5 audiobooks that will make your commute suck a little bit less

Jun 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. ET
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About one year ago, I got a new and wonderful job for an amazing company. I had finally gotten the guts to leave my poor work environment and run full force into the new and unknown. I was getting paid more, I had more responsibly, I had better benefits, a pension — I can't event believe there is still a company around that has those! — and a kind and professional new boss. There was only one negative about my new life change: I was now driving 30 minutes to work instead of the five minutes I had grown accustomed to over the past three years.

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This tiny negative actually caused me a moment of pause before accepting my position. I live in a heavily populated area with horrible, anger-causing traffic. My new commute required me to drive through tunnels, pay tolls and go over bridges, each of which I had been avoiding at all costs for the previous decade.

After a week at my new job and five days of literally losing my mind over those horrible drivers with which I inhabit this city, I had the brilliant idea to download an audiobook. Audiobooks are a game-changer to the daily commute. Now I actually look forward to my quiet time during my commute, when I get transported into different stories each week. As a lifelong lover of reading books, the world of audiobooks has opened me up to genuine appreciation for the talented narrators that read to me each day.

If you too have a commute or just want to experience a great book through beautiful narration, give these five audiobooks a try.

1. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

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This book will make you excited for a traffic backup, and it is so good you'll be sad when you arrive at work and actually have to get out of your car. The Kitchen House is a gorgeous historical fiction novel set on a planation in Virginia in the 1800s. It follows the lives of a young, Irish indentured servant and a young slave girl. It is a twisted tale of love, hatred, passion and drama — you will not be able to get enough of the story.

2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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I found myself laughing out loud in my car multiple times over these crazy Aussie women that so perfectly represent the personalities of my own group of girlfriends. This book is narrated by an Australian woman, which is the country in which the book takes place. This adds such authenticity and fun to the story itself. I love a good narrator, and Caroline Lee is by far one of the very best in the business.

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3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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This is hands down the most beautiful book I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. It is a love story of two sisters in France during World War II. It goes back and forth from the point of view of each sister. It is a tale weighed down with family loyalty, love, tragedy and war.

4. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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I love a great thriller to listen to while driving. Listening to the twists and turns within this novel will make you grip the wheel and gasp in surprise. Plus, it is now a movie that is being released this fall, so make sure you experience the book first!

5. The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

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This is a perfect book for the summer, complete with a beach town, romance and murder. You'll spend your commute guessing the possible outcomes and letting the narrator's voice carry you right into the story line.

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