If there’s one thing most of us feel we don’t do enough of these days, it’s reading. With all the daily distractions that cling to us constantly, it’s hard to find the time to begin reading those books you’ve always had on your list. Driving, though? It’s boring, monotonous, and empty. Make good use of your time by filling those long drives with these addicting audio books that will keep you entertained during your staggering road excursions!
The Harry Potter Series
J. K. Rowling’s beloved series is timeless, ageless, and practically endless so of course, it’s at the top of our list! The world built within these books is vivid and expansive filled with complex characters and stories that will keep you engaged for hours. As an added bonus, the writing is easy enough to understand that it doesn’t take too much focus off of the road to listen to it.
Throughout the series, each book gets progressively longer. Beginning with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, you’ll be wrapped up in the story of the “Boy Who Lived” for 8 hours. As the stakes get higher and the adventure continues, the stories lengthen, eventually leading to the seventh book taking nearly 24 hours to listen through. All combined, the entire series totals almost 120 hours of entertainment!
For fans of the movies, driving is a great time to catch up on these books if you have always wanted to read them through. You’ll gain the benefit of calling yourself a “real fan” while staving off the boredom of the open road! For an easy and convenient listen, get these audio books using an Audible subscription! You can also find individually recorded chapters of each book on hpaudiobooks.club for free!
Napoleon’s Buttons: 17 Molecules that Changed History
For those with an interest in science and interesting factoids, this book is full of stories about the chemistry of many modern things. Even if chemistry was a sore subject for you, don’t worry, the book is written for a general audience and doesn’t load the reader with uninteresting details.
This non-fiction work is split up into 17 self-contained chapters that each explain the story of a molecule. Ever wondered why chocolate and sugar are so addictive? How was birth control created and why does it work? How did buttons on uniforms contribute to the downfall of Napoleon’s army? All these intriguing questions and more make up chapter-long stories in the book.
You’ll quickly become captivated by learning the answers to questions you never knew you had! Napoleon’s Buttons is available through an Audible subscription.
Anything by Agatha Christie
The undisputed queen of the whodunnit genre, Christie’s novels are full of interesting characters and the hallmark twists and turns of a murder mystery. Fans of the game Clue may recognize the characters and locations in the book And Then There Were None. Led by her star detective character, Hercule Poirot, Death on The Nile and Murder on The Orient Express play out like a more timely Sherlock Holmes story.
Christie wrote over 60 mystery novels over the length of her career, writing from 1920 all the way until her death in 1976. Once you inevitably find yourself obsessed with her writing, you’ll surely have enough stories to listen to while on the road! Each one of her novels is fairly short, making them perfect to enjoy on a mid-length drive. You can find her more popular novels turned into audio books for free on YouTube!
The Hunger Games Trilogy
Another iconic book series turned movie, these audio books throw you right in the arena alongside beloved characters Katniss and Peeta. If you’ve somehow gone your whole life unaware of this dystopian story, then save yourself from being left out and get listening! Follow the journey of Katniss Everdeen as she overcomes the struggles of living in District Twelve and fights for her life in the Hunger Games.
I wouldn’t be surprised if you found yourself sitting on the edge of your car seat as you slip into the world Suzanne Collins created that follows themes of love, sacrifice, and survival. These books touch on the realities of war while in a fictional environment and lead the genre of dystopian writing.
With three books to get through, you’ll be wrapped up in The Hunger Games trilogy for just under 40 hours. The first two audio books, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, are available for free on YouTube. The third book, Mockingjay, is accessible with an Audible subscription.
Dava Shastri’s Last Day
Haven’t you ever wondered what people will say about you after you’re gone? That question fueled Kirthana Ramisett to write her debut novel Dava Shastri’s Last Day. It follows the story of a wealthy woman who has dedicated her life to building a legacy. When her days become numbered, she secretly arranges the news of her death to be announced before her passing so she can see the world’s reaction.
The story only gets more complicated as Dava’s family learns of what she is planning, and secrets of their own begin to get revealed. Kirthana Ramisett beautifully displays a multicultural family dynamic who is struggling to come to terms with their situation without completely falling apart. There’s undoubtedly something for everyone to relate to in this tale of love and legacy.
With a listening time of 12 hours, you’re going to never want to stop driving until you get to the end of the story! This audio book is available through an Audible subscription.
Talking To Strangers
Malcolm Gladwell’s 2019 book is an interesting and insightful collection of stories that detail the faults of human interactions. The book is broken into 12 chapters that offer their own unique insights into the human experience. One chapter details how a Cuban spy worked, unnoticed, for the United States government for years. Another details the culture of a remote tribe that engages in multi-day parties with endless drinking.
Each chapter is a self-contained human story that allows for an easy listening experience that can be broken up, or compiled together for hours of entertainment. The book as a whole is modern and applicable to the issues of our world, raising thought-provoking questions and observations about human society and the struggles between different peoples. By the end of it, you’ll have learned about aspects of the human experience you never could have dreamed of!
Even though “Talking To Strangers” is technically an audiobook, it feels more like a podcast. The stories are voiced by Malcolm Gladwell himself and include soundbites from interviews and videos which makes it stand out amongst other audio books. You can find it on YouTube for free!
Queue up an audiobook next time you’re on the road to transport yourself into a whole different adventure. This list is perfect to get you started and keep you entertained on those long, numbing drives!
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