24 Audiobooks for Wanderlust

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The best audiobooks for wanderlust on long road trips, which will let you travel through the Amazon, scaling Mt Everest, exploring under the sea, or unicycling across Australia!

Love Your Sister: A Searingly Honest and Inspiring Memoir of Family, Love and Unicycles written and read by Connie and Samuel Johnson

10 hrs and 45 mins, Available on Amazon $31.44

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.comAfter Connie was diagnosed with breast cancer and told she wouldn’t recover, she dared her brother… to unicycle around Australia. This is a travel memoir by a brother and sister of one man’s quest to unicycle around Australia to promote breast cancer awareness, raise more than $1 million for research, and break the world record for the longest distance travelled on a unicycle.

Wild Life: Travel Adventures of a Worldly Woman by Lisa Alpine

Read by Kristi Burns, 4 hrs and 20 mins, Available on Amazon $14.95

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com wild lifeFrom licking a Monet in Paris, to pushing an abusive macho honeymooner off his sailboat in the shark-infested Galapagos, to saving her toddler son from a charging bull elephant in Africa, these 14 delightful, award-winning true tales will inspire listeners to follow the call of a wild life and leave home with their doors unlocked.

Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson

Read by Angie Milliken, 8 hrs and 9 mins, Available on Amazon $17.46

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com tracksInstead of road tripping across Australia, Robyn Davidson decided to cross the desert with four camels and a dog. She survived the horrific heat, poisonous snakes, and leering men all while looking after her camels. This is the story of a brave heroine and her love for the Australian countryside, empathy for its indigenous people and a desire to escape the trappings of her former life.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Read by Laurel Lefkow, 12 hrs and 59 mins, Available on Amazon $22.70

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com wildThe story of a woman who had a vague and outlandish desire to recover from the catastrophes in her life by setting out on an 1100-mile solo hike. She set off on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State – alone. On the way, she faced rattlesnakes, bears, extreme heat and snowfalls, all while piecing her life back together.

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel written and read by Rolf Potts

4 hrs and 9 mins, Available on Amazon $14.95

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com vagabondingRolf Potts is a veteran traveller who explores the world on a shoestring budget. He shows you how you can take time off from your normal life, whether it is for 6 weeks or 2 years, to discover the world for yourself. This audiobook has tips for financing your trip, determining your destination, adjusting to life on the road, working or volunteering overseas, handling adversity, and how to re-assimilate back into your everyday life.

My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth by Wendy E. Simmons

Read by Jeena Yi, 4 hrs and 38 mins, Available on Amazon $9.95

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com my holiday in north koreaSimmons enters North Korea and her amusement and bewilderment quickly turn into frustration and paranoia. She learns that in North Korea, travel is truly a love affair. But, just like love, it’s a two-way street. And North Korea deprives you of all this. They want you to fall in love with the singular vision of the country they’re willing to show you and nothing more.

Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

Read by Mark Meadows, 11 hrs and 38 mins, Available on Amazon $20.95

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com seven years in tibetThis is the incredible true story of Heinrich Harrer’s escape across the Himalayas to Tibet, set against the backdrop of the Second World War. He was mountain climbing in the Himalayas when war broke out in Europe and he was then imprisoned by the British. He managed to escape and flee to Tibet where he became and friend and tutor to the Dalai Lama.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Read by Philip Franklin, 7 hrs 9 mins, Available on Amazon $16.95

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com into the wildThe story of Christopher Johnson McCandless, a young man from a wealthy family who donated his savings to charity, abandoned his car and possessions and invented a new life. He hitchhiked to Alaska and then walked through the Alaskan wilderness with his camera, five rolls of film, an SOS note, and a diary about edible plants. His body was found six months later by a hunter.

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery

Read by Patrick Lawlor, 7 hrs and 54 mins, Available on Amazon $22.95

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com grandma gatewoods walkEmma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than $200. The next anybody heard from her, this 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. She was the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person – man or woman – to walk it twice and three times.

Lingo: Around Europe in Sixty Languages by Gaston Dorren

Read by George Backman, 8 hrs and 14 mins, Available on Amazon, $9.95

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com lingoThis audiobook is perfect for linguists or anyone who wants to learn more about European languages. It takes you through 60 languages, sharing quirky stories from their histories and looking and commonalities and differences. While investigating these languages, you are taken on a journey through remote mountain ranges in Switzerland, to Sweden, where people were so polite they only started using ‘you’ in conversation in the 1960s!

