Commuting can be such a drag! Whether alone, cocooned in your car, or travelling with the masses on public transport; getting to work is not usually a happy part of the day.
Or trudging around your house, doing those chores that won't get done by themselves!
Of course, there is the radio; but with so much doom and gloom in the world, who needs to hear the hourly, or half-hourly news bulletins? Or the adverts on commercial stations?
I have to two forms of entertainment whilst travelling. Podcasts and audio books.
For the uninitiated, a podcast is series of broadcasts covering a plethora of subjects. Some produced by well known broadcast organisations, such as the BBC. Others are produced and presented by less known individuals.
In fact, that's one of the bonuses of a podcast; anyone can get in on the act and produce weekly episodes looking at their favourite TV show, or gardening, or politics or.... anything. And that means there is bound to be something for you to listen to.
The BBC use podcasts alongside their regular progamming; providing either additional elements to a show, or an extra outlet for extended shows. My favourites include "The Chequered Flag", their Formula 1 podcast. Or, there's "Kermode and Mayo's Film Review". This is broadcast on a Friday afternoon, but the podcast contains extra bits before and after the main show. It's almost compulsive.
Other podcasts are "No Such Thing As A Fish", produced by the QI Elves, and is look at totally useless facts. Funny as well as interesting.
Hollywood & Crime is a weekly series investigating a series or murders back in the 1940's, in Los Angeles.
The beauty of podcasts is that they're totally free; and you can download and listen to them on your phone.
I also listen to audio books. These can be a great escape; either whilst driving, or pottering around the house. It's easy to be immersed in a story, or subject of interest, and let your imagination paint the pictures.
I get my audiobooks from Audible, which is an Amazon company.
Here you can listen to samples and purchase and download the entire book for listening; using their app (or on your laptop).
Audio books are not cheap to buy. Bearing in mind the production costs for a full, unabridged book, lasting upwards of 11 hours, they range from £2.99 to £20.
However, Audible run as a membership programme; starting at £7.99 per month. For that you get one token to redeem for an audio book of your choice. What's more, they even have a guarantee that if you're not happy with your book, then you can return it.
On top of that, you can get a 30 day free trial - and keep the book afterwards, regardless of whether you continue your subscription.
I have listened to lots of audio books; including favourites like "Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy", narrated by Stephen Fry
"Harry Potter and the Philosphers Stone" - also read by Stephen Fry
Whether it's a fictional tale, a biography or a book about business, there is plenty to choose from.
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