Road Trip Books

Francie and I like to travel in our 2020 Winnebago Revel adventure van. It’s a nice compromise; with the lifted suspension, big tires and 4WD, we can get deep into the plentiful public lands, and Francie doesn’t have to sleep in the dirt and go days without a shower. She is a total badass traveler with minimal kit, so it works well. We like to drive instead of fly so we get to explore along the way. We’re both so busy, even in retirement, with our projects, that we both look forward to the ‘together time’ of a road trip. We both love the open road, and there’s nobody else we would rather be with.

One of the things we like to enjoy together is listening to ‘books on tape’. Now of course they’re online, or downloaded onto your cell phone. We use Audible, but there are ways to get audio books for free from libraries. We’re always on the hunt for titles, as we spend a LOT of road trip time. Here’s some ones we have really enjoyed.


  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  • The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
  • The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson
  • Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby van Pelt
  • The Book of Charlie by David Von Drehle
  • The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
  • The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
  • The Last Green Valley by Mark Sullivan
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
  • I Found You by Lisa Jewell
  • Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick
  • The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick
  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
  • Kane and Able series by Jeffrey Archer
  • The Clifton Chronicles series by Jeffrey Archer
  • Detective William Warrick series by Jeffrey Archer
  • A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare (particularly nice as an audiobook because of the accents)
  • The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides


  • Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade
  • The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  • Tandia by Bryce Courtenay
  • Jessica by Bryce Coutenay
  • The Potato Factory series by Bryce Courtenay
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • The Glass Castle, Half Broke Horses, The Silver Star by Jeanette Wells
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
  • An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff

Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro.
By Rachel Slade

The Power of One
By Bryce Courtenay