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Remember the old family road trips? Snacks, maps, off-key sing-a-longs, road side attractions and way too much time in a cramped back seat with siblings or cousins.

We submitted our kids to this familial sort of torture true love over spring break. Our trip took us to Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado.

Compared to the road trips of my childhood, there are some significant differences that technology has made. Our kids can watch movies in the car. This works well for straight roads, but when the roads are curvy (like all Colorado roads) it makes them car sick. Not great. To combat nausea, the kids have discovered they like listening to books on road trips. There are several different ways we can do this. Our library has a large selection of books on CD that we can check out. Also, on the iPad, we can download books they pick out on an app.

I like it because instead of staring at a cartoon, they can still look around see the landscape (balls of twine and road side camels are part of the journey, right). Also, with their headphones on, they don’t argue with each other. Parenting bonus!

Listening to books isn’t just for kids. My in-laws listen to thrillers as they make their annual pilgrimage from the Texas heat to Colorado’s cool mountains. My husband’s co-worker has a long commute and downloads sci-fi novels to entertain her as she drives. When I was driving an hour each way to college, I listened to business texts on cassette tape (I just dated myself). Driving and doing homework at the same time was efficient. Even housework is more fun to the sound of a historical fiction novel.

Several BQB books can be found on the Audible App and I think you will like these. They are engaging stories read by wonderful narrators. Wherever and whenever you listen, these are sure to please your ears:

From a Dead Sleep 9781937084547_FC (200x300)From a Dead Sleep by John A. Daly – Few residents in the small, secluded mountain town of Winston, Colorado, have kind words to say about Sean Coleman. He’s a bully, a drunk, and a crime show-addicted armchair detective with an overactive imagination. After a night of poor judgment, Sean finds himself the sole witness to the unusual suicide of a mysterious stranger. With the body whisked away in the chilling rapids of a raging river, no one believes Sean’s account. Tormented over the doubts and mockery of the people of Winston, Sean embarks on a far-reaching crusade that takes him across the country in search of the dead man’s identity and personal vindication. At the end, he hopes to find redemption and the truth – but sometimes the truth is better left unknown. There are times when the truth invites evil. There are times when the truth can get you killed.

docDoc’s Codicil by Gary F. Jones – When Wisconsin veterinarian Doc dies, his family learns that to inherit his fortune, they must decipher the cryptic codicil he added to his will – “Take Doofus squirrel-fishing” – and they can only do that by talking to Doc’s friends, reading the memoir Doc wrote of a Christmas season decades earlier, searching through Doc’s correspondence, and discovering clues around them. Humor abounds as this mismatched lot tries to find time in their hectic lives to work together to solve the puzzle. In the end, will they realize that fortune comes in many guises? Doc’s Codicil is a mystery told with gentle humor. It tells the story of a veterinarian who teaches his heirs a lesson from the grave.

Forgiving Waters Forgiving Waters by Kenneth L. Capps – When the paths of an old cowboy and two young trespassers – one black and one white – cross, many lives are changed forever. Beauregard Lee Kelso grew up in a time of racial division and rampant prejudice. Now, at an age that is way past retirement, he struggles with decisions of his past that won’t allow him peace of mind. Kevin and Leonard are looking for some good fishing in one of the pasture watering holes when they cross onto Kelso’s land. This book is the winner of a 2012 Readers’ Favorite Honorable mention and a Gold (first place) Award in the 2013 Indie Next Generation Award for First Novel.

All books by BQB and WriteLife Publishing are available on Amazon, B&N, or can be ordered from your favorite local bookstore.