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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.

8

Project Hail Mary

By

Andy Weir

Read By

Ray Porter

When it comes to the best audiobooks for road trips with friends, this is sure to be a bonding experience. With its insanely well crafted mix of apocalyptic stakes, quirky characters and irresistable humour, Project Hail Mary is guaranteed to get you to your destination with a smile.

Rest of the Best Road Trip Audiobooks

Becoming Ted
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

Read By

Matt Cain

Samuel Barnett

A Big Scoop of Joy

Nether Regions
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Randal Graham

Raoul Bhaneja

Delightful Hilarity From Aristotle to Zeus

The Lesson
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

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Cadwell Turnbull

Janina Edwards, Ron Butler

Tender Portrait of a Community in Peril

Good Girl
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

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Anna Fitzpatrick

Mich Anger

I Love Lucy

Fairy Tale
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Stephen King

Seth Numrich, Stephen King

Epic Escapism With Audio to Match

Belladonna
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Adalyn Grace

Kristin Atherton

A Seductive Mystery, A Spellbinding Performance

Mindwalker
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Kate Dylan

Stephanie Cannon

Mind-Blowingly Good

Dead Moon
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

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Peter Clines

Ray Porter

Treat This as a Stand Alone Story

The Cabin in the Woods
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

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Sarah Alderson

Stephanie Cannon

Clutched My Pearls So Tight I’m Picking Em Up Off The Floor

My Best Friend's Exorcism
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

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Grady Hendrix

Emily Woo Zeller

Mean Girls x The Exorcist

Her Majesty’s Royal Coven
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Juno Dawson

Nicola Coughlan

Officially Under HMRC’s Spell - Bring On Book 2!

One of the Girls
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Lucy Clarke

Natalie Simpson, Sofia Zervudachi

Intrigue and Frenemies and Secrets

The People We Hate at the Wedding
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

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Grant Ginder

Dan Bittner, Khristine Hvam

Salty and Bittersweet

Daisy Darker
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Alice Feeney

Stephanie Racine

Alice Feeney Is A Master of Twists…

Project Hail Mary
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Andy Weir

Ray Porter

LOVED The Martian. This Might Be Better.

The Haunted
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

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Bentley Little

Dan Butler

Classic Haunted House Done Well

The Handyman
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

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Bentley Little

Chris Andrew Ciulla

Chilling, Riveting, How Did I Miss This?

We Are Satellites
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Sarah Pinsker

Lyssa Browne

Gattaca Meets Age of Miracles

A Tidy Ending
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Joanna Cannon

Lissa Berry

This Year’s Eleanor Oliphant

Do No Harm
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Jack Jordan

Lucy Paterson, Sarah Feathers, Jane Collingwood

Tantalisingly Twisted Thriller

The Remaining
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

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D. J. Molles

Christian Rummel

Morningstar Strain Meets The Martian

Existentially Challenged
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Yahtzee Croshaw

Yahtzee Croshaw

A Religious Experience

Nanny Needed
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

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Georgina Cross

Emma Ashton

Twisted Me Round Its Little Finger

214 Palmer Street
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Karen McQuestion

Stacey Glemboski

Refreshingly Different

Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection
average rating is 4 out of 5

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Don Roff

Stephen R. Thorne

Loved the Found Footage (or Audio) Feel

My Dead World
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

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Jacqueline Druga

Vanessa Johansson

A Fantastic Find For A Zombista

Rock Paper Scissors
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Alice Feeney

Stephanie Racine, Richard Armitage

Thrilling and Creepy With A Killer Twist

The Maid
average rating is 5 out of 5

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Nita Prose

Lauren Ambrose

The Rosie Project Meets Murder Mystery

How High We Go in the Dark
average rating is 5 out of 5

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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
average rating is 5 out of 5

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Rosie Walsh

Imogen Church, Theo Solomon

Mystery + Love Story + Drama + Thriller = Mind Blown

See Jane Snap
average rating is 4 out of 5

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Bethany Crandell

Xe Sands

A Sweet, Sardonic, Fruit Throwing Frolic

The Marriage Secret
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Carey Baldwin

Stephanie Cannon

A Game and A Gambit Fit for a Queen

Deadly Little Lies
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

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Stephanie DeCarolis

Norma Butikofer

I Know What You Did Last Summer Meets Gossip Girl

The Plague Stones
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

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James Brogden

Matthew Lloyd Davies

Awesomely Creepy

Just Another Liar
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

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Mandy Byatt

Melissa Woodbridge

Elements of John Marrs, Rachel Abbott and Adele Parks.

Plague of the Dead
average rating is 5 out of 5

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Z. A. Recht

Oliver Wyman

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

The Birthday Party
average rating is 5 out of 5

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Wendy Dranfield

Sarah Borges

Moriarty, Jewell and now Dranfield

The Midnight Library
average rating is 5 out of 5

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Matt Haig

Carey Mulligan

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

The Girl Upstairs
average rating is 5 out of 5

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Georgina Lees

Meg Travers

Utterly Engrossing Mystery

I'll Never Tell
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Casey Kelleher

Daphne Kouma

This. Gave. Me. Chills.

Close Your Eyes
average rating is 4 out of 5

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Rachel Abbott

Lisa Coleman

DCI Douglas As Gripping As Ever

Hide
average rating is 5 out of 5

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
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

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Matt Ritter

Matt Ritter

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

Touching Strangers
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Stacey Madden

Cherlanda Estrada and Nate Drury

A Satisfying Rummage Through Tangled Minds and Stories

The Extinction Trials
average rating is 5 out of 5

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A.G. Riddle

John Skelley

Riddle Wraps A Mystery Inside An Enigma

The Secret Next Door
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Rebecca Taylor

Libby McKnight

Big Bad Lies

Brackish Waters
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

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Matt Boren

Christina Applegate

Bitterness Is Such Sweet Sarcasm

The House Children
average rating is 5 out of 5

By

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Heidi Daniele

Lauren Reilly

So Very Powerful and Endearing

You Again?
average rating is 4 out of 5

By

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Nick Spalding

Henrietta Meire, Will Watt

Pure Fun

The Unheard
average rating is 4 out of 5

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Nicci French

Olivia Vinall

Heard And Enjoyed

The Liar's Daughter
average rating is 5 out of 5

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Megan Cooley Peterson

Melissa Moran

This Felt Searingly Real