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Audiobooks for family road trips

By Kobo • July 11, 2021Audiobooks

If you’re heading out for a long drive with the family, skip the iPads and headphones and try an audiobook instead. There’s something for every family that’ll keep everyone entertained and help you all pass the time together.

We’ve arranged these selections by time, so you can choose the right audiobook to fit your journey, whether you need to fill a few hours or a whole day.

Audiobooks under 4 hours

New Kid by Jerry Craft

In this full-cast audio production of Jerry Craft’s bestselling novel, seventh-grader Jordan Banks switches to a predominantly white school, making him one of a very small number of students of colour. It’s a story about not fitting in and developing a sense of one’s self as a young person, in spite of the assumptions of others. 2 hours

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The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne

Peter Dennis’ narration will transport parents back to childhood, and keep children spellbound with the comings and goings of Pooh, Piglet, and the other residents of the 100-acre wood. 3.2 hours

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson reads this captivating and poetically-told (and multi-award-winning) story about a young girl growing up in both South Carolina and New York. 3.9 hours

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Audiobooks 4 - 7 hours long

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien & National Public Radio

For this production of Tolkien’s classic, NPR assembled a full cast to deliver a performance tailor-made for audio. 4.2 hours

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Matilda by Roald Dahl

Kate Winslet narrates Roald Dahl’s classic story about misfit Matilda, whose parents are almost as awful as her school’s headmistress. But Matilda won’t be kept down for long… 4.3 hours

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Dear Martin by

When honor student Justyce McAllister is arrested, his faith in the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King is shaken. So he starts a journal to work through how Dr. King’s writings hold up against Justyce’s day-to-day experiences more than 50 years later. 4.5 hours

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The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

The five Vanderbeeker kids come together to mount an all-out charm offensive so they don’t have to leave the brownstone home they’ve always lived in. And if they win your family’s heart in the process, fortunately there’s a whole series of Vanderbeeker audiobooks. 5.7 hours

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

This is the classic, whimsical science fiction story about Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin, who venture across space and time in search of Meg’s father, who disappeared while researching something mysteriously known as “the tesseract problem.” 6.5 hours

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Audiobooks over 7 hours

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

When a boy named Bod is the only member of his family left alive after a murder (note to parents: this is a book intended for young readers, so the crime isn’t described vividly) he wanders off to a graveyard where he’s raised to adolescence by a pair of ghosts and other supernatural beings. Neil Gaiman is a masterful narrator of his novel, but there’s also a full cast recording for a more cinematic presentation. 7.7 hours

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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

A story about a twelve-year-old girl with magical powers who’s recruited into a school for similarly-gifted children might sound like something you’ve read before, but this American-Nigerian protagonist is unlike anybody you’ve ever met. 8.8 hours

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Camp by L. C. Rosen

Belly laughs abound in this comedic story about Camp Outland, a summer camp for queer teens. 10.4 hours

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Find 1000s more family-friendly audiobooks at Kobo.com.

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