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts by Andrew Chaikin

Read by Bronson Pinchot, 22 hrs and 59 mins, Available on Amazon, $17.95

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com a man on the moonSurely there is no travel story more inspiring that those of astronauts. This audiobook is a definitive account of their space missions and is based on in-depth interviews with 23 out of the 24 moon voyagers.

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann

Read by Mark Deakins, 10 hrs and 6 mins, Available on Amazon

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com lost city of zIn 1925, Fawcett ventured into the Amazon with his 21-year-old son to prove the existence of an ancient civilization that he had dubbed ‘Z’. He and his expedition vanished and his story became an obsession for hundreds of scientists and adventurers who were searching for evidence of the Lost City of Z.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Read by Philip Franklin, 9 hrs and 8 mins, Available on Amazon $16.58

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com into the airThis is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak’s history.

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson

Read by Ray Porter, 8 hrs and 24 mins, Available on Amazon $23.95

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com pirate huntersThis is the story of two men who are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. They travel the globe in search of historic documents and accounts of the great pirate’s exploits, face down dangerous rivals, and battle the tides of nations and governments and experts. But it’s only when they learn to think and act like pirates – like Bannister – that they become able to go where no pirate hunters have gone before.

Trespassing Across America: One Man’s Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland by Ken Ilgunas

Read by Andrew Elden, 7 hrs and 44 mins, Available on Amazon $21.74

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com trespassingIn 2012, Ken Ilgunas hitchhiked 1,500 miles along the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline. Once he arrived at the Alberta tar sands, he set off on foot on a 1,700 journey to the Gulf Coast of Texas. This journey was largely across private property and is a travel memoir with colorful characters, harrowing physical trials, and strange encounters on America’s plains.

In Movement There Is Peace: Stumbling 500 Miles Along the Way to the Spirit by Elaine Orabona Foster and Joseph Wilbred Foster

Read by Pamela Almand, 9 hrs and 14 mins, Available on Amazon $17.95

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com in movement there is peaceThis story follows a doctor who walks away from her life to cure her anxiety. She and her husband walk the Camino de Santiago and along the way they experience emotional lightness, enjoy an adventure without plans, and make a leap of faith than brings them closer to paradise.

Overbooked by Elizabeth Becker

Read by Alma Cuervo, 17 hrs and 19 mins, Available on Amazon $22.95

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com overbookedTourism, fast becoming the largest global business, employs one out of 12 persons and produces $6.5 trillion of the world’s economy. In a groundbreaking book, Elizabeth Becker uncovers how what was once a hobby has become a colossal enterprise with profound impact on countries, the environment, and cultural heritage

The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey

Read by Kirsten Potter, 10 hrs and 26 mins, Available on Amazon $20.95

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com the waveSusan Casey follows extreme surfers around the world and they seek to conquer a 100-foot wave. Their exploits are juxtaposed against scientists’ efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves – from the tsunami that wiped out 250,000 people in the Pacific in 2004, to the 1,740-foot wave that leveled part of the Alaskan coast.

On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads by Tim Cope

Read by Philip Rose, 18 hrs and 39 mins, Available on Amazon $25.95

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com on the trail of genghis khanAdventurer Tim Cope set off on a three-year journey on horseback across the length of the Eurasian steppe, from the ancient capital of Mongolia to the Danube River in Hungary. His travels take him through wolf-infested plateaus, over glaciers, scorching deserts, and deep forests. He is alone except for his dog and on the way he experiences incredible hospitality from those who welcome him along the way.

To Dakar and Back: 21 Days Across North Africa by Motorcycle by Lawrence Hacking

Read by Mike Chamberlain, 11 hrs and 39 mins, Available on Amazon $21.95

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com to dakar and backThis is the incredible tale of the Paris-Dakar Rally, a 7,000-mile journey from the glitzy streets of Paris to the hinterland of northwestern Africa. In this audiobook, you will hear amazing true tales of danger, from blinding sandstorms to endless vistas of towering dunes. Enduring these incredible hardships with perseverance, tenacity, ingenuity, and sometimes tragedy, the adventurers profiled here truly embody the triumphs of the human spirit.

Istanbul: Memories of a City by Orhan Pamuk

Read by John Lee, 9 hrs and 46 mins, Available on Amazon $13.99

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com istanbulTurkey’s greatest living novelist, Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk, guides us through the monuments and lost paradises, dilapidated Ottoman villas, back streets, and waterways of Istanbul – the city of his birth and the home of his imagination.

Dave Gorman Vs The Rest of the World written and read by Dave Gorman

8 hrs and 45 mins, Available on Amazon $17.95

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com dave gorman v the worldDavid Gorman asked 76,000 people online if they fancy playing a game. This is the story of him travelling around England, knocking on doors and playing whatever game the stranger chose. He played Monopoly, Scrabbly, Tikal, Smit, frisbee and darts. On the way, he learns what makes British people tick and meets everyone from casual gamers to hardcore gaming geeks.

Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice written and read by Mark J. Plotkin

2 hrs and 46 mins, Available on Amazon $14.95

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com tales of a shamens apprenticeAuthor Mark Plotkin, chief ethnobotanist for Conservation International, has spent much of the past 15 years tracking the shamans of the northeast Amazon. Their knowledge of healing plants may hold the cure to some of today’s most devastating diseases.This book is a critically acclaimed account of his apprenticeship to these powerful wise men, a gripping journey into a wild and wonderful world seldom glimpsed by outsiders.

Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe written and read by Bill Bryson

5 hrs and 38 mins, Available on Amazon $9.95

audiobooks for wanderlust audiobooks for road trips www.grassrootsnomad.com neither here nor thereIn the 70’s Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe in search of adventure, beer, and women. Twenty years later, he retraced his steps on this insightful, funny pilgrimage from Scandanavia to Istanbul, sharing his stories in his frank and hilarious way.

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thetravelpockets

I like comedy and foreign affairs so the “MY HOLIDAY IN NORTH KOREA: THE FUNNIEST/WORST PLACE ON EARTH” sounded like one I would be interested in. Thanks for all the recommendations 🙂

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Grassroots Nomad

Thanks Candy – I agree,a great way to combine foreign affairs with a little bit of comedy!

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melinabanana

Thank you for this!! I will have plenty of long flights this summer and I was looking for books to put in my list. It will also be my first time trying audible books!

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Grassroots Nomad

I loooooove them! We listened to them on buses all around Eastern Europe and were actually happy when there were traffic jams that would let us listen longer. I listen to them in the car on the way to work as well – makes the time fly!

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Marta - Learningescapes

I never tried audio books but mostly because I hadn’t thought of them! They sound like something i might enjoy and you have some great titles: I know a couple of them so now I am keen to have a look at the others – you can never have enough travel books 🙂

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Grassroots Nomad

I agree! I get car sick, but also bored very easily – these audiobooks help with both of these issues! I hope you find one that you enjoy 🙂

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Grassroots Nomad

Thanks Amy – I love them! I get car sick so these are great for long drives 🙂

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Sally E

Out of all of these I’ve only read Wild and Vagabonding but they were both AMAZING. I definitely have to add these others to my list! I’m also a big fan of audiobooks so I’m glad to see someone else is on the same page :). Thanks for the recommendations!

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Jo

This is some list – so awesome. Thanks for putting it together for us. I would love to listen to “Wild” on a long flight/layover/bus ride. Which is your favorite?

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Grassroots Nomad

Hmmm I think Bill Bryson – I get bored easily and his books always keep me giggling away!

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Grassroots Nomad

The beauty of these books is that you can read them without even opening your eyes! 🙂

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thewordhermit

Great list. I am embarking on a long road trip this summer, and I love audio books. My problem is that so many narrators put me to sleep — not a good thing while driving. I’m going to order Grandma Gatewood’s Walk and see how it goes, but if you have recommendations for lively narrators, I’ll take them.

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Grassroots Nomad

Ahh yes that would be a big problem!!! I often listen to comedy podcasts when I’m tired – Hamish and Andy are an Aussie radio duo that are entertaining when I’m really tired! Not travel related at all, but we also listened to Matthew Rielly books – they are written like a trashy Hollywood action film so there is always action to keep you entertained!

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IvyIvy

I’ve never tried audio books but they seem like a good idea for long journeys! Sometimes I get motion sickness from staring at book pages- this might be the perfect solution. Thanks for the great list!

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Grassroots Nomad

I do as well which is why I started trying audiobooks and now I’m hooked! I hope they work for you!

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etsyexplores

Woohoo thanks for this resource! I’m always looking for travel books to read, and you’ve just given me a reading list for the rest of the year (: I absolutely love Bill Bryson’s Neither Here Nor There, and am going to start with My Holiday in North Korea next. Thanks (:

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Grassroots Nomad

Yay! So glad you found it helpful. I love Bill Bryson as well – he is so funny!

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Megan Claire (@mappingmegan)

Great list! I’ve seen a lot of these films; tracks, Into the Wild, Wild, 7 years in Tibet – though haven’t manage to get to any of the books yet. Perhaps audio books are the way I find time to read!

