Forge by Laurie Anderson while on a long road trip. Both adult and child were enthralled by the story.
(I have been reading Chernow's Washington: A Life and read aloud an interesting section one night. My husband said he already knew the fact because of listening to Forge.)
Below are details about the audio book from the CALS website the book is also available in print which is recommended for ages 10 and up.
Here's a video interview with the author that I found on this blogger's book review of Forge. At the end of her 3.5 minute interview, she says something like, "My job as an author is to keep younger readers so enthralled that their parents have to yell at them to turn off the light at night. To which the children reply, 'Please one more chapter!'"