Best Audiobooks to Listen to on a Commute
Now that we’re going back to work in the office, and taking the kids back to school, here are some of the best audiobooks to listen to on a commute. Audiobooks are a mix of radio, plays and books so great for passing the time whether you’re driving, walking or sitting on the train.
This audiobook is read by a full cast, and it’s written/read as an interview about the fictional band Daisy Jones and the Six years after the band separated in the 1970s. If you like bands like Fleetwood Mac, this book is for you. Each of the characters discusses the same events chronologically but they each have a different interpretation of their time together. It’s like listening to a documentary or a movie.
If you’ve always wanted to read more classics then use your commute to make it happen. I recommend David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, narrated by Richard Armitage. It’s a 36-hour long audiobook – so it will last you a good few weeks as you’re commuting. David Copperfield is funny, sweet, and heartbreaking in places, and Richard Armitage does a great job of narrating all of the voices so each character is recognisable, even after long breaks without hearing from them.
I love a good book about books and this is a sweet real-life story from the 1940s-1950s. Helene Hanff was a writer in America who wrote back and forth letters to a bookseller at Marks and Co in London. The letters are witty, sweet and warm, and in the audiobook – read by Juliet Stevenson and John Nettles – you get a real sense of all of the people involved.
If you’re doing the school run, or simply want to enjoy a good series of books for the next 4-6 months commute, then listen to The Chronicles of Narnia. This series is technically a radio adaptation, so whilst the stories are the same the writing is condensed and replaced with sounds effects and music.
Modern Love is a column in the New York Times that shares letters by real people about their experiences of love. Love is a very limiting word, and these stories prove it by showcasing the many different variations of love. From typical romantic love to the love of a car, unrequited love, lost love, and familial love. This collection of articles is incredibly moving and inspired the Amazon Prime series.
And finally, for all of those musical and autobiographical fans out there you have to listen to the audiobook of Me by Elton John. Read by Taron Egerton, who played Elton in the movie Rocketman, Taron not only narrates this spectacularly well he also sings all of the songs mentioned – and there’s a lot of them. Perfect for those that want a mix of audiobook and background music in their lives.
What audiobooks would you recommend to readers on a commute? Let me know in the comments below.