Whether it's summer vacation or holiday home visits, long days of driving and flying are all around us. Although we can momentarily busy ourselves with short emails or quick news reads from our phones, it all just seems like a time suck.

Cue in: audiobooks. Some people have sworn by these since they first rolled out, others started with the gateway drug of podcasts and are now addicted its long-form sibling. I fall into the latter. If you're just getting into audiobooks, a pro tip is to get a good 'ol library card because many libraries actually let you check out audiobooks for free. If they don't carry the title you want, you can also purchase them online for about the same price as the real deal, or get a subscription service like Audible.

Regardless of how you listen, add this to your final summer listen list for some major inspiration to become a better entrepreneur.

I know, this one isn't necessarily new but this book is still a game changer. Whether you're male or female, learning to lean in and giving others the space to do that at the workplace is so important. After reading this, I became unafraid to voice my opinions at work, felt more confident in carrying myself in new situations, and ultimately stronger in negotiating my way through life.

This is hands down one of my favorite books of all time and spoiler alert, it doesn't directly have much to do with entrepreneurship. Tommy Caldwell is one of the world's most talented rock climbers. In 2015, Caldwell and his climbing partner Kevin Jorgensen, were the first to free climb The Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park.

This specific route had been deemed impossible to free climb due to its seemingly featureless face, but Caldwell details the intimate story of what lead him to that final summit push. This book will inspire you to become a master of your own art.

As entrepreneurs, we must know how to sell. It doesn't matter whether your title has sales in it or not, once you've decided to create a product, you must sell it. This book is an updated sales technique that acknowledges the fact that customers no longer follow one specific sales cycle. With so many different avenues to purchase from and different forms of influences, gone are the days of aggressive and pushy closing techniques (no one every liked it anyway. Iannarino updates the reader on the psychology of a customer and how to effectively land a new age deal of any size.

I was gifted this book by my mentor and loved the tactical advice in here. Just a note, the audio reading is a bit cheesy with music and all, but it does the job. Gerber talks about the different types of entrepreneurs there are in the world and how knowing each type can help you more effectively run your company. He uses Sarah, the tired owner of a pie shop, as a case study to explain his theory. If you're beginning to feel run down and burnt out, this is the book for you.

There's an older version of this book, but Branson is out with an updated version, 20 years later. Both are an autobiography of how he became who he is and his concept of "losing his virginity" -- not in an inappropriate way, but in a way to experience life without any baggage, preconceived notions, or excuses. If you're a Branson fan, don't leave this off your list. 

I love Patty McCord. Her down-to-earth personality and real talk on company culture makes me believe that it is possible to create a cohesive team. In her latest audiobook (and hardcover book), she details exactly how managers need to approach and view team building. With easy to digest topics like "You're Building a Team, Not Raising a Family" and "Sometimes Promoting is Not the Right Solution," this book is created for leaders who want to improve their workplace.