The 11 Best Audiobooks for a Long Trip

A Wrinkle In Time

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An audiobook for the whole family, A Wrinkle In Time is a classic that mixes fantasy, science fiction, and young adult fiction. With 6 hours and 27 minutes of narration by Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and Charlotte Jones Voiklis, you will discover new worlds, odd creatures, and venture through space and time.

The first book in the Time Quintet, A Wrinkle In Time will introduce, Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, their parents, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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An obvious choice for the whole fam, the Audible version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is narrated by Jim Dale who brings his own spin to every character, down to the Sorting Hat. Whether you've read every book in the Potter universe, seen every movie a million times, or you've never even heard of The Boy Who Lived, listening to the audiobook will be a new experience for the whole family.

The 8 hour and 19-minute audiobook will introduce young and old(er) listeners to Harry, Ron, and Hermoine as they take on trolls, a giant three-headed dog, and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Over the Top

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While the kids are otherwise occupied or if you're road-trippin' sans children, Over the Top, narrated by the JVN will keep you entertained for the duration of a 5 hour and 50-minute long road trip!

From his Midwesterner upbringing, a**busting beginning of his career, and the lows and highs of his romantic endeavors JVN will have you laughing until your sides hurt. He'll also share deeply personal struggles, his encounters with bullying, and his fair share of traumatic events. It'll definitely be a ride.

A Very Punchable Face

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SNL Weekend Update host Colin Jost apparently has had quite the life, and quite the punchable visage. With 7 hours and 41 minutes of weird, but sometimes relatable experiences written and narrated by Jost, you're likely to chuckle a few times.

An Audible reviewer wrote, "This book was like taking a much-needed vacation. I laughed out loud for the first time in months. The stories were personal but relatable and told with such honesty and emotion, I was easily drawn in and completely entertained. Colin is a master storyteller and his delivery impeccable."

What Happened to You?

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Written and narrated by Dr. Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey, What Happened to You? explores early childhood, behavior, and the people in our lives that shaped us. Winfrey shares deeply personal stories and conversations with renowned psychiatrist Perry and delves deep into past trauma that had major impacts on her life.

The 8 hour and 27-minute audiobook will sound more like a conversation, even as Perry explains the neuroscience behind traumatic events.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Who better to narrate the Audible version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy than the actual Guide, Stephen Fry?! Absurd, hilarious, and weirdly wonderful, Hitchhiker's Guide is a family favorite.

At 5 hours and 51 minutes, this audiobook will entertain, excite, and bring up important questions, like, did you remember to bring your towel?

Born a Crime

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Comedy Central Daily Show host, Trevor Noah narrates his 8 hours 44-minute long memoir, Born a Crime with wit, thoughtfulness, and perfect impersonations. He talks of his upbringing in South Africa during apartheid, living in poverty, and being an immigrant in the US.

An Audible reviewer noted, "He's funny when humor is possible. Even when he's serious, there is grace and wit -- plus a sweetness and generosity of spirit that's rather uplifting. I don't think I've ever said that about a book. It's not a word I use lightly. Trevor Noah is a rare person, able to appreciate the good stuff in his life and not obsess over the considerable amount of injustice he has experienced."

The Glass Castle

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At 10 hours and 25-minutes, the memoir written and narrated by Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle is captivating, intriguing, and intense. Reflecting on her unconventional upbringing, Walls recounts harrowing experiences. From burning herself while cooking at three years old, to living paycheck to paycheck with an alcoholic father, Walls tells the stories with grace and love.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

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We kinda hate to break it to Issa Rae, but she's cool. Maybe she's had some awkward phases, but, haven't we all? Going from a self-made Youtube sensation to an award-winning writer, director, and actress, Rae does it all and makes it look easy. Rae narrates her Audible book The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl which chronicles her early years of catfishing in cyber chat rooms, her love interests, and how she ultimately learned to accept herself.

Witty and humorous, your 5 hour and 49-minute long road trip will be over before you know it!

A Promised Land

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If you're taking a very long road trip, think, booking an RV for a cross-country adventure, President Obama's A Promised Land may get you there with more to listen to on the way home! For all 29 hours and 10 minutes, Obama reflects on his time in the White House, his early political ambitions, and his upbringing in Hawaii.

An Audible reviewer raved, "Barack Obama tells his story (through his 1st term) as only he can - with candor, humor, and fascinating detail. You can tell he enjoyed reading it and writing it. And you’re going to love listening to it!!"


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Coming in hot on her husband's heels at 19 hours and 3 minutes, Michelle Obama's Becoming chronicles her upbringing, her early career, and meeting her future husband. Likely to become the biggest memoir ever written, Becoming is relatable, inspiring, and beautifully written. Narrated with warmth and authenticity as only Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama could, Becoming will give you a glimpse into the highly scrutinized, (even without scandal) life of the Obamas.

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