30+ Audiobooks That Are Perfect For Your Next Road Trip

It’s vacation time!

Everything is packed, and the van is loaded. By the third time you hear “mom” from the back seat, you may already be questioning your decision to drive twenty hours with a vehicle full of kids.

This is when you sit back, pop in your earbuds, and press play on one of these audiobooks that are perfect for traveling:

Beach/Travel Fiction for your Vacation

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Two enemies are given the perfect Hawaii honeymoon when an entire wedding party gets food poisoning. This book has it all, enemies to lovers, the perfect paradise, and lots of laughs. The perfect lighthearted audiobook for your long drive.

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Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Verity is one of the most suspenseful and insane books I’ve ever listened to. You won’t want to stop this one until the end credits. It’s a dark listen and will have you thinking about it long after you stop listening.

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Romance

Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words by Tara Sivec and Andi Arndt

Heidi is an innocent, former kindergarten teacher who finds herself thrown into a world of dirty talk.

This book is funny and light. Andi Arndt is one of the best narrators in the romance world for a reason. Heidi is from Minnesota, so it was fun to hear a character who sounds like people I know here in the Midwest, don’tcha know.  (Though, I still don’t appreciate the jokes at Iowa’s expense.)

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Fiction

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Sorry for another Colleen Hoover book, but I feel this is a book everyone should read. There are trigger warnings for this book, so maybe Google these before starting. I think giving too much away about this book takes away from the journey that this book takes you on. The subject matter is something I didn’t completely understand until I listened to this book, but the amazing writing had me feeling everything the characters felt.

Even better, Justin Baldoni from Jane the Virgin and director of Five Feet Apart has signed on to develop this book into a movie.

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Personal Development

Man Enough by Justin Baldoni

This book could be a great listen with a partner. Justin Baldoni takes a look at masculinity and how it is defined in our society, and the roles men are expected to play. This book has also inspired his new podcast by the same name if you need more.

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Audiobooks not your thing? Try these podcasts

  • Bananas– A podcast meant to help you escape bad news of the world by discussing the craziest news stories they can find.
  • Drunk Woman Solving Crime– As one woman discusses a true crime case, her drunk friends put their detective skills to the test and try to solve the crime.
  • Office Ladies– A must for any fan of The Office.
  • Stuff Mom Never Told You– This podcast discusses topics important to being a woman.
  • Stuff You Should Know– This offers a wide range of interesting topics on things you might have never given much thought to.
  • The Murder Squad– A former cold-case detective and an investigative journalist discuss cold cases and ask for help from the public as they attempt to solve the crimes.

Are the kids now awake or getting bored with their phone/tablet?

Here are some books you can listen to with the kids.

I would love to hear about your favorite audiobooks for your long road trips. Also, if you give any of these a try, please let me know what you think.

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Kristin is a single, working mother to two (9,4). She has lived in the Cedar Rapids area her entire life, though just outside Cedar Rapids in Atkins. She enjoys the small-town life and the relationships that come with it but enjoys being close to Cedar Rapids for recreation. She is currently working towards a degree from Mount Mercy University. When she is not working or doing homework, she enjoys watching her children play sports, watching Hawkeye Football, reading, writing, and binging Netflix.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Great list! I love to see what others are reading!
    I have never read Colleen Hoover but you have me wandering for the book, It Ends With Us.
    I don’t want to land in the middle so I must ask, does this book fair by itself, or is there a book that pairs well with it?

    • Yes! I love to see what people are reading too. Some of her books are part of a series, but It Ends with Us is a standalone.

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