Loving cars and enjoying reading are anything but mutually exclusive, and that’s why we’re so hyped that August 9 is National Book Lovers Day. Instead of blasting tunes as you cruise this Wednesday, why not try listening to an audiobook? Here are some of the best audiobooks to take you through your journeys—whether long or short—for the remainder of summer.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
If you’re in the mood for an otherworldly experience to transport you from the drudgery of a morning traffic jam, Adams has got your back. His whimsical characters and humorous storytelling come through vividly with comedian Stephen Fry as narrator. Even if you’ve already read this book before, it’s always worth a listen.
Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith
If reading about real people is more your speed, then you might enjoy this captivating biography of England’s queen. Rosalyn Landor narrates the life of young Lilibet, who becomes one of the world’s most respected female figures in history, Queen Elizabeth II. Just don’t forget which side of the street we drive on here in America.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
While the title fits with our theme, this book isn’t about how to control your vehicle but, rather, your life. Pink’s enthusiasm comes through in his reading as he stresses the importance of finding purpose in all that you do. Listen during your commute, and arrive to work pumped and ready to succeed with some cool new insights.
War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
Listening to this novel as an audiobook is like a little throwback to when everyone would listen raptly at their radios to the serials of the day. When Orson Welles narrated the sci-fi War of the Worlds for the first time on air in 1938, the newspapers accused radio listeners of panicking and thinking that real aliens had arrived—though we know better now that they were just having some fun and hyping a great story. Of course, most of us weren’t alive for any of that stuff, but we can still enjoy the thrill of the read—and the road.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Travel along dusty roads in a mystical land with main character Tristran Thorn in this fantasy novel. Stardust is rated highly for its author’s spirited narration, which is good because you don’t want a droning voice putting you to sleep behind the wheel.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
If variety is the spice that you crave, the anecdotes, poems, pictures, and unconventional wisdom in comedian Amy Poehler’s first-ever book won’t steer you wrong. Award-winning actress Carol Burnett revs up the sass in her narration of this fun title.
She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems
If you like to listen to music while driving, then you’re already a fan of poetry in a way, aren’t you? Edited and narrated by Caroline Kennedy, this collection of classic and award-winning poems centers on women’s experiences. The selected works come from such poets as W. H. Auden, Sandra Cisneros, and Pablo Neruda. Even if you drive in a hurry, you’ll have time to listen to one or two poems from She Walks in Beauty.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
This classic will make your road trip feel way wilder than it probably will turn out to be. But it’s likely for the best that you only hear of most of the contained high jinks rather than live them since not everyone can survive the Beat generation’s lifestyle. David Carradine captures Kerouac’s rambling yet charming style in his narrating. A word of warning: These tales may be too wild for any little ones in the backseat.
Just like tastes in cars vary, so too do reading preferences. We hope that our little, eclectic list can go the distance just like the tires in our online catalogs do.