43: Road Trip Audiobook Draft

With summer upon us, we are taking a virtual road trip with another Audiobook draft. Panelists Shachi Bhatt, Gilbert Tang, and Mark Siegal join me to discuss what makes a good road trip audiobook and to share our favorite audiobooks for listening with friends, family, or solo on road trips and long car rides.

Round 1:

Shachi: I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend written and narrated by Martin Short [8:40]

Mark: What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions written by Randall Munroe; narrated by Wil Wheaton [6:36]

Gilbert: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! written by Richard P. Feyman; narrated by Raymond Todd [11:31]

Scott: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride written by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden; narrated by Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Norman Lear, Rob Reiner, Chris Sarandon, Andy Scheinman, Wallace Shawn, Robin Wright, and Billy Crystal [7:01]

Round 2:

Shachi: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin written by Erik Larson; narrated by Stephen Hoye [12:52]

Mark: Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self written and narrated by Manoush Zomorodi [6:58] // [Episode 10]

Gilbert: Born a Crime written and narrated by Trevor Noah [8:44] // [Episode 16]

Scott: Good Omens written by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett; narrated by Martin Jarvis [12:32]

Round 3:

Shachi: James and the Giant Peach written by Roald Dahl; narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt [3:18]

Mark: The Tale of Despereaux written by Kate DiCamillo; narrated by Graeme Malcolm [3:30]

Gilbert: The Golden Compass written by Philip Pullman; narrated by Philip Pullman & a full cast // His Dark Materials (series)

Scott: One Summer: America, 1927 written and narrated by Bill Bryson [17:03]

Additional Picks:

Shachi: Namesake [10:10]

Mark: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [5:51]; On the Road [11:08]

Gilbert: Calypso [6:39]; Scythe [10:32] // [Episode 12]

Scott: Harry Potter (series); The Hobbit [11:05]; Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void [10:27]

Other Drafts:

Episode 22: Mount Everest Audiobook Draft

Episode 35: Audiobook Draft for New Audiobook Listeners