Audiobooks for family car journeys – share your favourites

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TinaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Aug-16 11:32:51

With summer in full swing, we’ve rounded up a list of most recommended audiobooks for surviving long car journeys with kids.

We’d like to keep this page updated so if we’ve missed your favourite audiobook, share it on this thread with reasons why you and your family liked it.

Don't forget, you can get two free audiobooks from Audible when you sign up for a free trial. For full terms and conditions go to the Audible Discount Partner page.

LovelyBranches Tue 09-Aug-16 12:37:48

We have a Julia Donaldson collection which DS loves. He's only 1 but I can see these growing with him for a number of years. He loves 'Room on the broom', 'A squash and a squeeze' and 'The smartest giant in town' in particular.

littleprincesssara Tue 09-Aug-16 12:54:10

The How to Train Your Dragon series!

Statelychangers Tue 09-Aug-16 14:41:14

Jeremy James series by David Henry Wilson are very funny!

ErrolTheDragon Tue 09-Aug-16 15:10:13

Alan Bennetts Winnie the Pooh.

sarararararah Tue 09-Aug-16 15:16:20

All of the David Walliams books, read by him and Matt Lucas. Hilarious!

cuntinghomicidalcardigan Tue 09-Aug-16 15:18:22

I've just got 'The Amazing Maurice and his educated Rodents' by Terry Pratchett. Can't wait for our road trip on Friday to introduce dd to TP!

Hygellig Tue 09-Aug-16 15:34:13

We've only tried Roald Dahl and Horrid Henry and they've both gone down well.

TheSnowFairy Tue 09-Aug-16 16:35:36

The Parent Agency by David Baddiel

The Bolds by Julian Clary

Anything by David Walliams

All read by the authors.

My DC's are 14, 12 & 8 and still enjoy listening to audiobooks (although finding books to suit everyone is getting harder!)

LorelaiVictoriaGilmore Tue 09-Aug-16 19:33:39

Just William read by Martin Jarvis. So funny.

EnthusiasmDisturbed Tue 09-Aug-16 19:59:02

Just So Stories read by the wonderful Johnny Morris

EnglishRose1320 Tue 09-Aug-16 20:01:45

We are part way through Spy Dog and everyone seems to be enjoying it from 6years to 15years!

Almostfifty Tue 09-Aug-16 20:39:19

Harry Potter saw us through many a trip to Europe.

YokoUhOh Tue 09-Aug-16 20:41:35

I second the Julia Donaldson collection: DH has put it all on one CD with loads of her songs plus Dogger and some Michael Rosen poems: it's perfect for the car and DS (nearly 4) has loved it for years.

Molly333 Tue 09-Aug-16 23:34:41

Any recommendations for ten and 16 yr old ?

BeautyQueenFromMars Wed 10-Aug-16 10:31:20

DS loves the Wind on Fire trilogy by William Nicholson - The Wind Singer, Slaves of the Mastery and Firesong. It's a fantasy series, and it's really quite good.

Molly333 No idea whether your DC would enjoy the genre, but I think it's suitable for both ages. DS is 10, and I'm old and we both like the books.

GloGirl Wed 10-Aug-16 16:59:33

The free Audio books from Audible, can you keep the downloads after the trial has finished if you don't continue with the membership?

BrainWillingBodyNotSoMuch Wed 10-Aug-16 18:59:23

Has to be the bromeliad trilogy by Terry Pratchett. Truckers, Diggers and Wings. But only if read by Tony Robinson. He's the voice of my childhood.

ElBandito Wed 10-Aug-16 20:15:18

Winnie the Pooh, Dramatised version with Judy Dench, Michael Williams, Sandi Toksvig, Geoffrey Palmer, Jane Horrocks and Stephen Fry.

OhMrBadger Wed 10-Aug-16 20:37:36

We've got;

The Wind In The Willows (Alan Bennett adaptation)
Treasure Island
Robinson Crusoe
The Railway Children
Mr Stink
The Lord Of The Rings (for veeeeerrrrryyyy long journeys!)

Just ordered the Narnia series for this year's hols.

OhMrBadger Wed 10-Aug-16 20:38:00

Oh and The Secret Garden.

The Mr Gum books, particularly 'You're a bad man Mr Gum'. Meant for kids, but had DH and me in stitches too.

dinodiva Thu 11-Aug-16 07:10:35

For older kids - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy perhaps? Especially if they're in to science.

BeautyQueenFromMars Thu 11-Aug-16 09:29:05

GloGirl Yes, you can keep the downloads.

ItsJustPaint Thu 11-Aug-16 18:46:51

Series of unfortunate events

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