Best Audiobooks for Family Road Trips

Family friendly audio books for road trips

Find here a selection of the Best Audiobooks for Family Road Trips and enjoy a good story during long or short car trips.

What do you do to pass time during a long journey? Do you like to read, play games or be productive?

I get headaches and car sickness if I try to read, type, play, work or even set a destination on the navigation system with the car in movement. I can’t even play phone apps on the go – it is that bad!

If I try to be productive in the car I get instant headaches which can go on for hours and it is just not worth it. Same applies for buses and train journeys and sometimes during flights too, depending on the turbulence.

Unless I am driving, what I am left to do in a car trip is looking out of the window, listen to music and the eventually being the nagging passenger who obviously know better what the driver should be doing!

Nothing wrong with that! But Audio books is sure a way to bring everyone together in the family without each doing their own thing on a tablet.

I was recommended the Audible service by a friend but there are many other ways to get audio books. Audible is a membership service for on the road audiobook to listen wherever you are, not only good on road trips but also work or school commute or to entertain kids during vacation. You can enjoy a 30 day free trial on Audible.

Become a member of Audible here and get get free books when signing up!

Since we are getting ready for many road trips in the Spring break and Summer months I decided to search for the best audiobooks for families so everyone will enjoy. Find our selection for great audiobooks for family road trips adventures below.

Best Audiobooks for Family Road Trips

We will list here some of the good audiobooks for family road trips. They are all child friendly but I try to separate them by age so you can peruse the ones that suit your kids age first. However, make sure to evaluate yourself if they are appropriate to your children.

Family Audiobooks for Younger Kids

Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged. Written by J.K. Rowling, read by‎ Stephen Fry.

J.K Rowling does such a great job getting the reader absorbed in the story and for the audio book it is no different. After one book you will want to listen to the next. The stories stories can be enjoyed by children as young as 6 years old, especially true for the first 3 books. The last couple of books will be best suited for older children.


Finn Family Moomintroll

Finn Family Moomintroll Audiobook – Unabridged. Written by Tove Jansson, read by Hugh Dennis.

We first learnt about the Moonintrolls on our visit to Helsinki, Finland. The author, Tove Jansson, grew up in Helsinki and wrote 9 novels set in the Moominvalley.

Tove Jansson has been awarded several times for her work and her books have been translated to more than 30 languages.



A Bear Called Paddington – Written by Michael Bond, read by Stephen Fry.

How not to love Paddington stories?

Paddington is an adorable character and this is a great classic for any age, perfect for families. If you are visiting London you will want to check the Paddington’s guide to London too.


Family, Friends and Furry Creatures

Family, Friends and Furry Creatures: Tom Gates, Book 12 Audiobook – Unabridged. Written by Liz Pichon, read by Russell Tovey.

The Tom Gates books are series that kids just can’t get enough of. It is funny book for either boys or girls as the story does really capture their interest from start to finish. However, the grown ups will also have a laugh.



Winnie-the-Pooh Audible – Unabridged. Written by A. A. Milne, read by Flo Gibson.

Beautifully written and full of lovable characters, the Winnie-the-Pooh books are just a delight to read to listen to. It contains beautiful poems and important messages.

Excellent for children it will sure bring back memories of your own childhood. Perfect book as a family gift, for children or grand children.



Matilda Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged. Written by Roald Dahl, read by Kate Winslet.

From all the pranks to the happy ending this book is amazing.

One of the best funny audiobooks. It is told in a humorous way full of wit and mischief that any kid will love. Yet it speaks about  important family values and how willpower and education can help overcome life struggles.


The Railway Children

The Railway Children Audiobook – Unabridged. Written by E. Nesbit, read by Cori Samuel.

Thoroughly enjoyable story with hints of bravery, innocence and great fun. The children in the story had a great relationship with each other and were taught to persevere in undesirable situation. Not only a feeling good audiobook but also a great moral story for younger kids with endearing characters and good story line. The entire family will love to listen to the kids’ adventures.


Best audiobooks for family car trips – middle grade children

If your kids are a bit older you can enjoy these family friendly audiobooks here too.

The Penderwicks

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged. Written by Jeanne Birdsall, read by Susan Denaker

This is a highly rated first book from Jeanne Birdsall set in the Berkshire Mountains. One of the best adventure audiobooks, it tells the story of the Penderwick family and their three week vacation. Birdsall transports us to the scene effortlessly by vivid text and series of minor/major conflicts.


Far far Away

Far Far Away Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged. Written by Tom McNeal, read by W. Morgan Sheppard.

A very enjoyable and creative story about the brothers Grimm, ghosts, a small-ish town, and also love. Well written with good details and character development. It does get a little creepy at the end, so better for older kids.


The Hobbit

The Hobbit Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD. Written by J.R.R. Tolkien  and read by an ensemble cast.

Plenty of fun filled hours of listening to this entertaining dramatization was delightfully entertaining. One of the best long audiobooks great for adults and children alike. Truly a well-written, funny adventure story with a lot of depth.



Hatchet Audiobook – Unabridged. Written by Gary Paulsen, read by Peter Coyote.

Interesting family road trip audiobook that incorporates persistent behavior, courage, and hope. It is a great story to inspire children to be the best they can be and to handle difficult situation.

Any book you think I should add to the list? let me know in comments below.

Meraki Mother also published a list of best audiobooks for road trips here with some other good books!

About Thass

Thass has traveled to over 30 countries with her young daughter and loves to share her life-long addiction for adventure. She believes that family travel is the best way to create meaningful memories with your kids. She created Family Off Duty to share her expert knowledge with other adventurous families and provide inspiration to make traveling with kids a reality for families all around the globe.

3 thoughts on “Best Audiobooks for Family Road Trips”

  1. Living in Australia our road trips can be long, and there is only so many times you can play eye spy 🙂 Audio books are a brilliant idea, and one I hadn’t thought of. There are great suggestions in your list – thank you, I’ll be saving this article for future travels!

    • We take long road trips during the summer and it is a good break from the eye spy! lol. Also brilliant for weekly shorter trips such as for kids sports transportation etc.

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