10 Awesome Audio Books for Boys

Audio Books for Boys: 20 Exciting Titles They’ll Love

Overview: Discover the top 20 audio books for boys that will turn any car ride into an exciting adventure! Perfect for long trips, these engaging stories will captivate young listeners and make travel time fly by.

Reading books aloud to our kids is extremely important and fun. Sometimes, however, it’s nice to have the family listen to a book.

Our family especially likes to do this when we are on long car rides. I get extremely car sick if I try to read while the car is moving, so we pop in audio books and enjoy those instead.

The best way to be sure your boys will want to listen is to choose books which are interesting and have plenty of action.

Mysteries are great choices because they pretty much force your family to keep listening so that you can find out what happened. They’re also fun because the whole family can discuss what they think is happening and you can all compete to see who can figure it out first.

We also like to look for books which are dramatized and where the parts are all played by different actors.

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Not all audio books are created equal – so do your research.

On that note, here are some fun audio books that my boys have really enjoyed!

20 Audio Books for Boys:

1. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.

2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last!

But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, our hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

3. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Story of a boy named Almanzo Wilder…While Laura Ingalls grows up on the western prairie, a boy named Almanzo Wilder is living on a farm in New York State. Almanzo and his brother and sisters work at their chores from dawn until supper most days — no matter what the weather. There is still time for fun, though, especially with the horses, which Almanzo loves more than anything.

4. The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

Tucker is a streetwise city mouse. He thought he’d seen it all. But he’s never met a cricket before, which really isn’t surprising, because, along with his friend Harry Cat, Tucker lives in the very heart of New York City—the Times Square subway station.

Chester Cricket never intended to leave his Connecticut meadow. He’d be there still if he hadn’t followed the entrancing aroma of liverwurst right into someone’s picnic basket. Now, like any tourist in the city, he wants to look around. And he could not have found two better guides—and friends—than Tucker and Harry. The trio have many adventures—from taking in the sights and sounds of Broadway to escaping a smoky fire.

Chester makes a third friend, too. It is a boy, Mario, who rescues Chester from a dusty corner of the subway station and brings him to live in the safety of his parents’ newsstand. He hopes at first to keep Chester as a pet, but Mario soon understands that the cricket is more than that. Because Chester has a hidden talent and no one—not even Chester himself—realizes that the little country cricket may just be able to teach even the toughest New Yorkers a thing or two.

5. The Dragon of Doom by Bruce Coville (Book 1 of the Moongobble and Me series)

When an almost-magician named Moongobble and his talking toad, Urk, move into the abandoned cottage near Edward’s home, it seems like a dream come true. After all, Edward has been longing for some excitement.

Alas, Moongobble still has a lot to learn about magic (most of his spells just turn things into cheese) and all too soon his dreams of becoming a magician are in danger. Edward will do anything to save his friend’s magic, even face the dreaded Dragon of Doom!

Funny and suspenseful, seasoned with original music and spiced with Bruce Coville’s special brand of wackiness, this enchanting recording is sure to cast a spell of delight on the entire family.

6. The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald

The Great Brain is Tom D. Fitzgerald, aged 10. The story is told by J.D., a sometimes confounded but always admiring younger brother. Such people as Mr. Standish, the mean schoolmaster, regret the day they came up against The Great Brain.

But others, like the Jensen kids lost in Skeleton Cave, Basil, the Greek kid, or Andy, who has lost his leg and his friends, know that Tom’s great brain never fails to find a way home.

7.  My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods – all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, 40 dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.

8. Room One by Andrew Clements

Ted Hammond loves a good mystery, and in the spring of his fifth-grade year, he’s working on a big one. How can his school in the little town of Plattsford stay open next year if there are going to be only five students? Out here on the Great Plains, in western Nebraska, everyone understands that if you lose the school, you lose the town.

But the mystery that has Ted’s full attention at the moment is about that face, the face he sees in the upper window of the Andersons’ house as he rides past on his paper route. The Andersons moved away two years ago, and their old farmhouse is empty and boarded up tight. At least it’s supposed to be.

