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
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.
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.
Robert R. McCammon
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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