5 entertaining audio books for long drives

Whether you’re heading out on a road trip or want to break up a long commute, audio books can help make a long drive much more enjoyable. Inspiring, entertaining, or informative, whatever your preference, there are audio books for all kinds of listeners. Here are five we think are worth a listen.

1. ‘The Alchemist’ – Paolo Coelho

The Alchemist by well-known Brazilian author Paolo Coelho is a remarkably beautiful and simple fable on following your dreams. First published in 1988, The Alchemist has sold millions of copies around the world and was released as an audio book, narrated by actor Jeremy Irons, in 2005. The Alchemist is a modern classic that will inspire, whether you are listening to it for the first time or the fourth.

Available on Audible.

2. ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’ – C.S. Lewis

This timeless story makes for family friendly listening and will bring back memories for older generations while entertaining the younger. First released in 1950, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is the much-loved tale of the land beyond the wardrobe door of Narnia. It is part of C.S. Lewis’s popular Chronicles of Narnia, also available on audio book for those wanting to listen to the entire fantasy series.

Available on Audible.

3. ‘Dorothy Day: The World will be Saved by Beauty’ – Kate Hennessy

Born in 1897, Dorothy Day was an American journalist and a radical social activist who converted to Catholicism in her late-20s. She co-founded the Catholic Worker Movement in 1933 with Peter Maurin. Dorothy Day: The World will be Saved by Beauty is a chronicle of Day’s fascinating life and work, as written by her granddaughter Kate Hennessy.

Pope Francis paid tribute to Day’s life and work during his address to the United States Congress in 2015, noting, “In these times when social concerns are so important, I cannot fail to mention the Servant of God Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker Movement. Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints.”

Available on Amazon and Audiobookstore.

4. 'The Name of God is Mercy' – Pope Francis

“The name of God is mercy. There are no situations we cannot get out of, we are not condemned to sink into quicksand,” Pope Francis writes in his first book as Pope. Published in 2016 and released in more than 80 countries, The Name of God is Mercy is a book that explores – through discussions with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli – the personal and religious significance of mercy to Pope Francis. Read by theologian Fred Sanders and narrator Arthur Morey, this 180-minute-long audio book is bound to be insightful and inspiring.

Available on Google Play and Audible.

5. ‘Life on Air: Memories of a Broadcaster’ – David Attenborough

From the BBC’s Blue Planet to Life to The Living Planet, much-loved British broadcaster and natural history expert David Attenborough has had a long and impressive career spanning many decades. Life on Air: Memories of a Broadcaster is a biography and record of his great career and life, told by the 91-year-old himself. This comprehensive audio book is one for nature lovers, Attenborough fans, and those who have always wanted an earnest insight into the world of broadcasting.

Available on Audible.

Feel like you might enjoy listening to one of these books on your next drive? Download it now so it’s ready to go on your next trip.


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