Happy Sunday!! Today is a big day for us because if all goes as planned, we’ll be heading on a most epic roadtrip this evening. Long story short, we were supposed to go to Yellowstone with some family but now we are heading way out west. The plan is to go to Taos for a couple of nights, then to Colorado, then Moab, next Lake Powell, back to Colorado, and again Taos, and finally home. With two kids. One of whom is teething. Can you say INSANE? But seriously, I am so excited.
The whole trip will be about 1,000 miles (ish) and I’m hoping that we’ll be able to sneak in some audiobook time on the trip. You know that my audio listening has been cut substantially this year and so I’m aching to get some listening done. Plus, what makes the time in the car go faster than listening to an awesome book? Well, besides the music debates Scott and I are sure to have (we could argue for hours whether 80s music or 90s music is better). Meh, so we may not actually get very much listening done, but here’s to hoping.
All of this got me thinking about what makes a great roadtrip audiobook? When I was in college, or even after when Scott and I had a bit of a long distance romance, I didn’t know about audiobooks. RIGHT? I KNOW. Instead I listened to musicals and the story carried me through the many many 5 hour stints in the car. It has only been in the past couple of years that we’ve started listening to audiobooks on roadtrips (before that I actually read, from a physical book, to Scott while he drove. Best.Wife.Ever).
Anyway, when picking out our audiobook potentials for the trip, I have to keep hubby in mind plus the kiddos little ears (we’ll likely only listen when they are sleeping or if Elle is watching a movie with headphones). So, Outlander is out of the question. What am I looking for? Books that will interest both Scott and myself. This means I don’t want to listen to business books and he doesn’t want to listen to classics. I’m also looking for audiobooks that are less than 10 hours, mostly to keep the interest going. Unfortunately this means that Stephen King is out (plus little ears).
Here are the potentials:
In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (also narrated by) – Travelogue. Humor. Bill Bryson. Random information. Yup! Memoir. (on Audible)
The Martian by Andy Weir (narrated by R. C. Bray) – This book has been getting all kinds of buzz and I have a feeling that the “can’t turn it off, omg what’s going to happen” will make the miles of our trip fly by. Fiction. (on Audible)
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (also narrated by) – I’ve seen Bourdain a bit on TV and after seeing mentions of his books all over the place I knew that it would make great listening. I am concerned about potential language though I don’t know for certain if this is an issue.
The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean (narrated by Sean Runnette) – Recommended by Rhapsody Jill so we know it must be good. The rest of the title is “And other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of elements.” In other words: A whole lot of random information. Scott eats this stuff up. Non-Fiction. (on Audible)
Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt – Um, first, this one is narrated by Edoardo Ballerini (Beautiful Ruins fame). Plus history. I think this will be a certain win for the two of us. Non-Fiction. (on Audible)
While I don’t think he’ll make the cut this trip, J. Maarten Troost is absolute roadtrip material along the lines of Bill Bryson. Again, random information about random locales. Win win win. And none of the links to Audible are affiliate–just in case you care about that kind of thing.
Do you listen to audiobooks when you’re taking roadtrips? What books have you loved on the road? What do you think makes a great roadtrip audiobook?