The holidays are a time of sharing, of getting together with family, and usually, of traveling. The Cedar Rapids Public Library has a variety of audio books (both in cd form and downloadable) that can help make a trip more tolerable. Possibly even enjoyable.
One recommendation is Travels in Siberia by author Ian Frazier. Named one of the best audio books of 2010 by the Washington Post, this is an historical account of the reality of Siberia as told by the author. Traveling the vast expanses of Asiatic Russia, Ian Frazier explores the beauty, culture, and history of Siberia. With a never-ending cast of colorful characters, Frazier reveals how Siberia and the rest of Russia have fared since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Another recommendation is Pearl of China, by Anchee Min. Library Journal calls this one of the best of 2010, saying it is a gorgeous fictionalized biography of Pulitzer and Nobel prize winner Pearl S. Buck in which author Min and narrator Angela Linn together give the character of Pearl “the warmth and humanity Buck always gave her own characters.” (Library Journal 9/15/10)
Our final recommendation for your upcoming travels would be The Passage, by Justin Cronin. Expected to be made into a film by Ridley Scott, this post apocalyptic trilogy starter is an amazing read and masterfully written. Scott Brick (the narrator of this audio book) does an incredible job reading this novel.