7 Excellent Audiobooks to Accompany Your Summer Hikes

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Summer has finally arrived in the Treasure Valley and we are so excited to get outside.

One of best aspects of summer in Idaho is having access to national forests, parks, and hiking trails practically at your backdoor. While hiking can be a great way to unplug from day-to-day life, it can also be a great way to enjoy an awesome audiobook.

Check out any of these seven audiobooks on Libro.FM this summer and support your local bookstore while you explore nature and some of your next favorite books. 

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The God of the Woods by Liz Moore (Mystery)

If you went to summer camp and love a good mystery, this might be the audiobook for you. This audiobook will transport your back to August of 1975 where a camp counselor discovers an empty bunk at a Adironak summer camp. A thrilling drama unfolds amidst the panicked search for the missing teenager. Fille with secrets and second chances, this book will keep you guessing at the hidden places in the wood. 



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The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben (Nature)

What better book to accompany you on a hike through the trees than Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees? This bombastic book of scientific discoveries reveals answers to the most secretive questions of the forrest: how do trees live? Do they feel pain? Are they social beings? Are they aware of their surroundings, and who is in it? Prepare to have your mind blown. You will never look at trees the same way after listening to this lovely and profound book. 

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Sandwich by Catherine Newman (Literature)

For lovers of reflective literature, Sandwich by Catherine Newman can be your guide through tumultuous summer vacations. Sandwiched between aging parents and grown up children, the main character, Rocky, comes face to face with her family’s history, future, and her changing role within it. This funny and moving novel can be the perfect way to reflect and relate to the human experience while you coast down the trail.  

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A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers (Fantasy)

This cozy and philosophical fantasy can be the perfect lull through nature. Set in a distant future, where wildlands have been preserved at the upmost importance, tea monk, Dex, decides to venture out into the wilds in search of a higher meaning. Robots had gained self awareness and abandoned society for the wildlands centuries ago, only for Dex to stumble across one of the wild-built robots on his journey. What ensures is a heart-warming and deeply rich exploration of what it means to be alive. 

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The Book of Eels by Patrik Svensson (Nature)

Nature writing and hiking go hand-in-hand, and this book is a lovely blend of memoir and nature writing that explores one of the most elusive animals on our planet, the European Eel. Even in our age of advanced science, we seem to know shockingly little about this unusual creature. Filled with humor and insight, this book will have you marvelling at the secrets of the natural world and lead you into an exploration of the human condition. 

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The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings: Book 1) - J.R.R. Tolkien (Fantasy) 

Take on one of the greatest adventures ever told as you adventure onto a new hiking trail this summer. Tolkien’s epic fantasy is the ultimate walk through Middle-Earth. Listen to Frodo’s journey and tests of courage and friendship with this amazing full-cast audiobook.

This classic is perfect for hiking season. 

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Underland by Robert Macfarlane (Science)

This genre-bending masterpiece offers an exploration of the Earth’s underworlds as they exist in literature, myth, memory, and the land itself. From prehistoric art to art in Norwegian sea caves to catacomb labyrinths below Paris, Underland is about the intersections between humans and the natural realms we encounter.

This unforgettable book will keep you listening long after you’ve left the trail. 


If you want to support your local bookstores like Rediscovered Books, check out Libro.FM.

You can get all of your must-have audiobooks while contributing to local businesses like us. Find your next favorite hiking trail and audiobook to go with it this summer.