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30 Best Audiobooks for Road Trips 2019

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Do you have a road trip planned recently? Then why not bring with you some great audiobooks for your next road trip? While you’re passing through small towns, navigating rural roads or traversing the interstates, you can listen to audiobooks to make those long stretches of highway much more interesting and have the hours pass more quickly. Here we’ve collected some of the best audiobooks for road trips with plenty of options. Whether you're traveling alone or going with your family, friends, the audiobooks on the following list will keep the whole trip entertained for miles and miles.

Tips: Want to listen to audiobooks in car? Check out all the methods on How to Listen to Audible Audiobooks in Car.

Best Audiobooks for Road Trips

Best Classics Audiobooks

1. The Hobbit

The HobbitLike every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

Narrator: Rob Inglis

Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins

Listen on Audible

2. To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a MockingbirdOne of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father - a crusading local lawyer - risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

Author: Harper Lee

Narrator: Sissy Spacek

Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins

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3. The Great Gatsby

The Great GatsbyF. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. There, he has a firsthand view of Gatsby’s lavish West Egg parties - and of his undying love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. 

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Narrator: Jake Gyllenhaal

Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins

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4. Brave New World

Brave New World On the 75th anniversary of its publication, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before. Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Author: Aldous Huxley

Narrator: Michael York

Length: 8 hrs

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5. Pride and Prejudice

Pride and PrejudiceOne of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

Author: Jane Austen

Narrator: Rosamund Pike

Length:11 hrs and 35 mins

Listen on Audible

Best Mystery Audiobooks

6. Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock HolmesIf you love reading detective fictions, you must know Sherlock Holme. Since it was published, it has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Stephen Fry, having already narrated one of the world's best-selling book series in the form of Harry Potter, has returned to the recording booth to take on another hugely popular series. Sherlock Holmes. Narrated by Stephen Fry. What a perfect way to get away from it all while you're during the road trip or commutes.

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Narrator: Stephen Fry

Length: 62 hrs and 52 mins

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7. The Silent Patient

The Silent PatientThe Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband. Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word.  

Author: Alex Michaelides

Narrator: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey

Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins

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8. An Anonymous Girl

An Anonymous Girl"Seeking women ages 18-32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed." When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking...and what she’s hiding. 

Author: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

Narrator: Barrie Kreinik, Julia Whelan

Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins

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9. The Wife Between Us

The Wife Between usWhen you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. 

Author: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

Narrator: Julia Whelan

Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins

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10. The Outsider

The OutsiderAn 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

Author: Stephen King

Narrator: Will Patton

Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins

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Best Romance Audiobooks

11. Outlander

OutlanderThis stunning blend of historical romance and time traveling adventure has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world and catapulted author Diana Gabaldon to the top of the New York Timebestseller list. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love.

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Narrator: Davina Porter

Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins

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12. Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades DarkerDaunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But the desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. 

Author: E. L. James

Narrator: Becca Battoe

Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins

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13. Every Breath

Every BreathIlluminating life's heartbreaking regrets and enduring hope, Every Breath explores the many facets of love that lay claim to our deepest loyalties - and asks the question, How long can a dream survive?Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At 36, she's been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family's cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future. 

Author: Nicholas Sparks

Narrator: Sean Cameron Michael, Vanessa Johansson

Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins

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14. See Me

See meSee Me is a story of obsession, reinvention, and a love that defies every expectation, reminding us that destiny often rests in our own hands - even in matters of the heart. Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. At 28, he's focused only on walking a straight line - getting his teaching degree, working out at the gym religiously, and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his earlier life. The last thing he's looking for is a serious relationship. But when Maria Sanchez crosses paths with him on a rainswept night in North Carolina, his plans are upended in a way that will rattle the foundations of his carefully structured life.

Author: Nicholas Sparks

Narrator: Christopher Ryan Grant

Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins

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15. Time's Convert

Time's ConvertA passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution, Time's Convert channels the supernatural world-building and slow-burning romance that made the All Souls Trilogy instant best sellers to illuminate a new and vital moment in history, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. 

Author: Deborah Harkness

Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld

Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins

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Best Fiction Audiobooks

16. Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty. 

Author: Lisa Wingate

Narrator: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber

Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins

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17. Then She Was Gone

Then She Was GoneFifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

Author: Lisa Jewell

Narrator: Helen Duff

Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins

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18. Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

Author: Delia Owens

Narrator: Cassandra Campbell

Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins

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19. The Alchemist

The AlchemistPaulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. 

Author: Paulo Coelho

Narrator: Jeremy Irons

Length: 4 hrs

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20. The Nightingale

The Nightingale The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

Author: Kristin Hannah

Narrator: Polly Stone

Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins

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Best Nonfiction Audiobooks

21. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

12 Rules for LifeWhat does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

Author: Jordan B. Peterson

Narrator: Jordan B. Peterson

Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins

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22. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

SapiensMost books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago, with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Narrator: Derek Perkins

Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins

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23. 48 Laws of Power

48 Laws of PowerAmoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other infamous strategists. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

Author: Robert Greene

Narrator: Richard Poe

Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins

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24. The Total Money Makeover

The Total Money MakeoverOkay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

Author: Dave Ramsey

Narrator: Dave Ramsey

Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins

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25. Outliers: The Story of Success

OutliersIn this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

Author: Malcolm Gladwell

Narrator: Malcolm Gladwell

Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins

Listen on Audible

Best Audiobooks for Kids & Teens

Taking a road trip with your family this summer? Grab a captivating audiobook below to keep everyone entertained, especially the kids. Your kids will get lost in these stories along the trip.

26. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry PotterHarry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin! 

Author: J.K. Rowling

Narrator: Jim Dale

Length:8 hrs and 33 mins

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27. The Hunger Games

The Hunger GamesIn the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. 

Author: Suzanne Collins

Narrator: Carolyn McCormick

Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins

Listen on Audible

28. Wonder

WonderAugust Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. He's about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances? R.J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and spare emotional power.

Author: R. J. Palacio

Narrator: Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd

Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins

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29. The Lightning Thief

The Lightning ThiefTwelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

Author: Rick Riordan

Narrator: Jesse Bernstein

Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins

Listen on Audible

30. A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in TimeIn 1962, Madeleine L'Engle debuted her novel A Wrinkle in Time, which would go on to win the 1963 Newbery Medal. Bridging science and fantasy, darkness and light, fear and friendship, the story became a classic of children's literature and is beloved around the world. Throughout the novel, the young main characters Meg Murry, Charles Wallace Murry, and Calvin O'Keefe embark on a journey through space and time, from universe to universe, as they endeavor to save their father and the world. The novel offers a glimpse into the battles between light and darkness, and goodness and evil, as the young characters mature into adolescents on their journey.

Author: Madeleine L'Engle

Narrator: Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, Charlotte Jones Voiklis

Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins

Listen on Audible

Tips: How to Convert DRM-protected Audible Audiobooks to MP3

Listening to audiobooks is an excellent way to escape from the boredom on the road. With the right narrator, listening to a great audiobook can make a long drive fly. You can purchase almost all the audiobooks mentioned above from Audible. However, the Audible books are DRM-protected AAX/AA files and can be only played on Audible compatible app or device. If you want to listen to Audible books on any device more freely, like playing Audible in the car on the road trip, you'd better get the audiobooks in MP3 format. Here I would like to recommend you with a powerful Audible Converter that can help you convert DRM-protected Audible AAX/AA audiobooks to MP3/M4B with few simple steps.

All you need to do is to just add the Audible files into the interface of Audible Converter and click the convert button. For more details, you can watch the following video or read The Official Guide to Convert Audible to MP3.

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