A shrinking school in a dying town. A face in the window of an empty house. At first these facts don’t seem to be related. But Ted Hammond learns that in a very small town, there’s no such thing as an isolated event. And the solution of one mystery is often the beginning of another.

9. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Sailing toward dawn, and I was perched atop the crow’s nest, being the ship’s eyes. We were two nights out of Sydney, and there’d been no weather to speak of so far. I was keeping watch on a dark stack of nimbus clouds off to the northwest, but we were leaving it far behind, and it looked to be smooth going all the way back to Lionsgate City. Like riding a cloud. . . .

Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city. It is the life Matt’s always wanted; convinced he’s lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship.

One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist’s granddaughter that he realizes that the man’s ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious.

In a swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, author of the best-selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined world in which the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by the humans who sail the skies.

10. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

A bizarre chain of events begins when 16 unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger – and a possible murderer – to inherit his vast fortune, one thing’s for sure: Sam Westing may be dead…but that won’t stop him from playing one last game!

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11. Under Drake’s Flag by Heirloom Audio Productions

Ned Hawkshaw is about to take the greatest adventure a boy could ever imagine…with one of the most celebrated heroes in history—Sir Francis Drake! Ned fights off a shark attack, survives a shipwreck, engages in fierce battles on sea and land, and comes face to face with the Spanish Inquisition.

Experience the swashbuckling tale that pits faith against fear, and helps Ned grow from a boy into a man. Live the Adventure and board The Golden Hinde for an epic quest of courage on the high seas!

12. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor’s arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland’s uncertain future.

Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it’s the only way to solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.

13. Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

Charlie doesn’t want to believe it when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking. But his horrible aunts are delighted: it means that he is one of the chosen and must attend Bloor’s Academy for gifted children. Once there, Charlie realizes that some of his classmates have equally mysterious powers, and soon Charlie is involved in uncovering the mysterious past of one of them.

14. Jonathan Park: The Adventure Begins 

While running from a storm, Jonathan and his father collide with the Brenan family as they seek shelter in a hidden cave. After discovering a massive dinosaur graveyard, these two families combine forces to build a creation science museum to spread the message of the Creator!

15. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children—two boys and two girls—succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete.

To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. But what they’ll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies. So, if you’re gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.

16. The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson

It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.

Guts, glory, danger, and sacrifice are all in a day’s work for Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security. While investigating a vicious murder on his ranch, Hank finds himself the number one suspect. Resigning in a fit of despair, he heads for the hills to become an outlaw, and a band of ruthless coyotes is happy to teach him the trade.

Or are they? They seem to be on his side . . . until they unveil their plan for a raid on Hank’s ranch! Hank knows he can’t beat them — will he be forced to join them?

17. Stuart Little by E. B. White

Stuart Little is a shy, philosophical little mouse with a big heart and a taste for adventure. In spite of his diminutive stature, barely two inches tall, Stuart sets forth into the world with some mighty big plans: to ride a Fifth Avenue bus, to win a sailboat race in Central Park, and to teach school for a day.

But Stuart’s greatest adventure begins when he decides to find his best friend, Margalo, a pretty little bird who once lived in a Boston fern in the Littles’ house in New York City. Climbing into his tiny car, Stuart hits the open road, sure he’s heading in the right direction, only to find himself in for a big surprise. Filled with warmth, wit, and wonder, Stuart Little is a timeless tale that speaks to the heroic spirit in all of us, no matter what our size.

18. The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matthew Ward

Most Crème Brûlée Eaten in One Minute, Highest Number of Matching Outfits Worn by a Stuffed Toy and Its Owner, Youngest Person to Summit the Third-Highest Mountain in the World. These are just three of the 49,521 records won by Arthur’s 12 brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, unlike his siblings, Arthur hasn’t broken a single, solitary world record!

