Great Fantasy Audiobooks for the Road

Parents everywhere are looking for solutions to their annual summer dilemma…  “How do we find audiobooks that the entire family – adults included – can enjoy for that long car/airplane/boat trip?”  Here are a few suggestions that are guaranteed to entertain:

amulet-of-samarkand1 The Amulet of Samarkand, by Johnathan Stroud

Read by Simon Jones

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Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, uses his power to enlist the djinni Bartimaeus to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from his enemy, Simon Lovelace. 

fairy-tale-detectives1 The Fairy-Tale Detectives, by Michael Buckley

Read by L. J. Ganser

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Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm discover that they are descendants of the famous Brothers Grimm and are charged with detecting and solving all fairy-tale crimes. 

house-with-clock-in-its-walls1 The House with a Clock in Its Walls, by John Bellairs

Read by George Guidall

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A boy moves into his uncle’s mysterious mansion, where there is a hidden, magic clock in the walls, ticking off the minutes… Counting down the time to doomsday!

inkheart1 Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke

Read by Lynn Redgrave

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Meggie’s father can “read” fictional characters to life.  When one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him to read an evil creature to life, Meggie must come to his rescue.   

lion-boy1 Lion Boy, by Zizou Corder

Read by Simon Jones

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In a London of the future, a boy who is able to communicate with cats escapes from a circus ship with a group of lions in an attempt to rescue his kidnapped parents.

over-sea-under-stone1 Over Sea, Under Stone, by Susan Cooper

Read by Alex Jennings

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Three children on holiday in England find an ancient manuscript and begin a dangerous quest to find King Arthur’s grail. 

ruins-of-gorlan1  The Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan, by John Flanagan

Read by John Keating

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Will has always wanted to train as a knight, but he is rejected because of his small size.  Instead, he is apprenticed as a Ranger to the mysterious Halt, the king’s master spy.  

bad-beginning1 A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket

Read by Tim Curry


The three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when the evil Count Olaf is appointed as their guardian.

skulduggery-pleasant1 Skulduggery Pleasant, by Derek Landy

Ready by Rupert Degas

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Stephanie Edgely inherits her mysterious uncle’s estate, along with a fire-throwing ace detective, who just happens to be a skeleton. 

wolf-brother1 Wolf Brother, by Michelle Paver

Read by Ian McKellen

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Tarak and his pack brother, Wolf, set out on a dangerous journey to destroy the demon-possessed bear that killed his father and threatens the clans of the ancient world.

2 thoughts on “Great Fantasy Audiobooks for the Road”

  1. Wonderful list! last summer, a patron told me that he had gotten the whole series of Series of Unfortunate Events audiobooks for a cross-country trip and loved them, but warned me to tell people that Tim Curry narrated some and the author narrated others. He didn’t object to this, but thought it might be good to warn people so they don’t get too attached to the character voices.

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