First of all, they have made those long car trips (and now even the short ones) not only bearable, but often enjoyable. After reading Sarah Mackenzie's book, The Read-aloud Family, I was encouraged to not only enjoy an audio book with my husband, the driver, but to pick a book and make everyone listen together. In past recent years, I've given into letting everyone do their own thing--listen to their own music, play their own video games. However, this summer, I've "made" everyone tune into the story that everyone is listening to in the car. I've been careful to pick ones that everyone can enjoy, even the teens. Recently we've listened to Echo. It's audio version even has musical accompaniment.
Our library offers many of these titles not only as CDs but also digitally for free. Our library use an app called, Hoopla. I can borrow these audio books and download them from the comfort of my own home. They don't have every title available, but plenty from which to choose. And did I mention, free? Also, you don't have to worry about losing them or forgetting to return them. It's all automatic. Didn't I tell you? A life-saver!
We are almost through with One for Sorrow: A Ghost Story that even my 14 year old son really likes.
Before that, I read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. I also really enjoyed this. Small parts of it were not for younger ears so be warned, but I really liked the contrasting view of the different mothers. It was a little like Mary vs. Martha. And it made me consider which mother I'd rather be.