We recently took a monster road trip (two, actually) and occupied nearly 4000 miles with good audio books. What a gift an audio book is! I especially love listening to a book I’ve read previously- hearing it in someone else’s voice always gives me a richer perspective on it.
A few of our favorites were:
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. We have read and listened to this as a family three times now- it just keeps getting better. The CD recording read by Jeff Woodman is particularly charming. His Sydelle Pulaski voice is my favorite.
Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery was the first Inspector Gamache book I read, before diving into the whole series like a kid into a ball pit. This one is still my favorite. My 10 and 14 year-olds weren’t interested (which is okay, because there’s some tough stuff in this book), my 15 year-old kept asking us to hit play.
Listening to it gave me a new appreciation for the symmetry in the three stories Penny weaves together into one story. Fabulous.
My older kids have all previously read the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, but this was the first time my youngest has heard them. Every time I thought, “grrr…. middle school humor,” I’d hear my 10 year-old laughing from the back seat and decided I needed more middle school humor in my life. (I am going to draw the line at The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, though. I’m not listening to that one again.)
Any recommendations for us? We don’t have another road trip coming up, but it’s a long drive to church…