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Friday Five: Audiobooks

My boyfriend lives in Dallas and I live in Austin. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the state of Texas, it’s about a 3 hour drive between the two cities without traffic. We generally try to switch off weekends driving back and forth, which means that we’re each clocking in about 12+ road trip hours a month. What does one do with all that time on the great Texas highway? Listen to audiobooks.

Over the past year and a half, I have become a self-certified audiobook expert. They’re perfect for road trips because they keep you engaged, make the trip go more quickly, and they make you feel like you’re being somewhat productive at the same time! Isn’t it great to be able to knock some books off your “to read” list while covering mileage at the same time?

Like many things in life, not all audiobooks are worthwhile, so I’ve compiled my favorite books in case you have a trip coming up over President’s Day Weekend.

1. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (and any other book she has written)

Moriarty’s books are some of my favorite I have ever read. She’s so good in fact, that after reading The Husband’s Secret, I proceeded to read or listen to every other book she’s published thus far. Big Little Lies is mysterious, hilarious, and fun at the same time. The characters are wonderful and the story keeps you guessing without ever making you feel stressed or anxious. Plus, the narrator is Australian and I think books with accents are just way more fun to listen to!

2. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Another audiobook read by an Australian narrator! (I’m telling you, there’s something about listening to accent’s that’s so much more interesting). This is a sweet, funny story about a quirky genetics professor on the search to find his soulmate. It’s a feel good story that you’ll laugh out loud to.

3. The Women’s Murder Club Series by James Patterson

This series has been one of my biggest “guilty pleasure” reads for a few years now. I first discovered them in college and have since loved reading or listening to one every now and then when I need a quick distraction or pick-me-up. To me they’re the book equivalent of watching CSI or SVU. They’re interesting, exciting, and they’re just the right length!

4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

If you’re like me, you’ve been meaning to read this for way too long, but still just haven’t gotten around to it. I was in the same place a few years ago and finally decided to give it a go with the audiobook version and ended-up loving it. This one’s a bit longer, but it’s a great story that’s written well and filled with suspense.

5. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

While the writing and characters are a bit weaker than some of the other books I’ve mentioned, it’s definitely an entertaining listen. This is a great choice if you like suspense, mystery, and a good British accent. Plus, it makes for great bookclub discussion once you’re finished!

Want to know the best trick to becoming an audiobook master? Sign-up for a library card at your local library and ask if they have an app. My local library uses Overdrive and it allows you to rent eBooks and audiobooks straight to your device without paying a cent.

Do you have any favorite audiobooks?

xxo, Kristen

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