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Grassroots Nomad

I’ve found they are great to have on in the background when you are cooking or cleaning, catching the bus or just relaxing. I hope you like them! 🙂

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Megan Indoe

I love listening to audio books while traveling! They are seriously so perfect for long commutes. Especially since I get motion sickness if I try to read. These are great suggestions and I will have to add them to my list of must reads! One of my all time favorites is the Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony if you’re looking for any new suggestions!

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Grassroots Nomad

I’m exactly the same Megan! I was really car sick on a bus in Croatia and the audiobooks really helped distract me so I felt better. Thanks for the tip, I will definitely check that out!

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Katie

Great list of books! I’ve read many of them and love listening to books on the road, particularly since I get nauseous in two seconds when I attempt to read in a moving car/bus. I read so many different kinds of books, I don’t even know what to recommend! I typically choose fiction books to listen to on audio so it’s like someone is telling me a story rather than teaching me!

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Grassroots Nomad

Haha, I’m the same Katie! I like fiction as well – for some reason I get a bit annoyed sometimes with audiobooks that are telling me to do things… stop being so bossy books!! 😉

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Chantell

This is a nice list that would keep anyone amused for ages! I only recently got into audio books when my boyfriend and I were doing a lot of long road trips. The only problem was – I am terrible at picking audio books! But then we would listen through to the end anyway. There are a few on here that had read the book or seen the movie and can say they were definitely entertaining :).

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Grassroots Nomad

Haha, it is hard when there are so many to choose from! I think it all depends on the narrator. Sometimes I start one and just hate their voice or tone and stop straight away even if I’m interested in the story!

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Toronto Seoulcialite

Whoa there are so many of which I’ve never, ever heard! I have seen the movies “Wild” and “Seven Years in Tibet”. Did you catch the movies as well or just listen to the books? How do they compare? I need to get my hands on that one about NK, but that might be tough being in SK these days!

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Grassroots Nomad

I haven’t seen those movies, but I really should so I can compare them. I guess if you see the movie first and then listen/read the book your mind will always imagine the characters in a certain way. I found once that an audiobook did the voices of the characters I had read really differently to how I imagined they spoke and it took me a while to get used to it!

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Evelina

Such a great list. Listening to a travel related audio book is a good way to keep your desire for travelling the world up. You just need to pick a genre.

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Grassroots Nomad

So true – perfect for escaping while you are commuting to the office!

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Jasmine TEED

This is great, I’m really in a reading mood lately and this list is very helpful to find some new ones for this summer when I have a bit more free time and to get some travelspiration!

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Grassroots Nomad

Thanks Jasmine! I hope you get lots of time to read/listen over summer. I think it is great to listen to audiobooks when you are at the beach – then you can snooze and relax without worrying about the glare of the sun on your book!

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Colby

I think I need to give audiobooks another try. I’ve tried to listen to a couple of audiobooks, but I would end up tuning them out and would have to rewind countless times because I felt like I missed something, and then I would eventually give up lol. Perhaps it was the books I attempted to listen to. This looks like a wonderful list, I’ve read quite a few books on here, and will be adding some of the others to the list.

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Grassroots Nomad

Haha I’ve done that too – I find that it depends so much on the narrator as well as the story. I remember once seeing my parents sitting in the car after they had just driven back from another state (approx 10 hours of driving) and they were just sitting there. I went out and they said their audiobook was at a really exciting part and they didn’t want to miss anything!

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casstravels

I’ve never quite been able to get on board with Audiobooks, I keep trying and they seem so great in theory but there’s something that turns me off. I just get bored and lose track. I listen to the same bit over and over again. Perhaps its time to give it another try.

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Grassroots Nomad

I’m sure they aren’t for everyone, but maybe try a few different ones? If the narrator has a boring voice then it is bound to make you get bored!

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PaigeBrown

I love audio books for road trips! I usually just download free ones, but it would be nice to get to listen to something I’m truly looking forward to! I’ve read several of these and am always looking for a great book to inspire loads of wanderlust. Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

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Grassroots Nomad

My library actually has an e-library so I can borrow ebooks and audiobooks online! Maybe your local library has a similar program?

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abcdeghizzyzzy

I’m always looking for some good new travelogues to read so thanks for this compilation. I have yet to jump into the world of audiobooks since I’m more of a visual learner instead of an oratory one but maybe it will help me work on my listening skills. I’m so excited to get started on these new reads

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Grassroots Nomad

I hope it works – if nothing else, they are great to have on in the background! 🙂

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Amandas_Wanderlust

I do like an audio book, especially on a long flight when I get too tired to read. This is a very handy post so I will share.

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Grassroots Nomad

Thanks Amanda! I agree, I already have one picked out for my flight to NYC next week! 🙂

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