Every Memorial Day Weekend, thousands of Americans take to the roads for a vacation over the long weekend. Since the price of gasoline is so high, vacationers might want to take advantage of these free audiobooks about travel. These books were chosen to be fun, well-produced, and short, so go ahead and download more than one. Click on the title of each book for a full review and other download options.
1. Traveling with children:
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
Narrated by Chrissi Hart
Ancient Faith Radio (iTunes link)
It may be too warm to travel by sled, but this classic about children traveling to a magical world by way of a wardrobe is sure to keep both you and the kids entertained.
2. Traveling to a foreign nation:
The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope.
Narrated by Andy Minter
LibriVox (zipped mp3s)
When I visit another country, I want to spend time among the people, not just snap pictures as an outsider. The protagonist of Prisoner of Zenda takes this philosophy a little too far when switches places as a lookalike of the king of the fictional European nation of Ruritania.
3. Traveling to get away:
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan.
Narrated by Adrian Praetzellis
LibriVox (zipped mp3s or M4B file)
A South African man visits England, but finds London boring. When his chance involvement in a counter-espionage plot goes wrong, he must escape across the British countryside.
4. Traveling to a family reunion:
Thousandth Night by Alastair Reynolds.
Narrated by Sam Mowry
Subterranean Press (part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15)
In the distant future, humankind can travel across the galaxy and clone themselves into a thousand copies. As one group of clones meets up to share their experiences, a plot is underfoot that could either save or harm the galaxy. Note: This book contains scenes of sex and violence.
5. Traveling through time:
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.
Narrated by Scott Brick
Tantor Media (requires free registration)
Going on a long car trip only seems like it takes thousands of years. In H.G. Wells’ classic story, a man actually does travel thousands of years into the future and discovers what humanity has become.
Posted by Seth