Good Audio Books About Trips for Road Trips

June 25th, 2013 by
The Open Road


Audio books are one of the best ways to pass the time while on a long road trip. While I find all subjects interesting, what really helps to make the trip seem shorter is to listen to a book about other people taking a journey. It sounds somewhat meta, listening about a trip while on a trip, but when the characters you’re listening about reach a milestone in their destination, it helps to break up the time in your journey.

Here are just a few personal favorites:

  • On the Road, by Jack Kerouac. Half memoir and half fiction, On the Road features a Kerouac double as he travels across America with a crew that is introspective yet rowdy. The Modern Library ranked On the Road as one of the Top 100 English-Language novels of the 21st century.
  • A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson. This humorous story follows the author and an unfit friend as they try to hike the Appalachian Trail. Obstacles are followed by failure after failure, and, at the cost of himself and his crude friend, Bryson spares no detail of this true account.
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Thanks to a recent film and two television series, Sherlock Holmes is once again a popular character in modern culture. Fans will be happy to know the detective is even snarkier and detached in the original stories. This, like other recent portrayals helps to upset the image of the gentlemen, black-and-white Sherlock. Because the stories have brevity and snappy dialogue, they will help to make for a quick drive.
  • High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby. Moreof a journey of self discovery than a standard trip, a disheartened record-store owner goes back through his past girlfriends and learn where he went wrong. While the adaptation took place in the United States, the original story takes place in Britain. Like the above selection, High Fidelity is filled with witty dialogue and highly-relatable situations.
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein. Science-fiction sage Heinlein creates a populated moon where an open prison of hundreds of thousands that is slowly becoming unruly. This story follows a revolution-in-the-making, whose every new foothold makes the story gripping. Extra perfect to listen to when driving at night when the moon is out.
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