When road tripping, there is nothing better than an engaging audiobook. Here are some great books that have kept us entertained for hours.
Note: Some of these are not kid-friendly.
By Craig Silvey
From the Publisher: A 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book
Charlie Bucktin, a bookish thirteen year old, is startled one summer night by an urgent knock on his bedroom window. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in their small mining town, and he has come to ask for Charlie’s help. Terribly afraid but desperate to impress, Charlie follows him into the night.
Jasper takes him to his secret glade, where Charlie witnesses Jasper’s horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion. He locks horns with his tempestuous mother, falls nervously in love, and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.
Our 2 Cents: This book engaged us quickly. We actually sat in a driveway of one destination until we finished the book, already having taken the long way to get there just to listen to the book. It’s the secondary characters we found engaging and, despite some long winded explanations, we really got to know the characters in this book.
By Khaled Hosseini
From the publisher: Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of 30 years of Afghanistan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.
Our 2 Cents: An epic exploration of what it’s like to live as an Afghani woman. Western listeners will be deeply drawn into a brutal tale of war, culture, and resilience. Captivating.
By Anne Cassidy
From the publisher: Kate Rickman seems just like any other 19-year-old girl. She goes to university, she dates nice, normal boys, and she works in her local tourist office at the weekend. But Kate’s not really normal at all. “Kate” is in fact a carefully constructed facade for a girl called Jennifer Jones…and it’s a facade that’s crumbling fast. Jennifer has spent the last nine years frantically trying to escape from her horrifying past. Increasingly desperate, Jennifer decides to do something drastic. She contacts the only other girl who might understand what she’s dealing with, breaking every rule of her parole along the way. Lucy Bussell is the last person Jennifer expects any sympathy from, but she’s also the last person she has left.
Our 2 Cents: Does redemption exist? Can we be truly forgiven? These themes are delved into in the sequel to Looking for JJ. The quick paced narrative propels us between Exmouth and London as we learn about what happened to Jennifer Jones after she killed her friend when she was 10 years old.
by Cheryl Strayed
From the publisher: A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe and built her back up again. At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. After her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State – alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than an idea: vague, outlandish, and full of promise. But it was a promise of piecing together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces rattlesnakes and bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and intense loneliness of the trail. Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
Our 2 Cents: If you ever wanted the inspiration to strap on your own hiking boots, this is the story for you.
By R.D. Robb
From the publisher: Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she’s seen it all—and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she’s going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire—and suspect in Eve’s murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it’s up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about—except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.
Our 2 Cents: If you want to get sucked into a series, this is the first of a very long series by J.D. Robb. This is one of my favourite series ever. J.D.Robb (aka Nora Roberts but this series is unlike the usual ‘Nora Roberts’ genre) draws you in to love the Eve and Roarke characters, along with the circle of characters who surround them. Love. Love. Love.
By S.E. Hinton
From the publisher: Dr. Phillip McDevitt, director of Terrace View Asylum, is intrigued by his newest patient, a troubled young man recently transferred from the state hospital for the criminally insane. Jamie Sommers suffers from depression, partial amnesia, and an unaccountable fear of the dark. Dr. McDevitt is determined to help Jamie conquer his demons, but the more he probes the young man’s fractured memories, the stranger his case becomes.…
An orphan and a bastard, Jamie grew up tough enough to handle almost anything. Taking to the sea, he found danger and adventure in exotic ports all over the world. He’s survived foreign prisons, smugglers, pirates, gunrunners, and even a shark attack. But what he discovered in the quiet seaside town of Hawkes Harbor, Delaware, was enough to drive him almost insane―and change his life forever.
Hawkes Harbor is a compelling and unpredictable new novel by one of America’s most honored storytellers.
Our 2 Cents: By the same author of The Outsiders, this was an amazing story. Compelling from the moment the book began.
By Amy Poehler
From the publisher: In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much). Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, and including a star-studded guest list of vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents Yes Please is chock-full of words, and wisdom, to live by.
Our 2 Cents: You definitely want to listen to this one. One of improv’s greatest performers offers a fantastic rendition of her memoir.
By Kim Dinan
From the publisher: After Kim and her husband, Brian, decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they’re given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. There are only three rules for the envelope: Don’t overthink it, share your experiences, and don’t feel pressured to give it all away. Through Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, and beyond, Kim and Brian face obstacles, including major challenges to their relationship. As they distribute the money to people they encounter along the way, they learn that money does not have anything to do with the capacity to give but that it is the giving of ourselves that is transformational.
Our 2 Cents: This is a book that truly touched my heart. I’ve followed Kim’s blog ‘So-Many-Places’ for years now and she’s a phenomenal writer. This book truly tells you what it’s like to travel long term with a partner. It’s gut wrenching and inspiring. it’ll definitely make you want to pack your bags and hit the road.