Audiobook Recommendations for Your Road Trip

Hello, audiobook listeners! Amanda Nelson here filling in for Katie while she’s on a summer break. Lots of you are probably in the middle of planning a summer road trip, and want to stock up on audiobooks to listen to while you drive. I’ve got a few links to help you out, with recommendations and how-tos:

Sponsored by THE EMPEROR OF SHOES by Spencer Wis

A transfixing story about an expatriate and his burgeoning relationship with a seamstress intent on inspiring political change.

Alex Cohen, a 26-year-old Jewish Bostonian, is living in southern China, where his father runs a shoe factory. Alex reluctantly assumes the helm of the company, and quickly comes to a grim realization: employees are exploited, and his own father is engaging in bribes to protect the bottom line.

Then Alex meets a seamstress named Ivy, who is secretly sowing dissonance among her fellow laborers. Will Alex remain loyal to his father and his heritage? Or will the sparks of revolution ignite?

The Best Mystery Audiobooks for Your Road Trip–I’ve long since held that mysteries are the best genre of audiobook for road trips: they’re usually ten hours or under, and engaging enough to keep you awake and distracted from the monotony of the highway. There are some excellent recs in that post!

Speaking of mysteries for your road trip, take a listen to an excerpt of the audiobook of Ruth Ware’s latest, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, or to this excerpt of Jessica Knoll’s latest, The Favorite Sister.

So you have a few ideas for what you want to listen to, but audiobooks are out of your price range? Load up your phone with a few free ones, all from your public library via Overdrive. Here’s how.

Mysteries aren’t your thing? Or maybe your drive is over ten hours and you need a real chunker to get you through? Use this as an opportunity to listen to some of those big history audiobooks you’ve been meaning to get to.

For the YA lovers around here: five YA audiobooks with multiple narrators (this is a great audiobook feature for those of us who get a little drowsy with just one narrator).

That’s it for now! Happy listening!