I don't get as much time to read as I'd like, thanks to a demanding, book-stealing toddler and a punishing commute. I do spend a lot of time in my car, though, and have decided that this time would be better spent on literary pursuits than on my usual in-car pastime of shouting at the Today Programme on Radio 4. Suggestions gratefully received.
  1. The Jackson Brodie novels by Kate Atkinson, read by Jason Isaacs
    Gripping murder mysteries by the brilliant Kate Atkinson, full of intricately interwoven plot lines and complex characters. The audiobooks are read by Jason Isaacs, who plays Jackson Brodie in the BBC adaptation of the novels. He's a wonderfully engaging reader and does a mean Scottish accent, too.
  2. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, read by Jeremy Irons
    My favourite book read by one of my favourite actors. Perfect.
  3. Anything by David Sedaris
    Potentially dangerous, though, as I laughed so much I almost drove off the road listening to Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls.
  4. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, read by Jim Dale.
    Even if you've already read HP, it's worth another time through to hear Dale's masterful performance. Bonus: it is many, many hours of audio, so lots of bang for your commute buck.
    Suggested by @jenward
  5. The Help
    This was an amazing audiobook!
    Suggested by @TVAddict
  6. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
    Suggested by @rdickson28
  7. Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
    Read by Steve Martin himself soooo a must.
    Suggested by @laur
  8. Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman
    If you like non fiction, I really liked this about Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's trip around the world. Lots of good stories about the women and their trip and gives plenty of history/context for what's happening around them.
    Suggested by @kaberryhill
  9. The Power Brokers by Robert Caro
    Suggested by @lizdegner
  10. Eleanor & Park
    Great ya, the reader is fantastic and conveys honest raw emotion through her voice. It's a must listen.
    Suggested by @kates08
  11. To Kill a Mockingbird
    Sissy Spacek reads it flawlessly in all its southern glory.
    Suggested by @amieshmamie
  12. Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Ready Player One read by Wil Wheaton. The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
    Suggested by @wonderishmama
  13. Funny books read by their funny authors
    Think Bossypants by Tina Fey, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling, One More Thing by BJ Novak, I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley, etc. It's listening to hilarious shorter tales told by the people who know them best so they really get brought to life!
    Suggested by @katiemccombie
  14. The Screening Room - Alan Lightman
    Suggested by @cgimesh
  15. Lock in by John Scalzi and narrated by Wil Weaton
    A virus called Hayden's that leaves some of its survivors fully awake and aware but unable to move their own bodies. Flash forward a few decades after the outbreak and robots have been engineered for those locked in so they can still participate in society. Main character is Chris Shane (lock in) as new FBI program for crimes involving other Hayden survivors. It's sci fi meets murder mystery plus some interesting thought on digital age
    Suggested by @femme_brewer
  16. Anything by Sarah Vowell
    She has a sarcastic funny approach to history topics. I kinda compare it to Daily Show or John Oliver - they are news shows but they probably shouldn't be your only source for news. But they can peak your interest in a topic in a smart funny way that makes you want to learn more
    Suggested by @femme_brewer
  17. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, read by Neil Gaiman
    Admittedly, it's a children's chapter book. But who cares! Ghosts and goblins! And read by the author, who is fantastic.
    Suggested by @ChristineOMFG
  18. Holy cow, David duchovny
    Suggested by @nblenks