From planning and packing to traveling and finally arriving at your destination, all aspects of summer vacations can be exciting…particularly when you have an audiobook to entertain you along the way!
Add to the fun of your summer vacation by listening to a story that has a setting similar to the place you’re going to. Check out some recommendations (for listeners of all ages) based on your vacation destination:
If you’re going to a beach town or a boardwalk, try…
Three men convene on Martha’s Vineyard, friends ever since meeting in college circa the sixties. But each man holds his own secrets, in addition to the monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over since a Memorial Day weekend right here on the Vineyard in 1971: the disappearance of the woman each of them loved—Jacy Calloway…
Elouise (Lou) Parker is determined to have the absolute best, most impossibly epic summer of her life…despite landing a job at Magic Castle Playland as a giant dancing hot dog.
Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.
In the summer of 1977, Victoria Leonardâ€™s world changes forever when Caitlin Somers chooses her as a friend and sweeps her away to vacations at Martha’s Vineyard. Years later, their friendship has faded, but Caitlin is getting married and Victoria has to confront what happened to them that shattering last summer.
If you’re headed to California, try…
In 1938 San Francisco, three women from very different backgrounds meet by chance at an exclusive nightclub and become fast friends. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything.
After being entrusted with her brother’s Los Angeles apartment for the summer as a graduation gift, Emi Price isn’t sure how to fulfill his one condition: that something great take place there while he’s gone. But that changes when she and her best friend, Charlotte, discover a mysterious letter at the estate sale of a Hollywood film legend.
If your destination is the Windy City, try…
Daniel Hudson Burnham, the Chicago World Fairâ€™s brilliant director of works, overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he worked to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City. Henry H. Holmes was a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his â€śWorldâ€™s Fair Hotelâ€ť just west of the fairgrounds as a place where he could commit murder. This is a rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.
Spanning nearly half a century, and set against the quintessential American backdrop of Chicago and its prospering suburbs, this is the story of one family. It begins in the tumultuous year following a shocking arrival of a boy given up in a closed adoption fifteen years before.
If you’re road-tripping across multiple states, try…
After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children. Here, he recounts his sometimes disconcerting (and often funny) reunion with the land of his birth.
In the 1850s, the young Frederick Law Olmsted was an undercover correspondent in the South for the up-and-coming New York Times. His vivid dispatches about the lives and beliefs of Southerners were revelatory for readers of his day and reshaped the American landscape as Olmsted sought to create democratic spaces for the uplift of all. The result: Central Park. Author Tony Horwitz follows Olmsted’s tracks and often his mode of transport (including muleback): through Appalachia, down the Mississippi River, into bayou Louisiana, and across Texas to the contested Mexican borderland in search of the unified America Olmsted envisioned.
If Florida is on your list, try…
The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida–its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind–becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence.
Snakes, grizzlies, a missing dad, a menacing drone… Carl Hiaasen delivers a wickedly funny story about a young boy named Billy Dickens.
If you’re coming to the Big Apple, try…
98-year-old Vivian Morris looks back on her life as a 19-year-old in 1940 New York City. Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand.
“Throughout the audio, Brown portrays various New York City accents, from Manhattan to the Bronx and Brooklyn, peppered with the British speech of Olive and Edna and the determined, courageous voice of Vivian, which becomes more empathetic as she ages. City of Girls is reflective of the time and Brown stays true to the characters, in this engrossing audio by the author of Eat, Pray, Love (2006).â€ť—Booklist, starred review
Was he New York Cityâ€™s last pirate . . . or its first gangster? This is the true story of the bloodthirsty underworld legend, Albert Hicks, who conquered Manhattan, dock by dock to become known as a demon who terrorized lower Manhattan.
Shortly after a fall-out with her best friend, New York City sixth-grader Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes, and she doesnâ€™t know what to do. The notes tell her that she must write a letterâ€”a true story, and that she canâ€™t share her mission with anyone.
If you’re going to U.S. historical sites, try…
Get whisked away through time in the magic tree house with Jack and Annie—and meet famous Founding Father and inventor Ben Franklin!
A captivating middle-grade adaptation of the New York Times bestseller about George Washington’s top-secret spy ring that helped defeat the British.