Our Top 15 Audio Books For Epic Road Trips With Kids

Y’all. Time to get this Autismland Staycation on the road! We’re hittin’ the highways today to drive down south- visiting grandparents, sisters, brothers, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Maine to Tennessee to North Carolina to Maine. Estimated travel time: 45-1/2 hours. Sweet!

We’re no strangers to the long haul- we usually get in two a year, for Christmas and the annual summer beach trip. Plus we drove across country to California and back a couple of years ago. Awesome trip, except for Roman getting kicked out of Autism camp.  But I digress.

So how do we stay *mostly* sane with a car packed with 5 passengers and an occasional dog? Two words.

Audio Books. We got our first book on a nifty set of CDs from our local library, and we’ve been hooked ever since- although nowadays for convenience’ sake (I know that looks weird, but apparently, there is an apostrophe there. I looked it up on the internets.), we use Audible.

Here are our top 15 books, authors, and series:

  1. The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. Simon Jones is spellbinding as the narrator, and we devoured all three books plus a recent 4th book added to the trilogy. Highly recommended!
  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- just make sure that the Kleenex are within easy reach of all the passengers in the car.
  3. Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book, both by the incredible Neil Gaiman, and both beautifully narrated by the author.
  4. The Enemy by Charlie Higson (zombiesssss!) Apparently, there are several sequels to book one, but none in audio book yet. This makes us sad.
  5. The Abhorson Trilogy by Garth Nix, narrated by the ah-mazing Tim Curry. Time flies with these!
  6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (partially set in Ireland- I cannot resist that accent!)
  7. Pathfinder by Orson Card- space travel, clones, and alternate realities.
  8. Rules by Cynthia Lord (set in Maine, about having an Autistic brother)
  9. The Young Sherlock Holmes series by Andrew Lane, Mycroft included!
  10. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi- transports to a bare, beachy future.
  11. The Young James Bond series by Charlie Higson, narrated by Brits Nathaniel Parker and Gerard Doyle)- mostly set in English boarding school.
  12. Divergent by Veronica Roth (hopefully not the future of what it means to be different)
  13. The Furnace series by Alexander Gordon Smith (underground prison with creepy prison keepers. Also, narrated by an Aussie.)
  14. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (a futuristic Lord of the Flies)
  15. The Keys to the Kingdom seriesby Garth Nix, brilliantly narrated by Allan Corduner (we’re halfway through book one, Mister Monday)

That runs about 300 hours so far. Hey- maybe we should think about taking a plane once in a while? Next time.

May the traffic on your journeys be light!



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