Multcolib Recommends: Classic listens for the all-ages road trip
Annotation:Just one of many audio versions of this fantastical story, including downloadables, this one is read by Miriam Margolyes, aka Professor Sprout from the Harry Potter movies.
Annotation:My favorite part of this silly book is the way narrator Andrew Sachs reads the onomatopoeic voice of the car with the license plate GEN 11.
Annotation:A sweet story of the adventures of a boy named Elmer Elevator and his dragon Boris, narrated by Robert Sevra.
Annotation:Mom and Dad can enjoy the wordplay while the kids soak up Milo's travels and no one is BORED. David Hyde Pierce narrates this version.
Annotation:I'm not usually a fan of dramatized stories, but this cast convinced me. It includes Stephen Fry (Pooh), Judi Dench (Kanga) and Jane Horrocks as a memorable Piglet. Also available to download.
Annotation:An old-timey British character actress, Rowena Cooper, narrates this old-fashioned story of a tiny little family living behind the wardrobe.
Annotation:Jim Dale pushed audiobooks into a new era with his narrations of this beyond-famous series. If you've got a really long trip ahead of you, all seven books will last you more than 116 hours, but the books get pretty dark at the end! Also available to download.
Annotation:15 men on a dead man's chest! One of the original boy-runs-away stories, beautifully narrated by actor Alfred Molina. Also available to download.
Annotation:Some authors can't narrate their own work, but the gentle down-East inflections of author E.B. White are the perfect guide to this delightful story of friendship. Also available to download.
Annotation:Each year, librarians select a few audiobooks as the best of the best for youth. Check them out for more road-trip listens.
Annotation:The Association for Library Services to Children produces this annual list of audiobooks and music for listeners ages 0 to 14. Check them out for more road-trip listens.
Annotation:The Young Adult Library Services Association produces this annual lists of audiobooks for listeners ages 12 to 18. Check them out for more road-trip listens.
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Need a little something to help the time pass on a family road trip this summer? Nothing too violent, scary, sexy or literary here. Here are some tried and true listens for everyone. They call them classics for a reason. Buckle up!