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Road Trip!

Are travel plans interfering with your reading schedule? They don't have to! With audiobooks you can take your stories on the road. This list includes award winners that can be finished in 6 hours or less -- guaranteed to get you there and back again.






Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, read by Ta-Nehisi Coates (3.5 hours)

Winner of the 2015 National Book Award. In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals, to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis.

Six-Gun Snow White, by Catherynne M. Valente, read by Julia Whelan (3 hours)

2014 Locus Award for Best Novella. A girl has been born into a world with no place for a half-native, half-white child. After being hidden for years, a very wicked stepmother finally gifts her with the name Snow White, referring to the pale skin she will never have. Filled with fascinating glimpses through the fabled looking glass and a close-up look at hard living in the gritty gun-slinging West, readers will be enchanted by this story at once familiar and entirely new.

Matilda, by Roald Dahl, read by Kate Winslet (4.5 hours)

Earphones Award Winner. Matilda is an exceptional five-year-old who's a whiz at reading and multiplication. However, her life is far from perfect. She has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Matilda uses her intelligence to get revenge on her father, but her skills are put to the test by her horrible nightmare of a principle, Mrs. Trunchbull.

War Dances, by Sherman Alexie, read by Sherman Alexie (4.75 hours)

Winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award. As a 41-year-old man confronts his own mortality in this collection's title story, he recalls his Spokane Indian father's chilling death from alcoholism and diabetes. Another tale features an eccentric salesman pursuing a married woman from airport to airport. And then there's the film editor who sees nothing wrong with altering footage to fit preconceived views--until he becomes the target of media distortion.

The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff, read by Simon Vance (3 hours)

Winner of the Audie Award for Personal Development. Winnie-the-Pooh has a certain way about him, a way of doing things that has made him the world's most beloved bear. In The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff shows that Pooh's way is amazingly consistent with the principles of living envisioned by the Chinese founders of Taoism. The author's explanation of Taoism through Pooh, and Pooh through Taoism, shows that this is not simply an ancient and remote philosophy but something you can use, here and now.

The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes, read by Richard Morant (4.5 hours)

Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize. Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, contends with a past he never thought much about--until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present.

Tomato Red, by Daniel Woodrell, read by Brian Troxell (4.75 hours)

1999 winner of the PEN Center USA award for Fiction. In the Ozarks, what you are is where you are born. If you're born in Venus Holler, you're not much. For Jamalee Merridew, her hair tomato red from her rage and ambition, Venus Holler just won't cut it.


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