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Best Audiobooks For Road Trips

A list of audiobooks to elevate any road trip to an adventure.

Getting ready to hit the open road? Forget music. A list of the best audiobooks for road trips is a must. Just press play and watch your journey fly by in a flash.

A great audiobook is more than just entertainment. It's an extra passenger, maybe several if it's performed by a cast. An escape and an experience all its own.

So, what makes for good audio books for road trips? Ones that match the length of your drive? One with broad appeal? What about something funny? You might be after pure fun.

So, without further ado, let’s get this party on wheels started. Category by category, here’s the Audiobooks Nest best audiobooks for road trips. Bon Voyage!

Top Road Trip Audiobooks

1

Ready Player One

By

Ernest Cline

Read By

Wil Wheaton

Careful Marty! This scifi gem is brimming with enough 1980’s pop culture references to perm your hair. Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One will transport you into a dystopian reality where the only way to live is virtual. Read by none other than Star Trek’s Wil Wheaton, this is everything you need to nerd out and everything you want from a road trip audiobook.

2

The Road

By

Cormac McCarthy

Read By

Tom Stechschulte

Okay yes. The title is slightly on the nose. But I did restrain myself. I almost went with Jack Kerouac’s best known tome.,, But back to The Road. This stunning Pulitzer Prize winning work is a post-apocalyptic masterpiece about a father and son bond that survives the end of the world and beyond.

3

Swan Song

By

Robert R. McCammon

Read By

Tom Stechschulte

Let one of the scariest, most gruesome audio books around keep you rearing to go on your road trip. Spend over 34 hours in the grimmest apocalypse possible and join the fight to save the world. I guarantee you won’t be bored for a second.

4

The Stand

By

Stephen King

Read By

Grover Gardner

If there’s one author who’ll stick with you until the end, it is the king of horror, Mr Stephen King. King’s audiobooks are infamously long and thus ideal for road trips. Especially as quantity doesn’t mean sacrificing on quality. In fact, one of his most popular tomes, The Stand, runs for almost 48 hours. That’ll get you the whole way across the US, coast to coast. But remember, never drive more than the medically recommended number of hours in a day.

One extra note: The longest fiction audiobook I’ve come across is War & Peace at a stonking 61 hours, 6 minutes. Bought it. Tried it. Couldn’t finish it.

5

The Hunger

By

Alma Katsu

Read By

Kristen Potter

Even the best road trips have their tougher moments. When you’re sick of driving and bored at the wheel, it’s good to know that things could be a lot worse. And there are few road trips worse than that of the Donner Party. Alma Katsu’s reimagining of this historic event adds a supernatural twist to this renowned tale.

6

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

By

Gail Honeyman

Read By

Cathleen McCarron

Unless your road trip is a one way thing, you’ll need something to entertain you both there and back. And that’s where Eleanor Oliphant comes in. This is very much a story of two diverging halves. So you can ride one direction with one mood and a totally different vibe the other.

7

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

By

David Wong

Read By

Christy Romano

Are you on the hunt for funny audiobooks for road trips? Look no further than the works of David Wong. Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits is the first in his Zoey Ashe series, set in a grim future where good and evil are tough to differentiate. It’s outrageous, fast paced and hilarious. What’s more the narration of Christy Romano is phenomenal.

Best of the Rest: Road Trip Audiobooks

The Haunted

By

Read By

Bentley Little

Dan Butler

Classic Haunted House Done Well

The Handyman

By

Read By

Bentley Little

Chris Andrew Ciulla

Chilling, Riveting, How Did I Miss This?

We Are Satellites

By

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Sarah Pinsker

Lyssa Browne

Gattaca Meets Age of Miracles

A Tidy Ending

By

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Joanna Cannon

Lissa Berry

This Year’s Eleanor Oliphant

Do No Harm

By

Read By

Jack Jordan

Lucy Paterson, Sarah Feathers, Jane Collingwood

Tantalisingly Twisted Thriller

The Remaining

By

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D. J. Molles

Christian Rummel

Morningstar Strain Meets The Martian

Existentially Challenged

By

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Yahtzee Croshaw

Yahtzee Croshaw

A Religious Experience

Nanny Needed

By

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Georgina Cross

Emma Ashton

Twisted Me Round Its Little Finger

214 Palmer Street

By

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Karen McQuestion

Stacey Glemboski

Refreshingly Different

Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection

By

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Don Roff

Stephen R. Thorne

Loved the Found Footage (or Audio) Feel

My Dead World

By

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Jacqueline Druga

Vanessa Johansson

A Fantastic Find For A Zombista

Rock Paper Scissors

By

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Alice Feeney

Stephanie Racine, Richard Armitage

Thrilling and Creepy With A Killer Twist

The Maid

By

Read By

Nita Prose

Lauren Ambrose

The Rosie Project Meets Murder Mystery

How High We Go in the Dark

By

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Sequoia Nagamatsu

Jason Culp, Stephanie Komure, Micky Shiloah, Joe Knezevich, Brianna Ishibashi, Kotaro Watanabe, Matthew Bridges, Kurt Kanazawa, Greg Watanabe, Jeanne Sakata, MacLeod Andrews, Keisuke Hoashi, Brian Nishii, Julia Whelan

High Praise for this Darkest of Tales

The Love of My Life

By

Read By

Rosie Walsh

Imogen Church, Theo Solomon

Mystery + Love Story + Drama + Thriller = Mind Blown

See Jane Snap

By

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Bethany Crandell

Xe Sands

A Sweet, Sardonic, Fruit Throwing Frolic

The Marriage Secret

By

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Carey Baldwin

Stephanie Cannon

A Game and A Gambit Fit for a Queen

Deadly Little Lies

By

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Stephanie DeCarolis

Norma Butikofer

I Know What You Did Last Summer Meets Gossip Girl

The Plague Stones

By

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James Brogden

Matthew Lloyd Davies

Awesomely Creepy

Just Another Liar

By

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Mandy Byatt

Melissa Woodbridge

Elements of John Marrs, Rachel Abbott and Adele Parks.

