed. . .

  4. We recently listened to The Hunger Games on audiobook while on vacation and it kept our kids’ full attention! Lol. Thanks for these suggestions- we will be sure to check them out.

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