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Favorite Audiobooks to Make Long Road Trips Shorter

Let’s face it. While family outings are wonderfully diverting, long car rides sometimes aren’t. Audiobooks are a fantastic way to help make traveling fun and help you bond as a family. There’s a book to fit any mood or preference! Here are a few suggestions to bring variety and enjoyment to the journey.

Comedic Relief:

Chicken in the Headlights by Matthew Buckley

This one will have the whole family in tears from laughing! Matthew Buckley captures the humor of seven young boys so perfectly that the characters feel like family.

Magical World Within Ours:

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling’s series about a boy who finds out he’s a wizard captivates readers and listeners with mystery, action, humor, and feel-good lessons about friendship and bravery. This is a 7-part series — ample time for road-tripping as each book is several hours of listening entertainment!

Growing Up And Being a Family:

Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

If you’re looking for a family-focused story with compelling lessons and sweet family relationships then the Little House on the Prairie is a fabulous choice. This series narrates the stories of a young girl and her family’s experiences living out in the extremely rural, harsh, and beautiful prairies of the Midwest US.

Epic Journey/Fantasy Adventure:

The Beyonders trilogy by Brandon Mull

This trilogy by Mull packs in twists and turns to keep you and your kids entertained for hours. The vivid descriptions, variety of characters, and epic scope make this a highly satisfying read. This 3-part story is thrilling and moving with an exciting plot, and is a great choice especially for middle school age and up.

Good Ol’ Small-town Family Fun:

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
A Long Way from Chicago is a collection of hilarious and thought-provoking stories about a couple of children who go to visit their spunky grandmother in Illinois. These stories are endearing and are a great choice for some light-hearted fun.

Audiobooks are a fantastic way to keep the kids entertained on long car trips. However, they can also strengthen family ties. When a family comes together to listen to a story, they are invited to make connections, share in the surprises and laughter, and make memories that last. Whether you’re in the mood for comedy, action, or perhaps something a bit more mellow, the selection is nearly limitless. So pack up, pop in the first CD, and let the adventure begin!

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