My children are on spring break this week. We are embarking on about a 14-hour car ride to Florida. What could be torturous at times can become more fun while listening to an engaging audiobook to help take our minds off from being stuck in the car for so long.
Here is a list of a few of my family’s favorite audiobooks that we have listened to while traveling. Please keep in mind that our children are a bit older and some of these might be along the lines of PG-13 ratings.
1.) All the books from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and narrated by Jim Dale. Jim Dale does an amazing job narrating all of these books. He is a very talented voice actor who does a superb job in providing unique voices for all the characters in this amazing series about an orphaned boy who, at age 11, discovers that he is a wizard and will start his wizarding training at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
2.) Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie narrated by Jim Dale. Another Jim Dale narration that you should check out. He brings this classic story to life with his animated tale telling about three children that meet a flying boy who never grows up who takes them on an adventure to Neverland where they have the adventure of thier lives while meeting fairies, natives, and pirates.
3.) The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1 by Philip Pullman. The author is joined with a full cast in narrating this thought-provoking and adventurous book about a little girl, Lyra and her daemon, Pantalaimon whose world gets turned upside down when they leave the comforts of her school and get caught up in a whirlwind of events that include, child-thieving “Gobblers”, talking armoured bears, and the mystery of “dust”.
4.) The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau and narrated by Wendy Dillon. This is the first book of a trilogy. In the City of Ember, the protagonist, Lina, is growing up in a post-apocalyptic society that was constructed underground. The resources for this city are dwindling after the 200 years of being underground. Lina sets out to solve a mystery about the city and save her fellow citizens from desolation.
5.) Holes by Louis Sachar and narrated by Kerry Beyer. We like our adventure stories! This one is about a teen boy named Stanley Yelnats, who feels riddled with a curse of familial bad luck, was falsely accused of theft. He is sent to a juvenile detention camp where he must dig holes in order to build character. Humorous characters and camp secrets make this a fast moving tale to help keep your mind occupied while stuck in the car.
6.) To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee and narrated by Sissy Spacek. My husband and I were not sure if the kids were actually listening to this one but they were and all really liked it! The well-known actress, Sissy Spacek, does a beautiful narration of this classic Pulitzer Prize winning story.
For this road trip, I brought along two audiobooks to listen to, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin and narrated by Eric Michael Summerer and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and narrated by Allan Corduner. I will keep you posted to whether or not we liked either of these two. I am sure that we will though because they both have received positive reviews.