The Narrator Talks, the Kids Don’t

We’re just home from a very busy trip down to lower mainland British Columbia. Two weeks visiting family, seeing sights and a twelve-hour drive each way.

Yes, twelve hours down, twelve hours back, with two young children. Not only are we incredibly brave, we have our odd smart moment too. I downloaded audiobooks.

My library card offers loans of audio books. Plus, using my mobile Edmonton Public Library app, I could return and replenish our bookshelves. And it was magical. Especially since the radio fizzles out in Jasper National Park, pretty much to Kamloops. Even if the kids were chatting, bickering, or playing their video games, when the narrator came on… silence.

Here’s what we listened to:

Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Sure the kids loved it, but the husband and I giggle whenever we talk about ‘hard hairy wet white crunchers.’ I definitely recommend listening to this one. I’m not sure it’ll ever be the same without Neil’s British voice.

The Witches by Roald Dahl
This is only here in the interest of honesty. It was definitely too scary for my wee ones. Perhaps this one should be saved for older children reading under bedtime blankets with a flashlight.

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa (various stories) by Erica Silverman
We listened to these stories while driving through ranch country around Merritt, Quilchena and Kamloops. The stories were cute, and my youngest repeating what Cocoa the horse said, then laughing her head off, even cuter.

The Trolls by Polly Horvath
This book is a TREASURE! While the book is set in Ohio, many of Aunt Sally’s stories are set in Canada. Funny for parents and kids, and I’ve now added anything Polly Horvath to my To Read list.

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
This was a sneaky me choice. Sneaky as in I said I borrowed it for the kids… This is my favourite story of all time. I own all the books, but it was wonderful to hear it read aloud. Sam leaves a large family and crowded New York apartment behind to run away to the Catskill mountains. Living off the land, it was the perfect narrative for our mountain adventure road trip. 

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We had plenty of adventures on our road trip, and these audiobooks were just the first of many pleasant surprises. I promise to share more soon. And I’m already plotting my next road trip…

Do you listen to audiobooks on the road? Any you recommend?