The kids and I do several road trips throughout the year, driving five hours to Ohio to visit my family. Typically, the audiobook situation on these trips is as follows: I listen to my audiobook on my ipod through my left ear bud only, leaving my right ear free to hear the screeching and squabbling of my kids and whatever DVD they have chosen. Is this legal? I don't know, but I think a sane driver is a safe driver. Audiobooks keep me sane.
On an earlier trip to Ohio this summer, the kids finally agreed to a whole-van audiobook listening experience.
The only tricky part about family audiobooking was that our GPS would "talk over" the narration when we were receiving guidance. Our CD player does not have a pause button (at least that I could find), but I found that if I just turned the audio off, that we would be at the same spot on the CD when I turned it back on.
On our road trip last week, they chose DVDs and squabbling again, but I think we do have more family audiobooking in our future. Any recommendations?