Many of you will spend hours in the car as you journey to visit family and friends during the holidays. Why not make the most of your transit time and listen to an audio book? Our top 10 picks for 2009 span from tear-jerker novel to complex financial scrutiny, all chosen by BookPage audio columnist Sukey Howard.

Fiction

Rain Gods by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster Audio)
The Girl Who Played with Fire
by Stieg Larsson (Random House Audio)
The Help
by Kathryn Stockett (Penguin Audio)
The Shawl and Rosa
by Cynthia Ozick (HighBridge Audio)
The Women by T.C. Boyle (Blackstone Audio)

Nonfiction

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (Random House)
David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure
by David Sedaris (Hachette Audio) -- Review coming soon in the January issue of BookPage
Fool’s Gold
by Gillian Tett (Tantor)
Losing Mum and Pup
by Christopher Buckley (Hachette Audio)
Panic by Michael Lewis (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Do you have any audio books to add to this list? Tell us in the comments.


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