Need help with my family road trip!

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Post by wdcallahan » November 18th, 2010, 8:59 pm

Not sure if this is the right forum for this or if it should go in the advice forum.
On Friday, I'm taking off 9 days and driving myself and two kids (10 year old girl and 13 year old boy) 700 miles down the highway to our family reunion for a week, then driving the same 700 miles back. I estimate a solid 22-24 hours of driving time that I need to fill with engaging audiobooks from Librivox in order to keep the kids minds occupied so they don't get so restless and become problems.

Last time I made a trip with them, I filled up 8 solid hours with Grimm's Fairy Tale recordings I found on Project Gutenberg, and that worked amazingly well. So what I need from you is a list of suggestions as to which books I should burn to CDs for this trip! Let's make them beg me NOT to stop because they want to hear how it ends. :)

Thanks in advance!!

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Post by TriciaG » November 18th, 2010, 9:22 pm

Elizabethan Poetry: The Psalmes of David
Boring works 30-70 minutes long: Insomnia Collection 5
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Post by wdcallahan » November 18th, 2010, 9:27 pm

[quote="TriciaG"]Friday as in tomorrow? :shock:

OH right... English failed me there. I begin my vacation tomorrow at 5pm.. road trip waits for the kids to get out of school on Tuesday! hehehehe sorry :)

I'm sure they would love some Sherlock stuff (The Speckled Band, The Redheaded League), but some of it (Sign of the Four) would be harder for them to follow. Good suggestions. Thank you very much!

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » November 18th, 2010, 9:44 pm

My Librivox Solos
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Post by wdcallahan » November 18th, 2010, 9:59 pm

Very good stuff!!! Please keep it coming. I'll post a play list of what went on the trip before I leave and when I get back, I'll post what worked.

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Post by ductapeguy » November 19th, 2010, 3:11 am

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Post by Starlite » November 19th, 2010, 4:52 am

I second those and add: (lots of great adventures but might have a bit of gore for the 10 yr old) ( I love Annie's version but they are all good) (and anything read by Johng - our 'voice of mark twain')

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Post by kayray » November 19th, 2010, 10:28 am

The Swiss Family Robinson!
Starts a bit slowly, but then it gets going, so make them listen to the first couple of chapters and then they'll get hooked, I think :) The children in the family are ages 8-15 at the beginning of the story, and are really fun, typical kids, even though the story is so very old.
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Post by Lucy_k_p » November 19th, 2010, 12:54 pm

The colour Fairy Books by Andrew Lang are quite enjoyable. I think I actually prefer them to Grimm's.

The Adventures of Pinocchio could be fun for everyone:

The dramatic reading of Once on a Time by A.A Milne is very entertaining.

The Light Princess is an excellent fairy tale: It has a hero you can actually admire.

Treasure Island should get everyone's blood racing.

Call of the Wild and White Fang are not exactly Children's books, but I did enjoy them when I was young.

I haven't listened to but it looks like the sort of thing you're looking for.
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Post by neckertb » November 20th, 2010, 11:45 am


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