Best Books on Tape for Road Trips

Spring is approaching which means it’s time to pack up your bags, start your car and go adventure! While we’ve had a pretty nice winter, record-breaking temperatures in other states are probably calling your name. There’s nothing quite like a long, rewarding road trip in the sunshine.


So, you’ve chosen a route, you’re excited about the sun and can’t wait to set off. But, what about that long middle part of the road trip, when time seems to stretch forever? Audiobooks are the best solution to those long, dull periods. And to get you started, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites from romance and mystery, to adventure!


Carsick by John Waters


While this may not seem like the most appropriate road trip book, it’s a gripping read where John Waters explains his journey hitchhiking across the U.S. From America to Baltimore, to San Fran, this man knows how to live life without a plan. When Waters stuck his thumb out, he had no idea what to expect and presented the best- and worst-case scenarios to the reader. He later explains what happens at the end of the book. This read is the ultimate combination of humor and adventure, allowing the reader to indulge in the quirky style of John Waters fully. The best part? John Waters himself reads it.


The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark


Listen to the discovery a deranged woman has with human nature when she jumps on a plane and lands in a European country. On the flight she’s sandwiched between two men, each having a drastically different reaction to her new wardrobe. Spark circles around the question of who’s really in the driver seat, and if they have full control. The storyline offers a rare perspective on gender issues, control, and identity.


One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul


Koul grew up as the daughter of Indian immigrants and presented a humorous, yet a tear-jerking book about her life as an outcast living in Canada. These painstaking personal stories showcase her journey battling body image, race and ethnic stereotypes as a woman of color. Koul explains what it feels like to be constantly judged based on appearance in a refreshingly honest way.


What If? By Randall Munroe


This book is through the title “what if,” or as a 3-year-old would say over and over again, “why?” Munroe, the author of the popular webcomic xkcd, answers the questions he receives from his webcomics. If you are a naturally curious person waiting to hear the answers of questions nobody asks, this book is for you. As a sample, Munroe answers, what would happen if the moon went away?


Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman


A classic romance that deserves recognition for its genuinely realistic depiction of how to fall in love when you’re a loner. Still learning basic social skills and avoiding most social interactions, Eleanor felt obtaining a love life was unachievable. That is until she met Raymond. The book, soon to be a movie produced by Reese Witherspoon, is a heartwarming story fit to listen to on a road trip when the views are just not enough.


When you finally get to the point of planning your trip, don’t forget to put “find audiobook” on your list. If you’re traveling alone, or with an unstimulating passenger, put on an auto book and you're set to travel across states! Your team of pros at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission is here to get you safely rolling on your road-trip.


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