Long drive with small kids? You need a family audiobook!

In Books, Danielle Williamson Richardby Lola Magazine

How audiobooks save our sanity on the road…

It was, of course, a family obligation that took me to New Orleans one weekend a few years ago. I was the lone adult, with both kids in tow. Faced with an hours-long drive both to and from our weekend wedding festivities, I was beginning to dread the whole ordeal. 

This was going to take something stronger than the standard road-trip entertainment ammunition. To combat the insanity of who-picks-what-movie, or who-used-my-headphones, or why-won’t-this-dvd-load, and my-battery-is-at-2-percent, we boldly sidelined all electronics and downloaded an audiobook. As we began our trip toward South Louisiana, we rolled onto the interstate to the beginnings of a magical journey. The brilliant voice of Jim Dale is a perfect match to narrate the origin of one chosen wizard named Harry Potter. Not only did it capture the kids’ attention all the way into Metairie that evening, we easily breezed through the weekend and were looking forward to finishing the book on the ride home. 

As we look toward an upcoming 2019 holiday season that is sure to involve travel in some way, we wanted to suggest a handful of audiobook options that work well for people of all ages. Some are classics that parents will love to share with their children, and some are great contemporary reads that you’ll both get to discover together. The lineup  on this page includes 5 stand-alone books for short drives, and then page 118 showcases 5 different series of books for those much longer road trips. May your holiday travels bring you joy rather than frustration. 

Charlotte’s Web

written by E.B. White

narrated by E.B. White, George Plimpton

Wonder

written by J. Palacio

narrated by Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd 

A Wrinkle in Time

written by Madeleine L’Engle

narrated by Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L’Engle, Charlotte Jones Voiklis

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

written by Mark Twain

narrated by Nick Offerman

To Kill a Mockingbird

written by Harper Lee

narrated by Sissy Spacek

Little House on the Prairie Series

written by Laura Ingalls Wilder

narrated by Cherry Jones

The Box Car Children Series

written by Gertrude Chandler Warner

narrated by Aimee Lilly

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series

written by Jeff Kinney

narrated by Ramon De Ocampo

Harry Potter Series

written by J.K. Rowling

narrated by Jim Dale

Percy Jackson Series

written by Rick Riordan

narrated by Jesse Bernstein