We first began listening to audio books on long trips when the kids were little. We actually fell upon the realization accidentally. I had checked out some books on tape for Molly, who was then about 11 years old when we were traveling to Florida. I didn't think Zach and Annie would pay attention. Much to my surprise, the books on tape kept everyone in the car mesmerized. We never traveled without audio books again.
We haven't gotten out of the habit now that we travel without kids. Our book for today's 10 hour trip was wonderful! At the Edge of the Orchard is historical fiction that takes place in northwest Ohio in the early to mid 1800s. Since I grew up in northwest Ohio, I thought it would be fun to listen to. We weren't disappointed.
As we listened to the harrowing experiences of the Goodenough family, we watched the landscape blossom, quite literally. It was the perfect way to make a long trip go just a little faster.