Delving into a good book or magazine is a must when you take Amtrak. But if you want to enjoy the beautiful scenery at the same time, audiobooks are perfect for train travel!
We turned to the editors of Audible for their top 10 audiobooks for your long-distance adventure. They came up with a list that’s bound to keep you entertained, and at times, even inspired. Audible has even offered a free audiobook to our loyal readers.
Murder on the Orient Express is Audible's Top Audiobook for Train Travel
1. Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
Summary: Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer, before the murderer decides to strike again ...
2. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
Summary: In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.
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3. Sycamore Row (Unabridged) by John Grisham
Length: 20 hrs and 50 mins
Summary: Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?
4. The Help (Unabridged) by Kathryn Stockett
Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
Summary: In pitch-perfect voices, author Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a Southern town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.
5. The Lost Continent: Travels In Small Town America by Bill Bryson
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
Summary: Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an aging Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.
6. No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
Summary: Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award-winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.
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7. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
Summary: Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne's hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by a bounty hunter.
8. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
Summary: Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to California.
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1 (Unabridged) by Stieg Larsson
Length:16 hrs and 19 mins
Summary: A spellbinding blend of murder mystery, family saga, love story and financial intrigue. This chart-topping novel is about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.
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10. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Spark
Length:13 hrs and 12 mins
Summary: 91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept conscious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journey.
What other audiobooks would you add to your train travel list? Tell us in the comments below!