The other day I was browsing my Twitter feed (which you should probably follow) when I saw a tweet from Matt of Nomadic Matt's Travel Site about a podcast called Serial. So I responded and a short conversation - if you can call it that - followed:
It went on from there, but it got me thinking about how awesome podcasts and audio books are when traveling! They're frickin' great for killing time. If you're at the airport waiting for a flight just put on your headphones, choose a podcast or audio book, press play, and the next hour or two will fly by! Taking a long road trip? Not a problem! Turn on a podcast, or audiobook. I've done it twice. Each move, I got one or two audiobooks to listen to. It certainly beat scanning the radio for a good music station. So, without further ado, here are some podcast and audiobook recommendations for your next trip:
Serial. Is. Amazing. If you haven't already listened to it, you should. For those who aren't familiar, Serial is a true story about the murder of a HS student by the name of Hae Min Lee. The person arrested, charged, and eventually convicted of the crime is her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed. But did police nail the wrong guy? The 12 episode season investigates the possibilities. I listened to the whole first season and can't wait until the next season comes out.
I haven't listened to many, but from what I have heard from the few that I have listened to, it's really fascinating stuff. Hardcore History is a podcast by Dan Carlin. This is what it says about the show on iTunes:
In "Hardcore History" the very unconventional Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", outside-the-box way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras?
As a self-described history nerd, I'm looking forward to listening to more of these. For what it's worth, Carlin also has a podcast called "Common Sense," which looks to be more political.
The Mind of a Murderer
A new (launched in March of 2015) podcast that looks very promising to me is The Mind of a Murderer. It's narrated by Dr. Michelle Ward, a criminal psychologist and trial consultant. In each episode she tells the story of, and interviews a cold-blooded killer. I just finished listening to the first episode and let me tell you, it's chilling! Especially the interview with the convicted killer. Dr. Ward kind of breaks down the interview almost sentence by sentence. Very interesting. If you like "Serial," you'll like this podcast.
As for audiobooks, you know what kind of books you like. They all translate well to audio. So get those. Personally, however, I love listening to mystery novels. They keep my mind active, I guess. Fantasy novels (though not my favorite) are another go to for me when it comes to audiobooks. That's how I got into Harry Potter back in the day. I listened to the first book on audio. The rest is history.
What podcasts or audiobooks do you recommend?
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