15 Best Audiobooks for Family Road Trips (Everyone Will Love)

Published November 6, 2020
father and daughter driving in car

Finding some of the best audiobooks for family road trips can keep your family enchanted for hours on a road trip. Learn some of the best road trip books for kids and teens. For longer trips, you might even try a road trip audiobook series.

Best Audiobooks for Family Road Trips

Family road trips can get boring fast. Why not spice up your trip by enjoying a book together. Dive into some of these fun, family-friendly audiobooks your whole family can enjoy. For top hits to loved classics, find something everyone settle-in and enjoy.

Arlo Finch in the Valley of the Fire

Are you looking for a fantasy adventure to knock your socks off! John August's character Arlo Finch won't disappoint. Within the first 20 minutes, Arlo hooks the whole family, making stopping for gas is a chore. Not only will you relate to Arlo and his fantastical adventure, but you also start to wonder if it's happening in your backyard. Get lost in this 6-hour adventure, further made enjoyable by the smooth audio narration.

Walk Two Moons

Are you looking for a short but enjoyable adventure experience on your road trip? Give the 5-hour saga of Walk Two Moons a try. Sharon Creech weaves together a fascinating tale of a Native American girl traveling on the road to find her mother with just the right amount of funny and bitter. Get lost in the smooth narration of Hope Davis that genuinely makes this audiobook enjoyable.

Bud, Not Buddy

For those true music-loving families on the road, fall in love with the spunky 10-year old Bud. In his quest to find his a Jazz musician he thinks is his father, Bud finds unforgettable adventures as he travels across the Midwest during the Great Depression in this 5-hour audiobook. Once he's on his way, nothing gets in his way. Not even vampires!

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a timeless classic that anyone can enjoy. Take the whole family on an action-packed adventure as Dorthy is blown from Kansas to Oz and finds a few friends and foes along the way. Children delight in the magical plight of these friends trying to make their way to the Emerald City. Coming in at about 4 hours, this is a great family treat to keep everyone on their toes.

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Art and adventure mix together in a beautiful story in From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Explore how running away turns into a fabulous adventure for Claudia and her brother through this hunt to learn about the angel statue. Get ready to be sucked in by 3-hours of Jill Clayburgh's playful and expressive narration.

Fantastic Voyage Road Trip Book Series

Those looking to go on a cross-country trip or a long road trip might find a series works better for the fam. For a fantastical road trip, you need a fantastical series. Give these famous adventures on audio a listen.

Cheerful family enjoying road trip

The Harry Potter Series

Witches, wizards, and villains, oh my! Roll that up into a fantastic series full of intrigue and mystery as Harry Potter fights Voldemort, and you have a family winner. While this is an excellent series for your elementary adventurists, it keeps your tweens and adult on the edge of their seats too. Plus, Jim Dale's reading is a delight.

Percy Jackson Series

Fewer witches and wizards and more gods and demigods, the Percy Jackson series takes Greek mythology to a whole new level. Get sucked into this series as Percy Jackson learns his father is Poseidon, and the world of gods is real.

Chronicles of Narnia Series

Are you looking for a thrilling adventure series to keep the whole family enthralled? Look no further than the Chronicles of Narnia series. Falling into a hidden world in a wardrobe, the orphaned Pevensie families find adventure and mystery. Dive into these otherworldly fantastical adventures with witches, lions, and dwarfs.

Chronicles of Narnia Series
The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set

Artemis Fowl Series

Join the world of the criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl, as he dives from one adventure to the next in a quest to restore the family fortune and discover the elicit crimes of the fairy folk. Follow this action, adventure, mystery, and crime series until the very end through Nathaniel Parker's throaty reading.

The Penderwicks Series

Follow the delightful and mischievous plights of the Penderwick sisters as they explore, make friends, and irritate their family. From adventures into the Arundel estate to making new friends in spring, you can follow their captivating adventures while having an adventure of your own.

Teen Road Trip Books to Check Out

Keeping a car full of teens impressed with an audiobook is a bit harder. However, there are some great audiobooks out there with your teen kids in mind.

The Hunger Games

In this dystopian series, The Hunger Games follows Katniss Everdeen into the Hunger Games, a fight to the death. Pinned as the underdog and a sure loser, Katniss shows the Capital what she's made of in this 10-hour audio adventure.


Get ready for an enthralling, suck you in story with a high school sports twist. The sports fans in the family and everyone else can enjoy this 6-hour heart-felt, football experience audiobook. The end pops you right in the heartstrings.

Open Road Summer

For the perfect friendship story to spice up your family road trip, look no further than the 9-hour Open Road Summer! Not only is the audiobook perfect for a road trip, but it offers a fantastic contemporary romance tweens might enjoy.

Open Road Summer
Open Road Summer - by Emery Lord

The Book Thief

Surround yourself in a compelling story and a bit of history, as The Book Thief takes you back to Nazi Germany. See the world through Liesel's eyes through her encounters with the people around her, including the Jewish man hiding in the basement. This compelling 13-hour novel keeps you waiting for what is coming next and will make you groan when it's time for a bathroom break.

Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You is a captivating family novel that buries its way directly into your heart. Due to their daughter's death, a family's soul is exposed for the whole world to see. Get lost in the struggle that every family feels to communicate and understand each other. Cassandra Campbell's intriguing voice helps to weave this 10-hour tale together.

Best Audio Books for a Family Road Trip

Family road trips can be memorable. However, a few hours in and a couple of cell phone battery deaths, and you might be questioning your sanity. Rather than suffer, enjoy the road and a book together by checking out these fun family audiobooks. Not only are the stories great, but you won't want the drive to end before the book.

15 Best Audiobooks for Family Road Trips (Everyone Will Love)