Forget the playlists, listen to some books

The best family-friendly audiobooks for your next road trip.

Audiobooks are a perfect way to pass the time on long road trips. So rather than fighting over radio stations on your next adventure, try an audiobook that the whole family can enjoy. Here are some of the best available.

The Harry Potter series

Do you need a reason to explore the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter again? Follow the adventures of Harry, Ron and Herminie as they navigate life at Hogwarts and battle against the dark arts. Renowned English actor and comedian Stephen Fry brings J.K. Rowling's world to life with his electric narration.

  • Run time: 8 hours 44 minutes (Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone)

The Hobbit

If the thought of reading J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel is daunting, try the audio version. Narrated by English actor Martin Shaw, the story takes listeners on a riveting journey through Middle Earth with Bilbo Baggins and his merry band of misfits. Listeners can also enjoy Shaw's narration of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

  • Run time: 5 hours, 57 minutes.


If you have a long road trip planned Eragon is the perfect family-friendly audiobook distraction. Clocking in at 16-hours, listeners will be amazed by the story of Eragon, a young farm boy who finds a dragon hatchling and becomes one of the long-lost dragon riders.

  • Run time: 16 hours, 22 minutes.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz series

Share one of the greatest stories ever told with your children and let their imaginations run wild in this adventure that has captivated readers for more than 100 years. Academy Award-winning actress Anne Hathaway narrates The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

  • Run time: 3 hours, 49 minutes.

The Golden Compass

Author Phillip Pullman doubles as the narrator in this edition of The Golden Compass audiobook. Follow the adventures of orphan Lyra Belacqua in a world of animal familiars and parallel universes. Entertainment Weekly named the book an 'all-time greatest novel' and it was voted one of Newsweek's top 100 books of all time.

  • Run time: 10 hours, 39 minutes.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

While not the most upbeat of audiobooks, A series of Unfortunate Events is an enthralling story that was adapted to both film and television. Narrated by actor Tim Curry, the 13-book series depicts the nefarious Count Olaf attempts to steal the fortune of the Baudelaire orphans.

  • Run time: 2 hours, 29 minutes (The Bad Beginning).

If you prefer podcasts on your road trips, try RACQ's Your Shout which features Deb Eccleston having a chat with Queenslanders whose stories amaze and inspire. For more family road trip tips follow our handy guide.