But when the Whipples suffer a spate of catastrophes and a curious amount of attention from a pair of irregularly sized and unusually menacing clowns, Arthur might be the only one who can save his family from losing their collective crown… or worse.

19. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he’s not even sure he believes himself.

Until the Minotaur chases him to summer camp.

Suddenly, mythical creatures seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. The gods of Mount Olympus, he’s coming to realize, are very much alive in the 21st-century. And worse, he’s angered a few of them: Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy has just 10 days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property, and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. On a daring road trip from their summer camp in New York to the gates of the Underworld in Los Angeles, Percy and his friends, one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena, will face a host of enemies determined to stop them.

To succeed in his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of failure and betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

20. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’.

Close your eyes and enter the magical world of Harry Potter. In these editions, Jim Dale’s characterful narration is so entertaining, fun, and theatrical you can almost hear the crackle of the fire in the Gryffindor common room.

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle.

Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

These audio books are super fun. Our entire family enjoyed them! If you are preparing to take a road trip or just plan to do some driving around, consider grabbing an audio book or two to take with you. They can help you transform what could be a long, boring ride in the car into a magical journey which you will never forget! 🙂

Question: Does your family enjoy listening to audio books? Do you have any other audio books for boys you could recommend to the rest of us? Please leave a comment below.

22 thoughts on “Audio Books for Boys: 20 Exciting Titles They’ll Love”

  1. I would add Crispen by Avi. It’s the first in a series. Middle ages. Adventure. That’s all my guys need.

    Older boys may enjoy Redwall by Brian Jacques. It’s a little challenging as a read because of the awesome vocabulary. But it’s a great adventure to listen to on a long ride. Also, the first in a series.

    1. Michelle Caskey

      Thanks for the tips. We loved those books! Glad to hear the audio books are awesome as well. 🙂

  2. My boys are 11, 9, and 7. Peter and the Starcatchers was a recent hit in our car (tons of action!), read by the incredible Jim Dale. We are listening to Castle in the Attic right now and enjoying it.

  3. Here are a few of our favorites: “Legend of Bass Reeves” by Gary Pulson, “By the Great Horn Spoon” by Sid Fleischman (great audio with individual character voices), Lamplighters Audio Theatre (many to choose from, very exciting audio, with sound affects) , “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims” (there are 3 books/audiobooks) written and read by Rush Limbaugh. We also enjoyed Crispin and Dangerous Journey. Any historical fiction you recommend?

    1. Michelle Caskey

      Ooooh, another one I haven’t heard of which sounds good. Can’t wait to check it out. Thanks!

  4. My boys are 4 and 6 and love Charlotte’s Web, the Boxcar Children, the Arthur series and Beatrix Potter books.

    1. Michelle Caskey

      Great books! Good to know that the audio books are also good. We did listen to the audio book of Stuart Little when my boys were younger… and my boys were surprised at how different it was from the movie!

  5. My boys loved to listen to ALL the Beverly Cleary books – even the Ramona ones! (Shhh! Don’t tell anyone.) The other books we listen to over and over are all the Chronicles of Narnia and Hank the Cowdog series.

  6. The Mysterious Benedict Society (kids with extraordinary talents take on the bad guys with lots of action but an unwillingness to kill the bad guys even when they have a chance – great fun and great morals. The Fantastic Whipple Family is another fun one that was only recently published. My children from 7-14 enjoyed listening to it.

    1. Michelle Caskey

      Oh, my boys LOVED reading The Mysterious Benedict Society. Great suggestion! I haven’t heard of Fantastic Whipple Family. We’ll have to check that one out. Thanks! 🙂

  7. We just love love LOVE the Jonathan park series. It’s a dramatic christian “creationist” series that my boys cannot get enough of. I love them too! So, i’m also thrilled that in the 10 cd’s I own there’s over 50 hrs of listening!!

  8. My husband grew up reading and enjoying the historically based fiction books by G.A. Henty. We recently got a set of 4 dramatized audio versions! They’re still a bit below my five year old songs head, but he’s close.

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