Question for Audio Book People

I have never been an audio book fan, basically I am a fast reader and so I prefer to read my books, but now I am planning for my annual 22 hour (one way) pilgrimage to drop my daughter off at college and I am thinking maybe audio books would be the way to go.   So questions for experienced audio book people:

  • I drive 22 hours straight down, only stopping for coffee, gas and calls of nature.  Would it be better to listen to one long book or several shorter books?
  •  Have you ever tried this and does the narration put you to sleep (can’t have that)?
  •  Are there narrators that you would recommend? IOW, are some too monotone to listen to like that?
  • I have 22 hours down, then we are doing several shorter jaunts 4 to 5 hours to see other colleges for my younger daughter and probably about 22 hours home.  So, how does the work…would you download all the books at once?  If I try this with my phone (android) and then listen to them that way would it be eating through my data plan or once it is on the phone does that not matter?  (I know I sound like an idiot…I just really don’t know)  Alternatively I have a Kindle, I don’t know if that would be better???
  • Is the best service to use?  My library also has some books on cd. I just would have to call the car rental company to be sure the van has a cd player.  Is that the better option?
  • Any suggestions/helpful advice/recommendations?  I will say that if I go for one longer listen, I was thinking Gormenghast.  I’m just worried that it could get monotonous listening to the same story.  If I go shorter, I am thinking some cozy mystery series.

Thanks for any input or advice!