The Best Audiobooks for Summer Road Trips

The Best Audiobooks for Summer Road Trips

You don’t have to wait until fall to get excited about reading again! In fact, summer can be the perfect time for extended reading sessions. Maybe you've got plans for a road trip or vacation that will leave you with plenty of time to read in the car, on the plane, or wherever else your adventure leads you. If so, there’s no better time than now to stock up on some new books. Audiobooks are the perfect medium for extended reading sessions during your summer road trip or vacation. But what makes for great audiobook material? How do you find the best audiobooks? Here are some of our favorites!

Mystery & Thrillers

The Murder Rule

Author: Dervla McTiernan

Narrator: Kate Orsini, Sophie Amoss

Details: They think I’m a young idealistic law student, that I’m passionate about reforming a corrupt and brutal system. They think I’m working hard to impress them. They think I’m here to save an innocent man on death row. They're wrong. I’m going to bury him.

Gone Baby Gone

Author: Dennis Lehane

Narrator: Jonathan Davis

Details: The tough Dorchester neighborhood is not for the innocent or the weak. Its streets are littered with the remains of broken families, hearts, and dreams. This region is characterized by hard heads and even harder luck. One of its youngest members is now missing. Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, two private investigators, are not interested in the case. But in response to pleading from the child's aunt, they launch a search that will ultimately put everything at risk - their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives - in an effort to locate a missing young girl.

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The House Across the Lake

Author: Riley Sager

Narrator: Bernadette Dunne

Details: Recently widowed actress Casey Fletcher has withdrawn to the serenity of her family's lake house in Vermont in an effort to escape a string of negative press. She kills time by observing Tom and Katherine Royce. On a lake one day, Casey saves Katherine from drowning, and the two begin to get along. However, it becomes apparent that Katherine and Tom's marriage isn't as perfect as it seems the more they get to know one another and the longer Casey watches.


So Pretty It Hurts

Author: Kate White

Narrator: Renee Raudman

Details: One early December weekend, when Beau leaves town, Bailey accepts Jessie's invitation to a country music mogul's home in the hopes of having a good time and relaxing. However, a strange tension develops among the glamorous group of guests, which includes Devon Barr, a supermodel known for her extreme thinness. The threat of a snowstorm only makes things worse. Thus, Bailey immediately believes there has been a crime when Devon's lifeless body is discovered in her bed.

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Not a Role Model (Battle Crows MC Book 4)

Author: Lani Lynn Vale

Narrator: Tor Thom, Lidia Dornet

Details: It all began in high school when he began to see her as a competitor rather than a random girl. They became "frenemies" as a result of their friendship, despite their fundamental dislike or rivalry. At least, that's how it started. Everyone says there's a thin line between love and hatred. Tide and Coreline don't realize how true this is at first.


Night Diver

Author: Elizabeth Lowell

Narrator: Justine Eyre

Details: In a gripping story that masterfully combines atmosphere, action, romance, and suspense, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell delves into the dangerous and adventurous world of underwater treasure hunters.

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Every Summer After

Author: Carley Fortune

Narrator: Aj Bridel

Details: They say you can never go home again, and for Persephone Fraser, that has felt all too true ever since she made the biggest mistake of her life a decade ago. Until she gets the call that whisks her back to Barry's Bay and back into the orbit of Sam Florek—the man she never imagined she'd have to live without.


The Other Man

Author: Farhad J. Dadyburjor

Narrator: Ariyan Kassam

Details: Ved Mehra has money, looks, and status as the heir to his father's Mumbai business empire. He is also a gay man who is living in secret. Ved agrees to an arranged marriage at the age of 38. Regrettably, he now has a doomed future with the stunning Disha Kapoor. When Ved meets Carlos Silva, an American on a business trip in India, his world is turned upside down.


Science Fiction & Fantasy


Author: Emmanuel M Arriaga

Narrator: Melissa Reizian

Details: The Huzien Empire has existed for 80 millennia but an ancient terror from another dimension has awakened. Will a young genius and a legendary immortal be able to fight back against this threat to existence? 15th Annual National Indie Excellence Award (NIEA) Finalist. 2021 Reader's Favorite Finalist for Best Sci-Fi Romance Novel.


The Sisters Grimm

Author: Menna van Praag

Narrator: Adjoa Andoh

Details: With her debut work of bewitching fantasy with a dark edge reminiscent of V.E. Schwab and Neil Gaiman, critically acclaimed author of The House at the End of Hope Street combines love, mystery, and magic.

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Pale Blue Dot(s)

Author: Erin Mallon

Narrator: Thérèse Plummer, Megan Tusing, & More

Details: In a few years, an all-female astronaut team circumnavigates the world on the International Space Station once every 90 minutes, ready to be a formidable force in space. All protocol breaks down when a surprise group of "everyday citizens" decides to go along for the ride. What happens when these women finally ascend after spending their entire lives kept on the ground and get a bird's-eye view of their lives and planet?

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