A recent New York Times Book Review article sings the praises of audio books and recommends several gems for family road trips. With summer right around the corner, it’s a nice reminder that audio books are the perfect way to keep the whole family happy on long car drives.
I have three children, and when we take a road trip, we always have several audio books on hand. I find they are far superior to DVDs for making a road trip a fun family experience. Unlike videos, which only the kids can watch, audio books are something the whole family (including the driver of the car!) can enjoy. In addition, we can listen to the audio books while also looking out the window. And – really – what’s the point of a road trip if you aren’t taking in the majestic scenery rolling past?
I’ve found that some of the best audio books are juvenile and young adult fiction. Short stories are also a good option because you can listen to one story—or a couple of stories—and then take a break to converse with whomever you're traveling with, listen to music, or just silently enjoy the scenery until you’re ready for another story. Plus, a good audio book must have a great reader to tell the story: even a good story can’t survive a bad reader. Here are some favorites: