Summer Road Trip Listens

By Pat Gaines

Here is a list of 2017 Audiobook of the Year Audie Award Finalists and New York Times Audio Book Best Sellers for listening on a long summer road trip.

  • Beartown : A Novel

    2017 by Fredrik Backman

    Read by Marin Ireland. This complex novel takes place in the small, hockey-crazed village of Beartown. Backman tells the stories of the players, coaches, parents, and fans of Beartown’s hockey team as they chase their dream of winning a championship even as the town is paralyzed by scandal. While the story is dark at times, love, sacrifice, and the bonds of friendship and family shine through, ultimately offering hope and even redemption.

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  • Boys In the Trees : A Memoir

    2015 by Carly Simon

    Read by Carly Simon. Singer-songwriter Carly Simon describes her life growing up amidst the glamour of literary New York with her father who co-founded Simon & Schuster. She talks about her path to art and music, her marriage to James Taylor, and her famously cryptic song lyrics. This book is read with affecting sincerity by the author and supplemented by more than 400 musical segments.

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  • A Gentleman In Moscow

    2016 by Amor Towles

    Read by Nicholas Guy Smith. Deemed unrepentant by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a hotel across the street from the Kremlin. He lives in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold over four decades. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery. With a glittering cast of characters and humor, this novel relates the count's endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

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  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

    2016 by Amy Schumer

    Read by Amy Schumer. Schumer displays her comedic skill and fast-paced timing as she packs raw humor into this collection of 30-plus essays. An uproarious collection of no-holds-barred personal essays reflects on her raucous childhood antics, her hard-won rise in the entertainment industry, and her struggles to maintain the courage to approach the world in unstintingly honest ways.

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  • Golden Prey

    2017 by John Sandford

    Read by Richard Ferrone. A series of audacious robberies compels newly appointed US marshal Lucas Davenport to investigate the possible return of a gang leader who killed two FBI agents. This thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling Prey series is a good, straightforward chase thriller, laced with gallows humor throughout.

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  • Hamilton : The Revolution

    2016 by narrator author

    Read by Mariska Hargitay with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. The Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist/star takes readers behind the scenes of his groundbreaking hit musical, which is filled with romance, drama, violence, patriotism, and adventure as it details the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton's life. This audiobook is a joy to anyone who loves the soundtrack or who has been lucky enough to score tickets to the show.

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  • Norse Mythology

    2017 by Neil Gaiman

    Read by Neil Gaiman. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman provides a dramatic continuity that takes us from the birth of the gods to their blood-soaked twilight, retelling the classic stories of Norse mythology with humor, sense of adventure, and imagination. An entertaining and elucidating collection of stories.

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  • The Underground Railroad

    2016 by Colson Whitehead

    Read by Bahni Turpin. Turpin conveys complex characters and the bitter realities of the antebellum South through evocative accents, emotional resonance, and subtle pacing. This book chronicles the daring survival story of a cotton plantation slave in Georgia who, after suffering at the hands of both her owners and fellow slaves, races through the Underground Railroad with a relentless slave catcher close behind.

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  • Year of Yes

    2015 by Shonda Rhimes

    Read by Shonda Rhimes. Shonda Rhimes, known to fans for Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder, highlights the transformative power of saying “yes” to experiences outside her comfort zone. Both memoir and self-help book, Rhimes reveals the fears and tribulations behind her Hollywood veneer, and her appealing no-nonsense style creates an immediate connection.

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