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10 Audiobooks That Will Make Time Fly When You Travel

Audiobooks are easy to pack—just download the audio to your phone and hit play. From the newest fiction to humorous autobiographies, here are the best audiobooks to make any flight bearable.

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Heart Talkvia audible.com

2-3 hours in the air

Nicknamed “the Millennial Oprah,” artist and poet Cleo Wade offers inspiration you will love. In Heart Talk, she gives out life lessons through beautiful poetry, daily mantras, and affirmations. It’ll make you feel more enlightened, and you’ll probably end up listening to it more than just once.

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Learn french with Paul Noblevia audible.com

2-3 hours in the air

Visiting a country where they speak another language? Since you have time to kill, learn the basics with a language audiobook. This one from Paul Noble covers all the ground rules in Part 1 and, if you’re feeling more advanced, there are higher levels to try. If you’re not traveling alone, check out these family-friendly audiobooks for your next family getaway.

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When life Gives you LuluLemonsvia audible.com

4-5 hours in the air

Not quite a sequel to A Devil Wears Prada, but this book does follow one of its most popular characters, Emily Charlton, as she tries to navigate through life post-runway. Charlton is now a struggling image consultant who lands her dream client when former model Karolina gets arrested. This leads Charlton to Greenwich, Connecticut, to revamp Karolina’s career and navigate the politics of preppy suburban life. For your next roadtrip, download the best audiobooks for your whole family. 

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Little Fires Everywherevia audible.com

4-5 hours in the air

This book is so riveting that you’ll forget you’re even in the air. Elena Richardson is living the perfect life with her family in a suburb in Clevland, Ohio. But when a mysterious mother-daughter duo moves in, the peaceful, harmonious life Elena knows is challenged. You’ll go down the rabbit hole with Elena when you try to uncover who this pair is. The ending will shock you.

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handmaid's talevia audible.com

4-5 hours in the air

Most know this classic story: A coup has overthrown the U.S. government, and in its place is a strict regime that imposes subservient roles to all women. The story is told from the perspective of one handmaid, Offred, who records her tale for future listeners. It’s dark, twisted, and it hits almost a little too close to home, but Atwood’s tale is an important one. In this special edition audiobook available only on Audible, the story is performed by a full cast that includes Claire Danes. Here are more of RD’s best summer reads of all time.

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crazy rich asiansvia audible.com

5-6 hours in the air

Listen to the book that inspired this big rom-com movie. In Crazy Rich Asians, Rachel Chu flies to Singapore to meet her boyfriend Nick Young’s family for the first time. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family is one of the richest families in all of Asia. Private jets, luxury cars, mansions, socialites—dive into the fancy world of the Asian one percent while falling in love with characters that show everyone has the same problems when it comes to family and love.

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sharp objectsvia audible.com

5-6 hours in the air

While we love Gone Girl, there’s a good reason why HBO picked Sharp Objects to adapt over the other novels under Gillian Flynn. Reporter Camille Preaker returns to her hometown to investigate the murder of two girls. As she uncovers what happens to these preteens, she’s forced to confront her own childhood trauma. Haunting and addictive, you’ll probably be listening to this way past the end of your flight. Here are 13 more of the best audiobooks to listen to right now.

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bad bloodvia audible.com

5-6 hours in the air

The Theranos scandal shook the startup world. In 2014, Theranos promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a technology that made blood testing safer and faster. Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes raised enough money to value the company at over $9 billion. The problem: The technology did not work. This piece of non-fiction reads like a drama that’s so riveting you’ll hate when you have to hit pause. For more riveting non-fiction, check out the best autobiographies ever written.

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stephen kingvia audible.com

6-plus hours in the air

Horror mastermind Stephen King gives us a murder mystery that will leave you shocked, unsettled, and completely engrossed until the very end. When an 11-year-old boy is found dead and all evidence points to Flint citizen Terry Maitland, detective Ralph Anderson thinks the case is pretty much closed. But as the investigation unfolds, Anderson discovers disturbing details that show that this case isn’t going to be solved as quickly or neatly as he thought it would.

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born a crimevia audible.com

6-plus hours in the air

More than 84,600 five-star ratings on Audible can’t be wrong. Daily Show host Trevor Noah tells his own coming-of-age story growing up in South Africa during apartheid. Noah is an expert storyteller whose honesty and wit will keep you captivated through his entire narrative. For more options, check out these 18 classic books you can read in a day.

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