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Selections that will delight passengers during car trip

Off the Shelf

December 23, 2013
Rebecca Philipsen , The Daily Freeman Journal

Are you headed over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house this year for the holidays? If you have a car ride ahead of you, try out an audiobook or two to help pass the time quickly and entertain the rest of the passengers in the car.

Family Friendly: Need to entertain the whole family? Try one of these to keep the "Are we there yet?" questions to a minimum.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling - The first in the classic series is a great way to start for those who are unfamiliar with the story of the Boy Who Lived. For those who are already fans, jump ahead to your favorite book of the series and re-live the action!

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsberg-A children's classic that will surely please the whole family. Plus, the shorter listening time makes it perfect for quick trips.

The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood-If you want a story with a Christmas theme, this story takes place around the holiday season.

Listen to the book, then see the movie: Don't miss out on the book vs. movie comparisons. Listen to the book so you'll be prepared for the film experience.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien - With the second installment already in theaters, it is the perfect time to listen to the original. The Hobbit is another classic story that entertains a wide variety of ages.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - The second part of the gripping trilogy will make the time fly as you listen to what happens to Katniss, Peeta, and the rest of Panem. With some intense action sequences, this may be better for families with teens or older.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - This historical fiction will tug at your heart strings as the miles fly by. The audiobook book version is also critically acclaimed.

Popular Authors: Crowd-pleasing authors sure to make time fly as you head towards your destination:

James Patterson - Working your way through one of his popular series? We have over 40 of his books available on audiobook to help entertain you on your holiday travels.

Janet Evanovich - Another popular author is well-represented in our audiobook collection. Listen along as Stephanie Plum solves mysteries with a humorous twist.

Short and Sweet: Have a shorter trip but still need some entertaining? These shorter options will be perfect for you.

NPR Driveway Moments: Radio Stories That Won't Let You Go - These short segments are perfect for a shorter trip, as you won't be forced to drive around the block just to finish the story before you arrive at your destination!

Mother, Father, Uncle, Aunt: Stories from Lake Wobegon by Garrison Keillor - Another series of short stories, these from Midwesterner Garrison Keillor, are focused on family life in America.

 
 

 

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