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Audiobooks for Family Roadtrips

Are you heading out of town to visit family or friends this holiday season? Are you dreading a car trip where everyone is constantly asking “are we there yet?” Audiobooks can make the time in a vehicle fly by and keep everyone entertained. Of course, finding something that fits everyone’s interest can be a bit tricky. These audiobooks are family friendly but entertaining enough for adults to enjoy.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book

This Newbery award winning book is the delightfully spooky story of Bod, short for Nobody, a boy who is perfectly normal, except he has been raised by ghosts and lives in a graveyard. Not only is the story absolutely enchanting, it’s narrated by the author. Neil Gaiman’s voices bring the characters to life. If your trip is shorter, you might want to consider Odd and the Frost Giants instead, another of Neil Gaiman’s books, which is just an hour and half long.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick 

The Invention of Hugo CabretReaders of all ages will find this story of an orphan who repairs the clocks in a Paris train station who meets a mysterious toyseller. While you won’t get to see the fantastic illustrations if you listen to the audiobook version, the sound effects of train whistles and chiming clocks make up for it.


Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Navigating EarlyA young Jack Baker moves from Kansas to an East Coast boarding school after the end of WWII, and meets a strange boy, Early, who reads the number Pi like a story. Listeners will be spellbound by this story of adventure, family, and “finding the thing that connects us all.”



Sabriel by Garth Nix

SabrielThis classic young adult novel is brimming with magic, and it even has a sassy talking cat. Sabriel must rescue her father and ensure that the world of the dead does not encroach on the land of the living. Younger listeners may not recognize the voice of Tim Curry, but they will enjoy the way he brings the characters to life.


The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Cathrynne Valente

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own MakingThis is another audibook narrated by the author, and it is fantastic. A fairy tale in the style of Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz, the adventures of September will engross readers of all ages. Magical and mysterious, in beautiful language with layers of meaning and creative twists, this is a story that will make hours in a car a true treat.


If these aren’t to your taste, there are hundreds more audiobooks available for you to peruse. If you don’t have time to stop by the library before heading out of town, you can even download digital audiobooks at home – the details on how to do so are on our website.


One Comment

  1. Rebecca says:

    Another fantastic family listen for really long road trips is the BBC Radio dramatization of The Lord of the Rings. It has a cast of 25 actors doing all the voices and is so absorbing you won’t even notice the trip.

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