Riot Recommendation

45+ of Your Favorite Audiobooks for a Long Road Trip

S. Zainab Williams

Executive Director, Content

S. Zainab would like to think she bleeds ink but the very idea makes her feel faint. She writes fantasy and horror, and is currently clutching a manuscript while groping in the dark. Find her on Twitter: @szainabwilliams.

This Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Penguin Random House Audio.

The summer months are a great time for road trips with the whole family, but the car ride can get old…quick. Listen to an audiobook the whole family can enjoy and your destination will arrive in no time! Visit for suggested listens and for a free audiobook download of MY FATHER’s DRAGON!

The “are we there yets,” the constant bathroom stops, the close quarters, the songs and games–there’s nothing like a road trip to bring family closer together and test the limits of one’s patience. Treats from that roadside beef jerky joint won’t ensure a carload of happy travelers, but you can count on audiobooks to pull your fam out of a road trip slump.

We asked you to tell us your favorite books for a long road trip and you responded. Here are more than 45 of your favorites!

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, Margaret Mauldon (Translator)

IT by Stephen King

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams, Tony Ross (Illustrator )

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

The Emerald Atlas (The Books of Beginning #1) by John Stephens

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

The Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde

Hard Times by Charles Dickens

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

The Nix by Nathan Hill

The Stand by Steven King

The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

Cape High series by R.J. Ross

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Blue Highways by William Least-Heat Moon

The Gates by John Connolly

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Career Of Evil by Robert Galbraith

The More Than Complete Hitchhiker’s Guide (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #1-4 & short stories) by Douglas Adams

Tales of Known Space by Larry Niven

Desperation by Stephen King

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak