Whether traveling abroad or enjoying a quiet stay-cation, a good audiobook is (in our opinion) required for days spent wandering, hiking, sightseeing, sampling local cuisine or simply enjoying the perfectly positioned lounge chair in your backyard. We’ve pulled together a list of books to appeal to your ideal vacation destination. So sit back, press play, and get swept away.
Destination: Spain. After Isabelâ€™s sister Beatriz disappears in Barcelona, Isabel goes to Spain in search of her. Joining forces with an unlikely ally thrusts Isabel into her sisterâ€™s dangerous world of espionage, but itâ€™s an unearthed piece of family history that transforms Isabelâ€™s life. Barcelona, 1936. Alicia Perez arrives in Barcelona after a difficult voyage from Cuba, her marriage in jeopardy and her young daughter Isabel in tow. Alicia and Isabelâ€™s lives intertwine, and the past and present collide, as a mother and daughter are forced to choose between their familyâ€™s expectations and following their hearts in Our Last Days in Barcelona.
Destination: Italy. Matelda, the Cabrelli familyâ€™s matriarch, is determined to share a long-held secret with her family about her own motherâ€™s great love story: with her childhood friend, Silvio, and with dashing Scottish sea captain John Lawrie McVicars, the father Matelda never knew. . . . In the halcyon past, Domenica Cabrelli thrives in the coastal town of Viareggio until her beloved home becomes unsafe when Italy teeters on the brink of World War II. But Matelda is running out of time, and the two timelines intersect and weave together in unexpected and heartbreaking ways that lead the family to shocking revelations and, ultimately, redemption.
Destination: Cozy cottage/rental/staycation. A new beginning in charming Oceanside, Washington, is exactly what Hope Godwin needs after the death of her twin brother. There are plenty of distractions and even after having settled quickly into the community, Hope still feels something is still missing. She meets Shadow, a rescue dog that everyone has given up on. But true to her name, Hope believes heâ€™s worth saving. Like Shadow, shelter volunteer Cade Lincoln Jr. is suffering with injuries most canâ€™t see. A wounded ex-marine, Cade identifies with Shadow, assuming they are both beyond help. Love and compassion are supposed to heal all wounds, but are they enough to help Hope and Cade overcome the pain of their past and the obstacles in the way of a better future?
Destination: France. Sylvie de Rosiers, as the daughter of a rich planter and an enslaved woman, enjoys the comforts of a lady in 1791 Saint-Domingue society. But while she was born to privilege, she was never fully accepted by island elites. After a violent rebellion begins the Haitian Revolution, Sylvie and her brother leave their family and old lives behind to flee unwittingly into another uprisingâ€”in austere and radical Paris. Sylvie quickly becomes enamored with the aims of the Revolution, as well as with the revolutionaries themselvesâ€”most notably Maximilien Robespierre and his mistress, CornĂ©lie Duplay. When the Reign of Terror descends, Sylvie must decide whether to become an accomplice while a new empire rises on the bones of innocentsâ€¦or risk losing her head.
Destination: London. When Libby Nicholls arrives in London, brokenhearted and with her life in tatters, the first person she meets on the bus is elderly Frank. He tells her about the time in 1962 that he met a girl on the number 88 bus with beautiful red hair just like hers. They made plans for a date at the National Gallery art museum, but Frank lost the bus ticket with her number on it. For the past sixty years, heâ€™s ridden the same bus trying to find her, but with no luck. Libby is inspired to action and, with the help of an unlikely companion, she papers the bus route with posters advertising their search. With Frankâ€™s dementia progressing quickly, their chance of finding the girl on the 88 bus is slipping away.
Destination: New York City. Esme Nash is eager to leave her small town and move to New York City, get an apartment with her loving college boyfriend, and a fancy job at an art gallery. But when tragedy strikes, instead of heading to Manhattan, she returns home to care for her ailing father, leaving every bit of her dream behind. Seven trying years later, Esme is offered a dog-sitting job in Greenwich Village by a mysterious stranger, and Esme jumps at a second chance to step into the future she’s sure was meant to be hers. But the hazy August days and warm summer nights pass too quickly, and Esme must decide how much of the life she imagined still fits, and whatâ€”and whoâ€”is on the road ahead of her.
Destination: Cross-country road trip. Dee Matthews is the cohost of the smash-hit podcast Did I Forget To Tell You?, where she interviews family, friends, and past lovers. Nothing is off limits, except for one man (known on the show only as Name Redacted) who happens to be her high school best friend Ben. During their senior year spring break, Dee and Ben took a road trip to visit Benâ€™s grandma. They buried a time capsule in her backyard, pledging to return in ten years to open it- they finally venture to return, but it doesn’t come without strings attached. Their last adventure ended in disaster, and theyâ€™re about to find out if any hope of a future together is in the rear view mirror.