Plague of the Dead

By

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Z. A. Recht

Oliver Wyman

Classic pandemic flick Outbreak meets TV’s Fear the Walking Dead.

The Birthday Party

By

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Wendy Dranfield

Sarah Borges

Moriarty, Jewell and now Dranfield

The Midnight Library

By

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Matt Haig

Carey Mulligan

Mesmerising Story, Powerfully Delivered by Carey Mulligan and with a Kate Atkinson Feel

The Girl Upstairs

By

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Georgina Lees

Meg Travers

Utterly Engrossing Mystery

I'll Never Tell

By

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Casey Kelleher

Daphne Kouma

This. Gave. Me. Chills.

Close Your Eyes

By

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Rachel Abbott

Lisa Coleman

DCI Douglas As Gripping As Ever

Hide

By

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Nell Pattison

David Thorpe, Sherry Baines, Alex Wingfield, Nick Biadon, Clare-Louise English, Billy Ashcroft, Beth Eyre

Excellent, Especially the Characters

Rainwalkers

By

Read By

Matt Ritter

Matt Ritter

Like Post Apocalyptic Adventure? Sinister Dystopias? A G Riddle? This is for you.

Touching Strangers

By

Read By

Stacey Madden

Cherlanda Estrada and Nate Drury

A Satisfying Rummage Through Tangled Minds and Stories

The Extinction Trials

By

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A.G. Riddle

John Skelley

Riddle Wraps A Mystery Inside An Enigma

The Secret Next Door

By

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Rebecca Taylor

Libby McKnight

Big Bad Lies

Brackish Waters

By

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Matt Boren

Christina Applegate

Bitterness Is Such Sweet Sarcasm

The House Children

By

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Heidi Daniele

Lauren Reilly

So Very Powerful and Endearing

You Again?

By

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Nick Spalding

Henrietta Meire, Will Watt

Pure Fun

The Unheard

By

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Nicci French

Olivia Vinall

Heard And Enjoyed

The Liar's Daughter

By

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Megan Cooley Peterson

Melissa Moran

This Felt Searingly Real

The Night She Disappeared

By

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Lisa Jewell

Joanne Froggatt

I “Dug It”…

Never Saw Me Coming

By

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Vera Kurian

Brittany Pressley

Aaaaaargh-mazing. Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test meets Alice Feeney’s Sometimes I Lie meets Scream (shout out 1996).

The Perfect Ruin

By

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Shanora Williams

Chante Ellison, Nola Vance

Rich Revenge

How to Kill Your Family

By

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Bella Mackie

Charly Clive, Paul Panting

A Compelling Seduction to The Dark Side

The Echo Chamber

By

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John Boyne

Richard E. Grant

#loved #5stars #UstymKarmaliuk

New Teeth

By

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Simon Rich

Fred Berman

Braces yourself for a wild ride

Come With Me

By

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Ronald Malfi

Joe Hempel

A carefully crafted mystery with echoes of (and I don't bandy this about) Gone Girl

The Secrets of Strangers

By

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Charity Norman

Julie Maisey

One cup of Liane Moriarty, one cup Lisa Jewell and a dollop of K.L. Slater.

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

By

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Meg Elison

Angela Dawe

As powerful and Inspiring As The Handmaid's Tale

The Last Anniversary

By

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Liane Moriarty

Caroline Lee

Tangled webs as only Moriarty knows how.

The Night Sister

By

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Jennifer McMahon

Cassandra Campbell

Another gripping masterpiece by McMahon, only enhanced by Cassandra Campbell’s flawless narration.

Scythe

By

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Neal Shusterman

Greg Tremblay

An Ode To Death with Tones of The Hunger Games.

Brave New World

By

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Aldous Huxley

Michael York

A timeless piece about human nature versus nurture.

Poison Orchids

By

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Sarah A. Denzil, Anni Taylor

Aimee Horne

Kept Me Guessing To The End

World Departed

By

Read By

Sarah Lyons Fleming

Roger Wayne, Teri Schnaubelt, Christian Barillas, Mia Gaskin

If Big Little Lies had zombies in it...

The Rosie Project

By

Read By

Graeme Simsion

Dan O'Grady

Sweet, Uplifting Perfection

The Apocalypse Seven

By

Read By

Gene Doucette

Erin Bennett, Kiff VandenHeuvel, Juliette Goglia, Zeno Robinson, Will Collyer, Grace Rolek, Farah Merani

Exceptional. Beautifully Written, Brilliantly Read. The TV show Lost, but with a proper ending.

World War Z

By

Read By

Max Brooks

Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, Jennifer Woodward, David Thorpe, Adam Sims, Robert Slade

Zombie apocalypse perfection.

The Water Cure

By

Read By

Sophie Mackintosh

Hannah Murray, Gemma Whelan, Morfydd Clark

A Sinister Story Cleverly Told